This weekend I watched Masterpiece’s latest adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, which was delightful on a number of levels. This isn’t the forum for a movie review (although it is great and you should see it) but I did want to feature their interpretation of Barton Cottage, which is nearly as much a character as any of the people in the story.
- But plot aside its a beautiful visual work by director, John Alexander, and director of photography, Sean Bobbitt. The story centers around a family who is forced to move from a life of almost grandiose luxury to reletive penury in this building – Barton Cottage. Credit is also due to whoever scouted and prepared the location because they obviously shot the Barton scenes in an existing building. It might be challengingly small and simple to the Dashwood sisters and their mother but it looks absolutely idyllic to me. I love the way it is tucked into the hillside, just under the road. The small, deep set but plentiful windows and white painted interiors try to balance between insulating and protecting the house and filling it with enough natural light.
The interior materiality is so beautiful – a delicate combination of textures on plaster, paneling and simple painted boards. Feast your eyes.