Refurbishment Breathes New Life Into Historic Workshops

The spectacular countryside of the Trough of Bowland and the comfort and character of the Duchy’s refurbishment of a historic stable yard and workshops continues to prove popular with new tenants from across the county and further afield.

The newest resident at Root Hill Estate Yard is 42-year old staff nurse Rebecca Sharp and her family who moved into Bowland Cottage in June 2017. Rebecca, who works for Lancashire Care NHS Trust, was looking for a property large enough to accommodate her two children which also offered high quality modern-day living accommodation and was located in a safe and secure rural environment.

The newly refurbished Bowland Cottage in Dunsop Bridge forms part of the Duchy’s historic Whitewell Estate, a renowned area of outstanding natural beauty and home to the former Royal Forest of Bowland which extends to over 800 kilometres.

Commenting on the move, Rebecca said: “We’re delighted to have found a property in the Trough of Bowland that has been finished to such a high standard. Although the house features many modern installations it still retains character and charm. The village is a beautiful retreat to return to after work with outstanding views and a wonderful array of wildlife.”

Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow added: “The properties at Root Hill Estate Yard have been carefully designed to reflect the village’s history and heritage. Using traditional materials and local craftsmen for the refurbishment, we have been able to open up these spaces to create homes and offices that modern families want to live in. Our aim was to retain the best of this heritage and combine it with high quality contemporary design to create a home worthy of this extraordinarily beautiful area of the country.”

Designed by local architect Duncan Isherwood of Sunderland Peacock and originally converted by the Duchy in 2010, Root Hill Estate Yard is famous in racing circles as the former stable of racehorse Kettledrum who was trained there in the 19th Century before unexpectedly winning the Epson Derby in 1861.