Church Cottage

Clifford Chambers

Client: Hosking Houses Trust

Contract: SFA – (Design & Build)

Role: Lead Designer, Architect RIBA Workstages A – L


The cottage is run as a retreat for female writers, by the Hosking Houses Trust.  Studio Spicer was initially commissioned, in 2014, to design a contemporary, single storey rear extension, to allow the trust to extend its demographic, to accommodate other artists, including painters and musicians.

The proposals focused on bringing plenty of light into this small space, to create a conducive environment and meet this very particular brief.

An understated and subtle, contemporary aesthetic was adopted, utilising materials sympathetic to the setting of the cottage.  This ensured that the project blended with the property’s distinctive, historic village location, known as The Square.


The trust is currently fundraising, with a view to starting work on site late 2017.