Glasshouse Project - Victorian winter garden


The Emily Estate

2020 - 2021



Project Description:

As a small local practice we've been fortunate to have worked extensively at The Newt in Somerset over the past few years, an exceptional Grade II* Listed hotel with restaurants and gardens. The beautiful Palladian-fronted Hadspen House, first built in 1687 is surrounded by entirely redesigned gardens centred around an egg-shaped Parabola walled garden. With an astonishingly clear vision, the owners have gone above and beyond creating this luxurious country retreat. 


Working with the owners and alongside many other building professionals, architects, engineers, surveyors and planning specialists, ArchiWest have helped to transform this prestigious estate. This has included alteration works to an historic house on the estate, an incredible underground grotto, and the creation of a steel framed Victorian Glasshouse. 

With the steel framed Glasshouse every fine detail was considered, from the finials to the meticulous geometric floor using marble and terracotta tiles that incorporated recessed sockets and uplighters. The green tile stove by Royal Tichelaar Makkum creates a delightful centrepiece in the space, providing a nostalgic, Victorian look "an echo of the time heralded by the industrial evolution."  


Externally, a remodelling of the courtyard garden wraps around the Glasshouse, including a lilly pond dressed with a reclaimed lead cherub mask set into the stone retaining wall. Through sketch concepts, 3d modelling and careful project management we helped to deliver a successful project.