Buscot Saloon After

Alidad Ltd renovates period town houses as well as restoring grand country houses, returning them to their former glory, with the help of specialist craftsmen.

One of the many high profile projects that Alidad and his team have undertaken, was the extensive restoration of two major rooms at the Neo-Classical Buscot Park in Oxfordshire, which was built in 1780 and is best known for its magnificent Briar Rose series painted by the Pre Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones. 

The original wood fireplace in the Saloon had been removed and replaced with a disproportionately large marble fireplace, but Alidad and his team discovered an old photograph in Country Life which featured it, so he commissioned an exact copy and had it reinstated.  The other ‘coup’ was finding the early 19th century fabric designs for the Empire suite of furniture, which he traced to a factory in France.  The team also carried out extensive re-gilding and renovated the Neo-Classical plasterwork; Alidad specially commissioned woven damasks for the walls, the ceilings were all re-coloured using the original paint colours, then the curtains were replaced and dyed to what they would have been.

Even in this major restoration project of a Neo-Classical country home, Alidad and his team managed to discreetly install high tech lighting etc, behind the panelling.