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Kevin McCloud blown away by breathtaking bathroom sat in a 14th century fortress conversion during Grand Designs: House of the Year

Some of the most breathtaking builds in the country are being celebrated on Grand Designs: House of the Year – and one has left presenters Kevin McCloud and Damion Burrows blown away.

One inspired creation saw a breathtaking bathroom sit in the midst of a 14th century fortress conversion, and it’s one of the most incredible things we’ve ever seen on the programme.

The pair are heading on a nationwide journey to explore some of the most spectacular homes in the running for the 2021 Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year award.

In an exclusive clip from Wednesday’s show on Channel 4, the pair were left waxing lyrical about Pele Tower House – a revival of a Grade II listed fortress in Cumbria – with the focal point being the luxurious bathroom.

Built and designed by Katie Woolacott and Patrick Gilmartin, the property reimagines the structure and mixes sleek glass and modern materials with the rugged, ancient stone exterior.

Damion, an award winning architect, meets the owners and gets to grips with the stunning building in the clip.

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The breathtaking bathroom in the property (Picture: Channel 4)

‘You’re just showing off now, aren’t you really,’ Damion says, stepping through the glass partition and taking in the view.

‘The RIBA judges commended Katie and Patrick for sensitively modernising the tower, while holding onto its character and history,’ Kevin adds. ‘Their masterstroke was keeping a respectful distance between the new rooms and the ancient walls.’

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The presenters were inspired by the build (Picture: Channel 4)
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Could this be the RIBA House of The Year 2021? (Picture: RIBA)

Patrick said in the programme: ‘For me, something about a tower, it brings out the child in you, you want to climb it. You want to explore it, you want to discover things and be surprised by it.’

Meanwhile, Katie added: ‘All that eccentricity and character was something really important to us.’

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The house blends the ancient with the modern (Picture: RIBA)
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The Pele Tower House features on Wednesday’s show (Picture: Channel 4)

Damion was particularly impressed with the decision to create space between the old stone wall and the new structure.

Katie said: ‘We really wanted you to feel you were inside the ruin. If you’d gone to the edges, you wouldn’t have felt that way.’

Each week, the series will reveal which houses the RIBA judges have put through to the shortlist for the grand prize, and in the final programme announce the winner of this prestigious prize.

Also up for the award this year is a sixties sci-fi-inspired water tower in rural Norfolk, a 21st century addition to a Victorian London street, a sleek beach house beside a busy South Coast boatyard and an angular, space-age extension to a classic Georgian farmhouse.

Grand Designs: House of the Year starts on Wednesday 17th November at 9pm on Channel 4


Credit: Original article published here.

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