Friday, July 9, 2010

Stow–on–the–Wold




A spacious, beautiful home that is both understated and calming.

I hope your weekend is off to the perfect start! I couldn't wait to share this home with you... when I first came across this house, I was instantly taken with the simple lines, the vast and spread foundation, stone exterior, modern windows, and landscape. To me, this home houses the perfect package—working in qualities of beauty, comfort and style seamlessly... a quintessential, modern, countryside home.









The talented architects who masterfully designed this home understood the needs of the family that would occupy it—a London–based family, with four children (and often accompanied by friends) who wanted a weekend/holiday retreat that was both functional and beautiful, with flexibility of use and purpose in mind. They wanted a home that would wear well, whether children were running outside back inside, and outside again, with mud, muck or water inevitably trailing behind...

The architects took all of the family's considerations, wants and desires in mind for the design brief. "Throughout, the pallet of materials used internally was kept simple: Cotswold stone floors, oak floors, beams, doors and ceilings and white painted plasterwork. The energy to run the under-floor heating is created by ground source heat pumps buried in adjacent land." I think the result is beautiful, and what once was a poorly structured barn, now proudly showcases the salvaged stonework of such, on a new, amazing home, now even complete with a lovely swimming pool. Right now, it's so so hot outdoors, and this home is like a cup of cool water—simply perfect, and just in time.

( images:
by Peter Cook // courtesy, and with the permission of McLean Quinlan Architects © no reposting without permission)

27 comments:

  1. So spacious and gorgeous! Love that tub. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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  2. Exactly! You couldn't have described this better...I'm absolutely in love with this home and could easily picture myself living in it...

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  3. Wow! This is gorgeous Sarah... I love the wooden beams!

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  4. Such an impeccable home. I love the bathroom, with the gorgeous deep bath and extra-large shower!

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  5. Perfect meeting between tradition and future, wonderful!!!
    Happy saturday Sarah,
    Cecilia

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  6. perfection, rustic and modern come together in absolute harmony
    Have a great weekend Sarah xoxo

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  7. so gorgeous! i love the woods + use of white...splendid.

    xo Alison

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  8. Now if you could arrange a blogger meet up there for the weekend, that would REALLY be impressive!! I just borrowed Olivia from you and gave a shout out to HD on my blog! xo

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  9. TheBeautyFile -- that would be! We could even go for a nice swim :)

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  10. The whole house is perfection. I love it.

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  11. What a fabulous home, really so interesting.

    Have a lovely weekend,
    xoxo

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  12. This home is incredible! I love the amount of glass. I wanted to pop by and thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comment, I have read and admired your blog for some time now and was honored that you visited mine :) Have a wonderful weekend!
    Nancy xo

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  13. Such stylish architecture! I hope you are having a delightful weekend! Kellie x

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  14. Very clean and neutral - perfect for children. I love all of the exposed beams and walls of glass - the views and all of that natural light must be amazing! Enjoy your Sunday!

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  15. AH, to be in one with nature at such a divine place. That first picture is my ideal heaven on earth. The architecture tickles me fancy. Ah, peaceful days can be spent there. Happy Sunday;-)

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  16. Marcus Design -- it was my pleasure + thank you :)

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  17. gorgeous home! i would love to live there! i love the sleek bathroom esp

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  18. Gorgeous! Love it...modern with a bit of rustic.

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  19. Amazing! Traditional at first glance, but yet really modern in the details. I could live there, no problem!!

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  20. Beautiful house, beautiful interior. I love how they all use so many glass in its construction. Glass is my favorite element of the house, it's like it's letting everything in, the sunshine, the scenery... Lovely post!

    I see you're doing another change with the blog header? Or did I forget because I've been away for too long :p Either way, I'm glad I'm back here.

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  21. This is just lovely and looks like such a calm and luxurious place to be--you definitely have the eye for such places! Hoping you had a wonderful weekend Sarah!

    xo Mary Jo

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  22. Sarah, what a house! Just the over-sized pendants alone! Amazing. This post, I am even showing my hubhy!

    I am so excited about my 18K vase! Is it coming soon?! (: Could not wait - and spilled the beans in my Monday post.

    Thinking of you.

    ox, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  23. I mean my hubby not hubzydubzu... Too late...

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  24. Monika -- you are hilarious! Your vase it is on its way :) xo

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  25. Sorry to be negative but I would feel like I'm living in an office building.

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  26. Sorry to be negative but I would feel like I'm living in an office building.

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