Cheshire Interiors - an urban retreat in Didsbury
PUBLISHED: 16:57 03 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:49 20 February 2013
Pam and Andrew Newbury have created a peaceful haven in Didsbury, full of memories
Think of living in Didsbury and thoughts of a bustling urban area come to mind. It was for this reason that Pam and Andrew Newbury wanted a house in the popular suburb. But the couple have also managed to find their own place of solace. Their home, although close to all that Didsbury has to offer, is tucked away in a quiet corner on a tree-lined lane.
Its very quiet here, very peaceful, said Pam, a former solicitor turned hypnotherapist who now runs Manchester Hypnotherapy. It was one of the reasons we liked the house. Were lucky to have a place that does feel so peaceful when we live in a busy place.
What the house also offered the couple was the opportunity to make everything exactly how they wanted it. When they bought it in 2007 the dark interior was a stark contrast to the light, open-plan home they now have. They removed walls to transform several rooms into a cool and comfortable living area, they ripped up floorboards and had them reconditioned, put a new roof on, installed new bathrooms and a kitchen, created more space in the entrance hall and installed new windows made out of hemlock.
Pam said: It has made such a difference. It really was very dark in here before. We have done absolutely everything to this house and we have loved all of it. It is quite a treat to have that complete freedom.
Builders took eight months to complete the renovation but the couple did have help from Pams dad and former engineer, George Hall, who custom-built bookshelves and cupboards in a number of rooms.
These have come in particularly handy for Pam and Andrew to display many of their passions. The art deco aficionados have an enviable collection of items from this era from furniture to ornaments and trinkets. They also have Michelin memorabilia, including a light up Michelin man, as well as lots of tobacconalia, a treasured Morecambe and Wise autograph and a quirky Kit Kat clock, which can only be found in America.
In fact Andrew, head of family law at Pannone, has a whole room dedicated to his collectables.
The couple are big fans of The Beatles and music from that time. On several of the walls are photographs showing iconic images of Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards and an outtake picture taken during the shoot for The Beatles Abbey Road cover. Several of the rooms house furniture from iconic designers including a Charles Eames chaise longue, a Barcelona chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Harry Bertoias Diamond chair. Another quirky addition is a felt lightshade Pam discovered in Pad in Chorlton.
She said: Were not into consuming lots of new things. The only new thing in our house are three sofas. Everything we have are items we have collected over the years and they have sentimental value.
We dont like replacing things. I love everything about the house and changing everything to exactly how we wanted it was wonderful.
Pam and Andrew loan out their home as a location for television programmes and advertisements through specialist company UK Locations. The house has featured in adverts for numerous companies including Turkish Airlines a particular highlight for Pam as she got to meet footballing idol Alex Stepney. Before they bought the property, it was used as a location for Prime Suspect, Cracker and In Cold Blood.
She said: It always seemed to be the murderers house that our house was used for. I think that must have been because the dcor was quite dark and brooding.
Just after wed bought it my dad rang me to tell me it was on In Cold Blood.
Its strange seeing your house on television but its also really exciting. We have met some really interesting people and its always a lot of fun.
Weve already had lots of happy times in this house and were looking forward to many more.
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