Grade II listed building to get underfloor heating during makeover
A 300-year-old Grade II mansion in Wiltshire is getting a £4.1m facelift to turn it into a modern family home.
The Donhead St Andrew building is owned by the founder of Net-a-Porter, Dame Natalie Sara Massenet. In 2014, the multi-millionaire moved into the house with Erik Torstensson, her partner. Since then, they have made many changes to the Grade II listed building, which was once the home of Sir Anthony Eden, who was prime minister between 1955 and 1957.
The property already has its own tennis courts and swimming pool, but the family will be adding more facilities including underfloor heating. The building suffers from damp, so upgrading the heating system to one that diffuses heat effectively throughout each room is essential.
Unusually, the underfloor heating system will be combined with more traditional radiators. However, ultra-modern heated windowsills will also be installed. This approach of combining heat sources is becoming increasingly popular, but it is electric underfloor heating that studies show to be the most effective. The fact that it can be installed in virtually any style of building is part of the reason sales are soaring globally.
No start date has been announced, but it is likely to be soon. The couple had their first child, a son, in September 2017, so are keen to create a true family home. In their planning application, the couple stated that they wanted to make the house into a “single family dwelling suitable for contemporary life”.