Gaynes Park Mansion, Epping, Essex


Gaynes Park Mansion

Gaynes Park near Epping in Essex is a Grade 2 listed mansion in a 33 acre park. The building and site had been derelict for a generation and the new owners invested substantially to create 7 luxury flats and 4 new houses.

Potter & Holmes Architects were appointed as interior designers for three apartments. We carefully considered the layout of each residence to allow them to be individually tailored to their particular location within the landscape, maximising the use of space and daylight. Individually they are identified by key concepts but common to each is a grand reception room for entertaining as well as separate private areas of the home.

Unit 2 is well mannered and serene. A modern octagon and cloistered hall bring drama into the entrance space; the style is quietly glamorous: elegance fit for purpose. A dark stone floor with recessed skirting allows glass walls to ‘float’ through the corridors.

Unit 3 is a larger apartment organised on two levels with three large bedrooms and bathrooms. Entered through a triple height entrance hall with a dramatic elliptical staircase, it has an atmosphere of the parkland lodge combining the rustic and modern. Upstairs the master bedroom has a glamorous stone en suite bathroom with a roman sunken bath and rain shower.

Unit 4 is located at first floor level and has wide sweeping views over the landscape. We have designed a modern belvedere with places to sit and view, to work or to relax with friends surrounded by an elegant palette of materials and a state of the art media system.

The interior of the properties have been sensitively adapted to ensure they retain any historical features that remained from the character of the original building.

Gaynes Park Mansion

Project details



Start date

January 2009

Completion date

September 2010

Project partners

Ken Rush Associates
John Wilson
Rointe UK
BB Partnership
Urban Myth

Shortlisted for the 2012 LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards in the Best Residential Conversion