Striking Riverside Home

Sustainable and contemporary design to match the iconic river views made famous by Agatha Christie.

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Situated in a riverside location in Devon, this exceptional property commands breath-taking views over the River Dart and the surrounding area known as the English Riviera. The building was originally the laundry to the National Trust Greenaway Estate which its previous owner being Agatha Christie.

Photo courtesy of Clague LLP

The modernisation and extension of the house was designed to make it more in keeping with the magnificence of it’s surroundings. Moreover, the bat population was protected by the retention of the original house. 

The accommodation has been carefully arranged over three storeys with a fresh basement level cut into the existing steeply sloping site which has created anew storey ‘within’ the historic garden. A new roof links the two sides of the Iona dwelling creating a unified first floor.  This was a very complex construction project. 

The modern extension appears, in front of the 1850’s laundry, as a lightweight glass box.The extension features open-plan living spaces with panoramic views whilst the existing building provides ‘private’ spaces such as study and media room in contrast to the open plan extension.

My clients wanted sustainable features built into the scheme from the outset.

The great success has been the building of sunlit spaces and the manner in which the property enjoys the north facing spectacular view setting now in the context ofthe garden’s spaces and pathways.

Photo courtesy of Clague LLP
Photo courtesy of Clague LLP

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