We enjoy a wander round Miners Cottage II, an innovative property fusing period features with the best of modern-day living, in the sought-after village of Pensford
Recently shortlisted for a 2016 Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award, Miners Cottage II – also known as Perry Cottage – is a deceptively spacious 18th-century property with multiple strings to its bow. Sitting pretty within a conservation area, with a south-westerly facing deck terrace and garden and awesome viaduct views, it has a unique open-plan interior that’s full of appeal.
Completely restored and individually designed with a contemporary extension containing an industrial-style kitchen/diner with exposed brick walls, bi-fold doors and contemporary lighting – and looking out across the Chew Valley – it also lays claim to a stylish living room, downstairs bathroom, two double bedrooms and an upstairs shower room with rain showerhead and stylish underground tiling. Original flagstone floors, period elm floorboards and rustic oak beams abound, but the architects have also been mindful of their ecological responsibilities – ensuring mod cons like under-floor heating are paired with upgraded insulation, double glazing and lime plaster with a hemp binder to improve energy performance.
Bricks from the Victorian lean-to extension that ‘belonged’ to the cottage were also reused in the kitchen/diner, while the doors were salvaged from the original house, the old workshop sink was reclaimed for the master bathroom, and the flagstones were discovered almost completely intact under a later concrete topping. These efforts were made to give the cottage extra integrity while reducing construction waste and minimising the project’s carbon footprint – and, no doubt, contributed to the Telegraph shortlisting.
The living room is a light space that’s a joy to spend time in, with a large double-glazed window overlooking the High Street, an inglenook fireplace with stone surround and wood-burning stove, period press cupboards, window seat and working shutters, while the private deck area offers extra integrated storage, behind a Siberian larch-clad façade housing recycling, and water and electrical supply. Features of the master bathroom include a vintage slipper bath and Belfast sink with unique copper taps and tongue and groove wainscot.
We were charmed, too, by the distressed-look elm staircase, which we can easily imagine kids stomping up after hanging their boots up in the hall; and the master bedroom, with its working shutters, beams, fireplace and sawn timber wall.
Outside, plentiful greenery can be found in the garden, as well as raised vegetable planters, a wildflower area and hornbeam hedge – a pleasant place to potter and entertain before dinner in that super-cool kitchen, hey?
Property Profile – Miners Cottage II
Agent: Roderick THomas, 69 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, BS8 4DD