This first plan shows the ground floor of the house, with The Jovial Colliers Apartment, an additional £500.00 for a weekend, being the left hand section. This was converted from a derelict village shop by us in 2008. The first bedroom on the left is the Rose Double, and the one next to it is the Garden Bunk. This area has the large black and white family bathroom. All three rooms have french doors opening onto the courtyard garden.
The bedroom at the front is the Blue Twin Room, which is let at an additional hire of £200.00 for a weekend. It has access to the ground floor wet room which has additional facilities such as a shower seat and grab rail for the less firm in the group, though guests do need to ascend the spiral carpeted stairs to get access to the Upper Malt House Dining Space.
The downstairs kitchen overlooking the garden is our own area of the house. There is a family room behind it with an solid fuel fire and a double bed in the snug behind that. The Snug Family area can be hired for an additional £250.00 for a weekend.
The Red Sitting Room – the largest room on the right at the front of the house – is accessed by descending the spiral carpeted stairs. It has three large leather sofas, TV/DVD and lots of books and DVDs and family games, and is a good snug room for kids to watch a film whilst parents are having dinner or for smaller groups to retire to for a quiet chat. It is always available to guests and has a fire exit directly onto the street.
This plan above shows the first floor of the main house.
The bath and wc facilities to the left of the picture are part of the Four Poster Room with free standing bath in the room. Please be aware that whilst this is the most splendid room in the house, it has the misfortune of being the thoroughfare between the main social space of the house and all the upstairs bedrooms. There are floor length curtains providing privacy and creating a corridor down one side of the large cathedral style room.
Next to it is the family bathroom, which is now divided into two, and is the family shower room at the front and the en-suite bathroom to the Chinese Room at the back. To the right of the family shower room is the Chinese Room with a double, a single, a cot and the ensuite.
Down the two steps is the White Twin Room, sleeping two, and the large room in the right hand corner is the Japanese Room. This is the largest room in the house and has a double sleigh bed, a single sleigh bed and a second bed – so can sleep 4.
The little bathroom in the middle of the upstairs is the small family bathroom with the Bette Sitz bath. Below that on the plan is the Nell Nile Bunk Room (sleeping 2), leading to the Butterfly Room (sleeping 3) with a double sleigh and a day bed and a sink. This area is at the back of the house overlooking the garden, and is one of the questest areas of the house.
The above plan shows the provisional lay out for the Malt House Barn conversion which we did ourselves in 2010. The upper image shows the Lower Malt House with the Arts and Crafts ensuite Double on the left and the small bunk room, called Franco’s, next to it. There isn’t a third bedroom. The Lower Malt House has the pool table, a flat screen TV, a cocktail bar and a kitchen set up exclusively for baking. This is the main entrance to the house for guests, and there is an internal staircase to The Upper Malt House.
NB – although it seems illogical, we don’t leave either of the Malt House doors to the car park open for guests as we have had situations of party noise, children and pets escaping from the building. Sorry.
The lower image shows the Upper Malt House Rinky Dink Pink and Sunshine Yellow rooms on the left. The mini gym is on a mezzanine above them. The bathroom next to them wasn’t added as again we wanted to keep the space as open plan and unaltered as possible.
At the right hand street end of the Upper Malt House, the shower room became just a WC, with the main kitchen moved away from the window to make space for the spa facilities – which include an infra red sauna cabin and a steam sauna shower cabin.
The Dining Area can seat 32 over two long tables, and has two more leather sofas and a small beam mounted TV/DVD.
The above plan shows some of the elevations, cross sections and positions of mezzanines and veluxes etcetera.
These six images are plans from our final conversion project for the General Stores (honest, Mr Bank Manager) and involve adding a slanted green oak and glass roof top to the BBQ area, whilst leaving it open on the sides. This is to keep bikes and buggies out of the rain overnight, and to allow guests to continue with BBQs when the weather suddenly changes, as it is so often the case with Blighty! This will be done in 2013 we hope. The final L-shaped extension, Italian Loggie style, also green oak and glass, to be installed in 2014.
Watch this space!