A meticulous and detailed refurbishment of the historic Georgian Grade II* Listed country house from a 40 year occupancy of commercial offices back into a grand residence as it once was intended.
With a focus on the reconfiguration of the arbitrary office layout that was established in previous renovations and an insertion of contemporary interventions so to update the house as a functional modern day home.
Attention was paid to a complementary, paired back extension to the rear of the building that housed a new kitchen, opening up the East wing link to the southern light and expansive grounds by a light soaked corridor.
The former lower ground kitchen with its high vaulted ceiling and columns, was transformed into a luxury leisure space with heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and gym. The space enhanced further by the insertion of two large glazed screens allowing light to flood in and connect with the new kitchen corridor above.
The Victorian wing of the house underwent significant restoration to reconfigure a mismatch of floor levels and small office rooms into a feature recreational room with an impressive double height stairwell that reconnected the Victorian wing to the central house. The material palette a simple combination of crittall style windows, Portland stone stair treads and Dinesen Douglas Fir timber to form a contemporary space.
The third floor space was stripped back, with the original oak joists exposed to create a light and open loft space, exposing the original brickwork and floorboards. With the stunning views from the top floor these rooms were dubbed the Prospect Rooms after the Edwardian term for high status rooms at the top of the house from where to survey your estate.
As well as the key areas of design the existing rooms on the the first floor were transformed into generous bedrooms and en-suites to a standard fitting of the grandeur of the house. Retaining as many of the historic features as possible such as the original William Kent fireplaces, the intricate Georgian plaster work and the impressive oak staircase.