The Long House
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"In The Long House...we are insulated from the elements yet feel somehow part of the landscape. Which is perhaps the best experience a holiday house can offer." The Observer, June 2012.
The North Norfolk coast is famous for its sandy beaches, its fine flint churches and its huge skies. On the edge of the quiet village of Cockthorpe, between Wells-Next-the-Sea and Blakeney, Living Architecture has turned to two of the great modernists of British architecture, Sir Michael and Lady Patty Hopkins.
Their Long House gives out on to the flat, almost prairie-like expanses of the Norfolk landscape and on the upper story, affords one views over the inlets, saltmarshes and creeks of the North Sea coast. The house is distinctive for its massive and traditionally crafted flint wall, which references the ancient churches and barns of the area.
Yet, as in so many of the Hopkins' later works, a respect for old-fashioned craft is allied to a fascination with high technology, both for its utility and its sheer beauty. The Long House has a great medieval-style hall in its centre and is capped with a vast timber roof, reinforced with steel cabling and trusses assembled into an intricate sculptural construction.
In this traditional English holiday region, the Hopkins' have created a house singularly responsive to local materials and vernacular forms - and inspired by the best lessons of Modernism.
The Long House sleeps 10 people. See more images and find out more about the accommodation and what's included. Watch a video of Michael and Patty Hopkins being interviewed about The Long House (press the arrow to play).
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Harper's BAZAAR wrote about The Long House: "The award winning architects Sir Michael and Lady Patty Hopkins have created a stunning, modern environment that, while being totally contemporary, is not only spatially sympathetic to lofty country barns or Norfolk’s many medieval churches, but which feels lovingly mapped out to absorb the beauty of the local countryside... Beyond the compelling and original design, it’s the perfectly-formed craftsman touches of The Long House that make it a luxury stay you will want to return to."