In­te­rior de­sign

In sum­mer, this pool house pro­vides a kitchen and en­ter­tain­ing area as well as a spa and chang­ing room. In win­ter, it cre­ates use­ful ex­tra ac­com­mo­da­tion for the main house

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Rose Uni­ake shows us how to cre­ate the per­fect pool house

Set in the walled gar­den of a Grade I-listed 17th-cen­tury manor house in Glouces­ter­shire, this pool house was de­signed by Alex Michaelis, one half of the Not­ting Hill-based ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice Michaelis Boyd, whose work in­cludes Lon­don’s Soho House, Babing­ton Ho­tel in Somerset and, more re­cently, the apart­ments in Bat­tersea Power Sta­tion in SW8. the ex­te­rior is clad in a sil­very wood and at ei­ther end are walls of ex­posed brick. Vast floor-to-ceil­ing slid­ing doors open on both sides, lead­ing in one di­rec­tion to the pool area and to the tennis courts in the other.

In­te­rior de­signer Rose Uni­acke was com­mis­sioned to dec­o­rate the in­te­ri­ors. An an­tique dealer and fur­ni­ture de­signer with premises on Lon­don’s Pim­lico Road, she’s known for her abil­ity to com­bine the old with the new to cre­ate a light, re­laxed feel.

the own­ers com­mis­sioned Rose to cre­ate a har­mo­nious in­te­rior within the con­text of the con­tem­po­rary struc­ture. the room of­fers a fam­ily liv­ing space and kitchen as well as a chang­ing area, spa and sauna. Re­claimed wood was used ex­ten­sively to ac­cen­tu­ate a seam­less blend with the out­doors. It was also im­por­tant for the space to func­tion in­de­pen­dently of the pool and tennis court and that it could be used all year round. Ara­bella Youens Rose Uni­acke (020–7730 7050; http://rose­u­ni­acke.com) Alex Michaelis (020–7221 1237; http://michaelis­boyd.com)

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