Wells next the Sea
Cockthorpe, Nr Wells next the Sea, NR23 1QS
On the edge of the quiet village of Cockthorpe, between Wells-Next-the-Sea and Blakeney, Living Architecture has turned to two of the great modernists of British architecture, Sir Michael and Lady Patty Hopkins.
Their Long House gives out on to the flat, almost prairie-like expanses of the Norfolk landscape. The house is distinctive for its massive and traditionally crafted flint wall, which references the ancient churches and barns of the area.
The Long House has a great medieval-style hall in its centre and is capped with a vast timber roof, reinforced with steel cabling and trusses assembled into an intricate sculptural construction.
In this traditional English holiday region, the Hopkins' have created a house singularly responsive to local materials and vernacular forms - and inspired by the best lessons of Modernism.
The Long House sleeps 10 people
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