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On the edge of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex, sits this original stable building within the grounds of Mr Venn’s home; the building is being developed into a two bedroom holiday cottage.

Mr Venn describes the origins of his home,

“the house and grounds were part of a country estate; our house was one of the cottages tied to the estate and sold off about ten years ago.”

Oak Stable Door West Sussex
Staverton stable door finished in a 'Light Oak' stain, with Bevel leaded glass and Antique Black ironmongery.

“The planning restrictions on the stable building meant it had to be preserved. It would probably have been financially a lot less expensive to knock it down but we were happy to be custodians of it, and have done essential works such as underpinning and replacing the roof.”

“The existing openings had to be retained, meaning where the original stable door was another stable door had to go in its place,”

this has made for an extremely oversized door but a stunning feature.

Flush Casement Timber Windows West Sussex
Flush casement windows finished in 'White' with Black Monkeytail handle and pegstay.

The stable door is manufactured in Meranti hardwood at 2.2 metres high and 1.2 metres wide with a ‘Light Oak’ stain finish and antique black ironmongery.

“We also love the feature window, which also started out as a door but we were given permission to make this a window instead.”

Elsewhere the flush casement windows are finished in ‘White’ with Monkeytail ironmongery in various sizes and proportions to suit the original openings of the building.

In their main house, the Venn’s had previously had a poor experience with windows fitted 10 years ago when they first moved in,
“unfortunately we realise now that those we chose were lesser quality in solid wood that have not stood the test of time,”
this is in contrast to the Timber Windows product that is engineered, multi-layer timber for strength and durability,
“so we have been gradually replacing the windows in the house with new ones from Timber Windows too.
The guarantees offered on the products were an important consideration for us. Overall we’re very pleased with them so far and particularly love the stable door.”


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