For £1.65M, This English Home With an Attached Greenhouse and Walled Garden Could Be Yours

The seven-bedroom residence features a double-height conservatory, skylight-lined hallways, and multiple green roof terraces.
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Property Details:  

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England

Price: £1,650,000

Architect: Allan Joyce Architects  

Footprint: 4,593 square feet (seven bedrooms, four baths)

From the agent: "Set within a secret Georgian walled garden and its beautifully landscaped grounds of around half an acre, this superb seven-bedroom house of over 4,580 square feet is located in the sought-after hamlet of Westhorpe. Designed with high energy efficiency in mind, the internal living space is partially earth-sheltered to conserve its heat and energy, with double-height glass walls and ceilings inviting an excellent quality of natural light and solar collection. Positioned on the southwesterly edge of Southwell town, the location offers easy access to the surrounding open countryside and good connections to Nottingham, which lies just 18 miles to the south."

Award-winning Nottingham firm Allan Joyce Architects collaborated with the homeowners and a landscape architect to design the Garden House in the Westhorpe hamlet of Southwell, an old market town in Nottinghamshire, England.

The seven-bedroom home is set within a Georgian-style walled garden planted with perennials and deciduous trees. "With the southerly side of the house constructed almost entirely of double-height, oak-framed glass walls, there is exceptional natural light throughout and a seamless visual relationship with the gardens," says the listing agent.

"A secluded entrance gives a sense of secrecy, with little of the house revealed from the walled courtyard," says the listing agent. "A private driveway leads to a sheltered carport, which is available for several vehicles to park adjacent to the house."

The ground floor comprises the living and dining areas, where solid oak floors run throughout. "The living room is a warm and welcoming space, with a log-burning stove at the heart of the room and painted-white brick walls," says the listing agent. 

"The kitchen feels open and sociable, with bespoke cabinetry and freestanding worktops," says the listing agent. "A timber wine rack above the kitchen cupboards doubles as a staircase, which leads up to the herb garden on the roof, with views to open fields over the Georgian walls."

Six of the home’s seven soundproofed bedrooms are positioned along a hallway on the lower ground level. "A pitched glass ceiling allows dramatic shards of light to penetrate the lower floor, complete with handcrafted timber hatches that can shutter off the light or preserve heat in the winter."

A staircase capped with large skylights leads to a guest bedroom and workshop/office.

Hardwood floors continue into the guest bedroom on the top floor.

"At the south side of the house, the double-height conservatory provides a seamless transition between the house and the gardens," says the listing agent.

Tall glass doors at one side of the living room open directly onto the roof garden.

Another set of glass doors connects the main living area to the upper conservatory.

The exceptional gardens, developed over 20 years, include "deep, dense borders of herbaceous perennials lined with yew and box hedging," says the listing agent. "Wavering grasses, swathes of wild meadow planting and ponds create a verdant haven for wildlife, and an extraordinarily productive vegetable plot and chickens offer great scope for self-sufficiency."

"Careful interior planning and indoor planting merge the interior and exterior spaces, with platforms strategically positioned to enjoy the views fully," says the listing agent. "There is also the benefit of a heat recovery system and rainwater harvesting."

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