Tyning Meadows House Type A
Where the orientation of the plot demands a long elevation to address the garden and entrance courtyard respectively.
Tyning Meadows is a high quality development of 10 detached family residences by Charlcombe Homes, Bath’s premier “boutique” housebuilder. Situated at the base of the Limpley Stoke Valley and nestled below the surrounding downs, the site is within the Green Belt and the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a place with panoramic views including to Solsbury Hill, immortalized by Peter Gabriel’s song of the same name and to Sally in the Woods to the east.
Tyning Road is a country lane running between banked hedgerows and frequented by walkers accessing the surrounding countryside. As the lane enters the development it runs parallel with the Westbury branch railway line which is screened from the site by a 3 metre high extensively landscaped bund. The Bathampton Meadow and Oxbow Wetland beyond and below the railway attract a proliferation of wildlife to the area including some 16 species of dragonflies, 18 species of butterfly, deer and abundant birdlife.
To the west the open outlook is across farmland protected from development as part of Green Belt and within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as is the land to the north which additionally incorporates a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The design concept for the development has focused on creating a low density semi-rural “edge of village” setting. To achieve this, the plots have been formed and arranged to be much larger than one might normally find in modern developments, particularly in Bath and its surrounds. This has allowed more tree and shrub planting between and around houses which, along with maturing garden planting, will engender a “leafy” feel and look, and further encourage local wildlife.
“One of the things that surprises you living at Tyning Meadows is the sense of space and the views in every direction. To the front we look out across to Bathford church and up Bathford Hill to Brown’s Folly, or over Batheaston to Banner Down. In the back garden, you can see up to Solsbury Hill of Peter Gabriel fame and then our favourite view of all. Sitting on our sun drenched terrace in the evening, looking out over the open meadow across to the canal and beyond to Bathampton Down and the Skyline. This is a tranquility hard to find so close to Bath, interrupted only by the odd burn from the hot air balloons floating overhead.”
The houses each offer a similar level of accommodation, with five bedrooms and four reception areas over two floors. The two standard house types used are demarcated by their orientation, handing, internal layout and use of a variety of materials, all creating a distinct “personality” with each plot. Variations in external materials further distinguish each design, particularly around the front entrances, so that no two adjacent houses will appear the same.
Architecturally the designs are unashamedly modern in concept but also echo the solid and trusted Edwardian “villa”- in the strongly horizontal proportions- and deep eaves overhang on the low pitched slate roofs. Further diversity in design and visual variation is delivered by one house type having hipped roofs and the other gabled, conceivably giving it a slightly more contemporary look.
Tyning Road, Bathampton, Bath, BA2 6TQ
From the City Centre follow signs to the A36. Continue along this road until you reach Bathampton Lane on the left hand side and follow the sign post for the village centre. After 1⁄2 a mile turn right onto Tyning Road immediately after passing over the canal bridge, in front of the Church. Follow this road for 1⁄4 of a mile, past Bathampton Primary School. Tyning Meadow is on your right hand side at the end of the lane.