A beautiful 17th century, medieval gem in the Horsham countryside, is now returned to its former glory after extensive restoration work by Nutshell.

Brook Place

The grand, grade two listed building in the heart of Sussex presented numerous challenges and much excitement for the Nutshell team. Over the years, time eventually took its toll on the property, leaving a legacy out of date fixtures and fittings and costly and making for an inefficient home to maintain through the year.

After two and a half years of concentrated restoration, this medieval manor house’s main building was completed in May 2014. As part of its total renovation, the Nutshell team continue to work on the Coach House and the court yard, which will is due for completion later this year.

The entire project was overseen by skilled Nutshell craftsmen. Through the use of complementary materials, including reclaimed stone and oak flooring from a French Chateau, the team created a finished result that remained true to the building’s original aesthetic. Nutshell utilised specialist services to restore the stone roofing and lime plastering. The kitchen extension made of green oak was produced entirely by Nutshell’s joinery team.

Nutshell has built up a vast knowledge on how to approach heritage restoration projects and how best to technologically integrate old and new. We addressed the main issues at the property by installing superb insulation and heating that utilises eco technology. We maintained an eco-friendly vision where possible by working with locally sourced materials from across Sussex and using low-impact methods to bring this historic home back to life.

As a family company whose directors connections been rooted in Sussex for more than 400 years, we are always proud to restore cherished heritage buildings for future generations. Our past projects range from a green-oak new build home in Telscombe to work at the huge National Trust-owned Knole Estate in Kent.

Like any Nutshell project, our focus was to provide a professional and cost effective service that centred around the needs and requirements of the customer. Despite incredibly wet winter conditions, we persevered to produce an end finish, which exceeded client expectations.