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.

In the ensuite, a centrally positioned T-shaped ‘pod’, made from marine-grade teak, was designed to house a shower, double vanities, floor-to-ceiling storage and display niches and screen the WC from view. The central position allowed original stone walls, oak beams and fireplace to be exposed, aesthetically connecting with exposed materials in other areas, and enabled vistas to be maximised.

From the teak-walled shower, a screen (clear above shoulder height) allows views across the orchard and floor-to-ceiling glass gives a visual connection to the bedroom, allowing a view of the alabaster sculpture through switchable privacy glass. A fossil in the shower can be seen from the bedroom, framed by alabaster wall-lights. The bespoke sculptural teak bath has a remote-operated self-filling mechanism allowing it to sit unencumbered in the centre of its space, with spectacular views over the valley.

The bath’s curve echoes the white resin floor’s curve separating the ensuite from the timber-floored hallway. The richness of marine-grade teak, chosen for ‘pod’ and sculptural bath, complements the honey-coloured stone walls, highlighted against crisp white resin floor. The beauty of wood continues with the walnut-fronted wardrobes in the dressing room.