Situated beside the historic Old Wardour Castle in Tisbury, Wiltshire, and built in the late 14th century, Old Wardour House has a noble lineage. The House was acquired by the present owner’s family in 1963. Major alterations have been made to some or all of the buildings on this site in the 1690s, 1740s, 1870s, 1900s and 1960s, leaving a series of distinctive and eclectic traces. The new design takes a non-intrusive, minimalist approach that is respectful of the existing fabric.
The house is in perpetual shade from the beginning of November until the end of January as a result of the sun failing to rise above the tops of the trees to the south. This condition has worsened since the wood has grown. The aim of the design was to allow more light into the house, while ensuring retention of historic fabric. The extension makes use of large glazed areas to bring light into the kitchen area and the bedroom above, whilst ensuring clear views from the adjacent Summer House to the garden and the castle beyond.
Natural Stone Awards 2006
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