The Swiss Cottage
The Swiss Cottage was rethatched and adorned with new gold finials and faithful copies of the original 1870s chimney pots.
In the porch, specialist conservators repaired the delicate rustic decoration, renewing or restoring pine cones, willow and hazel twigs, and recreating historic colour schemes.
Inside, the grained and coloured timber interior of the upstairs room was also conserved.
Rather than making it look ‘new’, the aim of the restoration has been to refresh and maintain this lovely building, emphasising the beauty of the patina of age.
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This Ancient Greek-style urn looks considerably different today. Research showed that rather than the tasteful Wedgwood colours you see here, it was originally a startling blue with gold detailing
Overgrown paths, rotten wood and rusting metalwork required specialist skills
Crumbling stonework, statues and sculptures needed considerable care and repair
Today the interior is painted a bright white and, now that the foliage outside has been cleared, the sunshine streams through the painted glass window