A Farmhouse in Oxfordshire
This handsome Grade II listed Cotswold farmhouse had fine bones but had suffered a number of poor quality extensions over the years. New owners were seeking to restore it as well as to extend it very signficantly, and we were called into to advise. Our initial thoughts were to turn the building entirely around, creating a new entrance front that better responded to the existing farm buildings and approach, and to create a far more private garden realm beyond.
The house is built in natural local stone with a reclaimed Cotswold stone roof, and careful, authentic detailing to create an immediately settled feel. One of the most interesting parts of the commission was for a substantial new swimming pool complex. On the north elevation, facing the entrance court and old farm buildings, the pool house is conceived as a very simple vernacular structure, with a bread oven offering the only architectural form. To the south, an arcaded loggia makes a beautiful sitting room overlooking the new swimming pool.
The garden and wider landscape were conceived by the renowned designer Jinny Blom. The building was executed to our design in collaboration with a local architectural practice, Christian Fleming – a way of working that we find is extremely conducive and which makes excellent use of our skills and time.