Pictures: A new lease of life for an old Jersey farmstead

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ISLANDERS will soon be able to see how work is progressing to convert the first historic building given to the National Trust for Jersey into self-catering accommodation.

Although Morel Farm in St Lawrence will be a building site for some weeks to come, an open day is being planned for mid-August, almost a year after the public were last admitted to view the main house and outbuildings.

Morel Farm renovations. National Trust for Jersey property…Tiles on an out building have been renovated. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (33731138)

It is hoped that the first guests will be able to stay there later this year.

Situated in the rural heart of Jersey, the 17th century farmstead was gifted to the trust by Arthur Morel in 1939, two years after the organisation was founded. In 2004, his daughter, Mary Le Marquand Morel, donated the surrounding fields to the trust.

Morel Farm renovations. National Trust for Jersey property…New lime pointing on an outbuilding. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (33731142)

For the next 80 years it was let to tenants, but thanks to a recent grant of £2.16m from Fiscal Stimulus, the main farmhouse and two of the outbuildings – a potato store and bakehouse – are being fully repaired and renovated into three units of self-catering accommodation.

Morel Farm renovations. National Trust for Jersey property…John Ovenden who has panelled the walls and is making new shutters for the windows. As nothing is very straight, all the shutters are different sizes and need to be custom-made to fit. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (33731146)

Sue Harris and Emilia Lacy of Ash Interiors have been working closely with the trust to produce an interior-design scheme that combines the farm’s historic character and surroundings with the practicalities of creating comfortable and stylish self-catering facilities.

Morel Farm renovations. National Trust for Jersey property Picture: ROB CURRIE. (33731144)

While the main farmhouse will predominately be period in character, the bakehouse and former potato store will have a more modern design.

The company has also been involved with a number of previous trust renovation projects including its headquarters – The Elms in St Mary, Les Côtils Farm located in rural St Helier and 16 New Street.

Morel Farm renovations. National Trust for Jersey property Picture: ROB CURRIE. (33731123)

The furniture for Morel Farm will comprise a range of appropriate locally-sourced antiques, period items collected by the trust over the years and kept in storage for renovated properties, alongside modern and recycled pieces from Island suppliers where possible.

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