On April 25, 1946, a postwar crowd gathered on a lovely spring day to cheer on Lovely Cottage as he galloped across the finish line at UK’s Grand National. It was a day of triumph for Manor House stables and the small village of Headbourne Worthy in Hampshire, which was the new champion’s home. It also marked the end of an era.
Lovely Cottage’s winning race was the last of this tradition that had started in 1876, and shortly after, the unused stables fell into a state of disrepair. Until one day when Andy Ramus of AR Design Studio, which was completing renovations to the Manor House, recognized the potential of this historic stable. Shortly after, Lovely Cottage’s stable received a new lease on life as a modern three-bedroom house featuring much of the structure’s original barnlike character.
Photography by Martin Gardner, courtesy of AR Design Studio.
The structure’s exposed timber walls were cleaned and refurbished to reveal the original detailing and craftsmanship.
Modern amenities like the heated polished concrete floor are still very much in keeping with the stable’s original character.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 29, 2013, as part of our Renovation and Reclamation issue.
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