West Cottage

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Spark of Genius Residential Care for Children and Young People.

West Cottage is a 1930s country villa, delightfully named Baby Bear.
Just how did a substantial home come by such a whimsical moniker? The name stems from the late 1930s when the Royal Ordinance Factory management had built a trio of houses on the crest of a hill overlooking Bishopton, which became known locally as the Three Bears (its official address is West Cottage).
They were built for the factory’s employees, one for the manager, the second for a chemist and we believe our house was for the personnel officer. Living in West Cottage is like living in a cosy country cottage because of the style of the house, the range in the kitchen and the semi-rural setting.
When built, Little Bear was a three-bedroom villa with lounge and separate kitchen and, like many houses of the pre-war era, the rooms tended to be quite compartmentalised. Later, as the previous owner became familiar with the light and the seasons, the home was expanded, with the addition of an extra wing and sunroom.

Spark of Genius Residential Care for Children and Young People.Extending the house was not simply a case of increasing the floorspace, but of creating a sense of openness between the lounge, dining room, family room, kitchen and sunroom, plus installing new French windows opening to the garden from several rooms, including the kitchen.
Meanwhile, the sunroom is a relaxed and flexible gathering space that can accommodate a whole host of entertainment. There are five double bedrooms (three en-suite), including the master which has French doors opening to a Juliet balcony, four are on the upper level. All are spacious and welcoming, with quiet colours and textiles.
The space has evolved by following the architecture and working with the way the light moves around during the day. It’s an uncomplicated, well-thought-out approach, cleverly engineered and functional within this calm architectural envelope.