Dixton Manor CompletesPosted on July 14th 2009
Lees Associates’ restoration, refurbishment and extension of Dixton Manor, Gloucestershire, completed on schedule in June 2009. Our work has seen the Grade II* listed Cotswolds manor house, which dates back to 1591 and replaced an earlier monastery on the site, transformed.
The house had evolved markedly over the centuries, with significant additions in the 1800s and 1950s, the latter to the building’s great detriment. Lees Associates have added another chapter to the history of the house by rationalising the plan to better suit our client’s needs and demolishing the unsightly twentieth century additions. A new extension to the south range provides a subservient family entrance that remains in keeping with the scale and grandeur of the house. The historic parts of the house have been delicately and sensitively restored in close collaboration with the local conservation department and English Heritage. A new glazed cloister links the older west range with the new extension on the south range, and looks over a new courtyard contained to the north by a relocated historic stone and brick wall. This is to be landscaped under a future phase of works, creating a glorious external entertaining space.
Internally the living accommodation has been reorganised, with the master suite completely overhauled. A new master study sits proudly at the top of the new solid oak staircase that rises to the master suite. Sunlight floods the study through a great new skylight, concealed from external view by virtue of its roof valley location.
The principal rooms have been decorated and furnished by the New York interior decorator Muriel Brandolini, who has left her unique mark on the property.
In keeping with the practice’s strong belief in sustainability, Lees Associates are developing a scheme to make the Dixton estate entirely carbon neutral. A principal feature already installed is a biomass boiler that provides all of the estate’s heating and hot water and which can be fuelled by timber felled exclusively on the property.
Glazed cloister and courtyard
Kitchen – fully designed by Lees Associates
Stair hall gable window
Exposed green oak roof
Woodpellet store – “blowholes” in roof