Purcell's sensitive adaptation of the dairy as a one-bedroom holiday let for the Landmark Trust has won the South East Regional Conservation Award
Purcell Architecture for The Landmark Trust
Contract value: Confidential
After a century of dereliction, this James Wyatt’s dairy has been sensitively adapted as a one-bedroom holiday let. The star of the show is the restored double-height dairy space. Now a sitting room and dining room, this space is enlivened by the play of light through the stained glass windows of the clerestory, and by views through the colonnade towards the buildings of Cobham Park – now a school.
Great care has been taken, including a new copper roof for out-of-sight areas, and the restoration of the building’s unusual painted slate cladding – thought to have been designed originally to keep the dairy cool. Such commitment is rare and to be celebrated, especially as it has resulted in a building that can now be enjoyed by a wider public.