An outstanding five bedroom, six bathroom contemporary detached house with a constructed area in excess of 700m2 (7,500 sq ft), complete with cinema, gymnasium, entertainment room and library as well as extensive terraces, landscaped gardens and swimming pool. This impressive home, designed by award-winning Stonewood Design who have worked at the Newt, Somerset and Peter Gabriels studios, is built of Bath natural stone. Located at the top of the sought after Limpley Stoke valley, just 4.2 miles from the heart of Georgian Bath, it lies within a conservation area, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and green belt. There are glorious country views afforded from the elevated position and the property takes full advantage of the sunny, south facing aspect. Scheduled for completion in June 2021, it will benefit from a ten year structural warranty.
The Glasshouse has been designed and built for 21st century living with the emphasis on sustainability and reduced running costs. The combination of ground source heating from four 155m deep boreholes, solar photovoltaic panels producing 7+ kilowatt hours of electricity, underfloor heating, a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system and the high levels of insulation will all combine to keep energy costs to an absolute minimum. The property has also been future proofed with the installation of three-phase electricity providing the optimum solution for fast charging of electric vehicles. Integral to the main house there is a fully insulated triple garage with Rundum Meir aluminium side sliding double electric garage doors. The gardens include several mature trees, and the landscaping incorporates an attractive water feature at the front of the house and a large garden pond and a heated swimming pool measuring 9m by 4m. The property also has an open fire /barbeque area with natural stone chimney located on the south facing terrace. Access is over a private drive leading from Midford Lane to a pair of modern, fully automated, contemporary aluminium gates with stone pillars, lighting and a video entry system giving secure access to the front of the property.
A covered porch and Pirnar front door with triple glazing, LED lights and fingerprint entry open into the light and airy lobby of this high specification home, with a glazed roof light and LED strip lighting. To the left is a marble tiled powder room with the lobby opening into a very grand double height library with a five section double height glass curtain wall, built-in bookshelves, wine storage and a Zakuna staircase incorporated within a 12m high open stairwell backed in natural stone. The glazed balustrade, open design and oak treads individually lit with LED lighting is one of the many attractive, contemporary features of the property. Zakuna, soft close, solid oak interior doors with magnetic latches are incorporated throughout the house. There is oak chevron flooring on the ground floor. To the right of the library, two open walkways to each side of the staircase lead to the 16m x 7m (50ft x 23 ft) entertainment area with built-in bar, space for a full-size snooker table or similar, piano and seating area overlooking a feature wall with built-in alcoves for a large flat screen TV, sound bar, inset fire and books etc. The ceiling features two large inset trays with RGB lighting. Six sliding doors can be opened to give unhindered access to the extensive terracing, pool and gardens. A matching glass curtain wall opposite gives views to the rear of the property including a Japanese Zen garden and lit water feature with fountains. This impressive room leads into a high specification kitchen/dining area which has tri-opening doors out to the south facing terrace and garden.
The kitchen is designed for the serious chef with three Gaggenau ovens, including microwave and steam, Gaggenau coffee machine, four Gaggenau warming drawers, Gaggenau dishwasher, separate Siemens tall fridge and tall freezer, stainless undersink with Quooker Cube tap providing boiling, chilled and sparkling water, Bora induction hob and downdraught extraction, full height Caple wine cooler, an island unit with seating for six and a dining area large enough to seat 14. White Silestone and dark quartz worktops compliment the Siematic units. A very spacious utility room with a variety of units, sink and space for a washer and dryer leads from the kitchen, and a separate boot room with cupboards and sitting area has direct access to the garage and fully glazed doors accessing the garden to the west and driveway to the east with a further storage room. The spacious family room with split level ceiling is accessed from the library down three open steps and includes an impressive, double height stone clad chimney with insets for TV and electric fire and double and triple sliding doors can be opened to provide open access to the lower terrace, garden and pool.
The lower ground floor is accessed via the library down an open staircase and leads to a gymnasium with double sliding doors to a terrace and steps leading up to the pool and gardens, a dedicated home cinema room, a large shower room, store room and the plant room which houses the pool equipment and is the hub for the electrics, MVHR, heating system, telecommunications and solar PV control.
On the first floor are three double bedrooms, two with en suite shower rooms and the third with full bathroom. Each bedroom has fitted wardrobes, RGB lighting and access to a large (15m x 3m) south facing balcony.
On the upper first floor the luxurious principal suite includes a dressing room with open wardrobes, a dramatic en suite bathroom with walk-in shower with sitting area, free standing bath, vanity with twin sinks, toilet and heated towel rail. From the main bedroom area sliding glass doors open on to a large, covered balcony with extensive views over the surrounding countryside and the distant Westbury White Horse and Salisbury Plain.
On the same level and adjacent to the principal suite is the guest suite with shower room.
The five bathrooms, powder room and shower room all have heated towel rails, hanging toilets with concealed cisterns and vanity units.
The house has been meticulously designed and built to enable the owners to enjoy a luxurious and stylish lifestyle with enhanced smart technology to remotely control blinds and curtains, lighting, heating, security and equipment. Cat 6 wiring has been incorporated throughout the property.
The Glasshouse is located adjacent to the charming villages of Limpley Stoke and Freshford and just 0.8 miles from the well regarded Freshford primary school. The Freshford Inn is extremely popular and is renowned for its fine food and ales and the local well stocked community shop, coffee shop and post office are popular with residents. The active local community offers a variety of clubs and the tennis club based at Browns Field in Freshford and the Freshford Football team caters for all age groups. Communication links are excellent, with trains to Bath, Bristol, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge and Frome from Freshford railway station (1 mile away). The mainline station at Bath Spa gives direct access to London Paddington in less than ninety minutes. There are numerous country walks with the Avon and Kennett canal close at hand. Excellent private schools are nearby including Monkton, Prior Park, Paragon, King Edwards, Royal High and Kingswood.
In Bradford on Avon (5.6 miles) there are several good pubs and restaurants including the stylish Bunch of Grapes, antique shops, and a Sainsburys supermarket, a library, and swimming pool. There is a cycle path along the former railway line in the neighbouring village of Midford, and many lovely canal and country walks. The world heritage centre of Bath is 4.8 miles away with its outstanding architecture and cultural significance as well as many galleries, museums and theatres, the Thermae Spa and an excellent selection of restaurants and wine bars.
The Glasshouse provides a unique opportunity to own a modern, spacious, contemporary family home built to a high specification in an idyllic location.