New Estate House & Gardens

Orientation and aspect......

A historic farmstead set on a northerly slope at the centre of a 250 acre estate. The existing farmhouse was of substandard early C20 construction and has been demolished. The project is to create a new estate house relating more closely to its setting, in particular reconciling the opposing directions of sun and view and creating a new entrance courtyard which incorporates the original, refurbished outbuildings.

The house is laid out with angled but interconnecting wings which each draw from the sun and view in different directions and at different times of the day. The angles between the wings in turn create sheltered spaces externally in an otherwise broad terrain and towards the new courtyard. Internally the rooms are large and well proportioned, with generous frontages and double aspect to the otuside. A shallow open newel staircase leads to the first floor.

The new courtyard is designed to create a strong sense of place and the new gardens at the rear are laid out to respect the topology and draw in the surrounding landscape.

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