A replacement dwelling in spectacular location
When our clients first stumbled across a ramshackled brick cottage in their chosen area they could scarcely believe their luck. Barely looking at the house itself they knew straight away that they had found the perfect location. The site is located on the end of a single track, superbly elevated and on the edge of a small hamlet with the most dramatic, wide and unspoilt views across three counties and two countries.
Understandably, the clients tasked the Border Oak architect to maximise the view from the main living spaces of the proposed replacement dwelling, but planning restrictions meant the property could not be entirely relocated. And our clients also wanted a traditional form that would not date over the centuries. Our solution was to add a contemporary oak and glass section within an otherwise traditional manor house design using a very restrained palette of natural materials. And the view becomes the focal point as soon as you step into the grand hall.
Entering through the two storey porch you are greeted by a split stairs - to one side theres an open arch, which lines up with the glazed section to truely showcase the broad vista. There is a wonderful chefs kicthen designed for cooking and entertaining, which flows seamlessly into the glazed section - with a cosy snug to one side. On the opposite side of the hallway is a more formal sitting room with a handcarved stone fire surrond made by Border Oak's stone mason. The utility room and laundry room, leads out to the L shaped garage with office above.