Careful design makes for neighbourly harmony

It’s almost 170 years since the primitive Methodist chapel was built in the Hampshire hamlet of Upper Wield.

Not least among the changes in the intervening years was the arrival of a new neighbour in 2003, when Chapel Cottages was built alongside after 155 years of existence.

Not that the Victorian building was overwhelmed by its neighbour because the architect took as inspiration for the new house the design of Upper Wield Manor. As a result, Chapel Cottages looks to have been part of the landscape for years, blending the great practicality of a new home with the atmosphere and style of a much older country house.

“The twin bay windows on the ground floor and the porthole window set between them on the first floor give a delightful period feel that’s reinforced by the catslide roof descending from the main ridge to almost ground level over the car port at the side of the house,” says Chris Gooch, of Carter Jonas.

“Partial black weatherboarding extending out across the car port mirrors the same cladding of the twin workshops behind the car port. It’s a truly effective combination of materials.

“The front bays face south east, bringing plenty of light into the kitchen / breakfast room behind one and the dining room behind the other. On the west end of the house is a further bay for the sitting room which looks out along a lawned garden to a summerhouse and open fields, with clever planting framing the view.

“On the first floor there are three bedrooms, one a large master suite with a dressing area leading through to a large bathroom. There’s a separate dressing room lit by the porthole window plus two generous double bedrooms served by the family bathroom, equipped with both a bath and shower cubicle.…