Catchpole & Rye may hail from a small English village – Pluckley in Kent – but this fine bathroom company has tapped into a niche market, to become a major player in the industry worldwide and one of the UK’s most prestigious brands.
The Catchpole & Rye story began many years ago, with a passion to sell, restore and maintain antique baths and sanitary ware. The desire to preserve the beauty of exquisite antiques inspired the firm to make original copies by staying true to the traditional methods used throughout history. It comes as no surprise then that owner Tony O’Donnell is an expert in bathroom antiques and Catchpole & Rye takes on a number of large restoration projects across the UK for stately homes and castles.
The company prides itself on its commitment to British manufacturing, and is the reason why Catchpole & Rye produces its entire collection of cast-iron baths at its foundry in Kent. The baths are poured using the same techniques that have been employed for the past 100 years. For example, the original Bain de Bateau bath was made over 120 years ago, but the design and methods used to produce the piece remain the same today. The company invests time and effort into employing and training local craftsmen to produce the highest standards possible and many of the pieces are finished by hand. It takes a highly skilled polisher a whole week to hand-polish one of the cast-iron baths to achieve its signature glimmering sheen.
‘To create something original, you must first fully understand the past.’ This is the maxim to which Catchpole & Rye stays true and that is why you will find a vast collection of timeless bathroom pieces on offer that exude a classical style. Hand-finished in workshops by the company’s skilled and experienced craftsmen, each Catchpole & Rye bath is treated as a unique piece to be enjoyed and admired for many years to come.
After something extra special? Because the team manufactures and produces the majority of its products here in the UK – including the range of cast-iron baths at its foundry in Kent – Catchpole & Rye is fully equipped to offer a bespoke service for customers. For the ultimate in personalisation, baths and cisterns can be cast with initials, dates, logos or even coats of arms. This careful work involves hand-crafting designs from wood before a dedicated pattern is prepared. Sand moulds are manufactured and then cast onto the client’s bath or cistern.
Always tapping into, and setting, new design trends, 2016 saw Catchpole & Rye launch a new collection to coincide with London Design Week, with new finishes including weathered copper, aged brass and brushed nickel. These aged patina finishes can be applied to a variety of brassware, from taps and fittings to showers and heated towel rails.
Equipped to assist with a complete bathroom overhaul, Catchpole & Rye’s full offering includes beautiful copper baths, cast-iron French roll-top baths, elegant console basins, polished cast-metal cisterns and a variety of bathroom taps and showers. The company also offers a design service as well as site visits to ensure a beautifully designed bathroom. The brand specialises in creative solutions to everyday problems – in fact, the team insists that many of its favourite ideas were created this way.
The full collections can be viewed at Catchpole & Rye’s large showrooms and workshops in Pluckley, the main flagship showroom in London on Fulham Road or in the recently opened space in Royal Tunbridge Wells, situated in the heart of the design quarter on Calverley Road. Having said that, you won’t truly understand what it means to own a Catchpole & Rye bath until the first time you take the plunge.
CATCHPOLE & RYE 282-284 FULHAM ROAD, LONDON SW10 9EW +44 (0)20 7351 0940