Quinn Estates Wins Silver Prize at Prestigious WhatHouse Awards in London

We are delighted to announce that Manor Barn has won Silver at the WhatHouse Awards 2018, in the ‘Best Luxury Home’ category.

Quinn Estates were commended for their ‘supreme attention to detail’ with this beautifully designed home, which is located on the edge of Littlebourne in Kent.

Designed by award-winning Guy Hollaway Architects, the five-bedroom property is set over 9,170 sq ft of premium space and offers exceptional family living in a modern, contemporary interpretation of a traditional farmstead.

A big congratulations is also in order to our partners, Redrow Homes, who won multiple awards on the evening.

The award follows just days after Quinn Estates won first prize in the Kent Design and Development Awards, with their landmark commercial development, Connect 38 in Ashford.

The full WhatHouse brochure described Manor Barn as the following:

This modern interpretation of a traditional farmstead has been created with supreme attention to detail. Constrained by planning to the form, size and footprint of an original industrial barn, Quinn Esattes set about using the strong architectural shape and scale to full advantage.

Manor Barn comprises three buildings set around a central courtyard: a two-bedroom cottage adjoins the double garage, which has a one-bedroom apartment above; a cavernous 2,000 ft2 building for the owner to decide upon its final use(s) for leisure or offices; and the main home of 4,000ft2, which is surrounded by open fields.

Structural walls are 500mm thick to create a cathedral effect, and external oak louvres are strategically placed for solar shading and maximum light. Some £250,000 was spent on gadgets and another third of a million on extensive glazing.

The English country kitchen, open-plan to the dining and informal living areas, is bordered on three sides by full-height glazing with thermostatically controlled blackout blinds. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms plus a master suite with vaulted ceiling and full-width terrace.

Close to achieving Passivhaus status, Manor Barn is designed to be low cost to run with minimal environmental impact.

Simplicity of form and materials is offset with an immaculate finish and the extensive use of oak ensures Manor Barn harmonises with its landscape.