Grasmere Gentleman’s Residence

This Grasmere Gentleman’s Residence is an early 19th century Arts and Crafts House situated on the Western shore with a significant appointment and views over Grasmere Water.

The house has been a family home for decades and the family wanted to upgrade the property to accommodate a new kitchen, refurbished lounge and hall. A new heating system, cloakroom and utility room were also required. The existing kitchen faced west into very large shaded trees and the lounge faced East with no southerly windows. Metre thick walls cast a dark interior to the lodge.

Initial discussions looked at altering doorways and introducing large double doors between lounge and kitchen. In developing the scheme the clients were agreeable to open plan space, as long as we could preserve the beautiful cornices and friezes of the Lodge.

Early discussions with the contractors, Tony Colloby and Sons, promised to preserve the features and pinning and removal of the 7m long, 1m wide Cumbrian stone wall was a feat to behold. An adjacent wall to the kitchen was removed and a southern window added to the lounge.

The contrast of the open plan light, bright space as you enter the room is a delightful surprise. The once dark interior has been in transformed into a large open space with sublime views through every window. The features and quality of the luxurious interior are immaculately preserved. We love this house, its design and execution.