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Wilford lodge

Melton Building Project
10/01/2019 – 21/03/2021
Project Value
£2.1 million


At the beginning of 2019, B A Boyle & Son LTD were contracted to complete a large restoration project at the delightful Wilford Lodge, a 16th Century period property with a grade two conservation status. This involved the extensive restoration and renovation of a grand Georgian house and a coach house outbuilding, in addition to the landscaping of the property’s walled gardens, all sitting within approximately 1.6 acres.

During their work on site, our team uncovered a number of original period features, making a balance of restorative and conservation work essential in respectfully altering the space.  Original fireplaces, beautiful oak beams, pine floorboards and cobbles were carefully exposed and sympathetically restored back to their former glory. This involved sandblasting every beam within the house, followed by the application of a protective oil treatment. Floorboards were repaired, sanded, and oiled, whilst the property’s historic cobbles were painstakingly refurbed and reinstated. All existing fireplace brickwork was skillfully repointed, lintels were renovated, and herringbone flooring was updated. Finally, all chimneys on the property were lined to enable use.

Whilst uncovering and respectfully restoring such history, our team carried out extensive work to bring the functional elements of this home into the 21st century. This included the excavation of ground floors and installation of adequate insulation, underfloor heating, air conditioning and smart home systems throughout. In addition, all services within the property were updated.

The exterior of the property was re-rendered in traditional lime work, delivering a clean, aesthetically pleasing, and historically accurate frontage. The rear of the property required substantial work as a result of a hazardous orangery, which was removed and replaced with a high-spec frameless design; a pure example of modern-day architecture expertly juxtaposed to a classical design.

Once restoration work was complete, our team began to explore the interior aspect of the project, ultimately decorating in line with the customer’s precise requirements and individual taste. Standout features amongst our decoration of the property include five high spec bathrooms, along with handcrafted inbuilt wardrobes. A bespoke kitchen was designed, crafted, and installed to look out onto the new orangery, boasting an impressive atrium, whilst the entire unused attic space was renovated to provide a multifunctional gaming floor and bar area.

The outside Coach house, once a tired rundown barn, was transformed into a self-maintained, modern, open-plan home featuring an upper level with a balcony master bedroom and ensuite featuring authentic Japanese curtains for room sectioning.

As part of the project, our customer requested a home gym, swimming pool and pool house, which we constructed within the grounds. A lake located at the end of the garden within woodlands was dredged and reinstated. The grounds were then landscaped, and irrigation systems were installed.

A true credit to all the team including English Grain, Giles Group and Gentry’s Services.

B A Boyle & Son LTD were the main contractors on a 2-year renovation project of our Georgian House in Melton, which has been in the family for more than 50 years. It was a very personal project and they did a fantastic job including keeping the project moving forward through difficult pandemic times (of course within the Covid rules). Brendan(snr), Brendan(Jnr), and the team are incredibly skilful and always ready to find solutions to problems that inevitably come up! They are very patient when you need to make and discuss project changes. The team worked incredibly hard to maintain customer relations ensuring we were happy and proud of the end result. Finally and very importantly, we found B A Boyle & Son LTD to be an honest and trustworthy company – something that should never be underestimated. We would highly recommend this company for any project.

Thank you to all the team for your efforts throughout the past 2 years.

Richard Chalmers