Southeast England's Ashdown Forest, the picturesque setting of A.A Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books, is also the grounds of a tranquil country estate designed by noted British architect Michael Wilford. Wilford, who worked with late Pritzker Prize winner James Stirling on an extension to the Tate Modern in the 1980s, built this cluster of rustic structures for his family. Completed in 2000, the compound includes a 4,300-square-foot country house—which architecture writer Eberhard Syring once likened to Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses—a 2,000-square-foot cottage, a studio, barn, and summer house. The secluded 2.7-acre property is now on the market $3.86M.
The five-bedroom main house, accessed via a ramped walkway, includes a living room that opens out to a terrace, a kitchen and dining area, garden room, and mezzanine study. The two-floor cottage, which contains four more bedrooms, kitchen, dining, living rooms, and a study, is also connected to a garage and studio.
In the book One Hundred Houses for One Hundred Houses for One Hundred European Architects of the 20th Century, this house was described as having a mix of "deconstructivist" and "classical modern" elements. The exterior, for example, mashes up a base wall of sandstone blocks with expansive glass windows and metal sculptural forms along the entranceway. Inside, the home is rich in wooden built-ins and striking uses of color, including plush red and purple seating and bright yellow walls.
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