FLAT Ii / THE Taproom
The people's favourite, it's huge, (bigger than most 4 bedroom houses), flexible, luxurious, exciting and wonderfully calm all at the same time. A bit like a cross between Edwardian mansion flat and industrial loft. Beautiful light, stunning joinery, and a massive curved wall of white glazed bricks in the kitchen are only part of the allure. It's also called the Wraparound, because that's what the double height living spaces do - which means the space flows like water. A covenant from 1919 means you can't actually use the 40 ft long living room as a Taproom any more, but you could throw a wonderful party here. Or make it into a stunning studio, and use the "little" sitting room, with its beautiful glazed Kakalunga (Swedish wood burning stove) to relax in. But if you want a sumptuous dining room, a restful library, or even a third bedroom, the Kakalunga room can do that too. And for those who don't like stairs its all on one level, poised half a dozen easy steps above the cobbled yard, as if it knew it should be on a pedestal.
Total Space: 2229 sq ft, 26,292 cubic ft
Large Kitchen with lovely light; statement copper fixtures and fittings; full of wow factor with double doors leading to adjacent large reception for the ultimate entertaining space.
Spacious; light filled with double doors to small balcony.
With a beautiful glazed Kakalunga (Swedish wood burning stove). Another great sized room filled with authenticity.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms:
2 Double Bedrooms, 2 Large and Decadent Bathrooms
Gas fired central heating with reconditioned old fashioned radiators throughout. Deep layers of recycled wool insulate all the ceilings to help keep you cozy in winter.
EPC rating: D
Two dedicated car parking spaces in the yard. Let us know if you need an electric charging point.
And just in case you missed it the first time round..
In Tune with Nature:
However much we might like our tech toys, and whatever the wonders of digital connectivity, most of us feel better when we are surrounded by natural organic materials - brick, plaster, stone and wood.
The last build of the brewery was 1913, still the age of brick, steel and gypsum plaster rather than petro-chemicals, plastic and modern concrete
So we use virtually no plastic, insist on solid wooden floors treated with wax or natural oils, insulate with re-cycled wool, and spend much more on high quality joinery than most developers would ever dream of.
And then we paint it with our own paint: made with turpentine, linseed oil and natural earth pigments painted directly on to the wood without a primer. Unlike most modern paints, our home made elixir feeds the wood, lets it breath and creates subtle and subtly varying colours that change their mood as the light varies through the day or night.
Properly maintained, these are the same paints that have protected Scandinavian stave churches from a thousand winters and summers, so they are ultimately tougher and more sustainable than their modern successors. And these are the same natural earth pigments that Perugino or Raphael, Gainsborough or Constable used to create their magical landscapes.
Which is why we think our paint feeds the soul as much as it protects the wood.
Lots of people now want their food to be chemical free, as locally sourced as possible, and to include older varieties that come from the days when quality and flavour rather than quantity and appearance on the supermarket shelf dictated what farmers grew. Perhaps in 10 to 20 years time, people will demand the same sort of thing from the houses they live in.
We certainly hope so but in the meantime we've done our best to join modern technology with the natural materials and colours of the past in order to create apartments that are as good for the body as they are for the mind and soul.