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Brambletye House

A former farm site on the south side of Forest Way in West Sussex that lies south across a field from three stone towers, the ruins of Brambletye Castle that was built in 1631. It sits within the High Weald Area of Outstanding natural Beauty and the humble beginnings of the Medway river trickles along the eastern boundary.
A certificate of lawfulness had been granted for an existing barn with a small residential unit in 1988, and a subsequent approval was gained for a suburban three-bedroomed house. Our clients aspired to a house of architectural quality and energy efficient, set within an enhanced landscape.

JPA worked with landscape architect Nick Dexter to masterplan the site and we settled on a single-storey solution for the house.

The design utilises a timber structure that provides structure and rhythm to the house, forming a linear ‘pavilion’ that sits parallel to the southern boundary to face the sun. The house has a mono-pitched roof that brings light and air in through a high-level clerestory adding a sense of drama to the spaces within and also echoes the rural vernacular of farm buildings in the locale.

The plan provides the main living spaces to one side of a small open court and the more private bedroom spaces to the other.

The building has a stone wall to the north and this also accommodates the entrance and small study, utility and snug.

A small storage barn for bikes and agricultural equipment sits to the west of the site and is fronted by a parking court. The roof of the barn supports PV panel. An air source heat pump provides the primary heating, while a wood burning stove is also provided within the main living space.

The garden is laid out as a wildflower meadow with a mown lawn area for play. This site is further enhanced native tree planting. This will provide a bio-diverse and rich natural landscape and an ecological resource.

Status Detail Design
GIA m2 240 m2
Heritage consultant Landgage Heritage
Landscape architect nd:studio
Ecology Greenspace Ecological Solutions
Hydrologist Motion
Project Team Tyler Holdcroft, Amy Cuthbertson
Photography © Visart
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