Mickley Park belongs to the classic tradition of the country house set in landscaped grounds; but until 2008, the site was occupied by a complex of ugly and dilapidated buildings serving a dairy farm.
The clients have created two new lakes and augmented existing mature woodland with new planting to complement the house. With four formally composed elevations, a nearly square plan and a hipped roof the house has much in common with the domestic architecture of the late seventeenth century; however, close to, the details have a late Georgian refinement. Garages have been hidden below ground level on the east elevation.
The external walls are faced with split cobbles obtained from recessional moraines, a building material peculiar to the locality. The dressings are of Witton Fell sandstone Ashlar.
Inside, refined woodwork and plaster details were designed to complement the clients’ collection of antique furniture. The formal rooms include fireplaces and details reproduced from the clients’ previous home. The entrance hall opens into an elliptical staircase hall, both with a Doric entablature based on a design by Robert Adam. The staircase sweeps elegantly to the first floor landing where an Ionic order supports a dome decorated with delicate scroll work.
Despite Mickley Park’s traditional appearance, the house incorporates some of the latest green technology. The building is actually timber framed and encapsulated with “Hemcrete”, making the building super insulated. The building draws heat from an adjoining field, via a heat exchanger, and a heat recovery system is used to retain the heat within the building. These systems functioned well through the harsh winter of 2010.