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17007 II ab 03

Traditional Homes

Georgian-Inspired Country House

This outstanding country house – situated within a notable Conservation Area in an exclusive riverside Berskshire village – replaces a rather undistinguished and tired mid-1980s property, lacking in architectural merit and falling outside of the traditional, local vernacular.

Creatively designed to maximise the site’s verdant, sloping setting, natural light and extensive views through the grounds and River Thames beyond, this high-quality, low impact statement property provides unrivalled comfort and style, while sensitively responding to and assimilating within its unique context.

Through a rigorous and carefully considered planning process - working with JPPC Chartered Town Planners - consent was achieved for a classical ‘Georgian-inspired’ two-storey design, with basement level gym, games and media rooms, with outdoor swimming pool. Characterised by a principal form, the design provides a balanced, and well mannered, formal frontage with subservient ‘wings’ designed to appear as an organic evolution of the building, offering a sense of chronology to the property.

A composition of distinct elements, with varied eaves and ridge heights, and scale and mass forms a clear building hierarchy which is reflected in the restricted palette of high-quality materials – including Portland stone, natural slate tiles and glass-clad elevations and roof structures – the dwelling is understatedly grand in both scale, form, and materiality.

The layout of principal areas is balanced in plan, with rooms arranged around a central stair and hallway, and key living spaces and sleeping accommodation positioned to the rear of the property, to take full advantage of the stunning landscaped gardens – carefully designed in collaboration with Nicholsons – and long-distance vistas of the River Thames.

While wide glazed openings internally frame views of the unique surroundings – in particular, the contemporary orangery wing to the rear of the property, which offers uninterrupted panoramas of the pool and gardens beyond - the façade also reflects the scenic setting when viewed externally, where sensitively positioned apertures reflect and mirror the landscape, contributing to a feeling of openness and integration.

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Project Details
Project Name Berkshire House
Project Reference 17007
Planning Consultant JPPC Chartered Town Planners
Main Contractor Christchurch Homes
Structural Engineer OMK Consultancy
Interior Design Nia Morris Studios
Landscape Design Nicholsons
Photography © Andrew Beasley