front view of stunning red and white house at dusk

Lime Kiln House

A beautiful award winning Arts & Crafts style house in a Dorset chalk quarry.
Location Shillingstone, Dorset
Status Built
Use Residential
Client Private

Situated in a disused chalk quarry in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) this is the only PPG7 (now Paragraph 79, formerly Paragraph 55 NPPF) large house to have been constructed in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Built for a discerning client, the large Arts and Crafts style house inspired by a Lutyens butterfly-plan, is detailed authentically, using hand crafted materials.

Project Awards & Recognition

Homebuilding & Renovating
Aug 2013
Dorset Magazine (
July 2007
Clay Roof Awards
Highly Commended, Runner up in ‘Best new build clay roof – Housing’
Homebuilding & Renovating
Nov 2006
North Dorset People & Places Awards
Highly Commended ‘Best new housing – group & individual’
red tiled roof house behind the trees in a quarry
front view of beautiful house with red tiled roof showing elevation
front view of stunning red and white house in daylight
magnificent lime kiln house with red roof and large indoor pool at dusk

Exquisite detailing and quality materials

The roof and tile hanging are hand made clay tiles, all external joinery is Oak, with leaded light glazing set in steel casements.

This stunning traditional house includes a separate indoor swimming pool with elaborate hand-painted murals by local artist Flick Baker. The simple contemporary design of the separate swimming pool forms a distinct aesthetic contrast to the more traditional forms of the main house.

Credits: Original concept produced by Architect Gerald Steer – homage to Edwin Lutyens

grand entrance hall with large patio doors leading out onto beautiful garden
internal view of dining area with large patio doors and red and white checkered floor tiles
exterior of indoor pool room in chalk quarry at dusk

Photography Nigel Rigden
Completion Date 2004

Contractor Hammonds
Structural Engineer Chris Veysey
Pool Hellard Bros Ltd
Joinery F Cuff & Sons
Windows Holdsworth Windows