SANDRA COPPIN/ANSTY PLUM, WILTSHIRE
Photographs – Rachael Smith
Words – Dominic Bradbury
Ansty Plum is a mid-century house in Wiltshire, owned and restored by architect Sandra Coppin and family.
The house was designed and built in 1962 by architect David Levitt and sits on a hillside on the edge of a small, picturesque village. The modestly scaled building is pushed into the hill, with the line of the mono-pitch roof echoing the gradient.
The lower level is largely open plan with a combined living and dining area plus a kitchen to one side. Upstairs, the master bedroom sits within a gallery overlooking the living space below, while a separate bedroom/playroom is devoted to the children.
In the grounds, brutalist architects Alison and Peter Smithson designed a small studio which has been updated and extended by Coppin, providing a guest suite and a small office.
The house is a country retreat for the family, who also own an apartment in Berthold Lubetkin’s landmark Highpoint II building in Highgate, London.