Mary Jane Slaney at Sunnycroft
In 1894, the ambitious and aspirational Mary Jane Slaney purchased Sunnycroft. She purchased the additional surrounding land and extensively remodelled the estate.
Mary Jane Slaney was a successful businesswoman who completely remodelled the villa and garden at Sunnycroft into what we see today.
More than just a home, she redesigned Sunnycroft to become a place to entertain and show status in society.
Commissioning the original architect Alfred Roper, Mary Jane doubled the size of the house.
A new much larger entrance was constructed, a grand staircase built, and a new wing added to include a billiard room, formal dining room and guest accommodation.
Her choice of interior design and decoration was heavily influenced by the latest fashions. This included the best quality materials as well as the latest technology such as indoor bathrooms, hot running water and central heating.
An estate in miniature
Mary Jane aspired to have a home, garden and estate that had all the essential features of the much larger grand estates of the time.
She added the lodge at the top of the drive, a coach house and stables, kennels, glasshouses and an impressive conservatory.
All of these remain intact today.
Explore the impressive suburban villa at Sunnycroft, built by the middle class to emulate the country houses of the landed gentry.
Explore the garden at Sunnycroft, part of this fascinating 'estate in miniature' nestled in the suburban surroundings of the market town of Wellington.