House of the first white Rajah of Sarawak benefits from the installation of traditional flush casement windows.

Installed by Orchard Conservatories, Windows & Doors for Ms Sarah Bridger of Tavistock.

Installation details

  • Date; February 2011
  • Range; Traditional
  • Products; Flush casement windows and bay windows

History of property

The first white Rajah of Sarawak, James Brooke, owned this rather imposing property to which he had retired until his death in 1868.

Reasons for replacing windows

Unfortunately the property had, at some point, had pvc-u windows installed. The plastic windows did little to enhance this rather handsome property and in fact had “dropped” and moved to such an extent that gaps appeared thereby letting daylight through.

Reasons for choosing the TimberWindows brand of products

Sarah Bridger wanted to replace the pvc-u windows with traditional wooden windows that would be more in keeping with the character of the property and chose the TimberWindows brand because of the high quality of the windows, the finish and aesthetics.

Twenty-seven traditional flush casement windows with horizontal astragal bars and two bay windows, in a cream paint finish and with period black iron monkey tail handles were installed in the property.

Reasons for choosing Orchard Conservatories, Windows & Doors

Sarah Bridger approached a number of local retail installers as well as a large national retail company and posed a list of questions to each in turn. Orchard stood out because they responded promptly to Ms Bridger’s enquiry and followed up by sending a brochure through the post. The company was professional and did not seek to “push” for an immediate decision.


“I was very impressed by Orchard’s entire team particularly the installers who were lovely and caring about my comfort especially as the windows were being fitted during the winter. They were very respectful of my property and worked hard to ensure that the job was done on time as promised. I have no hesitation in recommending Orchard Conservatories, Windows and Doors.”