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Berman Guedes Stretton to renovate listed Regency villa

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Berman Guedes Stretton (BGS) has been appointed to renovate Grove House, a listed Regency villa in Iffley Turn, Oxford.

In its heyday Grove House was renowned for literary associations with the likes of Cardinal Newman, Sir George Forrest, Graham Greene and Lewis Carroll, who all lived, visited or wrote there.

Now, the £800,000 project will transform the derelict building, the early formal part of which dates from the late 18th century and is constructed of a rendered timber frame.

The grounds of the house boast a 19th-century brick cottage with stables and a fake Classical rotunda, which was built in the 1960s for the dolls' house collection of Graham Greene's wife.

The renovation, for an undisclosed private client, will include heat and water recovery systems and a biomass boiler that will run from pelleted wood fuel.

The project is scheduled for completion in February 2008.

by Max Thompson

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