Project Name: Cotswold Manor

Location: Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Date Completed: September 2019

Interior Designer: Pippa Paton Design Limited

Architect: Pippa Paton Design Limited

Construction Company: Drew Warren Building Contractor

Pippa Paton Design Limited were enlisted for a complete renovation of a Grade II listed Cotswold manor house, untouched for almost 50 years. The brief was to create a 21st century home in style and functionality, capable of hosting large family gatherings, whilst celebrating the building’s history and fabric and the owners’ love of wood.

The overall approach for Pippa Paton Design was to enhance the beauty of historic materials and vistas through design simplicity, introducing contemporary materials fused with textural layers alongside a softly neutral palette. White walls and neutral-toned furnishings provide a backdrop, with timber used for most joinery, furniture and flooring.

To create light, airy, contemporary spaces, Pippa Paton Design removed walls to ease circulation, ceilings were vaulted to create a sense of space and new lighting with controls were introduced. Historic panelling in the principal reception rooms, darkened over time, was restored to its original honey colour. Flagstone and parquet flooring were stripped and hand-waxed to lighten.

Pippa Paton Design selected furniture and furnishings to introduce lightness and fineness in terms of structure, colour, and materials. E.g. a bespoke glass-topped dining table enables stunning parquet floor to be seen and its steel base is a sculpture in its own right. In the drawing room, glass-topped coffee tables display an Orthoceras fossil and vintage threshing table.

The spaces created and the overall design has enabled the historic fabric to be exposed which, fused with contemporary materials and high-end fittings, provide a sublime family home with all the 21st century functionality desired whilst embracing the spectacular views.