Repair, restore, refurbish...repeat!
April 21, 2016
We may be an historic listed building but time certainly doesn’t stand still at Great Fosters. Over the past few months there have been several restoration and refurbishment projects completed and more are in the pipeline.
With dining generally becoming a lot more casual and relaxed we made the decision to make a few changes to the bar area of The Estate Grill. The bar top is now that little bit wider allowing guests to sit comfortably at it to eat rather than just have a drink. Perfect if you are dining alone or just want a more informal meal. The tables in the bar area are also now available for dining and once our new grazing menu launches in May the aim is to offer a much more flexible approach to eating in The Estate Grill at Great Fosters. Of course The Tudor Room continues to offer a more formal alternative so you have the best of both to suit the occasion, or your preference.
Moving on to the bedrooms, the Tapestry Room was first on the list! The three fifteenth century tapestries were carefully removed for cleaning and were relined and repaired to avoid stretching and further damage to them. Most of the work was carried out on site by specialist textile conservationists whose previous projects have included restoration work at Windsor Castle. Once the walls had been re-covered in new teal silk mohair the tapestries were mounted and replaced, restoring the room to its former glory.
Further along the first floor is another of our historic rooms, the Italian Room. The first task was to repair and restore the gilt paintwork which, over the years, had become chipped and damaged. One of the cherubs at the end of the bed had his broken arm repaired and once the ceiling was restored, the walls were lined with pink and gold silk damask. Finally John Cullen, master of lighting and design, was brought in as a consultant to improve the lighting which was given the room a beautiful radiant feel to add to its opulent grandeur.
Walk upstairs to the second floor and two of our cosier rooms, Baroness Halkett and Judge Doderidge, were gutted and redesigned. The original features were retained but the rooms were given a much more modern feel with statement headboards and new furniture throughout. The old bathrooms were replaced with large walk in showers and new fixtures and fittings including much needed improvements to the lighting.
And finally the current “work in progress” is the bathroom of the Queen Anne Suite. The existing bath and shower will be replaced with The Niederbronn, an impressive British made, hand finished cast iron bath with a polished finish which is big enough for two! With some careful planning and a little bit of rearranging a new walk in shower will also be added. Works will be completed by the end of May so watch out for new photos once it’s unveiled.