Buttercombe Gridshells:

Sited near the the village of Great Tew in the glorious Cotswolds the Buttercombe Gridshells are a long way from the nearest street light with stunning views across the Great Tew Estate. The brief for the project was to utilise the Cotswold stone, open barn that stood on the site – usually only used in the winter to shelter and warm the shoot parties with it’s two large fireplaces and facilities and to host the Owls when it’s time to nest.

To start, the barn took on a sympathetic extension at the back to house the toilet, shower and small kitchen – superbly crafted and fitted to the same detail and finish as the barn – next, somewhere to sleep was needed and so a pair of Gridshells started manufacturer at our workshop. During this time the slope surrounding the barn was dug into and deck installed with landscaping to blend it all back into the site.

Book a Stay:

The Buttercombe gridshells make a great getaway for families and couples wanting to get away from it all and relax. Some amazing countryside, local pubs and villages such as Chipping Norton, Burford and Stow on your doorstep or even take a spa treatment in your gridshell!

More information and bookings can be made through Sheepskin.


The Gridshell Build:

The Gridshells predominately start life as an ash tree which we’ve selectively chosen from local ones that had been marked for felling. We get about 3-4 Gridshells from a good tree which we need to use up before the wood becomes less ‘green’ to easily bend to shape. Aluminium brackets and other fixings are machined in our workshop and the canvas cut and sewn ready for fitting.

It takes about two days to build a complete Gridshell. Once the deck is made and ready the floor plans are laid out and aluminium floor brackets fitted in place. The pre-cut ash laths are joined together to make the correct lengths and then attached to the brackets, carefully bending them into shape as we go. Once everything is in place we tighten up the frame cross points which locks the structures into a strong, yet lightweight shell. Once the shell is fixed the quilted, inner lining fabric is fitted over the frame along with a waterproof and breathable insulation layer which makes the structure watertight. Finally, we space off from the main structure and add a final GRP frame to take the canvas outer skin. This serves a number functions – it gives the structure a softer and more organic look, offered in several ‘earth’ tones to blend in and compliment the environment, it produces an extra insulative air gap, and also a second barrier against the wind and rain.