The dramatic Lincolnshire round house

This magnificent roundhouse near Boston in Lincolnshire was inspired by the misty Fenlands

By Jayne Dowle | 11 September 2019

The Lincolnshire round house featured on Grand Designs in 2019. She sings in a rock band and practises Zen philosophy; he’s a self-confessed workaholic. But when it came to building their magnificent roundhouse near Boston in Lincolnshire, thoroughly modern couple Amy, 39, and Paul Wilkinson, 46, found inspiration in the misty Fenland past.

Unique circular design

‘When we set out, we initially thought of a large log cabin design,’ says Paul, a property developer and entrepreneur.

‘But then we were informed that to gain planning permission in this rural setting it would have to be something unique. So, with our love of history and the Celts, we thought we would bring the Celtic round house into the 21st century.’

round kitchen in the Lincolnshire round house featured on Grand Designs in 2019

Photo: Fiona Walker Arnott

The Lincolnshire round house featured on Grand Designs in 2019. She sings in a rock band and practises Zen philosophy; he’s a self-confessed workaholic. But when it came to building their magnificent roundhouse near Boston in Lincolnshire, thoroughly modern couple Amy, 39, and Paul Wilkinson, 46, found inspiration in the misty Fenland past.

Unique circular design

‘When we set out, we initially thought of a large log cabin design,’ says Paul, a property developer and entrepreneur.

‘But then we were informed that to gain planning permission in this rural setting it would have to be something unique. So, with our love of history and the Celts, we thought we would bring the Celtic round house into the 21st century.’

round kitchen in the Lincolnshire round house featured on Grand Designs in 2019

Photo: Fiona Walker Arnott

Image: Fiona Walker Arnott

Building methods

‘In the Fens we all lived on houses built on stilts before the Iceni tribe invaded and built drainage systems and so on,’ says straight-talking Paul.

‘We got talking to a friend who had a timber construction company and we liked the idea of incorporating traditional wood and contemporary materials together.’

Colour scheme

‘My favourite colour is turquoise,’ she says simply.

‘It always has been since I went to Jamaica when I was 10 years old and swam in a stunning turquoise lagoon. It’s stuck with me ever since. I nearly got swayed by looking at ideas on Pinterest with contemporary colours such as navy and mustard, or going down the copper route. But I stuck to my guns: white, turquoise and silver.’

the silver, white and turquoise living room in the lincolnshire grand designs tv house featured in 2019 series of Grand Designs, on Channel 4, hosted by Kevin McCloud

Photo: Fiona Walker Arnott

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