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Charles Church scoops national award for ‘labour of love’ mansion restoration

14 November 2019

The ‘labour of love’ restoration of an historic Cumbrian mansion has been named as the UK’s best refurbishment project at a national awards event.

Charles Church was awarded the prestigious title of Best Refurbishment Project at the Housebuilder Awards 2019 for its work at the landmark Stone Cross Mansion in Ulverston.

John Roocroft, managing director for Charles Church Lancashire, said: “We are delighted to have received industry recognition for our work at Stone Cross Mansion.”

“Bringing the derelict 1874 mansion back to life as luxury apartments has been an enduring labour of love for our team. This was an extraordinary refurbishment project that has certainly proved to be worth all the time and effort over several years.”

“The mansion is such an impressive building, an iconic feature of the area, and it feels a privilege to have brought the property back to its former glory. ”

“This has been a challenging, yet satisfying, project. We have worked with a range of specialist craftsman to successfully complete the mansion’s transformation.”

Charles Church was presented with the award in front of more than 600 guests at a ceremony held at The InterContinental Hotel-The O2 in London, hosted by Dara Ó Briain.

John added: “This award is testament to the hard work to everyone involved in the Stone Cross Mansion development.”

The Grade II Listed mansion, in Ulverston, has been carefully transformed from a derelict shell into an extraordinary collection of 19 contemporary apartments.

Charles Church worked hard to preserve and enhance many of the mansion’s original features, both inside and out, while creating a collection of luxurious open-plan two and three-bedroom apartments.

A preserved tree-lined avenue leads to the mansions entrance. Stone masons have carefully restored and replaced the exterior architecture and a rose garden has been reinstated to the side of the property, along with formal gardens.

The interior work features the preservation of the lavish gothic-style entrance hall with the upgrade of the grand fireplace and ceiling glazing. The deteriorated imperial staircase has also been restored, as have the impressive stone arches, marble columns and original tiled entrance hall.

Three restored original oil paintings by Lucien Besche, illustrating the poem ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ by Lord Alfred Tennyson, take centre stage at the head of the staircase on the first floor.

The project also saw the refurbishment of the mansion’s Gate House Lodge, converted into a delightful and quirky three-bedroom home, keeping many original conservation features.

The Charles Church Stone Cross Mansion apartments development features 19 individually designed apartments within the Grade II listed property, the converted Gate House and a collection of new four and five-bedroom executive, detached homes.

The mansion house show apartment is available to view Thursday to Monday, by appointment from 11.00am-6.00pm.

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