Traditional and Contemporary

The Duchy of Lancaster continues to offer its unique mix of contemporary living spaces in heritage settings with the refurbishment of a stone-built cottage in the heart of Weston village on the historic Crewe Estate in Cheshire.

Fennel Cottage was originally built in the mid to late nineteenth century and has formed part of the Duchy’s Cheshire Survey since the 1930’s. Earlier this year, plans were unveiled to restore and enhance the 3-bedroomed property, remodelling the interior to reflect modern family life. This included the conversion of a former garage/workshop into a double height state-of-the-art dining kitchen with full length bi-fold glass doors onto the rear garden and patio. As a result, tenants can now enjoy uninterrupted views of open fields while sitting down to breakfast or entertaining al fresco.

Local contractors and craftsmen were appointed to deliver the works and the project was overseen by the Duchy’s managing agents, Savills and their Architectural & Building Services team.

Commenting on the finished scheme, Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “In Cheshire, as elsewhere across our rural residential portfolio, the Duchy is establishing a reputation for quality of design and finish. We are investing time, money and effort in getting these properties right – not just in terms of immediate repair and maintenance, but in fitting them for the future. We have a duty to protect and preserve these historic buildings and to ensure that they reflect the way in which we live today.”

Fennel Cottage received record levels of interest prior to opening and has been let to existing Duchy tenants living elsewhere on the estate. Commenting on their reasons for choosing Fennel Cottage, they said: “We have seen a number of properties that the Duchy has refurbished over the last year or so and have been very impressed with the quality of the finish and the craftsmanship on each. Fennel Cottage is everything we could wish for and we are delighted to be able to make it our home.”

The Duchy of Lancaster owns 77 residential properties across Cheshire as well as 11 tenanted farms, 16 business premises and 1,415 hectares of residential land. In the last 12 months it has invested around £1,088,889 in 8 major residential refurbishments on the estate.