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, and it's a bit like the Forth Rail Bridge - it always seems to need repainting!
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. We had a new garden gate in early 2019 to keep the dogs in and in December 2019 we replaced the main door into the garden. The outside was repainted last year. We're going to need to redecorate inside soon.
If you've any ideas for further improvement, please let us know as we do take notice. A year or two ago we had an extractor fan put in the kitchen, as guests had suggested. Nothing too expensive please!