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ESCAPE TO EYE

11th September 2015

This is a holiday home that makes me want to pack my bags, jump in the car, go on holiday, and forget to return. Some holiday homes have that effect on you, right? This incredible looking house is situated on the edge of the town of Eye in Suffolk and is available to let through The Modern House. This has to be one of the most stylish holiday homes around. With exposed beams and brickwork, poured concrete and oak floors and light-filled open-plan living areas, this house has been designed for entertaining and relaxed indoors-outdoors family living.

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Back in 2006, when Gary Rowland and his wife Olivia Pomp first spotted this place, the site had a collection of ramshackle farm buildings including a long cattle shed that had once been used as a brewery and bakehouse. The couple worked with Rowland’s daughter, architectural designer Laura Rowland, and tackled a five year project to transform the listed buildings.

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Set in ten acres of water meadows, the house was designed to embrace its views, with full-height sliding doors opening up the living, dining and kitchen areas to the gardens and the landscape beyond. It feels as if I’m always talking about “old meets new” here, as I’m drawn to interiors that reflect this mix, but the combinations really are wonderful throughout this house as the exposed timber floor beams and sections of brick and stone, as seen in the kitchen, are offset by sleek contemporary finishes. Special mention goes to the poured concrete floor, which feels particularly luxurious thanks to the underfloor heating.

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And, of course, it helps that the spaces have been furnished and styled with such a well-honed eye, as evident in the sitting room with its mix of midcentury and modern pieces, and with a woodburning stove by Heta.

The house has three bedrooms: a twin bedroom on the ground level with doors leading out onto the gardens, and both a double bedroom and the master bedroom on the first floor. The latter features a Juliet balcony, with fantastic views onto the garden and the neighbouring pastures.

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This house was also designed with a sustainable ethos: heating is provided by a ground-source heat pump and there are solar photovoltaics, while recycled materials were used wherever possible. This is such an exciting home to have the opportunity to rent and experience for a holiday, and the owners have since been renovating an existing stone barn on the grounds – again with high ceilings, wooden floors and brick walls – that will be a great venue for weddings or functions. This building will also be available to rent separately to the house – contact The Modern House for more details.

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For holiday let details, visit The Modern House.

All photography from The Modern House.

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