The Lookout at Brunt Knott Farm

The Lookout was designed by Ben Cunliffe Architects to provide modern, comfortable holiday let accommodation on a former remote farm in the Lake District National Park.

Situated within a cluster of farm buildings off a well-used public footpath, sensitivities to the buildings environment were discussed in detail with the local planning team. We were conscious that prior applications by previous owners to develop the site had been refused at Appeal.

Our design revolved around an original 19th century stable block which was to be converted into a holiday let. A small new extension would be added to provide living, dining and kitchen accommodation. The stables occupied the front of the farm’s site and provided fantastic views of the Kentmere valley towards the Langdales.

Full height windows on the gable end and a spectacular corner window were designed to maximise these incredible views. A central log burner was incorporated to create a cosy atmosphere whilst also connecting guests to the surrounding landscape.

The building preserves the original 19th century stables which are constructed out of traditional Lakeland stone. The original slate roof was raised to increase the internal space and incorporate insulation. Existing and reclaimed slate were recycled into the build. The extension was built in blockwork and clad in local larch which weathers and ages naturally and a contemporary oak corner window provides a modern contrast to the existing 19th century stables. As the property is situated on an elevated and particularly exposed site, a large overhanging gable and porch were incorporated into the design to protect the property from the elements.

The property was designed to maximise solar gains and is super insulated throughout.

The Lookout settles well into its surroundings and provides guests with a peaceful and undisturbed space in this remote corner of the Lake District National Park.