A guesthouse in Somerset with a contemporary take on rural style

Replacing an existing outbuilding, this guesthouse blends traditional and modern styles to great effect.

By Hugh Metcalf | 30 June 2020

Replacing an existing outbuilding, this self-contained annexe created by De Rosee Sa has some key aesthetic differences that set it apart from the main house.

self-build outbuilding in the countryside - grand designs

Image: Alex James

Located on the edge of the Mendip Hills, with views over Glastonbury Tor, London-based architects De Rosee Sa were tasked with not only extensively refurbishing and extending the main house, a converted barn, on this site, but also a series of outbuildings, with a brief to capture the local, rural vernacular. 

self-build outbuilding, next to main house with traditional stone walls, in the countryside - grand designs

Image: Alex James

Outside of the main house, a pool was renovated, as well as an existing outbuilding to act as a pool house, while on the other side of the property, the architects constructed a new outhouse in place of an existing garage to serve as a guesthouse.