We were appointed to look at a scheme to remodel and refurbish this large historic farmhouse and ancillary buildings, attached to a stud farm in a rural part of Normandy, France. Our brief was to create a 6-8 bed house all with ensuites, a series of living and entertaining spaces, a indoor pool and associated accommodation for staff and servicing.
We proposed 2 additional wings to the house, revolving around a new courtyard with a new circulation tower. The existing house would retain a kitchen and dining space, with a new timber framed, and glazed wall extension forming the primary living space, open to the rafters and served by a new large open fire. The pool would sit in a lower basement, making benefit of the site topography to open up to the pastures, thereby allowing swimming whilst enjyoing the company of horses grazing in the fields the other side of the glass. the existing ciderie, would be converted to guest suites and staff rooms. A rich pallate of modern and luxurious materials and fittings, inspired by boutique hotels and French Chateaus would be used throughout to create a first class home. We also proposed to reconfigure the apporach to the property and replan the gardens and terraces around the house, to maximise views and light into the house.