Perched high on the hill one mile from ‘the little white town’ of Bideford and within 5 miles of the rugged beauty of the North Devon coast, Hallsannery is a late-Regency Period, Grade II Listed manor house.
Having been used for years as a field studies centre and offices, the once grand, formal rooms were a maze of cellular office spaces, subdivided by partition walls and labyrinthine corridors.
Handed down within the same family, the new owners approached Gale & Snowden with a brief to restore and celebrate Hallsannery’s former grandeur, establishing a venue for weddings, holidays, corporate meetings and events.
Gale & Snowden’s approach was to juxtapose the very best of the old with the best of the new; sympathetically revealing the original volumes of the rooms and diligently conserving historic features and details – plaster coving, original fireplaces, period joinery, built-in furnishings, a central sweeping staircase and its glazed lantern whilst rationalising the flow of internal circulation. The restoration also included skilfully introducing modern luxuries such as en-suite bathrooms, sometimes realised as discreet, self-contained ‘pods’ nestled within the largest of the rooms.
A new, large family kitchen designed for relaxed, communal dining now sits at the heart of the house replacing the former commercial kitchen which once served the field studies centre.
Gale & Snowden carried out a low-energy feasibility study with the proposals incorporating several measures to help increase internal comfort and the building’s energy efficiency, including:
- Sealing unused chimneys to dramatically reduce air infiltration
- Refurbishing and draught-proofing the existing timber sash windows
- Replacing the huge oil-fired boiler with a wood pellet boiler system
- Modifications to heating and hot water design
- Inclusion of insulation to the ground floor construction
All photographs by Jon at Indigo Perspective
LocationBideford, North Devon