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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2017

Project Detail

Abbots Oak Manor House - Phase One, near Whitwick

Regeneration Project of the Year Award 2017 Winner

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. 

Project Overview

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.


    Entered by

    Sarah and Anthony Kerr

    Parties involved

    HSSP Architects
    Martin Snutch & Co
    Barkers Interiors
    First Hygeine
    Green Thumb


    Contract Value

    £1.2 million


    Completion Date

    March 2017


    Scheme Location

    Warren Hills Road
    Abbots Oak

    LE67 4UU

    (view on Google Maps)

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