We have returned to the Large country house in Derbyshire to re-install a full size table we took down for the Decoration of room and to have a new carpet cleaner fitted .
I have worked in this home before for a previous client who had another table installed but not in this room .
I must say the place has changed since my previous visit for the other owner some years ago .
Myself and my workmate Steve arrive to find an empty room with just a light fitting on the floor and a Tartan Carpet .
We carry the frame parts from a room just down the corridor and place them ready to assemble .
we assemble the frame but this is not the position it is going to be placed in , our client wishes to have it off set from the centre of the room
having had a discussion on the final position we start the level of the frame only without slates on .
it is important before you place heavy slates onto a frame to at least roughly level the frame to avoid compression twisting of wood to the floor level .
I have seen owners have go and then send for a billiards fitter to fit the cloth only for the fitter to find the table is not level and the slates have permanently bowed the frame .out of true .
At Hopton Hall where this table located , our clients are not DIY owners they always use professional trades people .
the slates are placed onto the frame .
The slates are on central and ready for leveling to a fine accurate leveling , plus tack wood fitting to outside edge
and then slate joint filling and sanding , then we move onto the bed cloth fitting .
Bed cloth fitted with line to measure for spot placement .
the table has very ornate carved legs with scroll work and flamed mahogany veneered side panels .
I would date the table to around 1895 to 1915 , it is not often you come across a mahogany Orme and sons table like this , most where made from oak .
the finished table , with a new re-cloth in Strachan West of England 6811 gold tournament 30 oz all pure new wool cloth .
Hopton hall is located near to Carsington water , and they are open for visits during the season , in fact the snowdrop season will be here in February .
coffee shop and tea room on site .
They also rent out Holiday lets on a self catering basis . http://www.hoptonhall.co.uk/
a few photo’s of Hopton Hall
Hopton Hall Drive way Entrance
and the view from the main lawn area , although when we where there this week it was covered in a thick carpet of snow very picturesque with pheasants and sheep roaming around the fields .
If you are anywhere near Carsington water in the Summer then take time to have a look around Hopton Hall Grounds or visit the tea rooms
or if you would like to book a Self catering break then they have some superb accommodation in 5 superb furnished Holiday lets .
The Granary , The Dovecote , The Butlers Quarters , The Card House , and the Gardeners Cottage .
The lady of the house , Julie who looked after us very well on the day , plenty of Tea biscuits and some very nice home made soup .
it was a pleasure to work at Hopton Hall .