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Rebuilding Cholderton - Restored from the brink to a family home

Cholderton House, a large privately-owned Grade II* listed manor house, was built in 1690 and has been the home of the Cornelius-Reid family, its current owners, for 35 years.

In March 2012 a dramatic fire swept through all three floors and the roof. At the height of the fire 12 fire engines worked on the house; local roads closed for safety.

Experience and empathy

That very same day, within hours, Sarah Cox,Technical Property Claims Manager, was on site, personally looking after Mrs Cornelius-Reid.

Aware of the practical and emotional needs faced by families in such situations, essentials such as clothes, cash and a credit card were arranged with immediate effect.

The Ecclesiastical team took control arranging alternative accommodation nearby. From a place of security and comfort, Mrs Cornelius-Reid, along with her three children, were able to consider the future for Cholderton House.

Making the decision to preserve their heritage

After discussion with all parties, the decision was taken to ‘repair, reinstate and match’ Cholderton House.

A specialist team was appointed to include:

  • An Architect specialising in the heritage field

  • Mechanical and structural engineers

  • Quantity surveyors

  • And organisations such as Historic England to ensure continued Grade II* listing.

Cholderton House was now ready to undergo nearly three years of specialist restoration – one year of design and preparation, two years of restoration.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.