private house, near wincanton

Location: Somerset
Client: Private
Status: Completed June 2013
Budget: Private

Grade II* listed manor house
creates a large family home dating from the early 19th century. Constructed in Ham stone ashlar, it is arranged in a series of bays and sits in an estate of approximately 12.3 acres. The site also includes a coach house, pool house and workshop outbuildings. A decorative semi-circular stone wall links the coach house to the main house, creating an enclosed courtyard.

much of the building was in an advanced state of disrepair
Panter Hudspith Architects were engaged in 2012 to completely restore and refurbish the entire house and unique curved orangery. We sought to sustainably bring this historic structure back into use as a large fully functioning home, as it was originally intended.

subtle interventions enable practical reuse
Where appropriate to the listed structure, some of the internal layout was reconfigured to form new bathrooms, install a new kitchen and a summer kitchen within the orangery. Services were removed and completely renewed along with wholesale redecoration, including new flooring to the ground floor. The original flooring to the upper levels was retained and restored.

traditional techniques utilised where possible
The orangery roof was completely rebuilt, reusing the original wrought iron trusses and building a new timber framework to receive the new glazed panels. Traditional techniques of stonemasonry, metalwork, French polishing and ceramic repair were used to bring this building back from dilapidation.

Panter Hudspith Architects & Line T Klein / House & Garden Conde Nast Publications
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House & Garden Magazine - Here to Stay
House & Garden Online - At Home: Somerset Country House
House & Garden Online - I want to live in this room
illustrative site plan
the re-landscaped estate looking back to the house & orangery viewed from garden
extensively refurbished ground floor, viewed from dining room. Line T Klein
restored entrance lobby and main staircase. Line T Klein
before renovation - the main stair, attic tank room and crumbling orangery
former boiler room in the attic is transformed into a chic bedroom. Line T Klein
en suite bathrooms were created for all bedrooms with freestanding baths. Line T Klein
new glazing bars, purlins and modern lights sit alongside the restored wrought iron trusses
the restored canopy to the library overlooks the newly landscaped lawn. Line T Klein