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With a commanding position at the gateway to Ilfracombe – nestling in a North Devon conservation area – The Earlsdale Bed & Breakfast is a grand Victorian villa. Designed by renowned architect W H Gould in approximately 1885, the property has been a hotel and B&B for much of its life. The B&Bs doors were re-opened by new owners, Lewis and James, in April 2019 who soon realised they were in need of assistance with their sash window renovation project.
“When we were looking to find and run a B&B, we ideally wanted a period property and were over the moon to find The Earlsdale. Most of its original sash windows were still in place, although not in the best condition after years of neglect. We were drawn to the period features and were in no doubt that the sash windows should be restored professionally. ”
The search began for a suitable specialist to bring the sash windows back to life. The owners had spent time searching online for local and national companies – it was then that they came across Ventrolla.
Lewis explains, “Ventrolla was an attractive choice for a few reasons. We could see from their website and case studies that they were perfectly placed to assist us. The free no-obligation assessment of our entire collection of over 25 windows was very useful. It enabled us to work out the priority order of tackling the windows.”
The Ventrolla survey allowed them to budget accordingly – giving them a cost per window. This was really important considering the number of sash windows which needed attention. Once this was decided, our installers got to work.
“Ventrolla’s installation teams have all been great. Very professional and clearly passionate about their work. They resolved any little issues quickly and without fuss.”
This stunning villa is one of few remaining in the area that has escaped being fitted with low-quality uPVC windows. However, the beautiful timber sash windows weren’t making life very comfortable for guests. So for our team, it wasn’t just about carrying out renovation and repairs – the owners were keen that we made sure the windows enhanced the guest experience, too.
“Before restoration, many of our windows were unloved. Some painted shut, many terribly draughty, some with broken ropes, dead weights and rattling frames. Since Ventrolla worked on them, our windows not only look fantastic, but we’ve also been amazed by the reduction in noise and draughts. It’s great to see the house looking as originally intended, without any drawbacks for modern living and for our paying guests, who expect the best.”
“We’ve found that our guests really value the original and authentic features of The Earlsdale. So we’re glad we’ve stayed true to the 1885 look and feel of the architecture. Ventrolla have played a vital role in helping us achieve that. We still have many windows to renovate and I know that Ventrolla will continue to be our partner in protecting this building for future generations to love and enjoy as much as we do.”
With seven en-suite bedrooms, The Earlsdale is the perfect adults-only escape for those looking to explore the North Devon coastline. You can find more information and availability on their website. We’d highly recommend following their socials too, for holiday inspiration and so much more:
If you have a wooden window or door project to tackle, either residential or commercial, you can find out more about our renovation services and speak to a member of our team on 0800 0277 454 or by contacting us here.