SOMERSET’S LEADING BUILDING CONTRACTORS TAKE ON THE LITTON PROJECT
Nestled in the beautiful county of Somerset is The Litton, formally known as The Kings Arms. Walk past this venue, and you will see a stunning building, steeped in history and bursting with personality. The building itself shows the fruits of hard labour, as over the past two years the 500-year-old property has undergone a full restoration.
It has been a long, challenging, yet undoubtedly rewarding restoration project, which was undertaken by ourselves, one of Somerset’s leading building contractors.
Sally Billington, owner of The Litton, came out of semi-retirement to run the pub. “As soon as I viewed The Litton, my vision was born. To make this vision a reality, Sally required experienced building contractors. We were recommended to Sally by Matt Greenless, of The Talbot Inn, an upscale country pub in Mells.
As a well-established building firm based in Somerset that has plenty of experience restoring period and Grade I/II listed buildings we were the perfect fit to undertake the project.
Before delving into the project we walked the site with Sally to get an understanding of her vision as well as the complexity of the project. There were a lot of challenges to overcome, including re-roofing the entire building. The project was a complete restoration, including the installation of new toilets, a new kitchen, and a new and improved dining space. We liaised with Simple Simon Designs, award-winning hospitality interior designers, throughout the entire project, who visited the site every week to share ideas and overcome any hurdles while Sally was on-site most days too, making it a real collaborative effort.
Sally’s passion for the project really helped drive us forward. She is understanding that the building is old, and that there were going to be challenges to deal with and overcome.
Despite being a full restoration, The Litton maintains a lot of its original features, which is where its undeniable charm and personality comes from. Plenty of hidden original features were discovered when stripping back years of plaster, including elm beams, flagstones, fireplaces, and oak A frames. In fact, the old elm from the roof timbers was salvaged to create a bespoke bar top and decorative end panel. The liquor bar will play host to local musicians.
All of the bedrooms at The Litton boast a unique design. There is also a disabled en-suite bedroom, with an interlocking room for carers. And, of course, there are the stunning gardens. An ambient outdoor space has been created with the assistance of expert landscape gardeners, offering a relaxing area where visitors can enjoy the serene views and calming sounds of the River Chew in the background.
After a lot of hard work, many hurdles to overcome, and plenty of delights along the way, The Litton is getting ready to become the main meeting point in the village again.