Old Rectory Renovation
Built around 1650 Kate Macey’s home was originally a rectory associated with the 14th century village church. It continued to be a church property until 2006 when it was sold to a local family, before Kate bought it in 2013. Built from a mix of brick, Blue Lias and Hamstone, the house is Grade 2 listed. Entranced by the beautifully preserved open fireplaces, the original gothic and sash windows, paneled doors and elm floorboards, Kate put aside her concerns about its neglected condition determined to restore it and add modern comfort. ‘The period details; the walled courtyard, sloping garden and apple orchard drew me in’, recalls Kate. ‘I hoped that by adding a new heating system together with wood burners, new kitchen and bathrooms that these modern conveniences would blend perfectly with the old bones of the house’.
|Kate is enjoying spending as much time as possible in her new kitchen|
|Woodburning Stove from Sandpits Heating Centre in Curry Rivel|
The staircase was strengthened and all the spindles were replaced and repainted. Two new wood-burning stoves and nineteen new traditional-style radiators were fitted, the roof was insulated and all the windows and broken panes repaired. Throughout the house Kate has created a classic English country look with a hint of French chic. In the open-plan kitchen/dining room, a new gas Aga and Kate’s collection of vintage china, displayed on open shelves around the room, contrast with an elaborate glass chandelier. Among all the hard work and upheaval, the renovations yielded a welcome surprise when a Victorian fireplace was uncovered in one of the bedrooms and Kate renewed it with new tiles. ‘After a good clean and a repaint it looked great’, she recalls.
|Chandelier from Living Pretty and Fabric from Emily Bond|
|Stunning collection of Vintage China to hire from Living Pretty|
Walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Skimming Stone and the woodwork in Elephants Breath Comfy seating makes the living room a great place to relax after a hard day in the Tea Shop. Walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White. The Clearview Stove is from Sandpits Heating Centre.
The cushion fabric is from Ian Mankin and the tablelamps from Laura Ashley. Kate enjoys views across the Somerset levels from her bedroom. Walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Shaded White and the woodwork in Hard Wick White. The bed is from Living Pretty and the Laundry Basket with Rope Handle from Garden Trading. Using pale, glossy natural marble makes the narrow bathroom appear more spacious.
|House Beautiful Magazine|
Walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s All White.
Walls in the guest bedroom are painted in Cornflower White from Dulux. Living Pretty 01458 253357 livingpretty.co.uk
Emily Bond 01173 763 067 emilybond.co.uk
Garden Trading 0845 6084448 gardentrading.co.uk
Farrow & Ball 01202 876141 farrow-ball.com
Mandarin Stone 01600 715 444 mandarinstone.com
Sandpits Heating Centre 01458 251476 sandpitsheatingcentre.co.uk
Wells reclamation Yard 01749 677087 wellsreclammation.com
Laura Ashley 0871 983 5999 lauraashley.com
Ian Mankin : 020 7722 0997 ianmankin.co.ukhttp://www.housebeautiful.co.uk/