a baroque house

Chettle House is a fabled country house in North Dorset designed in the early 18th century by the architect Thomas Archer. Sitting at the heart of a beautiful estate village, the house had fallen into disrepair in recent years, being split into seven flats, and in 2015 was sold to new owners for the first time in 170 years.

Ben Pentreath was commissioned by the new owners to work on the restoration of the interiors of the house, alongside Hugh Petter of Adam Architecture, and Pip Morrison, who has created an extensive new landscape based on Archer’s original plans.

We designed new panelled rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms and kitchens and then moved onto decoration, using a rich, traditional country house palette to bring colour and life to the house. Together with the owners we have sourced new and antique furniture for all rooms. After three years of site work, they moved into the house in the spring of 2018.




a baroque house