The ladder has now been replaced with this.
The long awaited staircase arrived in two pieces a week ago and had to be assembled inside the kitchen....the front door was removed and with inches to spare.... it was in.
The wonky walls and meeting up to the stone steps had its moments...
But finally it was in place.
The decision now was... what colour?
The decision was made...Farrow and Ball Charleston Grey for the final finish.
It works well with the stone walls and slate floor.
Under the staircase is to be left open for boots, dog, Hoover etc
And you can also see the peg leg staircase support which sits nicely on the Bastle boulder wall.
This would have been an outside wall originally before the 18th century kitchen extension was added.
Now all that needs doing are some handrails and two contemporary glass panels to stop people falling through.
It is a joy to walk up, even though the stairs turn at different angles. Quirky I suppose, but far nicer than the old woodworm infested, straight one which ran right across the old bastle doorway.
Now there will even be room for a small breakfast table and chairs in front of the door.