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At The Coach House Workshops we undertake all aspects of furniture conservation and restoration where traditional skills and methods are used. Whether an antique of historic importance or an item which is purely sentimental, all pieces are treated with the same skill and attention to detail.


Unfortunately, nothing in life is predictable and the unforeseen can happen. We offer a comprehensive service in dealing with fire, smoke, 

flood and impact damage. We have many years experience in sympathetically handling insurance claims in conjunction with the client and loss adjustor.


Most of the architectural conservation and restoration work we carry out on site. This encompasses a wide range of skills and processes to achieve the high standards that our clients, architects and main contractors expect.


Our skilled team regularly carry out restoration work on a variety of antique lamps, lighting units and chandeliers. We can offer rewiring, replacement parts and repairs using sympathetic new fittings and a comprehensive cleaning service.


We manufacture a variety of items according to our clients needs or requirements and this varies from a simple door, additional table leaf or display case to kitchens and harp stands!


Mark has been running a variety of short courses in furniture restoration for many years. The fully equipped workshop offers a relaxed and enjoyable environment for a limited number of students to work and develop their restoration skills.



Mark Coray served a five year apprenticeship in cabinet making under John Makepeace at Parnham House in Dorset.  During his 

apprenticeship he successfully completed the City & Guilds course in Furniture Studies at Brunel College, Bristol with distinction, gaining the Gordon Russell prize.


Mark continued his training at the prestigious West Dean College in Chichester, West Sussex, where he gained a distinction in Antique Furniture Restoration & Conservation and was awarded the Geoffrey Moss prize.

It was here that he was able to develop and refine his natural talents and work on some of the countries best antique and historic furniture.


His affinity for restoration and conservation, using traditional methods and attention to detail, has earned Mark the coveted membership of ‘The British Antique Furniture Restorers Association Ltd’ (BAFRA) which he has been a fully accredited member since 1998.


Along with being a highly regarded restorer and conservator, Mark also has over 20 years of part-time teaching experience. He offers a selection of short courses at various times of the year, covering some of the basic but vital skills required for any woodworking or restoration project.



Qualified Craftsman (Parnham House)


City & Guilds Furniture Studies (Distinction)


West Dean/B.A.D.A. (Distinction)


A Fully Accredited Member of The British Antique Furniture Restorers' Association Ltd.


An affiliate member of ICON: The Institute Of Conservation 


Customer Reviews

Mr & Mrs R

Mark came very highly recommended to us regarding restoration to our long case Grandfather clock. We experienced first class quality and professionalism from start and finish. Mark's enthusiasm and love for furniture shows through in the perfection of his restoration. We will definitely be using his services again and it will be a pleasure to recommend to friends and colleagues. Thank you Mark for all your helpfulness and expertise.


Summer Course


Very positive and encouraging on what one can achieve


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Mark Coray Restoration
The Coach House Workshops,
Pound House, Ford Street,
TA21 9PG

Directions From M5

Exit Motorway at Junction 26 for WELLINGTON

Take exit off roundabout for A38/Taunton

At next roundabout take 1st exit for

A38 / Tiverton / Exeter

After 1 mile turn LEFT to

Ford Street / Hemyock / Chard

After 300 yards take 1st entrance on RIGHT to

Ford Farm / Pound House

Pound House & Workshops will be found on the RIGHT

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