Cottage Cottage

[Working title]

A practice experiment underway to produce and curate contemporary sculpture and installation for an 18th century cottage and garden in Brighstone village, Isle of Wight, UK.

An ongoing developmental studio in the winter months, becoming an installation space and sculpture garden during the summer.

Planning to open 2019 at set times and days to visitors, or by appointment.


Brighstone village is located midway along on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight, which stretches between the Needles in the West, Freshwater Bay, the beaches of Compton, Brook and Brighstone Bay, and onto Blackgang Chine and St Catherine’s Point lighthouse to the east.

In the village, the cottage is tucked away out of sight, but within a stone’s throw of a pub, a thatched newsagent, the village shop, the primary school, the frequently photographed row of National Trust thatched cottages, one of which is the local history museum, and a free car park.

Cottage Background

The cottage is a listed example of a vernacular dwelling that contains a significant proportion of its original fabric. The original plan form of the house survives intact and the history of its use and development can be traced in its fabric and fixtures.

A three-up, three-down, lobby-entrance plan cottage dating to the C18 or possibly earlier, built of snecked clunch (vernacular hard chalk) blocks, local saltstone and brick, with a clay peg tile half-hipped roof.

Internal structural features of particular interest to the project include the ‘staircase in a cupboard’, the through the floor hatch and the inside-outside access add-on larder.

The cottage had previously been in the same local family for at least 100 years with no need felt for utra-modern conveniences, no seamless fitted kitchen or central heating entangled throughout. As such, it is ideal throughout as a space to interact with and experience how the place was lived in over time.

Open Days for 2018

The cottage was secured late April 2018. There will be a variety of maintenance tasks and ground works to be undertaken before winter approaches.

However after several weeks of refurbishment preparation work, it was decided that it would be good to pause and open the place for visitors for a few dates in 2018.

The interior is currently being set up in ‘studio’ mode, with materials and objects arranged as small starter conversations. The garden is as it is, but tamed in parts.

Dates 2018:

Saturday 14th July, 10am – 5pm (parking may be difficult as the Horticultural Summer Show is on too)
New date added – Sunday 15th July 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 21st July, 10am – 5pm

Address and Directions:

Elmlea, Warnes Lane, Brighstone village, Isle of Wight PO30 4BJ

Warnes Lane is the small short road that leads to the free car park off Brighstone Main Road in the centre of the village (between the Three Bishops pub and the thatched newsagent). The cottage is hidden down a driveway on the right. If arriving by car, please use the car park or spaces in the surrounding streets.

Any Queries?

Please email or telephone 07816 182577.

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