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Beyond Dragons: an architectural romance

sWe’re often asked about the genesis of Belle Grove. How come the farmhouse has a denizen dragon? How did the beguiling barns come about?  Having one successful book under her belt (African Approaches), Jo decided to write it all down …

Beyond Dragons is all about the self-building of what some may say is our slightly eccentric house here at Belle Grove Farm and the parallel creation of Belle Grove Barns on the same site: a mix of anecdote, memoir and travelogue mean there is something in it for everyone…

Covering the inspiration for the house design, it explains how planning permission was (uniquely) achieved in the absence of conventional plans and, without being over-technical, includes the sort of unorthodox constructional detail of interest to aspiring self-builders or building fantasists! It provides geographical and historical context, explains how we came to procure materials and furnishings from overseas, and, last but not least, the why and how of the dragon sculpture perching on the chimneystack!

[The house has featured in Channel 4’s ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ and HGTV’s ‘Extreme Homes’ as well as newsprint and magazines and was named Overall Winner of the Daily Telegraph’s Building Awards 2012.  It is included in the new (2015) edition of the prestigious Pevsner’s Suffolk Houses.]

Publication is scheduled for June 2017. Beyond Dragons will be available direct from us, in good bookshops and on Amazon. 

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