Former Coventry chair maker to Queen converted into new luxury gated community - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Former Coventry chair maker to Queen converted into new luxury gated community

A FORMER Coventry sawmill credited for making award-winning bespoke chairs for the Queen has been converted into eight luxury new homes.

Situated between Allesley and Meriden, in the countryside just outside Coventry, The Old Saw Mill is now a gated community close to the A45.

The development is on the site of the Sitting Firm, a chair manufacturer commissioned by the Royal Forestry Society to design and make a Windsor chair to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Other celebrity customers include Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, as well as 10 Downing Street, John Lewis, Heal’s, The Conran Shop and French restaurant Brasserie Blanc.

Each barn has aptly been named after specific woods that have been used to build bespoke chairs.

All of the properties have now been sold with only a three-bed single storey open plan conversion – Tiger Oak Barn, remaining on the market for £565,000.

Features include oak veneered doors, lofted ceilings with vaulted beams, underfloor heating and integrated high-spec professionally designed Burbidge kitchen with stainless-steel sink, double oven, fridge freezer and dishwasher.  The property also has a large utility room and its own garden.

Laura Wilson, New Homes Manager said: “The Old Saw Mill has a fantastic pedigree. It was originally the site of the Sitting Firm, a chair manufacturer which in 2012 was commissioned by the Royal Forestry Society to design and make a unique Windsor chair to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“Indeed, it was in order to commemorate this former jewel in Coventry’s crown, the developers wished to name the homes after woods used to craft the many chairs made over the years. Merging the history of the former site into the new development was of great importance to the developers in order to preserve its unique heritage.

“Each of the homes within the development have been designed to the highest specification with the end user in mind and a strong emphasis on countryside living, lifestyle and space.”

“There has been huge demand for this development and the fact that the stamp duty holiday has been extended for a further three months to end June is a major advantage to prospective purchasers.”

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