Stoke Gap House
Stoke Gap House is a Grade II listed Georgian house set in five acres of gardens, in a Northamptonshire village near Towcester. This project is a perfect example of how all our skills and experience come together to deliver something truly special for our clients.
It’s always a challenge and a responsibility to work with a listed building. The changes we’ve made are sympathetic to this property’s historic fabric while opening it up and elegantly refurbishing it for modern family life. The contemporary architecture of our new swimming pool extension seamlessly blends into the main house.
You arrive at the back of the house via a courtyard. Originally this led into a modest hall and boot room and then into the kitchen. We moved the kitchen from the west wing to the east wing so it leads to the new swimming pool and a large south facing terrace. The west wing now houses a much larger laundry and boot room.
These relatively small changes to the internal layout made a huge difference for our clients. The house is now much more open, with a much improved flow and a clear line of sight all the way through the house to the front door. As you enter the house, there are views forward, left and right, though rooms and large windows.
A new, contemporary link leads from the kitchen into the fantastic indoor swimming pool and gym and onto the terrace. These new additions sit comfortably alongside the original house, incorporating contemporary, modern architecture. The sliding glass walls of the swimming pool open on to the terrace and have louvres to provide solar shading on hot days. A central roof light floods the pool with natural light.
Upstairs there is a new master suite, two guest suites and children’s bedrooms and downstairs the basement houses a bar and cinema room.
Externally, the entrance to the drive has been expanded so there is more room for cars to pull in off the road, and the grounds have also been carefully and extensively landscaped.
The result is an elegant intervention to this prime example of a Grade II listed building.