Categories: Custom and Intelligent Design, New Home Efficiency and Performance, News, Recent Events | Posted: May 30, 2014
For years now, millions of television viewers have become devotees of the PBS series “Downton Abbey,” named for the monumental country house where the action takes place. It has become so popular that the filming location has itself become a major tourist destination. Highclere Castle is actually the seat of the Earls of Carnarvon– who were famous in a past generation for bankrolling the discovery of Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb.
The source of the name “Highclere” is obscure, but likely has something to do with clerestory windows. The castle is dominated by a high central tower whose great windows illuminate the interior space that would otherwise remain gloomy. Clerestory (pronounced “clear story”) windows were a dramatic element of great houses throughout Europe in previous centuries.
Bella Vita Custom Homes has adapted this feature as a focal point for the sumptuous, tile-roofed Mediterranean villa at 5707 Charlestown, in exclusive Preston Hollow. At 5,180 square feet, listing for $1,550,000, the house is appreciated from multiple angles on its prominent corner lot.
Entering the monumental 3-story round foyer, lit by a rank of clerestory windows, the home beckons as a journey of exploration. Where do you go? Right through double doors into the study with its 11-foot ceiling and fireplace framed by dramatic tall windows? Through the 6-foot wide arch into the formal dining room? Straight ahead, through the groin-vaulted passageway to the family areas beyond? Up the sweeping curved formal staircase to explore the upper reaches? Or past the stairs to the private guest room? In fact for overnight guests, this whole front of the house forms a magnificent suite.
Beyond, in the enormous 25-foot square living area, private family stairs and a regal corner fireplace draw the eye upward to the 18-foot beamed ceiling. Beyond that the master suite looks out a great bow window, and leads to a breathtaking bath floored in travertine marble. On the other side of the family room the breakfast nook connects to an island-style kitchen as elegant as it is spacious–four separate work stations, and twin pantries, one for serving which connects back to the formal dining room.
Upstairs, three more bedrooms, each with private bath, cluster around twin game and media rooms with audiovisual storage and wet bar. Never was a house designed for such gracious entertaining, formal or informal, refined or festive.
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