A self-proclaimed Anglophile desired a house that looked like “an abbey from the Cotswolds fell from the sky and landed on the side of this mountain.” The request was not surprising since the client is a Tony award-winning producer with more than a slight flair for the dramatic. The site certainly helped with her request. Wedged between two curving roads, the slender hourglass-shaped property dropped about 50 feet, creating its own drama. Using the abbey theme as a metaphor, we designed a compound of sorts by using different masonry materials to render each structure. The result is a sprawling home along the hillside that appears to have grown over the course of centuries.