The Phillimore Estate sits in the Oxfordshire countryside between Henley-on-Thames and Reading. We have been working on the estate for more than 20 years, since Spratley & Partners’ founder, Jeremy Spratley, was commissioned to extend and refurbish the historic Coppid Hall, home to Lord and Lady Phillimore, in 2003.
Over the years, we have overseen a continuous programme of projects on the estate, including new build homes, house refurbishments, barn and listed building restorations, an extension to and refurbishment of the village pub and the construction of a swimming pool and pool house. We also refurbished a townhouse in London, completely remodelling and modernising the property to create a beautiful family home.
With sustainability in mind, our design work always seeks to maximise the potential of existing buildings and materials on the estate with reusing and refurbishing the first option to be explored. Equally, we aim to use areas that have previously been built on when looking for pockets of potential development land.
A particular highlight of our work on this estate is The Bottle and Glass Inn, a 17th century Grade II listed pub and restaurant in Binfield Heath. The pub had closed and a decision was made to rescue, restore and refurbish it to give it a new lease of life and re-establish its place in the heart of the community. The project involved rationalising the overall layout and removing an existing poorly built extension. A new extension and extensive refurbishment could then begin. The income from an additional new cottage in the grounds strengthened the economic viability of the pub which continues to be a vibrant and much-loved local destination.
The estate and farm are involved in reforestation and several landscape and wildlife conservation initiatives. Ongoing forestry management can be seen from the numerous footpaths that run through the estate. Our long working relationship with the Phillimore Estate continues and we are currently working on their new Estate Office.