This month it seems all about change: in us and around us. A bit of change every year is healthy, as well as good practice to make decisions and stick to them (harder than it seems when it comes to chocolate, alcohol or exercise)! Resolutions aside, the following sorts of changes are not hard to deal with because all of them are positive!
If we peak through the Canvas and Stone looking glass for the year ahead, what will we see? Below we share some of the developments you can expect across the C&S spectrum for 2016:
The Wainhouse, Dewsall Court
The builders are in at Dewsall, to develop the wonderful Wainhouse. For those of you who have celebrated under its rafters, you’ll know the potential of the space. It’s one of the main function areas at Dewsall Court. It works well for so many different types of events from weddings, to business presentations, exercise classes or creative workshops. Samantha and family have finally got the go ahead to create a more permanent structure and kitchen to The Wainhouse. Work will be completed in the next few months, and no doubt if the Dewsall team anything to do with it, one of their famous parties will be etched into the diary to mark the occasion! If you can get a chance to visit, do!
The Gillyflower, Elmore Court
Team E have been focussing on how they can make the land work best for them at Elmore. The success of The Gillyflower and it’s mud-packed walls has inspired them further to develop the sustainability angle on the estate. Creating a self sustaining country house is a dream of Anselm’s, so look out for more ideas in that vein in the future. There are some rare openings in the Elmore Court diary that are still available for 2016, so grab them while you can. If you aren’t organising an event and want an excuse to visit, keep a close eye out via Elmore’s Facebook page for further opportunities to come and stay.
Renovations to bedroom and bathroom 1, Iscoyd Park
Renovations to bedroom and bathroom 2, Iscoyd Park
Iscoyd has recently renovated two additional bedrooms. These are part of an extensive renovation plan in the house to replace six of the previously unusable rooms on the top floors. From selecting beautiful fabrics to individually sourced heritage baths, Phil, Susie and the team’s dedication to the building work and interiors has really paid off. Watching them bring this house back to life has been a pleasure to watch. You can read more about it here. They have an open weekend coming up on 31st January for interested parties looking for a fantastic venue.
The Orchard Room, Pennard House
Somerset gem, Pennard House recently converted it’s old billiard room into a beautiful, light, master bedroom, aptly named The Orchard Room, which is complete with hand painted murals by artist Frederick Whimsett. In the coming months they will be renovating an additional bedroom in the house which will be available to book as part of your exclusive stay. If you attend one of their creative retreats you may even be able to stay in one of the new bedrooms yourself.
The Granary (before and after), Wasing Park
Last year some of the outbuildings such as The Granary (read more about it here) were converted into beautiful accommodation buildings, complete with quality furnishings and interiors. Wasing Park has created one of the most eclectic collections of places to stay in that you’ll find in any country estate. And it doesn’t stop there. The team have their sights on other accommodation ideas that make the Park even more magical that it is already. Watch this space, more to be revealed!
And what can you expect from Canvas and Stone in 2016?
We have some great supper clubs and dinner parties (with overnight stay) taking place with some brilliant chefs creating some not to be missed menus, exciting collaborations and one-off competitions to be announced.