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Wakelins a fabulous award-winning designer house in Suffolk, England


Wakelins is an exceptional Grade II Listed Tudor Suffolk farmhouse in England that has been dramatically restored and redesigned by the highly acclaimed and sought after architect, James Gorst.

The original house is built mainly of timber with a recently refurbished classical cream rendered facade under a red tile roof, set in formal gardens overlooking a wild flower meadow.

The present owners have upgraded the house to a rare standard of design and detail with elegant understanding of the original structure and setting. When works commenced in 2001, 40 per cent of the original timber frame was beyond repair and had to be replaced with traditionally jointed and pegged oak. New foundations were excavated and created; the walls and roof were re-assembled with protective but breathable materials in order to preserve the historic fabric. In contrast to this painstaking restoration, the frame of the modern extension was created using prefabricated softwood timber panels.

The luxury home won a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) award in 2004 and was on the shortlist for the Manser Medal – House of the Year 2004. It has also featured in many publications and films including The Perfect Home on Channel 4 in 2006.

The luxury house and gardens have been finished to the highest possible standard throughout. The kitchen and bathrooms are designed by Mark Nicholas Design and James Gorst, the appliances have been carefully sourced and include Villeroy & Boch Solo, Magnum, Oberon Ranges, Philip Starck, Han Grohe, Hoesch, Miele and Gaggenau.

Wakelins is situated on the edge of Genesis Green which makes up part of the larger beautiful village of Wickhambrook, less than 10 miles from the UK’s horse-racing centre of Newmarket. The property is ideally placed for commuting to the city of Cambridge.

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February 25, 2013 | Property | View comments

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