Renovating and Restoring our Victorian house

As featured in The Yorkshire Post.  Penraevon is an Arts and Crafts Victorian villa built in Leeds in 1881.  The Pevsner Architecture Guide to Leeds describes our house as follows:

The most attractive is Penraevon of 1881…Again domestic revival but in stone, with a half timbered gable above an oriel window, leaded lights and pretty timber porch.

We’re writing a renovation blog for our new home. Over time, as we repair, renovate and restore the house, we’ll cover the products we use, the tradespeople we employ and how we explore the space and function of the house.  We’ll document what we discover about the history of the house, it’s architects, its features and quirks, how it was used, and even how it changed its name from Redbank to Penraevon to Bushbury and finally back to Penraevon.


We hope it will make an interesting read following the repair, renovation and restoration process . We also hope it will become a legacy which will live alongside Penraevon itself.

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Inside the house

Stair Carpet

Stair Carpet We have decided on the stair carpet. This is a big investment as the stairs and landing  are  9.8m long so we…


Windows, stonework, roof, paintwork they all need doing

Paving Front Of House

Front of house The paths to the front of the house needed smartening up. We were so happy with the paving in the courtyard …


who built Penraevon, when and who lived here

Newton Park Estate

Newton Park Estate The Newton Park Estate is a Victorian Residential Development, in North Leeds and has been a conservation area since the 1970’s….



The four month push to get the Kitchen finished is finally coming to an end, so we hopped off for a week away at…

removing adhesive from quarry tiles

Repair Restore Renovate

Repair, Restore or Renovate When we started on this journey we used the words repair, restore and renovate interchangeably. We just wanted the house…


All the things we have found for the house

Stripping Woodchip is hell

Stripping woodchip wallpaper Stripping woodchip is hell. Woodchip is the most depressing thing it makes everything look awful. Woodchip is a paper with small…


Marmalade recipe

Seville Orange Marmalade Recipe Marmalade Recipe This is a touchy one as everyone likes their marmalade slightly different. I like a tangy, fresh, thin…


From lawn to garden

Courtyard Paving

Courtyard Paving We have decided to get creative on the courtyard space. After lots of hard work this space is now a lovely South…

Coach House

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coach house

Coach house

The Coach House The coach house needs a lot of work. Inside there are still the divides and grooved flooring for the horses.  It…