“The Long House”, located in Norfolk on the East coast of England, seems cross between a church and a barn. The flint walls were modelled on the traditional buildings of the region. The centerpiece of the house is a large minimalistic-style hall. The wooden spiral staircase resembles the staircase of a pulpit and the surrounding galleries upstairs make a church-like impression. But the elongated shape of the house, and the large wooden roof with its visible structure, clearly resembles a barn. And the two-way stove makes one think of a fireplace. Here traditional craftsmanship meets modern technology, which is visible in the steel struts of the roof. The result is a contemporary house that combines the best of tradition and modernity.
What to do
Norfolk's most famous beaches (Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham, Blakeney and Brancaster) are close to The Long House by car. Boat trip from Morston Quay or Blakeney Point to see colonies of grey seals, local sailing courses, crabbing at the quaysides in Blakeney or Wells-next-the-Sea. Visit Stiffkey Marshes, the Cley Marshes and Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre, Holt Country Park countryside walks and wildlife, Pensthorpe Wildlife Park, Hawk and Owl Trust at Sculthorpe Moor. Visit the nearby village of Stiffkey.Visit Holkham Hall and grounds, including Holkham beach. There are many local horse riding schools. Visit Thursford Collection of steam engines. Plan a trip on North Norfolk Railway and Wells and Walsingham Light Railway. Horseracing at Fakenham Race Course.
Why we like this house
A house with an extraordinary ambience: a modern mixture of barn and church with panoramic views over the countryside.
This house is great for
Perfect for large families or holiday with friends.
Details of the property
Region/Town: UK – United Kingdom, North Norfolk
Name: The Long House
Scenery: 3 km to the sea
Number of guests: up to 10 people
Design: Sir Michael and Lady Patty Hopkins, Hopkins Architects
Special Features: The house was built for the organisation Living Architecture. Living Architecture offers to rent houses for a holiday designed by some of the most talented architects at work today, and set in some of the most stunning locations in Britain.