"The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives." - Gertrude Jekyll
This wonderful plot of land represents a rare and exciting opportunity to build The Garden House, designed by Clive Chapman Architects, in the beautiful countryside village of Hellidon close to the borders of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.
The plot includes planning permission for an extraordinary, 4,000 sq ft Passivhaus, integrated into the fabric of the land around a sunken pond. Currently, the land is occupied by a walled kitchen garden attached to Hellidon Grange, a Grade II* listed, former Victorian boarding school, now a private residence. The kitchen garden is separated from the Grange by a copse of woodland on its north side, with unobstructed views of undulating countryside and farmland to the south, east and west.
Clive Chapman Architects have responded to this bucolic setting with an exceptional design in line with Paragraph 79 criteria, which explores the concept of the courtyard house. Set into the ground, natural light and heat are exploited to create a sun-trapped garden which can be accessed from the expansive communal areas, wonderfully breaking down the boundaries between inside and out.
The proposed dwelling is configured across a single storey, partially submerged into the landscape with a flat sedum roof. The L-shaped configuration results in two wings of accommodation hinged around a central entrance way and hall which separates the communal, living and dining areas from the semi-private sleeping quarters.
External walls are proposed to be faced with locally sourced Hornton coarse-faced block stone and a lime-based mortar, in keeping with the rustic nature of the plot and the local architecture of Hellidon.
The courtyard and garden have both been designed to encourage wildlife back into the landscape, as well as re-introducing the kitchen garden principles which defined the plot’s former use. The plans also make space for a sunken pond which will reflect light deep into the living spaces, and a bio-diverse green roof. The landscaping draws inspiration from the walled gardens of Gertrude Jekyll, a Victorian horticulturist and journalist who popularised garden terraces, ornamental ponds and varied stepped levels in her garden designs. All of these features are intended to help The Garden House live up to its name, drawing from and giving back to the landscape in which it is placed.
Paragraph 79 refers to a section of the National Planning Policy Framework. It relates to the building of new architecturally ambitious homes in the open countryside. The aim of Paragraph 79 is to encourage projects of unprecedented scale and ambition on pieces of land that would otherwise be considered unsuitable for development. The emphasis has always been on the innovation and ‘exceptional quality’ of the designed home, but also the sensitivity the design and architecture affords its surroundings. This has meant that very few permissions have been approved since the policy was introduced.
There are currently two historical utility buildings on the plot. Both of these small garden buildings are partially submerged into the ground; one would have been a functioning work house for the Grange’s kitchen garden, the other was a brick pump house with a hipped tile roof and would have been used to irrigate the garden and the formal landscaped gardens beyond.
The quality of Clive Chapman Architects’ design has ensured that The Garden House can be built in what is a highly protected conservation area. In meeting the exacting criteria of Paragraph 79, the house will necessarily prioritise exceptional materials and design; the associated build costs can be expected to exceed those of a more modest project.
Hellidon is a picturesque, rural village five miles south of Daventry in Northamptonshire. The Jurassic Way long-distance footpath linking Banbury, Oxfordshire and Stamford, Lincolnshire passes through.
The village is excellently positioned for a number of significant towns and cities across the Midlands including Daventry, Northampton, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Coventry, and Banbury, all of which are within a 30-minute drive of the village. Hellidon is located approximately 12 miles from the M1, which connects London to the north of England, and approximately 15 miles from the M40, which connects London to Birmingham. Within around an hour from The Site, substantial UK financial and retail districts can be reached, including Milton Keynes, Leicester, Oxford and Birmingham.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.