Cotswold Manor House & Estate
A centuries-old survivor of near dereliction, partial demolition and many alterations, this ancient home - originally to one of Henry V’s Agincourt Knights - required sensitive and long-overdue attention.
Grade I Listed - Renovation and extension
Concept design through to completion
Beyond its principal castellated elevation, a double-courtyard plan, wilfully avoiding right angles, reveals a series of atmospheric spaces at the heart of which is the cavernous Great Hall with its huge roof structure of oak felled in 1424. Now, thanks to a team of patient and highly skilled artisans, previous suffocating heavy-handed repairs have been stripped back, and the walls, floor and roof are once again breathing with natural and traditional materials.
Approached along a winding tree-lined track, initially, only glimpses of the playfully-defensive features of this historic old house are possible before its glowing Guiting gold stone and soft lime-rendered facades are fully revealed. Cannonballs, leather shoes and drawbridge pivots released from muddy archaeological excavations of a former moat add colour to the almost incomprehensible timeline here.
A new range and sculptural oak loggia complete the previously demolished Service wing. The addition, built in insulating extruded clay blocks, oak, locally sourced stone and natural insulation, provides family space with modern comfort – and a huge bay window connects this impressive new space to the creatively landscaped grounds beyond.
The new work here takes its lead from the old – light dances across leaded windows and hand-forged ironmongery awaits patination through use. Heavy carved oak doors made with eye-watering skill are a tribute to, and a showcase of, traditional crafts. Careful, sensitive repairs and subtle upgrades look to secure the future of its delicate fabric.