The 2018 season will see the Molland Shoot under Loyton management for the first time. Not only have we added this very exciting shoot to our portfolio we’ve also taken on the management of Molland House a Victorian farm house on the edge of the village at the heart of the shoot.
The house, previously known as Molland Manor has not been lived in for several years, most recently being used as a shooting lodge, and was in need of an entire renovation to bring it up to Loyton standards. Consequently this summer is seeing a fury of building and decorating, readying the house for it’s first shooting party in October.
Overseeing the works is Rachel Barnes of RVB Design whose starting point came from the new lease holder with two simple instructions. He wanted, “A place where I can sit on a comfy sofa with a dog, a nice drink and a cigar” and most essential requirements of, “Ice, wifi and good showers”. Beyond this, plans are largely tradition. Colour palettes will be a mixture of neutral tones with accented wallpapers and colour details, wood panelling and cornicing have been added to several rooms, and all bedrooms will have en-suite facilities.
Less glamorously, attention has first been paid to gutting the property, sewage works, rewiring and building an extension, working with architect Jonathan Rhind and builder Anthony Branfield. Both have particular experience with old or listed buildings, which, says Rachel, has been important while making such significant changes “to preserve the flavour and charm of what has always been a sporting base” and to negotiate the restrictions and sensitivities when building in National Parks. Thankfully due to it’s age the building has been structurally sound and has original features which have been kept such as the flooring.
The completed house will have 10 double bedrooms between the main house and the Linhay barn with three further bedrooms to accommodate loaders, instructors or additional staff. There will be a traditional kitchen with an attached service kitchen for fully catered shooting parties. Beyond the sitting room, a large panelled extension will function as a bar and games room, with ample seating, a billiard table and the all-important welcome for dogs.
The renovation will elevate Molland house to exacting Loyton quality, mindful of the Barnes’s original vision when they opened Loyton Lodge in 2003, that the most important considerations were brilliant food and drink, comfortable beds and that one can bring their dog. We are thrilled that Chef Jean Christophe Le Grand who has previously looked after the Haddeo and Stuckeridge shoots will be running the Molland kitchen for both shoot lunches and evening parties. Henrietta Hare has also joined Loyton to manage and host at Molland House.
Molland is certainly due to be an exciting addition to the estate and we look forward to hosting many guests this season and beyond.
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