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Nettlecombe Court, Somerset

Client: The Field Studies Council

Nettlecombe Court is a C16th, Grade I Listed, Manor House set within an C18th landscape park which is also important as one of only two designated landscapes in Exmoor National Park. The house is of significant historical interest, due in part to the wealth of historic plaster ceilings from five different periods.

Used since 1968 as the Leonard Wills Field Centre by the Field Studies Council, there is a desire to complete a number of internal alterations to the property.

Our work on this project is to exceed our clients’ goals, including the provision of greater flexibility for a wider variety of visiting residential groups to this Grade I listed property. This will also significantly improve the centre’s revenue streams and long-term sustainability.

The intent of the alterations is to upgrade existing facilities to support the buildings’ use as a residential centre. These alterations seek to have a positive impact on securing the future long-term use of the building whilst not effecting any historically sensitive areas. The work is achieved through a thorough understanding of the existing building fabric, its historical significance and sensitivity; from this knowledge we identified where the building could accept change and where any alterations may be harmful to the its unique identity and historic significance.