A HIS­TORY

Pos­si­bly the most ro­man­tic home I have ever visited, Ty Fry, in Pen­traeth, has been called one of the most im­por­tant sev­en­teenth cen­tury build­ings on An­gle­sey Cheshire Life: April 2019

Cheshire Life - - Art - Kate Houghton Fiona Bai­ley

With­out doubt, Ty Fry has a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory – and it’s all still wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered, says owner Kate Veale, who has done her bit to bring this glo­ri­ous coun­try manor house back to life.

Kate moved to Ty Fry with her hus­band An­thony in the sum­mer of 2005 and im­me­di­ately set about much needed ren­o­va­tions, bring­ing the very beau­ti­ful but some­what im­prac­ti­cal home up to 21st cen­tury stan­dards.

‘It was struc­turally sound,’ says Kate. ‘But it did need work. We re­dec­o­rated the whole house, put in new bath­rooms and a new kitchen. In many of the rooms the fire­places had been closed up, or made smaller. We opened them all up to their for­mer size and put wood burn­ing stoves in ev­ery room bar one. They are so much more ef­fi­cient at heat­ing rooms than open fires.’

I can at­test to that. We visited on a bit­terly cold and windy Fe­bru­ary day, yet the house, de­spite its 500 year old con­struc­tion, was very cosy.

Kate, up un­til quite re­cently, was a full-time an­i­ma­tion de­signer, cre­at­ing chil­dren’s char­ac­ters and the worlds they live in for TV com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Dis­ney Play­house, who picked up her Mr Moon series. The at­tic room is a trea­sure trove of her work, in­clud­ing draw­ings and prints and gor­geous stuffed toys of her char­ac­ters.

‘Be­cause I could work from home, and An­thony trav­elled a lot in his work as a QC, we could live

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