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Holiday cottage repairs and alterations

— 13 Sep 2019


The approach to Pond Cottage is across a footbridge over the tumbling waters of the Tamar


Pond Cottage in the Spring sunshine


The Dairy and Cottage were vividly described by Repton as ‘embosomed in all the sublimity of umbrageous majesty’

Pond Cottage listed Tamar Valley Large

As the name so evidently suggests, Pond Cottage is a picture-postcard cottage situated on the banks of an ornamental pond, currently run as a holiday let through the Landmark Trust.

Conceived as one of the follies within the Endsleigh Estate, Pond Cottage, along with the Dairy were designed by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville to sit within Repton’s enchanting ‘Picturesque’ landscape garden.

In 1984 the Landmark Trust bought the Dairy and Pond Cottages which had fallen into disrepair, with the dairy almost entirely swallowed by the neglected and overgrown vegetation. The buildings were restored in the 1980s and Pond Cottage became a holiday cottage for people to enjoy the tranquillity of the ornamental gardens and cascading watercourses.

Jonathan Rhind Architects were approached by the Landmark Trust to design minor repairs and alterations to upgrade the facilities.  

The timing of the building works had to be tied in with visitor bookings, so a tight timescale was scheduled in which the works had to be completed. Contractors A C Worth Builders completed the job in a timely manner and the cottage was ready for visitors with plenty of time to spare.

Because of the tight timescales, it was possible for Part I Architectural Assistant Alice Bell, to see the project through from concept and planning to construction and completion of the project, during her year in Practice. This gave her a thorough understanding of the process of contract administration.

Please see the link below to view the property on the Landmark Trust website.

The Landmark Trust – Pond Cottage

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