Saturday, 1 May 2010

Harmony of house and landscape

Sharpham Hall (1770) commands a promontory on the River Dart downstream from Totnes. The photographs show how well the Dart still deserves its Victorian ephitet of 'The English Rhine' and demonstrate the impressive results of an interventionist planning system. Britain is a densely-populated island and this part of south Devon is far from a wilderness, but development pressures have been kept at bay so effectively that at night not a single electric light is visible in the view from Sharpham. Suitably, given its tranquil location, the house is now run by a charitable trust as a retreat.

Click on the images for larger versions. (Photos: Robert Bargery).      

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