Jane Austen describes the location of this home as “a village sweetly situated in a little green valley”. Others saw it in the midst of natural beauty. It actually is. And it appears as though it’s slowly merging with its surroundings. Inside is pleasantly modern and elegant. Chris Mackenzie of Designscape designed this outstanding contemporary home in a place just north of central Bath in Charlcombe, south of the United Kingdom.
The house was designed by Chris Mackenzie of Designscape and is constructed using local honey-coloured Cotswold stone for the lower floor and a timber-clad steel frame for the upper floor. Extensive use of glazing throughout, both as windows and skylights, make this an exceptionally light house and allow occupants to enjoy the excellent setting. The building sits centrally on a plot of approximately 1.4 acres in size, which incorporates a large level area, a wildflower meadow, a driveway, a vegetable plot and a terrace with fishpond. Accommodation incorporates four bedrooms (each with en suite bathrooms) on the ground floor, an open-plan kitchen / living /dining room on the first floor as well as a small study / snug area. Also on the first floor is a large area built around a courtyard that is currently used as a gallery and studio but also easily usable as a fifth bedroom suite. A large balcony with panoramic views can be used for summer dining. For more information on Designscape and the history of the house click here.
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