A stately residence on a beautiful Texas Hill Country property captures both the regional vernacular style and the spirit of an English country house set in a park-like landscape. The home was designed by
Curtis & Windham Architects with interiors by Ginger Barber Design. 69
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A simple stacked limestone wall and signpost marks the entrance drive to the property.
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The gravel drive begins through brushy woodland and into a clearing where the house is revealed on a distant hilltop.
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A view across a lake to the hilltop site and the back of the house.
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An allee of water oaks leads to the front entrance. Whitewashed limestone on the main body of the house gives it a feeling of permanence. The wings are covered in clapboard siding in a nod to the farmhouses of the region.
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A formal courtyard garden is edged with a low limestone wall.
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The “teahouse” folly in the cutting garden beyond.
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A view down the allee from the front entrance.
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Inside the great room with a view to the front entry door.
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Overlooking the back porch at the heart of the house is the great room. A fireplace and columned bookshelf alcove at each end of the room anchor the living and dining areas within the larger space.
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More refined detailing in the great room indicates its importance as the center of the house.
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Fireplace surround detail in the great room.
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The dining area of the great room is accompanied by a fireplace and bookshelf alcove.
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The great room opens up to the back porch and views beyond.
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Simple cabinetry, bleached pine board ceiling, and monolithic counters in the kitchen reflect a farmhouse aesthetic.
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A sitting room between the master suite and the great room is a transitional space between public and private areas of the house.
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A trussed ceiling spans between exposed limestone walls in the family room.
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Twisted columns at the bar cabinets are a nod to English furniture detailing.
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An elliptical stair rises to the second floor.
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The elliptical stair viewed from above.
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A freestanding tub in the master bath enjoys views from the bay window to the garden.
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A secondary stair is paneled in vertical bleached-pine boards.
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A garden room enjoys a panoramic view of the meadow.
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Limestone floor and vertical wood board paneling in the mudroom entry continue the natural palette of the rest of the interiors.
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The east-facing master suite wing enjoys morning light.
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A side view of the back porch overlooks the lawn and the lake in the distance.
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The large center volume of the house is flanked by symmetrical side wings. The porch can be accessed from both floors.
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A limestone path leads through gardens past a large screen porch to the pool and pool house.
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The pool house contains both a game room and guest suite.
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An ancient water oak and screened pavilion stand at the edge of a lake that was created by damming the creek.