The idea of a high-end working farmhouse may conjure images of massive rafters, saddles on walls, and an oversized rustic kitchen with a bus-sized Aga stove but, as seen on these pages, there's another, more sophisticated way.
This rambling ranch house calls to mind an exotic, lustrous jewel discovered high up in the mountains. It's the grand vision of the owners and designer Mark Gacesa of Ultraspace.
"When I came on board there was already an existing plan for the house," says Gacesa. "However, while keeping with the same footprint and roof I reworked the entire layout, the facades, windows and balconies, as well as adding the sunset lounge and fire pit. The builder, Ian Henry of Stewart Homes, played an integral role in the highly customised project."
The clients travel abroad often and wanted this home to be a showcase of their travels, with many places allocated to display objects. It also had to evoke the feel of the glamorous hotels around the world that the couple have stayed in.
In addition, while appearing luxurious, the house had to be robust and low maintenance.
"We set out to achieve the clients' broad brief by fusing earthy, natural product with more refined materials. The organic finishes include American Oak and several marbles and granites for flooring, walls and furniture and faux and real fur, natural hides, aged brass, bronze, black steel, and thatched wall coverings to name only some. These materials are interwoven with exotic elements like gold leaf, copper Bisazza tiles, Venetian glass and antique amber mirror."
The outcome is a balance between the organic and the opulent. While the home feels high-end, you can still relax, throw your feet up on the furniture and be at home. It is designed that way.
As an example of the attention to materials, Gacesa went to great effort to avoid any silver in the project preferring to keep to warm tones.