Entering the tower through a front door, of English Oak, one is faced with a huge curving wall, almost 4m high. Lit at top and bottom, this cone-shaped wall forms an impressive backdrop to hallway of Moroccan lanterns, pebbles of granite and oversized doorways leading into the main house. The stone spiral staircase is accessed from here, rising 88 steps to the roof garden, 65m above the ground.
Entering the Winter Lounge, one is struck by the simplicity and serenity of the space. Oak ships decking is surrounded by a white resin plinth, and a curving, cone wall, which acts as a backdrop to a room that forms a peaceful space, at the very center of the tower. The furniture is simple: two modular, B&B Italia sofas and a white bespoke Coria table form the center point, with two dramatic pendant lights hanging from the ceiling on either side. With views of the koi pond, the open fire and wheat fields beyond, it is a space for reading, relaxing and reflection.
Descending into the summer lounge, the vista through the glass doors across the garden to the fields beyond is breathtaking. With its white resin floor, the space forms the heart of the open–plan ground floor.
The furniture consists simply of two red sofas facing each other across a low table. The wood-burning fire, a work of art in itself, is the focus of the space sitting centrally in front of the glazed walls that separate the room from the garden.
Looking out onto the breakfast deck and koi pond, the kitchen is a double-height space with gallery above. With all mod-cons, the kitchen is white, completely handle-less and very spacious. The central Corian island is a 4m long block of white Corian. The 6m high window of curtain wall glazing looks out across the garden and the Cheshire countryside beyond. Behind the open-plan kitchen are 75mm-thick frosted glass stairs leading to the first floor.
The 6m high glass curtain wall brings the outside in to this open-plan space, contiguous with the rest of the ground floor. A large round white Corain dining table sits centrally in this double-height room, surrounded by up to ten suede Arper swivel chairs. The gallery above, one side of which is formed by a wall of glass blocks that can be illuminated from behind with colour, looks down on a stunning 1200mm transparent pendant light hanging over the table. Floor to ceiling cupboards and wine storage, along with a baby grand piano, complete the room.
Utility Room and Downstairs Loo
At the back door to the building are the utility spaces, including laundry room, cloakroom and downstairs loo – a modern minimal, double-height space, with mirrored wall and long, white hand-washing trough.