An Old Tower With A Modern Touch
July 23, 2012
It’s a common childhood dream to live in a castle, among ramparts and tapestries, feasts and jousts. Now British firm De Matos Ryan has made this a reality for one family, with a renovation and addition to the Round Tower, a Grade II Listed building.
The tower, situated on a hill overlooking Siddington Village in Gloucestershire, had been left a hollow shell after years of fire and neglect. Due to its prominent location, and in order to leave the tower visible from the surrounding countryside, the addition, which houses the main open-plan living spaces, was built largely underground. Light is brought into this area by means of a sunken courtyard, skylights, and a ‘landscape scoop’ which also houses a swimming pool and patio.
The tower contains several bedrooms as well as the roof deck, from which all the land between Cirencester and Honeycombe Leaze is on view. The Round Tower itself makes for interesting viewing, as well, since over two-hundred years of history are represented in its stone walls and crenellation.