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Watch a video of Hakon Vigsnaes being interviewed at The Dune House (click the arrow on the image to play). The house has its own private bath house where visitors can soak in a black polished concrete sunken bath, whilst looking out over the landscape. Area rugs are among the most significant features of any entryway. Great for groups, Orchard Barn near Ross-on-Wye has sociable living spaces and en-suite accommodation for up to 14 people. – The Balancing Barn in Thorington, Suffolk, designed by MVRDV (the Netherlands). The Oriental Tea House Pergola provides the perfect cover for your jacuzzi or hot tub. While the materials of the ground floor (concrete, glass and aluminum) root the building with a reassuring sense of heaviness, the upper floor (made of timber planks) give a nautical feel that echoes the gables and seaside huts of the area.

Forget roses around a cottage door and idiosyncratic plumbing. The initiative is designed to showcase how the quality of environment can impact life. If you haven’t yet found your hotel for the duration of your stay, then have a look through our hotels in Shinglehouse to find the right accommodation for all your travel needs. airports, museums, offices) and the few modern houses that exist are almost all in private hands and cannot be visited. On a mid-week night during low season (November or February, say) you can stay for £20 a night per person, but prices rise to £65 a night per person for peak periods. Do you love A House for Essex? Start dates are either Fridays or Mondays.


For decades this inexplicable secrecy boggled minds across East Anglia. A design-and-build initiative promoted by Arts & Architecture magazine, which ran from the 1940s until the mid-1960s, the Case Study series of houses, by architects such as Charles Eames, Richard Neutra and Craig Ellwood, about 20 of which were built in the Los Angeles area, helped define the idea of the post-war, contemporary Cali­fornian dream home: low-slung, lots of glass, big views and a fluid relationship between inside and outside living. Watch a video of Winy Maas of MVRDV being interviewed at The Balancing Barn during its construction (click the arrow on the image to play). Steiner and Wood’s extensive credits include UK formats Release The Hounds (ITV2), Cash Cab (ITV), The Code (BBC1), Playing It Straight (C4), Man v Fly (GSN/The Sun), Plain Jane (MTV International), Singing In The Rainforest (Watch), Move Like Michael Jackson (BBC3), The Exit List (ITV) and Breakaway (BBC2), among many others. But he also has some very good ideas that are all his own. The barn will be clad in silver tiles and will dramatically cantilever over the landscape, providing views of the surrounding countryside from its huge panoramic windows. an outside contemplation zone enabling the user to repeat the exercise with the Welsh mountains as a backdrop.

The house is distinctive for its massive and traditionally crafted flint wall, which references the ancient churches and barns of the area. Below the shingles, the slab edge has a black bitumen protective coat. For each, mix the sand and clay thoroughly and add just enough water to make the grains stick together when you squeeze a double handful very tightly. A date is only available if it is underlined. Ed was also keen to make the house more energy efficient and create something a bit more contemporary. Today, the legacy of this extraction can be seen in the number of gravel pits across the landscape. Paul’s out of the other…”.

The houses include the cantilevered Balancing Barn in Suffolk and The Shingle House on the beach at Dungeness; a new addition to the portfolio opening this autumn is The Long House in Norfolk, made of flint and sleeping 12. There’s the Church Road house in Belfast, which features a separate compartment for teenage bedrooms  – a feature likely to make a lot of parents extremely jealous. Shingle Street which is a small hamlet and accessed on a no through road has great character and is located just to the south of the mouth of the River Ore. A lot of my early artwork in the 1980s was about Essex – its identity, history, mythology and landscape. Or maybe you’re familiar with (arguably) the UK’s most densely populated area of individual black homes, Kent’s Dungeness, where converted old railway carriages and swankily updated fishermen’s shacks – even a rubber-clad one – emerge like black sculptures out of the disarmingly barren landscape. Meandering up the stairs to the first floor there are four bedrooms, master with en-suite and a further family bathroom. The 1999 Festival of Show Jumping saw Carnaval Drum’s progeny become the highest placed British bred 5 and 6 year olds in their classes.

Formed from diverse materials and reflecting infinite styles, textures and hues, paths contribute significantly to the external appearance and character of buildings. This material was last updated on 31 January 2017.