Lost Country House Reborn

Proposes new house

Proposed new house

The site of a country house demolished in the 1930’s has been proposed as the location for a new country house designed to be “the closest thing to an original stately home that it’s possible to build”.

The design of The Ridge in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire is inspired by the original 19th-century house, built in the 1820s, which was demolished in 1936 after a decline which saw the house ending it’s days a nursing home.

The creation of a new house on this scale is certainly to be welcomed – especially in any location where the essential components of the lost house still remain.  However, it’s important that the new house is not simply a modern patische of the original.  This clever approach, by Yiangou, a Gloucestershire-based architectural practice, not only follows the long tradition of re-building country houses but also makes it more likely to get through the modern planning process.

Full story: ‘Brand new ‘stately home’ planned for the Cotswolds‘ [The Telegraph]

Spectacular new £10m mansion in the Cotswolds‘ [Country Life]

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About Matthew Beckett - The Country Seat

An amateur architectural historian with a particular love of UK country houses in all their many varied and beautiful forms.
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2 Responses to Lost Country House Reborn

  1. Andrew says:

    For a photo of the garden front of the original Ridge house, with a corresponding side-by-side comparison to the proposed new house, please see:

    http://www.propertyinvesting.net/cgi-script/csNews/csNews.cgi?database=default.db18379&command=viewonex

    being a reproduction of the Times article:

    http://property.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/property/buying_and_selling/article6859685.ece

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