A Cornish inn and restaurant has, with the help of Gripsure decking, transformed a neglected, overgrown garden into a spectacular decked terrace with exotic plants, walkways, ponds and waterfalls. The Waterwheel Inn, which offers bed and breakfast accomodation, a restaurant and bar in the historic White River valley near St Austell, is creating an idyllic outdoor space as part of the property’s ten-year renovation.
Owners Mark and Francesca Willis took over the Waterwheel Inn in April 2011 and are giving the outdoor space an ambitious makeover as part of a ten-year project. The couple were researching safer rubber flooring options when they discovered Gripsure – the UK’s leading non-slip decking manufacturer, based just three miles away. Made from FSC-approved Scandinavian Redwood timber, Gripsure decking gives the warm, natural look and feel of traditional decking but its nonslip aggregate strips ensure it stays safe, even in wet weather. The owners opted for Pro Classic, Gripsure’s original design, which achieves the highest safety rating of any nonslip decking available on the market.
The Waterwheel now has a five-by-18-metre decked terrace, with a number of walkways around the garden in development. The owners are also improving disability access points with decked ramps into the property and in and around the garden. Mark Willis said "Because traditional timber decking can be dangerously slippery, we never imagined we would be able to use timber to achieve such a spectacular result. We have had lots of positive feedback from guests – one even took a sample of the decking away with him!”
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