We have a very, very special treat for our readers on homify today. The house you are privileged to tour through is located in the sumptuous area of Virginia Water. Even if you're a born and bread English-person, you may not be familiar with the name. Found on the outskirts of London, Virginia Water is the home of Wentworth Estate and the Wentworth Club—two names that you may recognise. The town is named after the lake that runs through it from the nearby Windsor Park. The Virginia Water Lake is said to pay homage to Elizabeth I, the great virgin queen—hence the reason behind the name. The surroundings are so picturesque that films such as Harry Potter and Robin Hood have been shot on the lakeside. Perhaps this gives you an inkling as to the home we're about to view, where grand open spaces and luxury outdoor areas are married perfectly together. Take a look…
The stunning elongated frontage of this house doesn't give away much, but what we can see is how wonderfully the home floats in the landscape; as lightly and as unobtrusively as possible for a white material form. For those architecture aficionados out there, this home bears a striking resemblance to the acclaimed
Farnsworth House by legendary architect Mies van der Rohe, which too, has an admirable respect for the tree-lined landscape.
Keir Townsend are responsible for this incredible interior fit out. The firm worked closely with the client to reconfigure the existing space, which also included the work of a new extension that houses a wonderful open plan kitchen and living area.
First impressions are always the most important, so we begin our tour inside one of the most wonderful hallways we've ever laid eyes on. Without knowing it, this space actually used to be the kitchen, but has been reconfigured as a new corridor between the front and rear of the house. The furniture in this setting is bespoke, and available through Keir Townsend. Light was an important part of the brief for this space, as no grand home should have a dark transitional zone. The full length wall of cupboards is spectacular; teasing the eye of the viewer toward the background. The floors too, are white-washed, made from textured wood effect ceramic tiles. The inserts have been made with Emperador marble effects. To create an inviting ambience, a series of elegant glass light fittings have been installed, meaning that even at night, the reception into this home is most welcoming.
The extension to the bespoke kitchen area can be seen here, and just like the corridor, is a sea of elegant textures and delicate fittings. The full extension was designed and planned by Keir Townsend, with the fine craftsmanship undertaken by their team of joinery specialists. The most interesting feature of this space is undoubtedly the hanging candle lights. Designed by Kevin Reilly, they add an uncanny charm to the space. You can also see how the dining room interacts with the kitchen, an equally as sensational space that we will look into in more detail below.
We were quite lost for words upon viewing the dining room, which is the epitome of charm and grace. Light filled and calm, the glow provided by the combination of white curtains, white walls and the large windows create an ethereal and pleasant ambience. As with the other decoration in the home, the furniture here is also bespoke.
The living room is a stunning combination of soft material textures, creating a wonderful tactile and visual response for both wandering fingers and eyes. The fabric, colour palette and material choices are perfect for creating a space that is serene and relaxing—the key objectives for a living room. Cleverly, the furniture has been placed facing inwards, creating a subtle distinction of space without using partitions and sacrificing the available natural light. In this case, walls were knocked out to create an open plan atmosphere. As with the other spaces, a ceiling recess has been added and back lit. This complements the other light fittings with great effect, providing a warm and inviting ambience.
The joinery in the bathroom too, has been created by specialist joiners. As you can see, there is a mixture of different material finishes, ranging from painted wood to shiny stainless steel. The colour palette is earthy and natural, oozing with classic English elegance. After all, the idea is to emerge from a bathroom feeling refreshed, and this is definitely a space with a design which caters to that notion.
In contrast to the warmth provided by the bathroom above, the second bathroom is a mixture of white and grey. Again, no detail has been spared, from the mirrors to the walls, a stunning mix of textures can be found. The direction of the tiling on the shower wall is indeed interesting, it almost looks like water falling, as though it has been vertically laid to reflect the flow of water from the showerhead.
Lastly, but definitely not least, we end our tour outdoors in the comfort of the breezy and Mediterranean style gazebo, which too, is the work of Kier Townsend. Had we not told you that this house was located just outside of London, you'd easily mistake this setting for an exotic land far, far away. Homage to the designers, they've managed to create a space that exemplifies a luxurious vacation, meaning the occupants can transport themselves to Morocco or the Middle East by just walking out their door. If you look closely in the background, you'll notice an interesting play on a seating option. Called the
Pebble stools, these organic shaped seats are made from solid marble and blend in exceptionally well to the natural and lush landscape.
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