The Foundation occupies a fine array of buildings on the estate, including the main house which was built in 1922 to an outstanding specification. Externally the walls are faced with mellow local stone and the magnificent roof is clad in slates of hand-hewn Horsham stone.
Inside the principal rooms, hall and gallery retain their original features, including oak and painted panelling, vaulted ceilings ornate cornices and architraves, and fine doors, windows and fireplaces.
Adjacent to the main house is the sports hall and gymnasium complex and further afield around the estate are a number of houses and cottages of varying styles, and the modern workshop buildings. All of these properties are subject to a cycle of maintenance which includes periodic external and internal decoration.
The different styles of building provide trainees with experience of a variety of decorating tasks, ranging from plain staining of hardwood external joinery, to employing specialist painting techniques to create a desired mood or effect in a particular room.
Hands-on training and instruction is given in all the essential aspects of preparation, painting and paper hanging. For the more unusual paint effects and finishes, trainees are encouraged to enrol at the local technical college which offers excellent courses in interior decorating techniques, leading to formal qualifications.
Participation in vocational qualifications is encouraged in this department to complement practical skills and our tutor is available to provide any necessary support with written work and with general communication, mathematical and IT skills.