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Former artist’s studio gains a Solidor

January 8th 2018

Lawson’s Studio is a charming 18th century holiday cottage based in the conservation village of Castle Bolton, which takes its name from the nearby castle.

It’s a quirky one bedroom cottage which was formally used by artist Fred Lawson as his studio.

Lawson is known to have drawn inspiration for his works from the glorious rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales and is recognised for capturing the solitude of country life.

In recent years his work has become increasingly valuable, which many say he would have found ironic due to him not being motivated by financial gain.

As the cottage is situated within a National Park there are strict regulations that the new owner, Marion, must adhere to whenever she makes any changes to the property.

“The old door which was a standard white solid wood tongue and groove design had started to rot.  This was not a good look considering the cottage is used a rental as well as my personal holiday home.

I knew I wanted a stable door, however I needed the new door to retain the overall features of the original wooden door.  After many hours of research on the internet it was clear that only Solidor could offer me exactly what I wanted.  All the other door manufacturers could seemingly only offer a stable door with a large glazed panel in the top half, which I couldn’t have.”

Marion decided to purchase a Flint Solid stable door in standard white and chose David Ward Joinery of Bellerby to install it, having been impressed with previous works that they’d carried out for her.

“I’m so pleased that I chose Solidor. There’s no doubt that there are thermal and acoustic benefits, but for me it’s the ability to open the top door, admire the view with a cuppa, and keep the dog inside away from the free range chickens on the village green!

The new door looks neat and tidy and, although the change isn’t huge, the new stable door has really enhanced the cottage.  It just looks right!”

To find out more about the stable doors available from Solidor click here

To learn more about Lawson’s Cottage click here


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