The Anchor, Seatown
Our long-term client Palmers Brewery had undertaken many years of negotiations with the local authority to gain outline planning permission on this 18th Century Inn located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Seatown, Dorset. The dilapidated rear of the premises was to be completely demolished and, in a civil engineering exercise with ARUP, was to be extended into the hillside behind, to provide the facilities required to enable the premises to provide 21st Century services. Letting bedrooms were a must in this extremely picturesque seaside location & remaining sympathetic to the buildings historic character was essential.
JMDA began by examining what features and structure could be retained, even cataloguing the large collection of historic photographs and bric-a-brac for re-use. The cosy room layouts within the licensed areas were retained and natural materials, together with historic paint colours, were used to refurbish these areas and a very eclectic backfitting was designed to look evolved rather than corporate. A shower room was incorporated within the rear extension to enable families to come off the beach and dine in comfort whilst the kitchen received a state of the art catering installation complete with a ‘Scullery’ area visible to the public.
Toilets were moved to the first floor and finished to very high standards using top of the range sanitaryware and natural materials such as slate and timber. Three comfortable yet contemporary en-suite bedrooms were formed in the remainder of the first floor affording spectacular views of Seatown’s sandy cove.
Externally, the frontage was remodelled to form raised dining / drinking areas which also make the most of the stunning location and the Inn’s walls were painted using historic colours following the approval of the planning authority.