Sunday, February 21, 2010
Modern House in England | Henham Nrear Southwold, Suffolk | Geoff Pyle
Within the shell of a large and handsome 17th-century agricultural building, the architect Geoff Pyle has created an astonishing house.
On a rural site of approximately 4 acres, the property includes the main house (over 3,000 sq ft with 4 bedrooms and 3 reception rooms) and a number of outbuildings that have the potential to be converted to further accommodation.
The house can be found near the small village of Wangford, approximately four miles from the Suffolk coast.
Pyle’s design creates a harmonious balance of the historical and the contemporary. The frame of the house, a Grade II-listed structure, is constructed of rough oak; to offset the character of the timber, Pyle has used concrete and glass throughout. A further example of this balance is the restored thatched roof, now pierced with a bank of skylights that enable the interior of the property to be flooded with light.
The house is loosely arranged as two halves on either side of a dramatic double-height hallway with poured concrete floors and large glass sliding doors that open out onto the garden. On either side of the house is a first-floor reception room, one that is lighter and more open (mainly used by the current owners in summer) and another that is more enclosed (mainly used by the current owners in winter). The large master bedroom suite incorporates a bathroom and a mezzanine level study. It also has a wood-burning stove, as have the two reception rooms.
Pyle is an architect who was won numerous awards for his work both in the UK and abroad. Although he has worked on a wide range of buildings he has gained a particular reputation for his imaginative and exacting conversions of agricultural buildings.
The small village of Wangford is in east Suffolk – the two closest towns being the popular seaside town of Southwold and the attractive market town of Halesworth. Both provide a broad range of shopping and dining opportunities, as well as cultural activities. The town of Aldeburgh and the celebrated Snape Maltings Concert Hall are also close by. The closest railway station is at Halesworth, where services run directly to London Liverpool Street in approximately 2 ¼ hours.
Ground Floor Kitchen / Dining Room
7.5m / 6.5m / 29'4" x 21'5"
With WC, washbasin.
Bedroom 1 with En Suite Shower Room
5m x 3.4m / 16'6" x 11'2" (exc. Shower room)
6.5m x 3.8m / 21'5" x 12'4"
Impressive double-height space, with extensive glazing and poured concrete floors. Can be opened up to the exterior on both sides to become a courtyard-like space. Stairs to first floor.
4.5m x 2.8m/ 14'10" x 9'1"
With bath with overhead shower, WC, washbasin.
6.5m x 3.5m / 21'5" x 11'6"
First Floor Master Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom
6.5m x 5.5m / 21'5" x 18'2" (Exc. Bathroom)
With woodburning stove.
6.5m x 2.5m / 21'5" x 8'3"
On a mezzanine level above Master Bedroom.
Reception Room 2 / Bedroom 5
6.5m x 5m / 21'5" x 16'6"
With open fire.
Bridge over Hall to:
8m x 6.5m / 26'4" x 21'5"
With woodburning stove.
Outbuildings Outbuilding 1
10.4m x 5.3m / 34'2" x 17'4"
Currently used for storage. Could be converted into further accommodation.
Open garage / shed
11m x 5.3m / 36'3" x 17'4"
Could be converted into further accommodation.
Currently divided into a laundry area and sauna, a woodstore, a boiler room and further storage area. Could be converted into further accommodation. Outside Private driveway with parking space for several cars that leads up to the property.
Formal landscaped courtyard garden to one side of the house.
Extensive lawned area behind and to side of house.
Large orchard beyond lawned area.
Small woodland to rear of grounds.
Grounds total approximately 4 acres.
Architect: Geoff Pyle
Nr. Southwold, Suffolk
The house is for sale at £1,050,000
More pictures of the house here