Russet House

Woodcote, Berkshire

With its origins in the 16th-century, this stunning redbrick village property underwent carefully planned large-scale works. To the main house and its adjacent cottage, a complete strip out, significant structural alterations and design-led refit left no stone unturned.

An orangery was added to the south side of the building and a glass walkway was instated to the north side, joining the main house to the cottage. The cottage, in its new incarnation, houses a library, music room and home cinema.

Structural work to the roofline of the main house allowed for a stunning galleried entrance hall and a carefully orchestrated knock-through achieved a dual opening around a 15th-century double chimney breast, bridging the kitchen and family living room.

Original features, including exposed internal brickwork, beams and fenestration was restored or matched, to ensure that every element of the property remained true to itself. In the hallway, a panel of the striped back wattle and daub remains exposed and is displayed behind glass as a feature wall.

Made to measure cabinetry throughout, designed by Fiona Parke, is by Barr Joinery and Lighting is by Alex Fry of Northcote Lighting.

Bespoke cabinetry for the office, bedrooms, playroom, cinema room, library, living room, wine room, boot room and snug has been the brought uniqueness to this stunning family residence. Manufactured to Fiona Parke’s unique designs, each room offers its own unique character, whilst aligning the visual flow throughout.

Innovative solutions from the experts at Hives Architects included the removal of a central chimney breast above the ground floor and opening it out at the base to form a bridge between the main living spaces. Equally impactful are the contrasting glazed additions to either side of the property – one quintessentially traditional and the other strikingly contemporary.

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