Struggling to control costs on my own home project, I continue to gaze, with envy, on the completed projects of others.
Today, I revisited this vicarage estate, seen a few weeks ago, on The Modern House.
Huge country houses are not my usual interest – just too much work to adapt and, you know, they’re in the countryside (not my favourite place). However, it’s summer, I’m desperate to escape my own house problems and this has been so beautifully, if not very accessibly, modernised.
It’s not a dissimilar to my – tiny in comparison – London home on price but in style … it has an aesthetic that I love at a time when my own home is sadly lacking in any style whatsoever.
Beautiful old brick of handsome architecture juxtaposed with a modern architectural reconfiguration. A sense of history and bang up to date for contemporary living. Yummy.
Do click across to The Modern House for more details and images but here’s a taster of what you’d be living in, should you desire to make it yours:
This remarkable detached house, with three self-contained cottages, sits in five acres of beautifully natural gardens surrounded by the rolling Cornish countryside. Situated in Crowan, the impressive grade II-listed structure, formerly a vicarage estate, dates back to 1880 and has been gently restored to create a wonderfully engaging family home by multi RIBA award-winning architect Amin Taha. The original building is recorded by English Heritage and Pevsner’s Guide to Cornwall as having been designed by JP St. Aubyn.
The property is made up of four individual parts in a clustered arrangement positioned at the top of the gently sloping site; the main house, Coach House, Woodman’s Cottage and Gardener’s Cottage. The main house is the largest of the buildings, measuring over 5,000 sqft internally, and has been elegantly restored in a manner that celebrates the best of the salvageable features. Original timbers, stonework, floor tiles and fireplaces have been exposed, allowing them to resonate more strongly against the minimal interior design.
There are three outbuildings that have been restored with a similar sentiment, with the intention to use them as self-contained cottages, two offering a single living space that combines a kitchen, living and sleeping area. The largest of the cottages is arranged over two floors, the upper level containing two bedrooms and an en-suite bathroom, with living space and a shower room on the ground floor. All three cottages have been lined with birch-ply, fitted with underfloor heating and re-wired for electricity and data. Each is designed to provide privacy to the occupants, making them perfect for guests or as individual holiday lets …
The extraordinary gardens unfold beneath the house and include a walled garden, a small area of woodland, and an ornamental pond (now a swimming pond) that is fed by a tributary of the River Hayle. The pond has a natural overflow but can be drained using a new sluice gate …
A flurry of exciting new restaurant openings has turned Cornwall into a real gastronomic hotspot. Coombeshead Farm leads the way with sustainable produce, The Hidden Hut is unbeatable for seafood, and Nathan Outlaw was recently named the best restaurant in the entire country.
I left in the last paragraph as, for me, those restaurants would be a huge enticement.
In reality, whilst I might fantasise about country life, I’m a city girl, through and through, so it’ll be back to the London home budget spreadsheet for me as I file this blog post in my interiors inspiration folder.
Maybe it’s more to your (life)style 🌹