Couple invest six figure sum to reopen well known local Victorian house as boutique B&B.

A SOUTH Molton couple have transformed a once tatty maisonette into a Victorian boutique guest house that is already attracting rave reviews from visitors.

Nicky and Jamie Robbins relocated from London back to Nicky’s Devon roots and bought Ashley House in the town centre – the birth place of Lord Samuel Widgery, the first Lord Chief Justice of England.

The bed and breakfast, which began life as the servants’ quarters, had fallen into a bad state of repair, but the couple invested a six figure sum on several months of major refurbishment.

The result is a luxury ‘B and B’ that offers guests their own private wing, with period furniture, Egyptian-cotton bedding and adorned with local artwork.

The house in Paradise Lawn has just opened its doors to guests following the refurbishment and has already been given glowing reviews on the TripAdvisor website.

“We have spent several months bringing the house back to its former glory and are thrilled with the results,” said Nicky.

“From artwork in the rooms, to the sausages on the breakfast plate, we are proud to support local business and endeavour to keep everything in the house locally sourced, offering guests a true country break.”

The former ‘gentlemen’s residence’ was built in 1879 and was made famous when it was bought by two brothers, John Tucker Widgery and Samuel Widgery after they had contested the will of the famous artist JMW Turner.