A modern farmhouse built with stones salvaged from a ramshackle structure that originally occupied the site sits in a hidden valley in southern England, surrounded by four acres of gardens that the architects McLean Quinlan rightfully characterize as “idyllic.” A three-and-a-half hours’ drive southwest from London, the house in Devon is for sale: £1,999,950.
That’s about $2.6 million in US dollars, and you can see the real estate listing on The Modern House.
“The surrounding gardens and landscaping were integral to the design,” say architects McLean Quinlan. “Drawing inspiration from Lutyens and Jekyll, the planting and building work together to complement each other and create a home very much within the traditions of the best of domestic British architecture.”
Photography courtesy of The Modern House.
Above: Visitors cross a small moat to reach the glazed front entryway. The design of the new house “followed the envelope of the original but the details and look are very different, giving a much more contemporary feel,” the architects say.
Above: Skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows lend a modern air to the architecture. In addition to the main house, a converted barn serves as guest quarters and there is also a two-car garage on the property.
Above: Behind the house, a lawn connects the structure to a wildflower meadow.
Above: A concrete support beam that runs nearly the length of the house was designed to contrast dramatically against the gray stone.
Above: A partially walled garden surrounds the house.
Above: An open floor plan allows for garden views no matter where you are standing indoors.
Above: The kitchen is open to the dining room on the ground floor.
Above: The mild Devon climate creates ideal conditions for a garden; it rarely snows in winter.
Above: The surrounding countryside is sparsely populated.
Above: On the second floor, a master bedroom a wall of windows enjoys expansive views.
For more of our favorite English country houses, see Garden Visit: A Wildflower Meadow at the Edge of an English Garden and Garden Visit: Charlotte-Anne Fidler’s View Over Wiltshire.