The best properties with work from home space

    31 August 2020

    With home-working likely to stick around for a while yet, many of us are thinking carefully about how to improve our own work-space.

    Olga Turner Baker, founder of well-being architects Ekkist, has been designing holistic living spaces for several years – most recently on Hyde Park’s Bryanston development.

    ‘Ideally a work space should be located where there is the best access to natural daylight and green views, to support concentration and good cognitive performance,’ says the designer – recently named as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30.

    Though if you’d rather skip the hard work yourself, here are eight homes – ranging from family options to ultra high-end – that have a bespoke workspace ready to go.

    An 84ft garden…in Clapham

    If its 84ft garden weren’t enough to make this Clapham townhouse stand out from the pile, then its lovely architect-designed garden office will surely do the trick.

    Previously used as an artist’s studio, the workspace sits right at the bottom of the garden – allowing busy homeworkers to maintain that crucial separation between work and leisure.

    Situated on a tree-lined road away from the bustling high street, the property provides the perfect option for anyone looking to combine week-day solace with the buzz of London life.

    As for the house itself, enjoy the perks of city-living with a well-equipped kitchen, a modern, open plan-living room, and a luxurious, Japanese-style square bath.

    Mr and Mrs Clark – guide price £780,000

    Leave London for Leamington

    This five-bedroom detached property in Warwickshire’s leafy Leamington Spa boasts exceptional countryside views as well as a large private garden – but that’s not at all.

    Tucked away at the end of the garden, sits a purpose-built office perfectly suited for home-working – or as a quiet spot for some weekend creativity.

    With electricity and double-glazed windows, home-workers can enjoy all-year-round comfort. While wannabe novelists will relish the chance to spend a summer evening typing away as a gentle country breeze rolls through the bi-fold doors.

    If that sounds tempting, take a 3D tour with Matterport.

    Purplebricks – offers from £800,000

    Head north for space

    If your home-working arrangement can extend as far as south west Scotland, you could do a lot worse than Moatwell – a stunning 18th century townhouse in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Given its age, the riverside property has been carefully refurbished – including re-roofing, re-wiring and re-plumbing – with the aim of maintaining its period features while providing for the highest standard of modern living.

    Amongst the spacious and tranquil grounds sits a fully-insulated garden office, complete with fibre broadband, a wood-burning stove and even its own outhouse toilet. Take this virtual tour to see more.

    Galbraith – offers from £850,000

    Manor living

    Sitting in the grounds of Durham’s historic Burn Hall manor house, this modern barn conversion isn’t short of features to recommend – from an Alexander Carrick kitchen to a stylish oak-beamed sitting room.

    But busy homeworkers will likely be drawn to the plush home office which sits on the third-floor of the detached garage and features its own Juliet balcony with a view over the estate.

    With private access to the grounds of Burn Hall, make the most of that lunchtime break with a relaxing stroll through some 35 acres of beautiful and unspoilt country landscape.

    Galbraith – guide price £1,450,000

    Apartments with communal work space

    Even before the pandemic, the increasing demand for flexible working had inspired a trend for communal workspaces in big city developments.

    Take the Cassini Tower – part of St James’ White City Living development in W12 – which describes its ambient home-working spaces as somewhere between a members’ club and a health spa.

    Admittedly it might lack the privacy of your own garden office, but with two cinemas and a private swimming pool also on site, you can certainly see the appeal.

    White City Living – prices from £775,000

    Try a timber studio in Dover

    Just a short drive from Dover, The Grange is a detached family house that comes complete with its own distinctive home-working space.

    Amongst the spacious gardens sits a dainty timber-studio – ready to be fashioned as a home office – as well as a separate purpose-built workshop.

    With its own in-built vacuuming system (previously used to clear the dust away from woodwork), the workshop is perfect for anyone whose work is more hands-on than your average office job.

    And with easy access to Walmer station, you can be back in London within 80 minutes.

    Bright and Bright – guide price £895,000

    Country life

    Looking for a quiet spot to get down to some serious work? Upper Treleddyn is a striking Grade II listed gentry house sitting on the western tip of rural Pembrokeshire – on the edge of historic St David’s.

    With a wine cellar, balustrade staircase, and an open fireplace (not to mention a servery hatch between the kitchen and dining room), the house is full of decadent period charm.

    At the back of the house, amongst a picturesque walled garden, sits a stylish annex – perfect for an office or studio space – with its own sitting room, kitchen area, and shower room.

    Savills – offers over £1.1m

    Live in luxury at Chelsea Barracks

    If you’re in the market for ultra luxury, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the flagship Chelsea Barracks townhouses – perhaps the most coveted real estate in the capital – also come with their own separate workspace: in this case a modern take on the 18th century mews house.

    And should a 51sqm mews house not be enough, all residents have access to the Garrison Club – a purpose-built members’ club with a state-of-the-art business suite, intended to rival the swankiest Mayfair clubs.

    Hold court in one of two 12-seater boardrooms, or take it a more leisurely place in the lounge. What better way to get your work done?

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