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DJI 0575A

Private Residential

Contemporary Cotswold Retreat

Situated in a secluded spot in the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this extensive, high-quality contemporary home replaces a modest building of low architectural merit, transforming and enhancing the site and delivering first-class accommodation of over 4,500 sqft – quadrupling the floor area of the original bungalow.


Following a carefully considered design and planning process – working closely with local Planning Consultant JPPC – the resultant design presents a much-needed reinvigorated site, introducing a substantial family home complete with modern amenities and generous living areas. Taking inspiration from the local dry-stone walls that line the country lanes and fields of the Cotswolds, the use of this traditional, local material incorporated within the principal building facades was key to establishing a sense of place and ensuring the house felt grounded within the landscape and wider AONB setting.

Although proposals were for a replacement dwelling, the design concept was to reimagine a ‘historic’ stone barn that had been converted and subsequently subject to striking, modern additions. As such, the design evolved to incorporate a series of wrapping elements, combining bands of metal cladding and large expanses of glazing to provide a prominent contrast to the robust stonework. The careful balance of the solid stone and the visually lightweight glass and metal come together to provide a timeless, harmonious composition.


Internally, the family home is arranged around a central entrance hall and landing, giving access to principal living rooms on the ground floor, and providing an informal journey through the house to the hub of the home – the kitchen. Wide glazed openings flood the space with natural light while taking advantage of the incredible garden and long-distance views. With a direct relationship to the surrounding landscape – in which it naturally embeds itself – and designed to appear as an organic evolution of the building, offering a sense of chronology, the property introduces an elegant, modern aesthetic with the familiarity of Cotswold charm.

  • Tag Architecture Tag Strategic Planning
Project Details
Project Name The Retreat
Project Reference 14021
Planning Consultant JPPC
Photography © Ben Nicholson