The new house designed by George Saumarez Smith of Robert Adam Architects is in the tradition of houses designed by Andrea Palladio for agricultural estates near Venice during the 16th century. Palladio’s work, published in his Quattro Libri dell’Architettura, was hugely influential upon English architects of the 18th century.
Although constructed in hand-made red brick, the north doorway, south portico, internal cantilevered staircase and internal entrance floor were constructed in Portland Perryfield.
Over 350 ft2 of Portland were used for the portico alone; some of the transverse lintols being well over two and a half metres long.
Portland stone was also supplied for the columns of the swimming pool loggia, the gate piers and a fountain with a carved lion’s head.