Fancy living somewhere a little different? This former reservoir underground house in Sidmouth, Devon could be for you.
Yes, circular and underground. I rarely see one of those selling points, never mind two in the same house.
But that’s what you get in this place, which has been offered for sale (at a higher price) a few years ago and has been offered up for rental in the past too. In fact, the rental listing is still there, so perhaps that still stands as well.
Whether you rent or buy, this is the same house, one that was built by a retired couple Ann Hardy and Rob Lester around a decade or so back, using the basis of a former water-storage tank to create the circular living space. Yes, this was very ‘Grand Designs’.
As the reservoir was hidden away underground, so is this house. Ok, it isn’t underground as in below ground level, but it sits in the raised and covered space formerly housed by the reservoir, blending into the surroundings.
The real ‘wow’ factor of this one is the image you see from above, with the ‘keyhole’ of living space exposed amongst all the greenery.
Of course, light is required in this place and that central atrium provides it. All the rooms look out into the central space, which is apparently something of a sun trap.
Boosting the light and space further are double height ceilings and of course, the walls of glass looking out into the atrium, with the layout of the house generally being open-plan, flowing around the curves from room to the next.
The finish is pretty much as you would expect. Clean, modern and bright. Everything you would associate with a contemporary build and enough of a blank canvas to be versatile for the future owner.
In terms of the living space, an entrance door leads to the reception hall, with access to the double garage and utility/store room. An inner hall has a spiral staircase rot the first floor with galleried landing and storage, leading on to the living room.
That living room has views over the central atrium and is overlooked by galleried landing. Beyond that is a family room, again overlooking the atrium, a kitchen/dining room, the kitchen being the kind of high-end space you would expect of a place like this. French doors take you into the central atrium and an additional door goes to study/activity room. The room, which could also be a ground floor bedroom, has a door to the outside space and an en-suite bathroom.
From the landing, you access bedroom one with access to the outside decking area, a shower room and a dressing room. Beyond that are three more bedrooms and an office that is effectively a further bedroom if you need it. Space is in abundance here. A shower room finishes things off.
As for the outside space, you get a shared driveway, a brick paved parking area and access to the double garage. A good-sized plot too, with trees, grass and timber decking if you want to go outside. If you go a little further, you are not far from the coast either.
Alternatively, if you want to stay inside, that central atrium has a raised pond, covered barbecue area with power points and a garden store. There is feature floor lighting as well. Basically, it’s a great place to hang out.
£950,000 is the guide price.
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