Renovations and Restoration – Rockbeare ‘Then & Now’

Well something is for sure…we’ve had a very busy 6 months! On Friday 18th September 2015 we received the keys to Rockbeare Manor and the next chapter in the story of  the house began.  It had always been a place for family, friends and entertaining on a grand scale – much loved and at the centre of lots of happy memories for those that lived there throughout the generations, spanning over 250 years.  Looking back on a feature in Country Life Magazine dated April 1930 it is lovely to see it in an immaculate state, a true Regency property with period features, extravagant furnishings and stunning gardens.

Part of a 13 page feature on Rockbeare Manor.

Part of a 13 page feature in Country Life Magazine – Dated April 1930.

Though as the years went by, and as with many Country Houses, the resident family found it an increasing burden to maintain it in its former splendour, which meant that there were extensive repairs and restoration to carry out before we could even consider opening the doors once again.

To give you an idea (and this is in a nutshell)…

… every inch of the façade of the building was repaired, re-rendered where necessary and given three coats of mineral-based paint

Essential repairs are carried out to all sides of the Manor House.

Essential repairs are carried out to all sides of the Manor House.

…over 80 of the original sash windows had to be removed, repaired in our dedicated workshop, re-fitted and painted 3 times

Windows removed, and a new fountain is created on the South Lawns.

Windows removed, and a new fountain is created on the South Lawns.

…everything has been re-wired

…a whole new heating and hot water system was installed to make the house warm and welcoming, with attractive cast iron radiators fitted in each room

…beautiful oak flooring has been laid in all the principle rooms – The Library, Billiard Room, Bar, Dining Room and Drawing Room, with the original stone floor in the Hallways being restored to it’s former glory

…every part of the ground floor has been stripped back with repairs made where necessary, and all walls and ceilings re-decorated in an elegant, contemporary colour pallet

Careful re-decoration of the grand Dining Room takes place.

…a brand new, all singing all dancing commercial kitchen has been created, and our magnificent Ballroom was built of course!

The scaffolding comes down from the newly built Ballroom

 

The list really does go on but it’s safe to say that no stone has been left un-turned. Our team of builders, groundworks experts, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters and decorators have been fantastic, and still continue to do an outstanding job, to the highest standard – led by Project Managers Andrew Butt and Giles Penfold, along with the Co-Founder of PM Hospitality Andy Carveth.

The result is amazing and it is such a pleasure to see Rockbeare Manor displayed in a whole new light today.

Rockbeare Manor - April 2016

Rockbeare Manor – April 2016

Old meets new. Contemporary interiors at Rockbeare Manor.

Once an Inner Courtyard, now a wonderful light and airy Atrium which leads to the grand Ballroom

 

Licensed for outdoor Civil Ceremonies

Dawn makes the finishing touches to the South Pavilion – Licensed for outdoor Civil Ceremonies

Simple, Stylish, Elegant.

Standing proud – Rockbeare Manor, Devon.

It’s now only weeks until we open officially, and we are welcoming viewings and so please do get in contact if you are planning an event, whether it be a Wedding, Corporate Away Day, Charity Event, Conference, Summer Ball or any special occasion – we’d love to hear all about it. Please contact our Events Team on 01392 797444 to book a visit or go to our website http://www.rockbearemanor.co.uk for further details.

We hope to see you soon!