Having interviewed several architects in Cornwall, appointing Gavin Woodford was a no brainier. Having worked with several over the years, he shines through his energetic and enthusiastic approach such that it was always a joy to meet with him. Professionally, his vast experience, attention to detail and design capability bowled us over. He nailed our 'West Indies style home that would look at home in Cornwall' at first pass, then proceeded with his extended team of professionals, to gain Planning approval also first time. His portfolio of work is exceptional. Many in the building industry have commented to us on the superb design, and as our forever home we simply owe Woodford Architecture so much. Thank you Gavin, Dan and the delightful team.


Woodford Architecture & interiors are an outstanding team! A talented and professional company, whom took time to understand and interpret our brief. Highly recommend.


Woodford Architecture and Interiors have been appointed to partner with us to demolish our family holiday home and rebuild. Whilst professional, they are a friendly and enthusiastic team who have to date taken us through design stage, we have agreed consultants and they have liaised seamlessly with the planning authorities. When complex issues have arisen, they’ve found solutions. They communicate promptly and thoroughly, are efficient and enthusiastic. They have brought such creativity to the project, which we look forward to completing as soon as possible.


We found Woodford Architecture & Interiors very professional. We asked them to come up with a plan to renovate our 1980's built traditional villa in Portugal. Gavin & Sarah produced an excellent design, incorporating innovative features whilst retaining the integrity of the original structure and sympathetic to the surrounding architecture. Their attention to detail has been impressive, and they have expended considerable effort in liaising with consultants, builders & suppliers. When problems or queries have arisen during the work, they have responded promptly and effectively, including sourcing manufacturers of specialised material in Portugal and Spain. They have been delightful to deal with, as have all the staff at Woodford Architecture, who have uniformly been friendly and helpful.


Woodford Architecture have been fantastic from the beginning of our long project! They were friendly and approachable the first time we contacted them with our brief and we have since then developed a great professional relationship. Gavin and his team were great at listening to our ideas and then also added their own ideas to produce a beautifully designed house. They skilfully liaised with various consultants and planners to obtain our planning permission. The final design has been completed with such attention to detail that it has been fairly stress free for us!


The service that Gavin, Sarah and the entire team at Woodford have delivered to us on our project has been excellent right from the get go. As probably the most important design and build project we will ever undertake it was essential that we had the right team on board. Gavin's attention to detail and unerring focus on quality design that was sympathetic to what the planners would require have been stand out. The team has also been excellent at intermediating with a large team of consultants and third parties, making our job much easier. Most importantly, it has been really great to see how much the Woodford team really care about and seem excited by our project. We would highly recommend the team for high quality and important projects.


The project of remodelling our Grade II listed Dartmoor longhouse, with all the various permissions needed, seemed a daunting task until Gavin and Sarah took it on. With great professionalism they liaised with all the authorities, and kept us up to speed at all times. Their designs and knowledge of what worked for this type of building and blended with our taste, exceeded all our expectations. Their attention to detail – to the last tiny dot - was astonishing, and Sarah's ability to source anything meant we could leave everything to them. A great and friendly team!


I would happily work with Gavin, Oliver and the team at Woodford Architecture again. They came highly recommended from a friend and proved themselves to be professional and a pleasure to work with.The team took our brief for a family focussed extension and remodel and designed something that exceeded our expectations.They also provided great support through the planning process.


We are still in the process of a large renovation with Gavin and Sarah at Woodford Architecture. They have been brilliant every step of the way. They take time, they listen, and then they bring fantastic ideas to the table. It is such a big project and we couldn't have entered this process without their professionalism, design skills, help with planning and a variety of consultations. We are looking forward to the end result and feel confident they will take us through it smoothly.


Gavin, Sarah, and their team at Woodford Architecture have been valued partners in our project to renovate and restore an old Georgian manor house in Devon. We relied on them heavily in the design and planning phases and were impressed both by their creativity and by their consummate professionalism. Meetings were always productive, deadlines were met, and work quality was excellent. We are happy to recommend the team without any reservations.


Gavin and the team at Woodford Architecture were both friendly and professional from our very first meeting and this proficiency has continued throughout the project. They interpreted our brief brilliantly and together we have designed something really special. Obtaining planning permission for this new build was always going to be a challenge but Woodford managed it very well and were able to treat the inevitable compromises with a measured and positive attitude.

As you would expect from a first class architect's office, their attention to detail is outstanding and alongside their professionalism is a fun and enthusiastic approach.

I have really enjoyed working with Gavin and Dan and would highly recommend them.

2 Nov 2017 – DEVON HOUSE

I have had no hesitation in recommending Woodford Interiors- Gavin, Sarah and their staff have been fantastic during the renovation of our Devon house, no problem has been too small and solutions and advice offered promptly. They are my go to for everything from lighting positions to recommending reliable, trustworthy trades.


We have worked with Gavin at Woodford Architecture on a few projects now, and would highly recommend him and the rest of the team! Always provides the best products available at an affordable price for his clients. With excellent attention to detail, the finished projects are amazing, a truly professional lovely team!


Working with Gavin on finding the full potential of the redesign of my home has been great. So efficient, swift to respond and never had to chase. The calibre of consultants Gavin used for the project were exceptional. Unbelievably our planning came in 5 weeks early due to Gavin's thorough accurate application. The professionalism of the whole team gave me the confidence that the project was in good hands and what made the project most enjoyable was working with Gavin who is so approachable and friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend Woodford Architects.


We chose Woodfords because of their very impressive portfolio of work and Gavin's designs for our tired old bungalow have literally transformed it. Woodfords provided a professional yet friendly service throughout. They listened to our concerns/demands but pushed us to take the leap with some design features which have really made the difference. They liaised with planners and contractors without issue and showed a good attention to detail as they project managed on our behalf. This has been our first ever building project and I wouldn't hesitate to use Woodfords again if the chance ever arises.


Its just wonderful to find an inspiring architect who listens to your brief (and budget!) and creates something truly amazing.

Gavin and his team have transformed our house from a ugly 60's house (with lots of potential!) to a New England style home nestled in the Buckinghamshire hills with a real 'Wow' factor.

From our first meeting Gavin quickly understood our brief, showed us his vision of what was possible yet remained pragmatic about our budget (phew!). This meant we all felt confident from the start. Having liaised with the Planning Department his team pushed everything through smoothly. Their attention to detail, particularly when it came to the technical spec, was superb meaning the builders were very clear on our requirements and ensuring us that we got the finish that we wanted.

Always friendly, always there for you, nothing is too much trouble for them.

I would strongly recommend Woodford Architecture for future projects. I know we will go back to them again.....


We would not hesitate to recommend Woodford Architects. From the very first site meeting at our Grade II* listed Devon Longhouse both Gavin Woodford and Dan Osborne gave us their full support seeing the project through to the finish. Our main aim was to extend and reconfigure our small dark kitchen, laundry, cloakroom, back entrance and improve the external flow of our garages, access to the house and thatched barn. Both Gavin and Dan fully understood our objectives and fully appreciated that any new additions had to sit comfortably with an historic family home that has been in the family for many generations. Planning and listed building consent was an extremely complicated and protracted process and without support and encouragement from all the team at Woodfords we might well have given up on the whole process.


We were recommended to Woodford Architecture and used them to orchestrate our applications for retrospective buildings control and planning permission.

Throughout the project we found Gavin and his team to be very professional and helpful, using their experience with the local authorities to steer us through the processes required. Their knowledge of both building regulations and planning requirements and their relationship with these departments, and other specialists, was instrument to the success of both applications.


Having known Gavin Woodford for some years, we only recently instructed him and his team when we secured a commercial site in Exeter city centre. Gavin is a charismatic chap with infectious enthusiasm and exciting ideas; a refreshing change. His team too are highly professional and proactive in dealing with requests, fast. Whilst no planning application is without delays and problems, Gavin dealt with queries efficiently and diplomatically appeasing concerns of the planners amenably, keeping them “on side”. Putting a team of experts together who are innovative, reliable and trustworthy is half the battle when developing and Woodford Architecture has been a fundamental contributor to our success.


Sarah & Gavin provided our interior decoration service for a holiday home we own in Dartmouth, Devon throughout 2015. The brief was to keep costs to a very strict budget whist maintaining a high-standard of interior design.

The process started with a meeting at the property where Sarah & Gavin came and saw the property, discussed what my wife & I wanted to achieve and following on from this, an initial design statement was provided. This was then discussed again with Sarah, decisions were made and from this we decided upon the general plan for each room, from furniture & furnishings, to lighting, to art and curtains/blinds.

In short, the whole process was fantastic - Sarah was extremely communicative and helped us with creative solutions to meet the budget whist maintaining a very high standard of finish. We spent a very happy Christmas in the property and were so proud of everything that has been done there, and we look forward to many more happy times in the property.

We would highly recommend Woodford Architecture to anyone and would look to use them again in the future if possible.


Gavin, Sarah and all the staff at Woodfords seemed to understand our brief from the initial conversations and regular, friendly communication and meetings gave us ample opportunities for input which they were always keen to incorporate. This enabled us to generally approve designs with little need for amendment. They were considerate of our aspirations, tastes and budget and their expertise and eye for detail on all the little things we'd not even considered meant that the end result exceeded our expectations providing well thought out spaces and design that was evident.

Planning consent for an extension within a conservation area in Dartmoor National Park was achieved with little fuss and their obvious experience and skills in specifying materials and finishes together with their frequent and prompt communication with the builders made the build straight forward and hassle free (for us at least!). A pleasure to work with and great at what they do. Totally recommend. David & Alex

20 Oct 2015 – NEW FAMILY HOME

From the moment we met Gavin and Sarah, we knew we had found the right people to help us with our renovation project. Right from the off they took time to get to know us as a family, making sure they understood how we wanted to use all the spaces in our house. (We previously met other architects and not one of them took the time to ask us how we used our house). They were extremely professional and excellent at communication. We loved their creativity, ability and courage to think out of the box. The end designs were detailed and well thought out. Overall it was an absolute pleasure to work with Woodford Architecture and Interiors. Gavin and Sarah were so friendly and professional. I would be happy to recommend them to anyone looking for an architect or interior design service and have, in fact, already referred people to see them.

22 May 2015 – NEW FAMILY HOME

Since taking on a project in the Dartmoor National Park we have had a very good experience of working with Woodford Architecture & Interiors. Gavin has been excellent at leading us through the process and has come up with a beautiful and sympathetic design solution to what is a complicated property and challenging site. The thorough application he put together and his respectful relationship with the planning authority meant that we had first time success with our application for what is a substantial build and remodelling of the property. Gavin’s work is thorough and methodical with fantastic attention to detail. We have been regularly updated on progress and are very pleased with the timescales and how well everything has progressed. Recommended consultants have also been very good. Above all the team are friendly and very pleasant to work with and we are looking forward to continuing to the next stage.

24 February 2015 – MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT

Woodford Architects provided excellent guidance on the overall concept and architectural detail. Their liaison and interaction with the other consultants and the local planning authority was very good. We found them easy and approachable, though also strong enough to ensure the original design principal was maintained, even under pressure from the client.

22 February 2015 – DARTMOOR RESIDENCE

Woodford Architecture and Design restored and refurbished our 500 year old listed property in a protected national park – a project fraught with planning difficulties. With great professionalism, skill and knowledge they liaised with all the relevant authorities and consultants, and all the various planning permissions and surveys were properly obtained with easy competence. The restoration and refurbishment was done with great sensitivity, skill, taste and attention to detail, and throughout the process we were kept informed and updated on all details in their characteristically friendly manner. The end result surpassed our expectations.

21 February 2015 – PENTHOUSE APARTMENT

I am using Woodford Designs of Ashburton for a penthouse in Exeter Devon , they have excelled in the design and with all communications with the builders.

I would recommend them to anyone who only wants the best!

16 February 2015 – BARN CONVERSION

We found Woodford Architecture to be very friendly and approachable and very good at listening to our own ideas. They have all the expertise and knowledge that you require, which alongside genuine enthusiasm and creative thinking, makes them a pleasure to work with. The fact that Woodford are based in an area of great natural beauty adds to their aesthetic sensibilities which are a special bonus.

10 February 2015 – PENTHOUSE APARTMENT

We instructed Woodford Architecture to assist us in prolonged negotiations with a local developer who had obtained detailed planning consent to convert an office building in the historic centre of Exeter into three floors of apartments with two added penthouses on a new contemporary steel and glass fourth floor. After weeks of discussion we managed to convince the developer to sell us the entire new floor as one large new apartment fitted out entirely to our specification.

This entailed some re design of the new structure on a project which was about to start.

The deal was entirely dependent on Woodford Architecture producing detailed design plans and specifications to very tight deadlines indeed, in the face of a somewhat sceptical contractor.

There is no doubt whatsoever that had not Gavin Woodford and his staff worked seven days a week for several weeks we would not have been able to meet our contractual commitments. They are to be congratulated on a remarkable job well done.

9 February 2015 – BARN CONVERSION

We hired Woodford Architecture & Interiors to provide us with initial plans for renovating a 1960’s barn conversion and solving specific complex issues. We found them to be prompt, professional, friendly and very imaginative in their design solutions, which included both the broad concept and particular attention to detail. They absorbed and understood what we were looking for in every sense - I would not hesitate to use them again and recommend them highly.

9 February 2015 – ECLECTIC RECTORY

A really outstanding business.

We used the team at Woodford to help us update an old Rectory we had purchased. Gavin developed the new design for our kitchen, en-suite master bedroom and two other bathrooms.

Gavin picked up very cleverly on existing design elements of the original Georgian rectory and incorporated these into a modern but appropriate twist for the new designs.

We ended up following all Sarah's proposals for flooring, wall colours, kitchen & bathroom fixtures & fittings. Sarah also developed beautiful ideas for curtains and roman-blinds and was able to recommend a great local company who provided the fabrication (and who did a really good job on this).

In summary, their advice and professionalism was wide-ranging, great value-for-money and time-generous. Gavin & Sarah and the team at Woodford absolutely exceeded our expectations.