Uphill Manor owners move back in 12 months after fire
PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:08 01 September 2017
The owners of Uphill Manor have moved back into the bed and breakfast a year after a fire tore through the building.
The historic building in Uphill Road South lost some of its roofs, floors and staircases in the blaze.
Much of the property was also damaged by smoke and water as firefighters used 60,000 litres of water to put out the flames.
Owners Craig and Tina Kennedy, who also live at the bed and breakfast, are expecting it to take three years to restore the building to its former glory.
However, a major miletstone was passed this week, when the scaffolding was removed and the owners moved out of their caravan and back into the domestic wing of the property.
Speaking to Uphill Village Society’s magazine, Mr Kennedy said: “The domestic wing underwent electrical and plumbing refurbishment, deep cleaning, redecoration, new carpets and curtains and general renewal of many items of furniture and fittings.
“We are now happily settled in our home, albeit surrounded by scaffolding, builders and noise and dust.”
The building has now been cleared of all rubble, burned materials and damaged fittings and the inside has been left to dry out over the spring and summer.
Two of the chimneys have been taken down and reconstructed and the biggest tower, which features a brass bell, is next in line for repair.
The majority of the roof timber has been installed and a lot of the partition walls have been replaced.
Mr and Mrs Kennedy have been working with Historic England to ensure the original features of the building are maintained and the highest pitched roof has been completed using Welsh slate, which was originally used.
The owners are hoping to have heating, plumbing, wiring and IT services installed soon.
A lot of work still needs to be done on the internal restoration but progress is underway.
The couple have also started collecting books for their new library as most of the contents of their library were lost in the fire.
Donations of hardbacks including biographies, books of general interest and sets on a variety of different subjects are welcome.
Anyone interested in donating to the library, can email Uphill Village Society at info@uphillvillagesociety