Lodge in Northern Britain



Client: Private
Location: Northern Britain
Project Conception: 1999-2003
Project Status: Complete
Area: 1800m2
Project Value: £n/a


Maxwell & Company worked in conjunction with a leading conservation architect to execute the brief for a 14 bedroom period house for clients with sporting interests in South Scotland. They desired a lodge designed in a traditional style but with the practicalities of a modern dwelling. The resultant design took mid 18th century precedents such as Bankton House at Prestonpans and Auchendinny at Penicuik as its influence. The lodge comprises a two storey plus attic core with adjoining one and three quarter storey wings. This preserves the classical convention of the long gallery, allowing vistas from the east breakfast pavilion through to the family sitting room. The family accommodation is contained in the core of the house, with utility and secondary social spaces in the wings, including guest bedroom suites and a boys’ and girls’ dormitory. A traditional heavy masonry construction was adopted both because it was appropriate for the period of building and because it offered robustness to the exposed location. Externally, materials employed were roughcast harl with stone dressings and ornamentation and scotch slate roofs. Internally walls and ceilings were plastered and floors were laid in oak and stone. There is a handmade oak staircase rising through three floors, an exposed pegged green oak roof structure, ornate plasterwork and carved stonework. Fixtures were made to the architect’s specifications: these included bookcases, wardrobes, vanity units, fireplaces and some furniture. Where appropriate period artefacts such as sanitaryware and lighting were sourced from architectural salvage.