George Clarke has given a nod to his love of the Lake District while clearly in his element as he talks of his latest TV venture.

The architect-come-TV-presenter - who has taken a number of Cumbrian projects to the small screen -is stood atop a snow-capped mountain in the Alpine village of Verbier.

And by his own account, he’s feeling “Christmassy”.

But the Restoration Man star isn’t simply getting his festive fix: he’s in the Swiss resort to film a very special edition of his hit Channel 4 show, Amazing Spaces.

Aptly titled Winter Wonderland, the standalone episode will see Clarke and master-craftsman Will Hardie explore the ingenious small space wonders hidden away among the snowy peaks of the Swiss and Italian Alps.

Starting their epic road trip from an observation point 4,000m above sea level, the duo will set out on an adventure which takes in a secret ski lodge disguised as a boulder, a tree house resembling a giant acorn, a traditional cabin made almost entirely from concrete, a breath-taking mountaintop hotel which glows in the dark and a star-gazing hideaway which rotates with the night sky.

“Even just being here, filming, really does get you in that festive mood!” quips Clarke, 44.

“We’ve done Norway, we’ve done Canada, we’ve done some far-flung places [before], and you forget what’s right on our doorstep,” he suggests.

“I have to say the views here have just been absolutely breathtaking. You can imagine some of the drone shots we’ve got; it looks filmic, it looks epic, it looks snowy, it looks alpine...”

How has he enjoyed switching up the climate?

“I love it!” responds the Sunderland native. “I’m from the North East anyway, so it’s always freezing up there! And genuinely I am a mountain person.

“I go up to the Lake District all the time, the Western Isles of Scotland, the Highlands...” he lists. “It makes you feel fresh, the air’s cleaner, and I love walking and I love climbing.

“So to be able to see Amazing Spaces’ projects when there’s a lovely dialogue between great design and beautiful landscapes, it’s a fantastic combination.”

And from the UK to Europe, there’s certainly been no shortage of inspiring builds to span seven seasons of the show - plus seasonal specials.

“Every year that I think we’ve virtually done everything, a whole other batch of projects come up again!” declares Clarke.

“People are building all the time anyway, so every year there are new projects being created, and I’m genuinely blown away by people’s inventiveness and creativity.”

It’s about “making architecture and design, particularly home design, as accessible to as many people as possible”, he maintains.

“Architecture and design can be quite a serious subject and I even think that the architectural profession takes itself a bit too seriously sometimes,” confesses Clarke, who is the creative director of London-based design and build company, George Clarke + Partners.

“One of the proudest things about Amazing Spaces is I get a huge amount of school teachers, saying, ‘Do you mind if we run an Amazing Spaces school project?’ And I’m like, ‘Go for it!’

“If I can inspire young kids to design a little house at the bottom of their garden or redesign their bedroom or design their dream home, that’s all fantastic stuff,” concludes Clarke, who also hosts the brilliant Old House, New Home.

He recalls the first series of Amazing Spaces, in which he converted an old static caravan into a special place for him and his three children - two sons and one daughter - to enjoy.

“That was 2012 and we’ve still got that today.

“My kids love staying in my caravan more than they love staying in a posh hotel, because it’s more fun. And I want design to be fun and exciting and innovative and push the boundaries of creative thinking,” he reasons.

As for the fame that comes with being on screen, Clarke has mixed feelings.

“I’m in a very privileged position, and I feel thankful every day with the career that I’ve got,” he answers.

And the “celebrity” tag?

“I never use the ‘C’ word!” he retorts, with a laugh. “I don’t want to be a celebrity. I want to be a good architect. I want to make and craft really beautiful programmes that people love watching,” he explains.

“It’s the process of making: I make buildings, I make television. It’s that kind of designer-maker thing that’s consistent with me,” reasons Clarke, whose next TV venture, George Clarke’s 100 Years of British Homes, will mark the centenary of the nation’s council house movement.

“So the thought of being a celebrity just makes me feel a bit ill.”

Amazing Spaces Winter Wonderland will air on Channel 4 on Thursday, December 13.