Traditional Restoration Method

A message from the owner:

Probably the most exciting project I will ever under take. Llanthony has been a dream come true. By working with the building and restoring it using the correct materials I feel that I have done something substantial with my life that will go on long after I am gone. I hope that in some way I have helped to sustain this treasure for the world.

That may all sound very romantic but it is honestly the way I have always looked at Llanthony. I have given it nothing but the best at a cost that can be sometimes described as stupid. Nothing has gone into the fabric of the building which wasn’t in use 500 years ago. I have often gone to silly lengths but I can put my hand on my heart and say that I am proud of what I’ve accomplished.

In this section of the website I would like to share some of the restoration experiences I have had with Llanthony and some of the ways in which we managed to solve the problems we encountered.

I have included this section of the website because the appropriate methods of restoring these unique and irreplaceable architectural structures is something I believe passionately about and something which I think the public need to be made more aware of. It is my hope that by doing so I may be able to help other buildings by helping their owners.

Buildings of this sort however have a down side. It is unfortunate that the cost of restoring them can be astronomical. It is also a real shame that when people choose to restore old buildings properly that they are forced to pay a premium for appropriate materials. It is also unfortunate that experts in restoration charge higher rates for their expertise. It is again unfortunate that there is no VAT relief when repairing listed buildings. All of this is why you often find enthusiastic owners taking courses and learning how to point walls with lime themselves. The costs are high to the point where I now feel that the only way in which I can continue to work on the restoration of Llanthony is to find a way of having it earn its keep. The fact that I can do this by sharing it with people is a bonus, therefore I have decided to open the building for holiday rentals as I can not think of a more appropriate setting, or a warmer home in which to relax and I hope my clients will agree