A listed former stable block in the grounds of a Suffolk farmhouse, simply and beautifully converted into a holiday home for two
At first glance The Workshop looks like a standard barn conversion – a simple red brick building surrounded by lush greenery. But it’s what’s inside that counts with this one. The former stable block was remodelled by architects Pitman Tozer, a firm best known for Gap House, architect Luke Tozer’s cleverly squeezed-in own London home, which won RIBA’s Manser Medal in 2009. This project predates Gap House, and is clever in its own way, with a rational use of the long low building, the two halves (living/kitchen, and bedroom/bathroom) separated by the sensuous curve of a giant walk-in shower; a glass partition fills the rafters above the shower area, so you can still see the length of the building and get a feel for the space as a whole.
The Workshop is unashamedly aimed at couples, from the aforementioned shower to the Dominique Imbert/Focus suspended fireplace – so much more chic for cosying up to than your standard wood-burning stove. And when the weather’s fine, you can throw back the doors and pad onto the deck for some sun-worshipping, as long as you don’t mind the prying eyes of the sheep in the meadow. The rest of the interior is all clean neutral colours and a hit of soothing blue in the kitchen and bathroom – in short, nothing jarring, and nothing to distract from the views outside.
You’re in handy reach of Suffolk’s heritage coastline here, Aldeburgh and Southwold being about half an hour apiece, and you’ll get an awful lot more peace and quiet for your money here – especially in high summer – that you could in one of the coastal towns.
Nearby: Framlingham, handy market town for all the essentials; Yoxford, where the antiques centre comes highly recommended (I’ve never left empty handed); walking and cycling (hire a bike at Byways Bicycles in Darsham and they’ll give you brilliant free routes to follow); Suffolk’s coastal hotspots, including Aldeburgh, Southwold and Dunwich (get yourself a lovely plate of fish and chips in the Floral tea room).
Photos via Best of Suffolk