Bottor Cottage

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Client
Private
Location
Dartmoor National Park
Photography
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Dartmoor National Park to provide them with a Full Architectural Service for their Rerburbishment & Extension.

Bottor Cottage is the refurbishment and extension of a Georgian property located in a 4 acre woodland in south Dartmoor. The cottage had previously been unsympathetically extended and had fallen into complete disrepair. Our clients bought the property at auction and approached van Ellen + Sheryn with a brief to bring the cottage back to life.

Our first decision was to remove the poorly conceived extensions to the rear and allow the well proportioned house ‘to breathe’. Our second decision was to mimic the proportions of the house with a new contemporary extension, set to the rear of the property and connected with a lightweight glazed link. The formal rooms of the cottage were restored and the roof timbers exposed, whilst the new extension provides modern, open plan and highly glazed accommodation.

The extension is clad in Siberian larch, has a zinc roof, and utilises high performance glazing. The client’s excellent sense of style has added character and variety to each of the internal spaces.

This ambitious, 5 bedroom project received the full support of the Dartmoor National Park and was completed in 2017.

We are 5 months in to a 7 month build on our 1930’s Arts and Crafts house in Torquay, the design of which Van Ellen created for us. We were instantly impressed by their designs but it’s only since the build / renovation has moved in to its final stages do we really appreciate the wonderful space they have created for us. The house, whilst always grand on the outside, was so muddled on the inside it felt cramped and depressing. Now the house can breath again – it’s light and airy, the high ceilings and large open spaces give a sense of grandeur, the rooms flow beautifully. We’re still 2 months from move in but we already know that with Eilir and Dave’s help we have created our forever family home.

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