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3rd Sep 2019

A precious 16thC listed property receives warranted TLC from a reverential Barr Group team.

Once the abode of a Jacobean Farmer, Dovecote House, is undoubtedly a precious piece of English Heritage. It has remained structurally unchanged for more than 400 years. Built of limestone rubble with a roof of handmade tiles (possibly in place of an original thatch) it is believed that its current integrity is the result of fortunate historic circumstance. Apparently, the farmer for whom it was built moved on to a grander residence, letting it out as a pair of farm cottages. Tenants had neither the means or authority to make changes and, as such, every structural element has remained untouched. It now rests in the safe hands of its current owners, who cherish and celebrate its heritage.


The Barr Group felt privileged to be trusted with the renovation of the original farmhouse parlour. Carefully stripping it back, taking up floors, uncovering issues and restoring features as they went, the space underwent a complete overhaul. The new kitchen was client designed from top to bottom. A BarrKitchen made for modern living but respecting and complimenting the precious space in which it resides.

Toby Patch, BarrKitchens designer, was delighted to take the detailed planning of our client and work with the BK team to bring it to life. The starting point was, of course, the striking original features of the space. Leaded windows with cast stone mullions and surrounds, oak beams and window lintels and a splendid stone fireplace. Every element from there on in was designed to complement the rooms unique character.


The cabinetry was to be traditional in style with every detail and dimension carefully set out by our client, down to the exact draw spacing and plinth height. Farrow and Ball’s Inchyra Blue is balanced by a ‘Dove Grey’ Evershot Stove and colour matched cooker hood. Wall cabinets tongue and groove internals also exhibited the same soft shade, as did woodwork, doors and fireplace surround.

Our client reflects, “We are delighted with the end result. The success of the projects is certainly down to finding a company with the expertise to carry out the heritage aspects of the works and to understand what we were trying to achieve.  It was important to have a kitchen company who could offer linked heritage construction services – it would not have worked otherwise. Small things like the plaster finish, which has rounded corners, in keeping with the age of the property, were a lovely touch. A more major issue which was uncovered through stripping back the retro-fit plasterwork was carefully handled and did not impact on the estimated timelines.”


The end result is a perfectly executed space. There is nothing overstated about this kitchen, it doesn’t detract from the other fine features of the room. The Barr Group would like to thank our client for trusting us with this special project.


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