“As the building is Grade II listed we had to get in touch with the council and they recommended Ventrolla”
Ventrolla North East was instructed to restore the windows at the five-star bed and breakfast accommodation on Tower Tosson Farm in Rothbury, Northumberland. The couple struggled to open the windows in the guest bedrooms as many of the sash windows had been stuck shut with layers of paint.
John said: “The timber in many of the windows had begun to rot and so we began to look into options for either replacing or renovating them. As the building is Grade II listed we had to get in touch with the council and they recommended Ventrolla”.
"Personally I don’t think timber windows are made to the quality they used to be and so I was in favour of renovating the existing windows where possible. I think the restored timber will still have a lot more years in it than replacements.”
The unique Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System is applied to the gaps in sash windows which allows for smoother movement, eradicates draughts, reduces rattles and can help reduce noise. The farmhouse is a traditional Northumbrian sandstone house built around 1800 and so there was a need for some windows to be replaced. The local conservation officer worked closely with Ventrolla to ensure the designs of the new windows were in keeping with the look of the original ones.
John added: “Having the windows renovated has made such a difference. We can now open all the top and bottom windows in the guest bedrooms. My wife, Ann has noticed such a difference as she can fully open the windows as she cleans the rooms and they get plenty of fresh air between guest bookings.”
The Foggins run the farmhouse bed and breakfast alongside the working farm and self catering holiday cottages. They have a flock of 800 ewes that roam 340 acres of beautiful farmland in the hamlet of Great Tosson with a spectacular outlook to the Cheviot Hills. Ventrolla offers a bespoke renovation service for timber sliding sash and casement windows as well as timber doors. The company’s central office is in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, with regional Ventrolla offices located throughout the UK and Ireland.