Easton Grange has recently received a new lease of life.
The conversion of a Grade II listed farmhouse and a collection of 16th Century agricultural buildings into one of the most stunning wedding venues nestled in the English countryside. Situated on the edge of the village Easton next to the River Deben in Suffolk, you couldn’t get more “English countryside” if you tried.
The venue is a collection of converted old buildings complimented by a new Oak barn which has been carefully designed to create the perfect space for ceremonies and celebrations. This is linked to the traditional buildings via the conversion of the old dairy, which now plays home to the bar, which enjoys views over the water meadows with a fully glazed side opening out onto a York stone courtyard. The jewel in the crown is the conversion of the original barn, with views and a front lawn running down to the river Deben.
Accommodation is provided in the renovated Suffolk longhouse (The Farmhouse) and the original bakehouse (The Bakehouse cottage). All the rooms in the farmhouse are en-suite with their own individual design.
The bakehouse has been turned into a luxurious bridal suite – complete with lounge, a spacious bedroom and a generously sized luxurious en-suite bathroom.
The build phase is now nearing completion having started in January 2012. The main contractor on the project has been Hills Building Group, whilst Needham Electrical is responsible for the design and installation of all the electrical work on the site.
Needham Electrical Managing Director, Martyn Dew, said:
“Working on the site we are responsible for a range of electrical installations, from the lighting, power and sub mains, through to the installation of PA systems, heating controls and fire alarms.”
“At Needham Electrical, we have a lot of experience in the industry and we enjoy working on high profile projects such as this. We pride ourselves on our client focus and although we are large enough to cope with each challenge, we are still a small company at heart.”
Speaking about the new venue, Daniel Tucker, Hills Building Group contract surveyor, said:
“We are currently laying oak flooring and completing decorations inside the venue. The beautiful oak beams within the ceremony barn integrate a stunning minstrels’ gallery, which provides an elevated position for musicians and or photographers.
“All the renovations have been carried out carefully to maintain all the original features and protect the heritage of the buildings whilst combining the new and the old. The walls and floors are very uneven therefore fitting skirting and hanging radiators is quite an art, it has been very satisfying seeing the whole site come together to provide a stunning wedding venue.”
Peter Wells of Peter Wells Architects based in Woodbridge has overseen the build. Peter has extensive experience in commercial and residential sectors across East Anglia and the South East with current projects ranging from £20k to £3m.
Having been in operation for 13 years, Aquaheat Ltd specialise working in bespoke projects carrying out the design, installation and keeping the building maintained once in operation.
Installations range from small commercial mechanical packages, heat pumps, underfloor heating, solar thermal, through to domestic bespoke bathrooms.
We have worked closely with Hills Construction on a number of projects over the years and enjoy a good working relationship.
John Mills from Aquaheat Ltd said:
“On Easton Grange we carried out the design and installation of the full mechanical package.
“We are always interested in working closely with both the builder and client, and this project gave us that opportunity.
“We pride ourselves in attention to detail and in executing a project to exact requirements.”
Carltons Wood Floors and Doors
Carlton Wood Floors and Doors have been in business for 18 years. They are a specialist supplier and fitter of wood flooring and doors.
Alan Fare from Carltons Wood Floors and Doors said:
“We have worked in residential properties in London- in areas such as Chelsea and Knightsbridge. We have also worked on local restaurants, but we are not a big contract company, we are more of a specialist company.
“At Easton Grange we supplied and installed 20 mm engineered oak flooring- engineered because it was fitted on top of under-floor heating.
“We pride ourselves in quality of workmanship, attention to detail and the type of product that we sell- we look to supply something that will give the correct sort of look to the environment that’s being installed and our main focus is always quality.”