Synthesis – The Grand Designs: Historic meets Contemporary

Whilst browsing @Rightmove I came across these two amazing properties.  They both combine a historic property with a contemporary addition creating a real ‘Grand Design’.  I love how the fusion is so effortless as though this is what the initial architect had planned over a century ago.  There has been no hiding the original features but they have been fully embraced.  The contemporary extensions have beautiful lines, curves and angles, soaking up their surroundings with every floor to ceiling window.

Kemeys Folly

Kemeys Folly is a Grade II Listed former hunting lodge with origins dating back to circa 1712. The Folly was rebuilt in the early 20th Century and converted into a residential dwelling for TE Watson, the High Sherriff of Monmouthshire and has been the home of the present owners for the last five years. Featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme and considered an architectural success.

Craigiehall Temple

Craigiehall Temple is a unique property combining a circular stone tower originally dating from 1759 with a contemporary extension which now provides a stunning 7-bedroom detached house with ample garden ground and a rural setting close to central Edinburgh.  Originally constructed in 1759, Craigiehall Temple was also known as The Leny Temple and still features a splendid pillared portico by Sir William Bruce, the architect of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.


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