The owners set out to create one of the UK’s most energy efficient homes, but in a traditional style that would blend into the rural environment. What they have achieved is a wonderful family home with generous rooms which flow effortlessly and engage with the outside space. The attention to detail is exceptional and enhances the beautiful balance of contemporary and traditional styles.
Built in 2012, the property was designed to prevent the loss of heat, with exceptional thermal insulation in the walls, roof and basement, triple glazed windows and very high airtightness to prevent drafts. A twin-wall timber frame construction is the structural element of the property, with external traditional brickwork and rendered walls, with clay tiles present a very traditional looking home. With a minimal loss of heat, a woodburning stove provides heat and hot water in the winter and solar thermal panels the hot water in the summer months.
The gabled porch opens into the generous reception hall with a cloakroom and beautifully handcrafted staircase to the first floor and basement levels. The triple aspect kitchen/dining/living room is a masterpiece and delivers a stunning family living space with bi-fold doors out on to the terrace. The kitchen area is beautifully equipped and finished in grey with contrasting granite work surfaces together with integrated appliances. The essential utility/laundry room provides additional storage. The sitting room is a very comfortable room with a fire place and small gas stove.
The basement level has light wells allowing natural light and air into this amazing space. The principal family/living space is multi-functional and will naturally evolve as the family grows up. In addition there is a wine store, WC/shower room and a plant room, together with an access to an external staircase.
On the first floor there is a generous landing leading to the four double bedrooms. The main bedroom is a stunning triple aspect room with vaulted ceiling, a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden and countryside beyond, together with an en suite. The guest bedroom again has a vaulted ceiling and en suite shower room. The two further double bedrooms are served by a family bathroom.
The property is approached via double five bar gates leading a wide gravel driveway providing plenty of parking. Steps lead down to a paved area which run round to the rear of the house and a lovely terrace under a pergola. The gardens are laid predominantly to lawn with flowering bushes and shrubs, timber garden sheds and a productive vegetable plot. The gardens extend to an acre in total and enjoy a fabulous outlook from every corner.
Highfield occupies an enviable position adjacent to open fields in a quiet country lane connecting the villages of Cholesbury and Buckland Common with outstanding views. This much sought after area of the Chilterns is perfectly located with easy access to main arterial routes and a choice of stations with services into either Euston, Marylebone or Baker Street. The neighbouring market towns and villages offer an excellent variety of shops and recreational facilities.
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