Six of the best for Christmas

The refurbishment of six of the Duchy’s rural residential properties to incorporate the Duchy Design Guide has been completed this month and all properties are let and will be occupied in time for Christmas.

A mix of traditional cottages, period farmhouses and family residences, Park and Apple Tree Cottages, Brakenhurst Farm, Cloughton Fields and Root Hill and Bridge Cottages are the latest properties to be brought up to the Duchy’s new quality and interior design standard. They are part of a rolling programme of investment and improvement works designed to upgrade and update the portfolio across each of the Rural Surveys.

The new Duchy Standard, introduced in April 2015, provides for a consistent specification throughout the portfolio, from the design and fabrication of kitchen and bathroom fittings, through to interior paint finishes and external decoration.

“We are so thrilled with Park Cottage,” said new resident Kim Clarkson. “I work as a groundsman on a large Duchy property just opposite the cottage on the Crewe estate in Cheshire, so I’ve been able to watch the work as it’s been going on. We were really keen to be able to get in before Christmas and I have to say that the Duchy team delivered as they said they would. We are absolutely thrilled with the end result. It looks fantastic and we are looking forward to starting the New Year in our new home.”

Pride in the property is a consistent message coming back from our new residents. When looking for more living space for her extended family, Mrs Claire Peach recently moved from one Duchy property to another on our Needwood estate in Staffordshire:

“We have been Duchy tenants now for ten years,” says Claire “and we were keen to remain as part of the Duchy family. When we started looking for more space, we began by exploring the estate and fell in love with Brakenhurst Farm. However, it was scheduled for a full refurbishment to bring it up to the new Duchy standard and we really wanted to be settled so that we could enjoy a traditional family Christmas. The Duchy team has worked hard to help us meet this deadline and the quality of the work undertaken has completely transformed the house, from a traditional period farmhouse to a truly fabulous family home.”

The Duchy will continue to roll out its £multi-million investment programme where appropriate to do so. For further information on future projects please contact