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Abbots Oak is a brick and stone house that started life as a small chapel. It was extended more than a century ago with an arts and crafts addition.
Its new owners had to work carefully to make sure the renovations met the demands of its Grade II listed status.
As the house had not seen major repair for some years almost all services such as plumbing, electricity and heating had to be restored or replaced. The property is now heated by a biomass boiler.
The project team sought to retain features such as the oak panelling. An ornately carved, oak staircase has been lovingly restored as a key feature – it was reputedly taken from a house on London’s Pall Mall where Nell Gwynn lived as a mistress to Charles II.
Abbots Oak is a Grade II listed building which has been a chapel, a family home and is now a boutique hotel after being saved from near dereliction by Sarah and Anthony Kurr.
Using local craftspeople and suppliers where possible, a four-year renovation project has created a venue that is increasingly popular with local families for celebrations and for businesses to host events.
The first phase has not only kept but enhanced original features whilst adding the modern luxuries expected at a country house hotel.
Sarah and Anthony Kerr
Martin Snutch & Co
Warren Hills Road
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