Branch House is a single-storey residence designed and built by designer-maker Patrick Thomas King on a garden plot for his own occupation. Taking its name from the foliage flanking its sides and its proximity to the Marlow branch line, a single-track railway with only one small train passing per hour, the architecture is inspired by bird hides, Peter Aldington, and the soft Brutalism of Alison and Peter Smithson's Upper Lawn Pavilion. The result is a modest yet stylish design with soft divisions of space, high ceilings and expertly crafted timber.
The accommodation comprises a fully equipped kitchen (please note, without a dishwasher), a study, a guest bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe and dressing area, a large shower room, a wood-burning stove, and a large, open, multi-functional space that can be gently separated by linen curtains. Additionally, there is an outdoor shower. The drop-down single guest bed doubles as a sofa, though there are only a few cushions and it cannot be fully considered a sofa yet. Nonetheless, it is a comfortable bed, and the owner frequently sleeps on it, enjoying the cozy ambiance provided by the wood-burning stove relaxing in the evening and savoring morning tea.
The heating in Branch House is exclusively provided by the wood-burning stove with firewood is provided, some experience with wood stoves may be helpful.
Please be aware that the accommodation, such as the kitchen worktop, is a little oversized due to the owner's height, but most guests should still find it perfectly comfortable. Additionally, please note that the garden is not yet fully completed.
The houses is conveniently located just a 6-minute walk from Maidenhead train station and a 10-minute walk to the town centre. Maidenhead is a charming town located in the Royal Borough of Windsor. It is situated on the River Thames, which provides a beautiful backdrop for visitors exploring the town. With excellent transport links to London and the surrounding areas, Maidenhead is a popular destination for tourists who are looking for a peaceful yet convenient base to explore the area.
Maidenhead is surrounded by picturesque villages, rolling countryside, and numerous historic sites, including Windsor Castle, one of the most iconic castles in the world, and the magnificent Hampton Court Palace, which dates back to the Tudor period. The town is also a great starting point for exploring the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that offers spectacular scenery, quaint villages, and charming pubs. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Maidenhead offers plenty of opportunities for cycling, walking, and boating. The Thames Path, a long-distance walking trail that runs along the River Thames, passes through Maidenhead and offers visitors a chance to explore the stunning river landscape.
Proximity to London is another major attraction for visitors to Maidenhead. With direct trains running from Maidenhead station to central London via the new Elizabeth Line.
Patrick Thomas King is a designer and maker who was born and raised in Berkshire. After completing a degree in Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in 2009, Patrick embarked on a career as a furniture maker at Lassco architectural salvage. During this time, he had the opportunity to work alongside experienced craftsmen such as Oliver Rock, who taught him invaluable skills and techniques. He has since worked on a variety of exciting projects, ranging from designing bespoke furniture pieces for private clients to collaborating on architectural projects. In 2016, Patrick set his sights on a new challenge: designing and building his own home. Patrick spent five years working on it before finally completing it in 2021.
Guest bedroom: Single bed
Flexible living space: Single bed or Double futon
Off street parking for one car and free unrestricted all-day parking a 2 min walk away on the next road
Base price is £95 per night, minimum 2 nights
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