Wallingford - Updating A Country Residence

White Cross with it's crenellated rooftop has been the home of number of noteworthy owners including the Great Grandparents of Sir Laurence Olivier. This impressive 18th century eight-bedroom home has a number of beautiful reception rooms which were calling out for improvements including new wood burning stoves to help heat the high-ceilings and large stone-mullioned bay windows.

New owners Mr and Mrs Grenfell were keen to take their time bringing the property up to modern standards whilst maintaining it's original features and atmosphere.

The formal lounge was the first to benefit from a new inset wood burning stove which was a straightforward installation carried out in the first year.

Two further feature fireplaces had sadly had their chimney stacks removed from the loft spaces upwards when a new flat roof was laid in the 1980s. With the help of BSA Chester in Long Crendon, planning permission and listed building consent was gained to be able to reinstate the chimneys.

North Mill Stoves lined the chimneys and install a stunning traditional large scale stove to heat the kitchen in an original inglenook in the oldest part of the house while a more demur and smaller inset stove was fitted in the study to make a comfortable space to sit and learn.

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