When Mike Wicks, Branch Manager of Bathroom Village Exeter, was approached by a customer looking to renovate ten bathrooms in an old country house, he didn’t quite realise the extent of the project. Five years later, the bathrooms are complete and look gorgeous. The house in question is the beautiful Pynes House in Upton Pyne, Devon. Grade II listed, built in 1700 and located about three miles outside of Exeter, it’s the Downton Abbey of Devon.
The estate itself has a grand history that stretches back to the Norman period where King John (1166-1216) granted land near Upton Pyne to Henry II’s royal court. It is also believed that shortly after alterations to the house in 1851, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stayed.
By 1939 the house was empty and slowly became uninhabitable. Pynes house required a huge restoration project to survive and thankfully in 2011, the challenge was taken on.
Pynes House has now been returned to its former glory and is used as a stunning venue for exclusive weddings, parties and events.
Bathroom Village are delighted to have been a part of the restoration process of Pynes House. All ten bathrooms were supplied by Bathroom Village featuring products by Merlyn, Burlington, Heritage, and Imperial Bathrooms.
Mike helped to select the bathroom products for Pynes House, working closely with the project manager and visiting the house regularly. He says:
“The customer’s brief was to find something ‘classically traditional to compliment the house’. I selected brands that specialise in the traditional style and products that suited the interior of the house. Some of the bathrooms contain framed shower enclosures but with the more recently refurbished rooms, we decided to go minimal. By combining walk-in shower enclosures with traditional shower valves, we were able to achieve a minimal look that retained that ‘classic’ feel”.
We think you’ll agree that the end result is fantastic! Scroll down for more images. To find out more about Pynes House visit: www.pyneshouse.co.uk