Chiltern Hills Farmhouse

This 18th century farmhouse in the Chiltern Hills AONB was developed piecemeal through the latter part of the 20th century with a succession of infills, extensions and conversions resulting in a large house of over 9,000sqft which lacked coherence and failed to benefit from the exceptional west-facing outlook of the former yard beside the house.

The house has been reorganised readily to be scaleable according to the client’s hosting needs. Enhanced flow is created from the front entrance via a double-height stair hall, opening directly into the principal kitchen-living space from which fine views are afforded across a newly landscaped west-facing terrace. Laterally, clear circulation is introduced, to the reception spaces at the front and service spaces to the rear. The first floor is reorganised to provide a tidy master suite of rooms.

Externally, the existing array of paths and terrace has been radically simplified to create a sequence of levels that gently flow from the west side of the house down to an ancient walnut standing on the edge of a restored wildflower meadow. Interiors in collaboration with Louise Balfour Goodman.

Project Information

Client: Private Client
Construction Value: Confidential
Location: Bucks

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