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The beauty of dereliction

Trenthamtrentham-blog-2Derelict houses are so romantic, full of promise and mystery. The broken windows, collapsing infrastructure and faded grandeur all tell of another era, a time long gone when others looked out of windows, stood on balconies and saw another world. They say that there are plans to turn these wonderful buildings into a five star hotel at Trentham. I’d be one of the first to book in. I’d almost like to see part of it kept in it’s current state, with furnishings to match, like the curtains in Miss Haversham’s room, crumbling away to dust as they’re pulled to let in the light again. Tom Stuart Smith has done a wonderful job of matching the new Italian gardens to theses buildings. Some of the structures were hidden behind hoardings and I so wanted to climb over them and see what lay behind. I understand that they’re probably dangerous and there’s falling masonry, but I’d take the risk! I would so love to be involved in a restoration project on this scale. At the moment I’m working on a wonderful design where part of a large Arts and Crafts country house is being completely renovated and I’m there, in the gardens, making sure it all ties together. Perhaps it’s the romantic in me, but looking to the future always involves looking back at the past too.

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