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Only two hours from London lies the Suffolk Heritage Coast, a place filled with nostalgic seaside towns and villages, wide sandy beaches, and even a castle. This contemporary home by Danish design firm Norm Architects sits in contrast to all of that. Known as the Pavilion House, the single-level structure is a crisp and modern counterpoint to the soft rural surroundings.

Those surroundings are considered an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (rural areas in the UK designated for conservation) where you can expect to find peaceful walking trails and wildlife-watching opportunities. For a day trip, you could drive or cycle 2.5 miles south to Southwold, a coastal village with a handful of restaurants and shops.

The Pavilion House also borders a working dairy farm, named Reydon Grove Farm, which is visible from rooms throughout the home. Full-height glass panels line a reception hall running from the front to the back of the house, allowing natural light to flood through every space. And because the open plan is only broken by freestanding elements, there's a clear sight line from one end of the house to the other.

At one end, you'll find a sitting room that features a recessed open fireplace and floating hearth. Next comes the kitchen, touting a Neff induction hob and double oven, and opening onto gardens. At the other end of the house, the master bedroom features glazed front and back doors and a walk-in dressing room. Two more bedrooms offer views across the gardens and quiet farmland—the property includes nearly six acres of its own.
A 15,000-square-foot barn and an unfinished annex with limestone flooring are also part of the property. Learn more about the landmark house, listed for 950,000 £, at


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