Hopkiln Cottage

2017 – current

LOCATION – Bepton, South Downs

PROJECT TYPE – Conversion of existing Hopkiln Barn including link to proposed replacement cottage.

CLIENT – Domestic

PROJECT STATUS – Construction

Overlooking the South Downs, the existing Hopkiln barn is a mid-C17 structure built for drying hops and was functionally linked to the existing two-storey cottage. The proposed development retains and refurbishes the existing brick-built barn whilst replacing the cottage with a building that responds to the character of the area, built with traditional materials and in the spirit of the local vernacular.

The retention and conversion of the existing Hopkiln barn includes the insertion of a mezzanine and further habitable accommodation. Polished concrete floors, timber lined walls and exposed existing rat-trap brickwork adds to a rugged interior reminiscent of its past. The spaces within the replacement cottage are filled with light from large window openings and the internal configuration has been carefully planned to take advantage of the views to the Downs in all directions particularly through the proposed northern glazed screen.

A glazed, oak framed structure with a zinc roof connects the two buildings and the landscaping around responds carefully to the new and existing buildings and creates a variety of carefully planted garden spaces and water features.