We were approached by David and Janice of Ash Farm, Dunham Massey, Cheshire, to install a wood burning stove in the guest lounge of their traditional Farm House Bed and Breakfast business which is set in the lovely rolling countryside of Dunham Massey.
Ash Farm operate seven days per week and has a constant stream of guests staying, therefore David placed great emphasis on warmth and efficiency of the stove, aesthetics, cleanliness and speed of the installation.
We spent time with David and Janice discussing their requirements and made the following suggestions.
We felt the stove would look more in keeping if it was set further back into the recess. This involved making a larger chamber for the wood burning stove to be seated, plus raising the height of the wood burner and thus allowing storage and drying area for the logs.
In order to keep the fire place in keeping with the property, we recommended opening up the natural brick chamber behind, and exposing the original Cheshire brick. Finally, to complete the look, we cut up an old Cheshire stone step (from their garden) to produce a lintel and mantel piece to the top of the fire, which provided a traditional feature, very much in keeping with the Cheshire farm house style of the period.
A site survey was conducted … including a trip to the garden to find the old step!