Texas, United States
A collaboration between accomplished architects and designers resulted in the creation of one of the finest estate properties in Texas. Welcome to Longwood Farm. The vast 100 acre property is the work of Curtis & Windham Architects, who according to their project page, “Sought to create a weekend country house whose design reflects regional architectural with a decidedly English influence.” The firm worked with noted interior designer Ginger Barber and RB Ratliff Builders to create what would eventually turn into a sprawling 16,000 square foot residence with nine bedrooms and eleven bathrooms. In addition to the main house, Curtis & Windham Architects also designed a variety of ancillary buildings which include a gorgeous pool house, yoga pavilion, dam house, tea pavilion and a storage building. Interior designer Ginger Barber did a fabulous job maintaining a comfortable feeling throughout the home’s large formal rooms. The great room, spanning the entire width of the main section of the home, hosts both living and dining areas with two fireplaces, columned library alcoves at each end of the room and French doors to the rear patio. The space is large yet feels incredibly warm and approachable. The kitchen continues with the farmhouse approach, featuring simple white cabinetry and a large center island. Additional features include a beautiful elliptical stair, family room with exposed limestone walls and trussed ceiling, an elegant master suite with freestanding tub overlooking the gardens and a spectacular garden room with views of the meadow. The 100 acre estate includes private roads, terraces, pool, fountains, trails and a four acre lake. The project received ta 2015 Palladio Award for New Design & Construction – over 5,000 s.f. from Clem Labine’s Period Homes and Traditional Building Magazines. Photography by Nick Johnson.