This idyllic country cottage hides a stunning modern home

Fusing a classic cottage with a contemporary extension, this abode has the best of both worlds

After several years of work, Guy Hollaway Architects’ Principal Partner has finally evolved an 18th-century cottage into a modern day retreat. Located in the Kent countryside, this property – dubbed as ‘The Cottage’ – blurs old and new and comprises two contrasting halves: a traditional-style house and a more contemporary, concrete and glass extension that has more than doubled the property’s size.

This idyllic country cottage hides a stunning modern home
This idyllic country cottage hides a stunning modern home

Hollaway, who boasts studios in both Kent and London, designed this house for his own family, and drew upon past projects and a willingness to experiment with design.

This idyllic country cottage hides a stunning modern home

At the front of the abode, you’ll find a homely, classic living room (the ideal location for displaying crates of records) that’s been reconfigured and finished with a restored inglenook fireplace; and to the rear, there’s an amply-spaced kitchen and dining area are which is flooded with natural light and leads out into the modern back garden – here, full-height, sliding glass has been added to create a seamless flow between the indoor and outdoor, providing the homeowners with a perfect setting for summer drinks and al fresco dining.

This idyllic country cottage hides a stunning modern home

Moreover, friends of Hollaway’s will be pleased to hear that the flat roof extension links the main house to a larch-clad annex which not only acts as guest accommodation with hidden beds and storage cupboards, but also doubles up as a gym and cinema room. So, if you need something to stoke your next design project, let The Cottage be your stimulus.

This idyllic country cottage hides a stunning modern home

Guy Hollaway

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