Customer Testimonials

Customer Testimonials

The best bits about running this business over the years has been the moments I spend with our customers, seeing their faces when we fit the door and hearing customer testimonials when the job’s done.

I’m not just saying that because it sounds good.

Some customers have no idea at all what colour door they want, how to go about transferring what’s in their head onto glass or what furniture would look great on their door, and what would make it unique.

I give customers time

Time is something that lot’s of business owners don’t have a lot of but it’s an essential ingredient when you are crafting something that just has to be right. Big companies can’t give you time, they just don’t have it (I know these people) so I made it compulsory – I’ll give you time so that you get the front door you dream about.

Here are some messages I’ve had from the wonderful people I’ve made and restored doors for in the last fourteen years. Hopefully you’ll be leaving a customer testimonial soon.

Victorian oak internal door with Canterbury glass
Jon’s Victorian Oak Internal Doors

Chris made us a front door a number of years ago which we absolutely love and still looks as good as new so when the time came to update our internal doors I didn’t bother contacting anyone else.
From start to finish the process was effortless and the quality and craftsmanship is second to none. To illustrate the point they spent nearly half a day filling in the gaps in the door frame left by the old hinges. I’m sure most others would have simply reused the gaps but Chris explained it wouldn’t look right and he was absolutely correct.
In summary I can’t recommend Chris and the team highly enough and wouldn’t hesitate to ask for his help again.

John – Stockton-On-Tees – 2023

Restoration of Gill's unique Victorian front door, Romiley
Bespoke Victorian front door restoration

Absolutely delighted with my door restoration. Chris is a true artist, and an amazing craftsman. He’s also a really lovely guy! I love my door so much. It is a stunning work of art! Many thanks to Chris and his fab team.

Gill – Romiley – 2022

Front door draught excluders Manchester
Front Door Draught Proofing Kit

“Just wanted to say a big thank you Chris for your help. The kit is now installed and the door is tremendously snug against draughts and it looks fantastic with the beading and new letter box. 


Will recommend you to other cold Edinburgh citizens.

Best wishes”

Jennifer – Edinburgh 2022

Restoration of Victorian front doors
Georgian front door restoration

“Thank you so much for bringing our beloved door back to life for us, we are so, so, please and cannot recommend you highly enough.”

Dale & Andy – Derbyshire 2019

Harriet and her Grand Victorian front door in Sale
Grand Victorian with etched glazing

“From the start Chris put up with lots of indecisiveness and back and forth from me.

We knew we wanted a special door but with a new renovation project the budget was always tight. After lots of emails from us and after viewing many cheaper alternatives and off the shelf solutions we decided nothing was going to cut it, we had to get it done properly. We are so glad we did!

From Chris’ initial visit to completion of the job, Chris seemed to understand exactly what it was we were after. We knew it was going to make a difference to the house but I don’t think we had realized quite how much.

To say we love our new front door is an understatement – the whole thing was a really good experience and we look forward to enjoying our door for years to come.”

Harriet & Will – Sale, Manchester

Claire and her Grand Victorian front door in Chorlton
Grand Victorian with leaded glass


It has actually transformed the look of our house.

Chris has been absolutely brilliant and is a real craftsman with an eye for design and detail. The new stained glass that he suggested matches that of the original Victorian door frame and is actually (well to me me anyway) beautiful!

Nothing has been too much trouble for Chris. I would happily recommend him to anyone.
Thanks again Chris.”

Claire – Chorlton, Manchester

1930s Front Door Restoration Sale
1930s restoration and new leaded glass

“What a result.

We looked at different companies to restore our front door. We are so pleased we chose The Grand Victorian Door Company.

Chris did an amazing job. He re designed the stain glass to include our house number and included patterns and colours from the other stained glass on our house. And to top it off he gifted us a beautiful Christmas wreath.”

Sale, Manchester

Georgian Front Door in Bolton
Grand Georgian with leaded glass

“It’s not just a door, behind it, there’s love, friendship and a happy ever after. Chris will do everything to meet your expectations.”

Michael & Ann – Lostock 2016

Alison's Grand Victorian front door with Canterbury glass in Sale Manchester
Grand Victorian with etched glass

“​Our new door totally transforms the whole look of the front of our house. I had a vision how I wanted it to look and Chris has taken this vision and made it a reality! This beautifully classic door will bring us much happiness for many years to come.”

Alison – Sale 2016

Deb and her Grand Victorian front door in Chorlton
Grand Victorian with leaded glass

“​Thank you so much for our amazing door Chris! We absolutely love it!”

Debbie – Chorlton 2016

David's Victorian restoration with leaded glass in Didsbury
Victorian front door restoration with leaded glass

“We could not be happier with the fabulous job that Chris has done for us.

He refurbished our 100 year old front door and came up with a brilliant solution for retaining the original glass in a bespoke double glazing unit.

We were so impressed with his work that we got Chris to fit brand new internal doors, he took great care to adjust each one so that they fitted into the misshapen frames. All his work is done to a very high standard. If you want someone reliable with talent and passion for their work to do a first rate job, look no further than Chris, we whole heartedly recommend him.”

David – Didsbury

Georgian Front Door Restoration c1782
Georgian front door restoration

“Chris, You’ve put the soul back into our old Front door..

We knew it either needed replacing or someone needed to give our door some serious tlc- that you did and we’re delighted with the results.

Thank you…”

Kerry – Derbyshire 2015

Maggie's Victorian front door and arched frame in Lostock 159-BL6-4EP
Grand Victorian front door and arched frame

“​Thanks again for designing and fitting our beautiful door. At some point on most days I consciously enjoy either opening or closing it and feeling the satisfying, weighty and sturdy feel of it on its hinges. In the evening our hallway lights beam through the glazed panels and in the morning they allow light to flood the hallway.

Perhaps more exciting than the door itself was the experience of meeting someone so passionate about what they do. A real enthusiast, artist and perfectionist! Chris and the Grand Victorian is the anti-production line. I would like to own several more front doors to try out all the designs and combinations possible but we’ll just have to settle for the one for now!

It’s been the best thing we’ve done to our house so far.

Thank you for your time, patience and effort.”

Maggie & Alastair – Bolton

Paul's Grand Victorian front door with etched glass in Worsley
Grand Victorian front door with etched glazing and fanlight

​”I can’t thank you enough for the work that you recently carried out at my house. The door looks absolutely fantastic and the difference it has made externally and internally is amazing.

Thank you for all your advice, it’s great to meet people who have an obvious passion for their work and it shows in your workman and craftsmanship. I will recommend you to anyone who is thinking of buying a new door. Being an estate agent I know that first impressions count and from the comments from friends and neighbors who have seen the door it’s the best money I have spent in a long time.

Good luck for the future and thanks again.”

Paul – Worsley 2015

30s Classic Oak internal door in Marple
1930s inside door with etched glazing

“We are pleased as punch with the new doors, they are everything we hoped for. The service provided by Bolton Joinery was outstanding, from the initial consultation through to the fitting and finishing.

Chris and his colleague Tony were two lovely blokes who I would trust to work in our house unsupervised. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to our family and friends.Thanks once again”

Christine & Kevin – Marple

Simon's Grand Victorian front door with matching side panel in Prestwich
Grand Victorian front door with etched glass

​”Gill and I are both very happy with the front door.

Quality job and we are very pleased with the effect that the new front door has had to the house.” 

Simon & Gill – Prestwich 2014

Rachel's Grand Victorian double front doors with etched glass in Urmston
Grand Victorian double front doors

“Thank you to Chris and the team for our new double fronted Grand Victorian front door. The quality and spec are exactly what we wished for and the service was personal and bespoke to us.

We have had so many comments and compliments on our door already! (Only positive) And have noticed a difference in insulation and noise reduction already due to the quality.Thanks again and we will be recommending you to friends.”

Rachel & Chris – Urmston 2014

Paul's Classic Victorian oak internal door
15 Classic Victorian oak internal doors

​”We have just had 15 internal oak doors supplied and fitted.

The work was carried out in less than 3 days by Chris and Tony and all completed to the highest standard.We would recommend them to anybody and wouldn’t hesitate to call them again when we need more work doing.

Great job, thank you.”

Paul – Worsley 2014

1930's Edinburgh Front Door
1930s front door restoration with leaded glass

“I had got to the stage where the front door needed to be replaced and I spent hour looking at doors (it was staring to become an obsession) but could find nothing I liked as much as the original 1930’s door that I had.

I found The Grand Victorian Door Company and Chris, at our first meeting Chris reassured that he would be able to restore the door and true to his word that’s what he’s done.

I how have a beautiful front door with all the fittings , Chris even put up a new curtain rail for me, It was great to find someone passionate about what they do, I have no hesitation in recommending Chris to anyone who needs a new door or a door restoring.”

Stockport 2016