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Man hopes to open Victorian themed house to the public
Peter Saunders
Peter Saunders appeared on Come Dine With Me and served rabbit salad

A Nottingham man who restored his Victorian cottage back to it's original state says he hopes to open it up to the public.

Peter Saunders, who lives in Kimberley, has a love of all things Victorian and has spent the past four years kitting the house out in period furnishings.

He said: "I do want to share it with people because I put so much effort into it."

Features range from cast iron ranges to a fully functional Victorian bathroom.

Peter is looking to open Vine Cottages up in 2011 but he first needs to know more about his home's history.

He said: "I've met relatives of the Victorian family who lived here. I'm looking to meet any other people who lived here in the last hundred years."

I don't do reproductions. The odd rag rug in the house I have made myself but I have based it on Victorian designs
Peter Saunders

Peter took part in the Channel 4 programme Come Dine With Me in May 2010.

During filming he created a Victorian-inspired menu for his guests but it was also a chance for the public to see his home.

Peter said it has been his "life's mission" to restore his Victorian miners cottage back to how it would have been in 1900.

He said the fixtures and fittings are all genuine.

"I don't do reproductions. The odd rag rug in the house I have made myself but I have based it on Victorian designs.

"But all the carpets in here, the lighting, you name it, it's Victorian."

Peter was so confident of the authenticity that he allowed Hilary Sylvester from the Victorian Society to visit.

She told Peter: "I think you've got it absolutely right. It just feels Victorian to me."


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