Alswick Hall is a Grade II listed house overlooking the East Hertfordshire countryside. Its surrounding estate comprises a number of historic buildings dating to the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Brooks Murray were appointed to help the Johnson family restore and refurbish the house whilst finding new purpose for the listed barns.
Alswick comprises a series of buildings built across the past four hundred years. The main house, Alswick Hall, used to provide regular accommodation for Queen Elizabeth I, and was listed in 1951. The associated farm buildings, an aisled barn, a large barn and a stable, are also Grade II listed. Since the original Tudor features had degraded over time, work on restoring these began in the 1940s under a previous owner, but was set back by a devastating fire in 1965.
In the twenty-first century, the Johnson family’s patient approach spanning fifteen years has sympathetically restored the buildings whilst carefully creating the stunning surrounding gardens.
Brooks Murray were commissioned to help the family restore beauty and character to these elegant surrounds, whilst bringing the unused farm buildings a contemporary purpose. Materials, details and building methods have been chosen accordingly, using traditional timber detailing in the restoration of the barns, and returning thatch to the roof of the main barn.