Case Studies

Stone Cottage on the Hill

Stone Cottage on the Hill

An excellent conversion of an old stone barn has been given a new lease of life with timber clad extensions and outbuildings. Perched on top of a hill in Mid Wales the barn overlooks beautiful rolling hills and stunning green valleys which is reinforced with a quality build and a range of From The Anvil products which adorn this wonderful property.

Border Oak Cottage

Border Oak Cottage

A beautifully constructed timber frame cottage from the well respected Border Oak company. Nestled near the Welsh/English Marches this timber clad property shows quality throughout which is only enhanced with a full range of From The Anvil door and window furniture. Pewter Patina finish was the choice of owners Emma and Simon which as you will see looks fantastic against all the exposed oak wood work.

The Lion Inn

The Lion Inn

Set in stunning surroundings in the picturesque village of Leintwardine, South Shropshire, a short distance from Ludlow, the Lion Inn with its bars, restaurant and rooms is the perfect place to unwind. Situated on the banks of the lovely River Teme it is a stunning location to relax and see what the area has to offer.

The Lion has recently undergone a complete makeover with the owners needing a choice of ironmongery to match the quality and style of the restoration, they chose From The Anvil. The main restaurant, bar & breakfast room has been lovingly decorated in quality finishes throughout and then adorned with our Pewter Patina Window Furniture in the Monkeytail Night Venting Fasteners & Monkeytail Stays. This style of ironmongery has helped create a beautiful finish in what has become a sympathetic restoration, exactly what a quality building like The Lion needed.

The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office

This beautiful Grade 2 Listed building nestled in the heart of Pembridge in Herefordshire was once the village post office and stores and therefore at the centre of the local Parish.

The property is currently near completion and has been lovingly and sympathetically restored by its passionate owners and their experienced building team. Over the last year or so they have been creating a family home and business from the shell of what is essentially a 14th Century timber-framed core. The building has also been extensively remodelled throughout the 17th and 19th Century and is now getting a new lease of life to take it long into the next century.

The renovation called for a style of ironmongery that gives a perfect enhancement to the development and allows the quality of workmanship to shine through. The owners chose From The Anvil products to amplify the character of the building.

Their home has been fitted throughout with the stunning Pewter Patina finish, from the traditional Thumblatches you’d expect to find in a building of this age through to Fishtail Bolts, Shakespeare Knockers and the Cromwell range of lever handles. The perfect accompaniment to a listed building with so much character and history.

Classic Contemporary

Classic Contemporary

This large period property in South East England has undergone a two-year renovation. The owner has project managed throughout and created a modern family home whilst retaining the building’s original character. A contemporary extension has been added to house an indoor swimming pool and allow for 21st-century living.

The home owner, a self-confessed perfectionist has paid huge attention to detail during the project and spent time and effort sourcing quality fittings. From the Anvil products have been used throughout the property in both original and new spaces. Our Beehive Mortice/Rim Knob Sets fit perfectly on the internal doors of the first floor. The spacious kitchen oozes quality and craftsmanship and has been finished with our Natural Smooth Octagonal Knobs and Drawer Pulls. The contemporary yet characterful look is continued through to the lightflooded extension which has been fitted with a selection of our Pewter and Natural Smooth door furniture.

Ireland's Mansion

Ireland's Mansion

Irelands Mansion is a listed Tudor building situated in the centre of the historic town of Shrewsbury. It has been converted into a modern office block that accommodates various local businesses.

From the Anvil provided a full ironmongery specification and worked closely with the joiner and architects during the project. We provided all locks, latches and ironmongery and our Pewter products have been used throughout. The door closers were also sourced by From the Anvil and finished specifically to match.

The building has been transformed with care, skill and an understanding of its history. The charming entrance way is an example of this sympathetic work. Its exposed beams take centre stage, complemented by new solid oak glazed doors and our Pewter Avon on Rose Handles.

The original windows on the façade of the building are adorned with our Pewter Peardrop Night Vent Fasteners and Stays. The central sweeping staircase leads to each floor through off white doors which are also fitted with our Avon Handles.

A high-quality finish has been achieved and the contemporary fixtures and fittings used contrast brilliantly with the building’s original features.

All joinery work has been carried out by Netley Joinery (www.netleyjoinery.co.uk) and all design and fittings supplied by Netley Interiors (www.netleyinteriors.co.uk) using From The Anvil products.

The Hundred House Inn

The Hundred House Inn

The Hundred House Inn is a quintessential village pub, packed full of history and charm. Located in Bleddfa near Knighton on the Welsh border, it was built in 1524 as a Radnorshire Courthouse. After years of service it first became a free house in the 1850s when the court moved to the nearby town of Presteigne.

In May 2015, the building changed ownership and underwent a complete transformation. In addition to the extensions and renovations the current proprietor’s primary goal was that the frontage be restored to how it would have looked five hundred years ago. This included replacing the building’s UPVC windows with oak frames, raw iron casements and heritage leaded glass.

The characterful interior has also been carefully updated and includes many authentic and quirky touches. “As we near the completion of the renovation we have gained great satisfaction with the results, which have been significantly enhanced by sourcing quality ironmongery and fittings throughout.” – Mr Jones (Proprietor).

The Hundred House Inn will re-open this spring and its gourmet pie kitchen is definitely worth a visit - hundredhousebleddfa.wordpress.com

Timber Frame Brick House

Timber Frame Brick House

A new build with a touch of class.

This newly erected property in the heart of Mid-Wales is constructed by a local firm to such a high specification that it called for a quality ironmongery finish.

The owner chose to fit all areas of the property with a suite of From The Anvil Pewter door, window and cabinet fittings to compliment the quality workmanship within.

As you can see from the images the timber frame of the property gives a beautiful richness to the home and a warmth only achievable with English Oak beams. Compliment that with the contrast of pewter finish ironmongery then there is an ideal match.

The Old School House

The Old School House

This beautiful old school house is situated in a stunning part of the country in Northumberland near the village of Blanchland.

The joinery on the property has been carried out by the fantastic team at Richard James Joinery who chose to manufacture the doors in Accoya due to the adverse weather conditions the property has to endure. The client themselves chose the Lions Head Door Knocker in a Antique Pewter Finish, a Gothic Euro Lever Handle and Avon Euro Escutcheon in the Pewter Finish which are all great stand out features and also give a dark contrast against the warm tone of the wood stain.

We are sure you'll agree that a beautiful result has come from this job with the combination of skilled craftspeople at Richard James Joinery and From The Anvil products.

The Garden House

The Garden House

This beautifully refurbished garden house in Surrey has recently been transformed into an exclusive boutique hotel and restaurant. The splendid building sits on the same estate as the main house and traditionally served the property with all its produce grown in the grounds. The Garden House has been skilfully restored and is adorned with From The Anvil products throughout.

The hotel’s elegant rooms have been fitted with our traditional Beeswax Monkeytail Espag Handles and Stays which add to the character and create a warm, welcoming feel. Our range of Straight Lever Handles have been used to complement the super stylish bathrooms which are tastefully decorated in dark green hues.

The stunning orangery which houses the dining area is filled with light, created by sky lanterns and floor to ceiling glazed doors which have been fitted with Reeded Lever Handles. All windows have been carefully finished with our authentic Beeswax Monkeytail Espag Handles and Stays to create a very traditional feel.

All hallways and corridors throughout the hotel and staff areas have doors adorned with the Gothic Lever Latches to further allow the hotel to show off a traditional quality and top class finish.

All fixtures and fittings have been supplied through our registered Stockist, Period House Store. If this beautiful hotel has inspired you to recreate this look, please get in touch for further information and advice.

Timber Frame Porch

Timber Frame Porch

A beautifully crafted oak porch adorns this wonderful timber frame property in the heart of Herefordshire.

The hand-crafted oak porch covers a very traditional looking door but has the security and energy efficiency you'd expect from a very modern entrance way. To give it the final piece of the puzzle the owner purchased and fitted it with From The Anvil ironmongery.

Our Art Deco Door Knockers gives the front door some real style and when hit gives a solid 'knock' to be heard all around the house. Paired with the Pewter Large Letterplate creating a beautiful entrance into the property.

To recreate this look on any traditional or modern locking door systems then please get in touch with us or find your nearest stockist here.

Cotswolds Inns & Hotels

Cotswolds Inns & Hotels

We often see our products in residential settings which always look amazing, seeing how people decorate their homes with From The Anvil, but we are seeing a trend more and more business properties getting into the brand.

If you have stayed in the idyllic Cotswolds in recent years then more than likely a hotel or restaurant you have been to has used our products.

One such company is the Cotswolds Inns and Hotels Group which have used many of our products in their hotels and inns. The Bear of Rodborough in Stroud being one, The Bay Tree of Burford another and the stunning Broadway are just a few examples of the many places that have been sympathetically restored and enhanced with an array of From The Anvil door, window and cabinet furniture.

In 1997, Cotswold Inns and Hotels set out to create an exceptional group of unique hotels in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. Since first establishing, their collection of properties has continued to grow providing guests with a choice of stylish relaxing retreats, event venues and restaurants.

Our products have been used throughout numerous rooms and public areas in these properties with our broad finish choice and extensive product collection allowing for Beeswax, Pewter and Natural Smooth fittings to be used in different spaces to complement the style and feel of each room.

For more product inspiration or information about each hotel visit Cotswolds Inns & Hotels. If these beautiful hotels have inspired you to recreate this look, please get in touch for further information and advice or find your nearest stockist here.

Tigbourne Farm

Tigbourne Farm

Tigbourne Farm, on the edge of Chiddingfold is an exclusive redevelopment of a 14th century farmhouse and three 16th to 18th century barns. The extensive plot also houses three early 20th century dairy barns.

These ancient buildings feature soaring ceilings, exposed original timbers, inglenook fireplaces, beautifully crafted oak windows and doors, and a mixture of oak and York stone floors. All the properties are Grade II listed and have been expertly restored to accentuate their many original features, all of which have been tastefully complemented with From The Anvil traditional ironmongery. Beeswax and Black Suffolk Latches, T-Hinges, Straight Lever Handles and Shepherds Crook Window Fittings are only a few of the many products used in these desirable properties.

The craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail that has gone into the renovation of this site over the past five years is evident throughout. Experts in traditional joinery, carpentry and stonemasonry were commissioned by the owner, who has dedicated vast amounts of time and expense in creating these gorgeous unique homes. Tigbourne Farm is an extremely rare example of a medieval hall structure and is one of only five in Surrey. The owner felt it was important to choose traditional materials and fittings in keeping with the historic heritage of the buildings to ensure none of the original character was lost.

All photographs courtesy of: peter-wright-photography.co.uk

Clifton-upon-Teme Renovation

Clifton-upon-Teme Renovation

The owners of this charming brick cottage, set in the Malvern Hills District in the county of Worcestershire, have spent the last two years carefully restoring it. They have managed to keep the properties original character whilst creating a bright, contemporary home.

The owners have fitted our Copper Brindley and Harborne Pendants to match their copper accessories in the kitchen and gone for Pewter ironmongery throughout.

The new front door is hand-crafted from solid oak and has been finished with our Avon Lever Lock Set, Letter Plate, Letter Plate Cover and Shepherd’s Crook Bolt.

If you would like to see how the owners are getting on with their renovation project then pay them a visit on their Instagram page @thevillage-reno.

Squirrels Nest - Tree House

Squirrels Nest - Tree House

Nestled in the wilds of Mid-Wales is a beautifully crafted timber frame called 'Trawscwm Treehouse' or affectionately known as 'Squirrels Nest' and is the handiwork of local farmers John, Laura and their skilled team.

Squirrels Nest is crafted around an old tree on their farmland near Llanbister Road and situated in a quiet area surrounded by woodlands and open fields. The property allows those who are lucky enough to stay there a taste of rural life in Wales and a bit of peace and quite to recharge their batteries.

The tree house has been really well designed and built to the highest quality using local materials and products to provide holiday accommodation worthy of the praise it is receiving from all who stay, which can be seen in the visitor book.

Trawscwm has been fitted with From The Anvil ironmongery from top to bottom with our Large Avon Lock Sets adorning the oak front door and glazed patio doors to the rear which lead onto the decking and hot tub area.

The quirky interior has a double bed, sofa and full working kitchen and you can see Anvil products throughout. An oak ledged door with pewter T Hinges and traditional Thumblatch leads you through to a stylish bathroom that wouldn't be out of place in any home with freestanding bath, shower and a floor to ceiling curved glass wall overlooking the wilds of the Welsh hills.

If you would like to find out more about this fantastic tree house then please visit 'Squirrels Nest' Facebook page here and book your next relaxing getaway.

Old Gwernyfed Manor

Old Gwernyfed Manor

Old Gwernyfed is located to the south west of Hay-on-Wye close to the beautiful Usk Valley with the backdrop of the Black Mountains and part of the estate lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Old Gwernyfed Manor is named after the great Celtic longhouse home for a Welsh chieftain and his clan. There has been a house on the site since Norman times and it is the major gentry house of the area. A medieval house was replaced by another in about 1450 which forms the basis of the present manor.

The Manor was modernised in 1590 when three wings were added to the house, transforming its shape from the letter “I” to a symmetrical “E”, in honour of Elizabeth the reigning Queen.

The latest owners, Emma & Iain Burgess, purchased Old Gwernyfed Manor in late 2013 and then embarked on a comprehensive restoration program of both the main house and the outbuildings, which continues to this day.

As you can imagine the property is Listed so Emma & Iain need to sympathetically restore the Manor using products and methods in keeping with centuries of design decisions in mind and therefore chose From The Anvil products to compliment their home.

Beeswax products were used in their attic conversion which is the entire length of the Manor house. It has been lovingly restored to expose the centuries old oak beams and made into a four bedroom guest area and open plan music/games room.

The Coach & Horses

The Coach & Horses

The Coach & Horses is a traditional Grade 2 listed Coaching Inn set in the idyllic village of Bolton by Bowland in the heart of the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.

After nine months of intensive work the Proprietors have created seven beautiful boutique rooms, a copper clad bar, microbrewery, cosy restaurant, new kitchen and beer garden.

Our Aged Brass Prestbury Mortice/Rim Knob Sets, Oval Euro Escutcheons and Round Bathroom Thumbturns have been fitted on all bedroom and bathroom doors and complement the boutique look well.

Our Natural Smooth 6 1/2'' Hat & Coat Hooks have been fitted in the entrance hall for guests to use upon arrival.

If you would like to find out more about this unique boutique Inn then please visit their website here and book your next relaxing getaway.

Oxfordshire House

Oxfordshire House

This large Grade II listed property close to the city of Oxford dates from the early 18th century.

Built from traditional stone, it has a mellow clay tile roof and is set in five acres of garden, paddock and woodland. Now an exquisite family home, this period property has been meticulously restored and renovated, maintaining its original character with limestone floors and exposed oak beams and brick work.

The owners chose to use From the Anvil ironmongery throughout. Deciding on the Prestbury and Newbury styles in our solid Aged Brass finish. Our Aged Brass Prestbury Mortice/Rim Knob Sets look great on all internal doors. They complement the painted finish and provide continuity across all three floors. Downstairs, the many patio doors leading on to the surrounding gardens and courtyards are fitted with our Newbury Lever Handles

Our Black Copper Brindley Pendants hang in the kitchen dining area and the larger Black Copper Harborne Pendant creates a statement in the main entrance hall.

A Cheshire Family Home

A Cheshire Family Home

The owners of this striking family home in the North West of England contacted us when their building project was at the planning stage. Although the property is a new build the owners wanted to maintain a classic period feel. The property has space in abundance, with high ceilings, extensive windows and a total of thirty-eight large internal doors. Rooms span across four floors and include a wine cellar, a large open plan kitchen dining area and a room tailored specifically for dogs. Our clients started to think about ironmongery six months in to the project to coincide with their choice of windows. With an eye for detail they were keen to match the ironmongery finishes throughout the property and felt that it was important to plan ahead, especially as they had different door, window and kitchen manufacturers to juggle.

After mulling over a variety of products in several different finishes, our clients decided that the Aged Bronze finish was the perfect match for them. They wanted ironmongery that would equal the imposing scale of the property’s internal doors and were determined to use our Large Prestbury Mortice/Rim Knob Sets throughout. These weighty knobs are a perfect choice and a great way to achieve their desired period feel. To create added interest, the owners opted for a dual finish in all bathrooms and fitted our polished nickel knobs and thumb turns to the interior. As well as our Prestbury Knobs, Reeded Lever Lock Sets have been fitted to all external doors with matching fasteners used on the property’s casement windows. Our Sash Hardware has been fitted on the many sash windows and a selection of period cabinet knobs, coat Hooks and shelf brackets have been used throughout.

Vintage Barn Interiors

Vintage Barn Interiors

Tracy and her friend and business partner Sarah run ‘Vintage Barn Interiors’ from Tracy’s gorgeous home near Henley on Thames.

The duo offer a professional interior design and bespoke curtain making service and sell an array of carefully sourced vintage, new and reclaimed furniture, gifts and accessories.

Tracy and her husband built their barn in 2015 and used a selection of our Pewter Ironmongery throughout, opting for the Avon design on external doors, our Round Mortice / Rim Knobs on internal doors, T Hinges, Drawer Pulls and our Peardrop window handles. We spoke to Tracy about the creation of her home and business;

Q: How did you find the newbuild process?

A: I loved the process and am keen to do it again! It helped that I had an amazing project manager to assist me! It was a dream to put all my ideas that had been collated over the years in to practice. Prior to the build we renovated an outbuilding next to the barn where many of the products/ ideas were tried and tested (including yours!) We lived in this for 20 months for the duration of the build. I can't think of many cons; we were lucky enough to live on site to keep an eye on progress.

Q: What were your design inspirations?

A: I'd originally wanted a barn to renovate but couldn't find one. My inspiration was to create an authentic modern-day barn home using natural materials such as oak, slate, timber cladding & limestone. Sustainability was key too; our home is always warm & cosy and incredibly cheap to run!

Q: At what stage of the build did you consider ironmongery?

A: I'd already decided to use your ironmongery when the outbuilding was renovated. So, before we'd even laid the foundations!

Q: How did you come across From The Anvil?

A: I came across one of your stockists – Period House Group. They were incredibly helpful.

Q: Why did you choose From The Anvil products & the Pewter finish in particular?

A: The quality is outstanding, and styling is perfect for the modern country home. The weight and feel of the products were important too. The pewter works perfectly with chalky white and grey tones used throughout the barn.

Q: Are you happy with your choice of Ironmongery?

A: I'm so happy with The Anvil products that I now use them in my interior design projects for clients.

Visit Vintage Barn Interiors.

The Clive Arms

The Clive Arms

The Clive Arms is a newly refurbished boutique inn situated near the historic market town of Ludlow. The Clive has 18 bedrooms and offers a memorable dining experience using fresh, local ingredients.

Fully renovated at the start of 2019, the Georgian building has been tastefully decorated using From The Anvil ironmongery throughout. There is a relaxed, calm atmosphere in the elegant dining room which has been painted in subtle neutral tones and furnished classically with luxurious touches. The bar area has a more contemporary feel created with dark wood and bold, dramatic paint colours.

Our Black Avon Euro Lever Handles have been used on all bedroom doors with matching Bathroom Levers on the ensuites. Our Black Flush Pull Handles and Fingerplates can be found in the bar and dining room and our Black Octagonal Centre Door Knob takes pride of place on the main entrance door. The large traditional casement windows have been fitted with Black Peardrop Window Fasteners and Stays.

To find out more about The Clive visit The Clive Arms.

Contemporary New Build

Contemporary New Build

This compact new build in Herefordshire has been finished to a high standard throughout. The contemporary design suits modern living and has an abundance of charm.

A single storey build with high ceilings and large windows, this property makes for a very light, bright and airy home. The owner has chosen to create a fresh, contemporary interior with crisp white walls, grey tile floors and strip lighting.

To contrast with the clean, modern feel the owner opted for internal oak ledge and brace doors which have been fitted with our Beeswax Medium Bean Thumblatches and Penny End T Hinges throughout. This touch of traditional charm adds warmth to the interior and creates character.

Colourful Kitchen Extension

Colourful Kitchen Extension

The owners of this charming family home in Norfolk have recently completed a brand-new kitchen extension. Adding valuable light and airy living space to their much-loved cottage.

The owners have created a unique space, full of colour and personality. They chose a bespoke made to measure kitchen in a beautiful peacock green and used our Hammered Copper Hockley Pendants in Dark Grey to create a feature over the large centre island.

The Copper interior contrasts brilliantly with the green of the kitchen units and the dark grey exterior brings the look together.

Red Kite Barn - Powys

Red Kite Barn - Powys

A truly remote self catering barn surrounded by mountains and eighty acres of private countryside, Red Kite Barn is a magical holiday home if you are after seclusion.

The contemporary converted barn was named after the soaring red kites that sweep majestically above the barn which was rescued from nature and restored using traditional techniques by owners David and Anjana.

Having completed projects that have featured on Grand Designs and George Clark's Amazing Spaces they were no strangers to renovation work.

Creating the barn with sleeping accommodation on the ground floor to allow the living area above to get majestic views over the Welsh countryside David and Anjana needed ironmongery in keeping with the look and feel of the area. Red Kite Barn is a contemporary take on rustic, taking inspiration from nature but incorporating urban twists such as funky LED lighting and a large projector screen, with details such as bespoke ironmongery on the handcrafted oak doors.

They chose our Pewter Patina finish for all of their needs in the barn to create a beautiful and sturdy look to please all the holiday makers looking for the peace and tranquility of the area.

The property is filled with our Shakespeare Latches, Shakespeare Ring Turns and Fishtail Bolts to show off the hand-crafted nature of everything Red Kite Barn has to offer.

To see more or book a stay at Red Kite Barn see their website here

Little Hill Lodges - Llandrindod Wells

Little Hill Lodges - Llandrindod Wells

With the choice of two cedar clad lodges furnished in a contemporary elegant style and using From The Anvil products the owners of Little Hill Lodges have created a perfect escape with beautiful views over the Welsh hills within a truly stunning setting.

The owner Nicki chose the ironmongery to suit the natural surroundings and the hand-crafted nature of our Pull Handles certainly complimented the high quality craftsmanship used to build Siskin and Skylark Lodges.

Locally sourced giant planks of Welsh Ash were used to create stunning doors between living areas and bedrooms then paired with the Sliding Door Gear of ours to not only create a stunning door but to utilise as much space for guests comfort as possible.

Open plan living has been created and use of bi-folding doors creates a light filled environment to relax and enjoy the absolutely stunning views.

To see more or book a stay at Little Hill Lodges see their website here

The Cruckbarn - Wigmore

The Cruckbarn - Wigmore

The Cruckbarn is a unique holiday home surrounded by acres of its own woodland with stunning views over the village of Wigmore in Herefordshire.

The owners, John and Janet, have created a beautiful barn with their own hands and often choose manual working methods over machines.

The oak for the frame came from the local woodland,100 trees that were grown with 100 yards of the site and each over 100 years old. By using these traditional methods they have created a wonderful and idyllic eco barn for guests to enjoy surrounded by a beautiful part of nature.

To compliment the natural and hand-crafted qualities of the barn John and Janet chose From The Anvil products in keeping with this ethos.

Natural timbers are adorned with our black finish products like Door Knobs and T Hinges for a traditional feel. Windows were graced with Peardrop fittings to help with the overall style of the Cruckbarn and allow the property to feel very homely, warm and comforting. Everything you need in a rural retreat.

To see more or book a stay at Cruckbarn see their website here