The Dairy was used by previous residents as extra accommodation and as a games suite. There was a strange room-within-a-room construction at one end. This housed a bathroom which we felt ought to have been condemned years before. The rest of the room had had a pool table and another dartboard – perhaps the one in the kitchen was eventually relegated out here?
We’ve updated the bathing facilities, creating a small wetroom and squeezing in an additional toilet. We’ve also kept the tradition of using the Dairy as extra accommodation, We have turned the remainder of the space into a lovely bunkhouse. As is usual for a Dairy, the room is well insulated & remains at a reasonably constant temperature throughout the year.
The slate floor is all original, and shows distinct marks from where dairy equipment was installed.
There are several architectural points of interest in the Dairy. One end has a striking curved wall, shaped around the back of the bread oven in the inglenook in the old Scullery. Part way along the length of the Dairy there’s a distinct change in the thickness of the walls. This is where the Dairy was once extended to double the size. It’s one of the only alterations we can date, as the builder kindly carved the date – 1876 – into the roof beams. Outside, there’s the grain end of a huge beam bedded into the wall. We have no idea why the beam went through the building. Perhaps to another building that has since disappeared? Either way, it is rather fine.