Great Batchelors

Residence of a Tudor Admiral receives the Selectaglaze treatment

Client:      Mr and Mrs Musk

Biddenden boasts many historic properties including Great Batchelors, an imposing residence set within 3 acres of gardens. When granting Grade II* Listed status in 1952 English Heritage stated: 'The original 15th century building was timber-framed and close-studded with plaster infilling but the ground floor was rebuilt in red brick and a half-hipped tiled roof provided; with original casement windows on the first floor - 6 small and 2 large - with diamond-shaped leaded panes and old green glass'. Under the watchful eyes of Great Batchelors' owners, Clare and Mike Musk, the property underwent major but discreet works to combat draughts and heat loss, including the complete restoration and insulation of the roof and secondary glazing to all 30 of the property's windows. Selectaglaze designed, manufactured and installed sliding secondary units all individually tailor-made, most of which were in bronze finish to match imperceptibly with the existing wood frames. Clare says that she and her family are delighted with the end result: "Not only have we totally eliminated draughts from the windows but we are beginning to see a significant reduction in our heating bills."