Plans and improvements

Whilst Fold Cottage was always a pretty splendid place for a holiday in Lakeland, we've been gradually upgrading it since we bought it in 2010, for a bit of extra comfort, luxury and space.

Over the winter of 2011/12 we had the living room chimney opened up and a wood burning stove installed, new local slate floors, under floor heating throughout the ground floor and bathroom, a new kitchen and a new bathroom.  We used local craftsmen including Beetham & Dean of Ambleside, Kirkland Kitchens in Kendall, J Brownell & Sons from Windermere with slate from the Kirkstone Quarry and the Burlington Quarry.

We also employed local architect, William Sutherland, to draw up plans and obtain planning permission for a small extension at the back.  Work started on that in November 2013 and continued until March 2014!  It's the bit on the left in this photograph with the French windows.

Then the garden wall at the back fell over so that had to be rebuilt.  Hopefully, we're now about there but the main side door and the garden gate have seen better days so we've just had a quote to replace them sometime during 2018.  It looks as if a coat of paint wouldn't go amiss on the outside woodwork, so something for the autumn.

If you've any ideas for further improvement, please let us know as we do take notice.  Last year we had an extractor fan put in the kitchen, as people have suggested.  Nothing too expensive please!
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Christopher Buckle,
Aug 7, 2011, 8:11 AM