Homes with a view are my kryptonite. Whether it’s a picturesque vignette of the rolling Umbrian hills, or the majestic glistening blue of the Pacific, I’m not fussed as long as it’s a view of wanderlust-inducing proportions. And let me tell you, the view from the Woodhouse is all that and more. Keep scrolling to see more.
A Himalayan Hideaway
Set in the village of Satkhol in India’s Nanital district, this holiday home boasts panoramic views of the northern Himalayas.
It’s breathtaking to say the least, and probably as other-worldly as you’re going to get while remaining earthbound. If it’s dream-filled escapism you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.
Of Peaks and Form
Thanks to its striking facade, the Woodhouse does a fantastic job in holding its own against the stunning surroundings. In particular, its sharply pitched roof, clad on one side in doubled glazed skylights, is an obvious talking point.
Inspired by the snow-clad peaks of the famed mountain range, this feature works to flood the interior with light and the unlimited views of the ever-changing clouds.
“The design of this house is referring to [the] proximity of [the] snow cladded panorama of the northern Himalayan range at the horizon.” – Matra Architects.
Though the structure of the Woodhouse may look thoroughly modern from afar, the choice of oiled ‘thun’ wood cladding gives the home a rustic twist. The wood itself was acquired locally from within the region. This ensures that the Woodhouse is in keeping with its neighboring traditional village houses.
Tree House Vibes
Inside, the rustic theme continues with pine wood paneling throughout. Complete with a mix of mismatching bohemian and mid-century modern furniture pieces, the overall vibe is that of a tree house – albeit situated in one heck of a garden.
An interesting aspect to note about the interior is the lack of internal supporting walls. The entire house is suspended from four robust truss frames, negating the need for any intermediate columns.
The result is an “undisturbed flow of contours into the interior spaces,” the studio explains. Perfect for accommodating everyone’s favorite open plan living trend.
A Collage of Windows
My favorite thing about this space has to be the wraparound floor level glazing. It makes it feel as though the whole house is floating!
A carefully crafted collage of square windows completes the look, offering a glimpse of the neighboring orchards and farming town, Almora.
When it comes to summarizing the Woodhouse, it would be easy to focus on the views and nothing else. That Himalayan diorama is an obvious standout after all. But moving beyond the views, I have to say how impressed I am by the home.
From the skylights and floating windows, to the locally-sourced natural accents, I’m especially struck by how well the Woodhouse makes the most of its surroundings. Overall, as holiday homes go, this Himalayan hideaway will guarantee you a stay to remember.