The Beresford Project

DIY enthusiasts Holly and Andy restored this beautiful fireplace to its former glory as part of their house renovation!

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At the time of writing, Holly and Andy are currently in the process of renovating their 1950’s home on the outskirts of Bath and Bristol, and they’ve appointed their dog Teddy as the quality control inspector!

The pair are both DIY enthusiasts, and they’ve really got stuck into every part of the project, so that they can add their own unique tastes and touches to their future family home!

During their renovation, they discovered a beautiful fireplace and chimney breast that had been blocked-up by plasterboard. The pair got right into uncovering this hidden little gem, and you can take a look at the amazing transformation they achieved in the pictures below!

We’re very pleased to see that our Hobbit stove was the chosen small wood burning stove that the couple decided to install, and it looks amazing! Holly and Andy renovated this fireplace by themselves, and needless to say, they were incredibly pleased with the end result!

Here, our Hobbit stove has been fitted with our stand option. This raises our small wood stove off the floor, which makes it easier to refuel the stove. It also provides you with a better view of the fire, as well as a neat little area beneath the stove to store your fuel! It works wonders in this application, as it helps the stove fill out the slightly taller profile of this particular fireplace.

If you’re wondering how you might be able to install one of our small wood burning stoves into your fireplace, then make sure you checkout the two installation kits that we’ve designed for household fireplaces.

There’s lots of information on these pages, in our help section, and under the technical data tab on the Hobbit stove product page. If you’re still unsure as to how you might be able to fit one of our small wood stoves, then you could organise a site visit with a local installer! You can find your nearest recommended installer by entering your postcode into the search box on our authorised dealers page.

Please feel free to also contact us with any questions you might have! If you drop us an email with a photo of your fireplace, along with some clear measurements, then we will be able to give you some advice on how you could incorporate one of our small wood burners into your household fireplace.

Make sure you click here to check out Holly and Andy’s Instagram account, and give them a follow so that you can stay up-to-date with each step of their house renovation!

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Our Hobbit Stove Has Been Fitted!

"We had a Hobbit stove fitted this week by Alex Reay from Flues and Fires, and I just wanted to get in touch to say it is AMAZING and we love it! We have a lovely cast iron tiled fireplace which I was desperate not to lose when we installed a small wood burning stove, but until I found the Hobbit on Google, everyone told me it would be impossible to keep the fire surround. The Hobbit is perfect - not only does it fit very snugly, but it looks fantastic and the blue door complements the tiles very nicely. We are sitting enjoying a fire now and absolutely loving it! Thanks for creating such an amazing product."

Nicola Williams

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The Best Stove Ever!

"It’s the best stove ever! It’s easy to light, very efficient, burns anthracite and stays in overnight (ours has been in for three weeks now). It even keeps a kettle of water at the ready for a cuppa! What more can I say, we love it! Just the thing to make our Yorkshire home cosy, and the cat loves it too!"

Lynn and Andrew, West Yorkshire

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First Small Stove Installation

Was looking for a small stove for my first self-install. Found Mark very helpful. Knowledgeable, friendly service. Stove burns well and generates lots more heat than the previous open fire. What is not to like?


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A Huge Thank You!

"Dear Mark and Gill, a huge thank you for designing and making the Hobbit stove! We had two different London-based fireplace companies tell us that we simply had to knock out the old cast iron and tile fireplace to fit in a woodburning stove, and that there was no other option! Then we found you online. We are delighted with our little Hobbit, which swallows up logs and kicks out a good amount of heat. Perfect for the winter! I will also be writing to the London-based fireplace companies to put the Hobbit on their radar. Best wishes."


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Delighted With Our Hobbit Stove!

"Mark, Gill, thank you for your assistance, we are delighted with our Hobbit! I fired it up this evening after taking all afternoon making a register plate to fit the opening."


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It's Brilliant!

"Hi Mark, here's a photo of the Hobbit installed in my Yorkist grate. It’s brilliant! It also throws out a lot more heat than the grate did."

Roger T

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Just to Say Thank You!

"I just had a chat with Gill saying how delighted we are with our little Hobbit stove, and to also thank you both for your attention to detail and excellent customer service!"


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The Little Hobbit Has Stepped Up To The Challenge!

"We just wanted to say how impressed and how much of a life saver our little Hobbit has been! It was fitted a few months ago in our holiday home in Rhu, Scotland, which is a large open plan conversion in a Victorian house. This weekend our boiler decided it was not going to play ball. The little Hobbit has stepped up to the challenge, providing heat to a very large area, about twenty eight foot by twenty four foot with a high ceiling of about eighteen foot, keeping the room reasonably warm, warm enough for us not to use cardigans!”

Alan W

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Very Pleased With Our Hobbit!

"We are very pleased with the stove and think it looks great! We restored our fireplace (it was hidden under plaster!) and the whole look is better than we hoped!"


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Absolutely Delighted!

"Just had our Hobbit SE installed in our Victorian fireplace and we are absolutely delighted with the end result. We felt passionate about preserving our lovely fireplace!"


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Our Pride And Joy!

"What a fantastic fireplace with the beautiful Hobbit stove. It fits perfectly into the small space and throws out a lot of heat. Here's a photo of our little stove, now our pride and joy and much admired by all who see and feel the warmth."

Chris and C

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"Just to bid you all a Happy New Year and to say how much we’re enjoying having our Hobbit stove! It was easy to fit with the help of your excellent ‘how to’ videos and we’re just awaiting our inspection by building control for the certification. The Hobbit has fitted neatly into the hearth vacated by the old gas back boiler (with a little cosmetic rendering) and never ceases to surprise us how much heat it can deliver to the point that the new condenser boiler is having an easy life, thereby saving us on gas bills too! Everyone loves having a ‘real fire’ in the living room."

Philip Baird

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A Brilliant Little Wood Burner!

"The stove we bought from you is really starting to come into its own as the weather cools down. Here is a photo showing how much one of our dogs is enjoying it!"

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Brilliant Product!

"Just wanted to share a picture of our newly installed Hobbit. Absolutely delighted with it, and so pleased we were able to retain our existing fireplace as well. Brilliant product, thank you!"



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