Shilstone House, winner of the people’s choice category of on-line votes for the 'Restoration of the Century Award' Country Life Magazine 2010, in association with Jackson-Stops and Staff.
The Georgian Group Architectural Awards 2011
From eighty entries, nineteen were shortlisted and eight, including Shilstone, were selected as award winners .
WINNER Shilstone Manor, Modbury, Devon
(Christopher Rae-Scott for Sebastian and Lucy Fenwick)
Shilstone is a fascinating palimpsest, a new country house grafted onto an 1800 remodelling of a mediaeval house. The building had been progressively reduced in size during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries until it was effectively a ruined farmhouse. The task of rebuilding it over the past ten years has been daunting enough, but what especially impresses is the painstaking thoroughness of the work, using locally quarried stone and directly-employed local craftsmen and basing the plans on meticulous historical and archaeological research. Among the hills of south Devon this must at times have seemed a Sisyphean labour, but the result is a triumph.