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Case Study — Bespoke Flooring at Somerset Country Estate

Outstanding craftsmanship and rustic charm

Chaunceys were chosen to supply and fit sustainably sourced flooring throughout a prestigious country estate nestled within the beautiful Somerset countryside, including converted barn accommodation, Garden Café, gym and luxurious spa.

Set among acres of woodland and orchards, this country estate — cited by The Telegraph as “one of the most exceptional country house hotels Britain has seen” — has been carefully and lovingly transformed into a charming luxury retreat set within a working farm and garden. At its core lies an elegant Georgian house encompassing sophisticated and characterful accommodation, spa, restaurants and its very own working cider cellar.

The Garden Café

With every detail of the renovation being carefully considered and mindful of its rich heritage and beautiful natural surroundings, the flooring is certainly no exception! From bespoke winding staircases, Grade II listed buildings and busy café areas, there were many challenging aspects to overcome. But thanks to our 32 years’ experience in fitting and finishing timber flooring for leading interior designers and architects, each project has been completed to an exceptionally high standard.

Barn Conversion

For these 4 individual suites set within an old coach house building, Chaunceys worked hand in hand with main contractors Ken Biggs and Studio Mark Ruthven Architects with some impressive results. The staircase was built from 40mm solid square-nosed oak, with a cross sawn and brushed texture and an invisible lacquer finish, to exactly match the flooring throughout. The boards were fitted with a small shadow gap between the boards to give a more authentic and rustic feel.

Floor and staircase: Invisible Lacquer, Sawn & Brushed. Photo credit: Graham Gaunt (interior shots)

‘Chaunceys offer a range of timber flooring products which are appealing to our clients, while we appreciate their range of experience and technical advice that allows us to achieve a great design result for the important seamless combination of engineered flooring and stairs.’

— Studio Mark Ruthven

Sawn and Brushed oak flooring in bedroom at Somerset estate
Floor and staircase: Invisible Lacquer, Sawn & Brushed. Photo credit: Graham Gaunt.

The Garden Café

Created in partnership with B2 Architects and Tonic Design, The Garden Café is situated in the woods overlooking the estate’s many orchards and gardens. The Café provides an ideal location to bathe in Somerset’s summer sunlight whilst enjoying some delicious home-grown seasonal fare. The estate laboured over a very exacting specification of flooring, including a select grade Elm for its lightness and warmth, utilising an invisible lacquer to give a ‘naked’ wood look. It was a beautiful yet practical flooring choice for a busy café with plenty of footfall.

Floor: Elm, Invisible Lacquer

The Spa

Our popular Invisible Lacquered Sawn and Brushed Tectonic® engineered prime grade oak planks are featured here in this luxurious spa. These eye-catching boards replicate the raw texture of traditional timber cutting methods to create wood flooring with captivating character. These textures are added in-house at our Bristol HQ by our expert finishing
team. The boards’ true-to-wood finish and rustic texture create a calming sense of connection to nature, complementing this relaxing spa setting.

Floor: Invisible Lacquer, Sawn & Brushed

Barn Library

Again, under the instruction of Studio Mark Ruthven Architects, this once under-utilised barn building has been converted to a high standard with facilities for a library, book-storage rooms and double-height reading room. Wishing to keep the rustic charm of the barn, and a harmonious palette of materials across the property, the estate once again opted for the cross-sawn and brushed oak across the entire floor and two staircases.

Floor & staircases: Invisible Lacquer, Sawn & Brushed. Photo credit: Graham Gaunt

To find out more or to discuss your bespoke requirements for your next project, please get in touch with our friendly customer service team.