The Interior of Olveston

Orientation of the House

There has been much speculation that the siting of the house results from the thinking of a northern hemisphere architect but in fact, there is evidence to support the idea that the nature of the site and the climatic patterns were carefully taken into account.

Central Heating

The intention was that central heating would supplement but not replace the open fireplaces which were firmly associated in the English household at the turn of the century with ‘comfort’ and with concepts of family happiness and closeness. Originally, the heating system was solid fuel-fired. Diesel oil was later used and today, Olveston uses an electrically powered boiler and largely off-peak energy feeding the two huge storage tanks of its water-circulating system.

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Original plans of the ground floor and first floor
by Ernest George and Yeates Abbott, November 1903

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