A UNIQUE award-winning certified PASSIVE HOUSE with extremely high ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY qualities set in a delightful and VERY PRIVATE location offering STUNNING VIEWS across a valley. The versatile accommodation is designed to make the most of the views and to blend into the landscape with 4/5 BEDROOMS, a SUPERB living space including balcony, GARAGE and PARKING and much more.
Description - This is an unmissable opportunity to buy a property that is unlike anything else on the market. This unique Passive House was certified by the prestigious Building Research Establishment and received an extremely rare "A" rating in its Energy Performance Certificate. It was built in and imported from Germany in 2013 and cleverly tailored to make the most of its hillside location and fabulous views. It won the German Dream House prize in 2016 and featured in Self Build & Design magazine. It was also selected for TV’s Grand Designs (it was completed before filming could commence). The innovative design incorporates a diagonally pitched zinc roof and Siberian larch cladding and decking. The fittings throughout are of top quality, including a comprehensively fitted kitchen and utility room with German appliances including steam oven and induction hob plus Zip Hydrotap for boiling and chilled filtered water (all included in the sale).
The environmental features include: Low running costs; triple-glazed large windows and rooflights with electric blinds; fresh air ventilation system; underfloor heating in living area and bathrooms to compliment the outstanding insulation and heat recovery technology. In addition there are twelve photovoltaic panels for electricity, benefiting from a Feed-in Tariff, and two solar thermal panels for hot water plus a rainwater harvesting system providing water for toilets, washing machine and outdoor taps. There is an electric vehicle charger in the garage and even an electric passive house pet door!
The living/dining area, bedrooms and staircase have beech wood flooring throughout. The main living area is on the upper floor with steps leading to an entrance lobby and in turn to the impressively vaulted open-plan living space incorporating the kitchen, dining and sitting areas with full height glazing and fine views, which continue to be enjoyed as you step out onto the south-facing balcony. Also on this floor is a master bedroom suite with dressing area and en-suite WC / shower room; a study/bedroom 5; and a guest WC. An impressive staircase leads down to the lower floor where you will find three further bedrooms, a family bath/shower room and a large utility room plus access to the integral garage with Hormann electric sectional garage door including personal wicket door.
Both floors have direct access to the lovely garden spaces. The garden has been cleverly and sympathetically landscaped to provide a sloping, layered upper lawn, with great views from the top (and a storage shed on the north side), while a walkway between stone gabion walls leads down to a lower levelled area with lawn, natural planting, a large decked south-facing terrace and an established wildlife pond with newts and frogs. The property sits on approximately a quarter of an acre and backs onto woodland.
Location - The location of this unique home only adds to its appeal. It has no nearby neighbours and is screened from the country lane, while the front windows have one-way privacy glass. As already mentioned, the views are stunning - both from inside and out. It is located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) adjoining historic woodland with many delightful countryside walks. The location is also a Site of Scientific Interest and within the London Green Belt, ensuring as much protection for the future as possible. The property has good road links, with the M20/M26/M25/A2/A20 all within easy driving distance for access to London, the coast, major airports and Ebbsfleet International station. There are several railway stations within 2.5/3 miles and local primary schools less than 2 miles away at Vigo and Ryarsh. The vendors advise it benefits from a reliable broadband connection, making it ideal for remote working.