Fancy getting your hands on a unique architectural gem? Three homes – all of which have featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs – have come up for sale.
Channel 4’s Grand Designs has showcased a captivating range of property builds and conversions since first hitting our screens back in 1999 – and the blood, sweat and tears that go into each typically mean they are built as ‘forever homes’.
That’s why we raised an eyebrow when we spotted that not one, but three homes that have featured on the series, are all on the market at the same time.
So, if you want to own a one-of-a-kind home without the stresses of over-spending, bad weather and full-time project management – here’s your chance.
Property One: Water tower conversion
Location: Rolvenden, Cranbrook, Kent
When featured? 2006 (series 6, episode 4)
On the market for: £875,000
This home in Kent (pictured above) was the second of three water tower conversions to feature on Grand Designs. Presenter, Kevin McCloud described the tower as an ‘ugly brute’ when he first saw the building in 2005, but after its conversion called it, ‘very striking’ and ‘extraordinary’.
The concrete tower was originally designed by famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens to supply water for Great Maytham Hall – and 90 years later the abandoned structure was given a second chance.
The building was bought into the 21st century with a timber-framed extension that was covered in zinc and filled with enormous windows that maximise the spectacular countryside views.
Along with its three double bedrooms – one of which is en suite – you’ll find an open plan kitchen, living and dining area, family bathroom, utility room and cloakroom.
Outside, its 1.4 acres of land incorporates a double garage, vegetable garden and orchard with no less than 28 fruit trees.
Interested? Get in touch with Hunters, the agents handling the sale.
Property two: The Perfectionist’s Bungalow
Location: Colgate, Horsham, West Sussex
When featured? 2015 (series 16, episode 1)
On the market for: £3,750,000
This vast and minimalist single-storey home (above) wouldn’t look out of place in the hills of Los Angeles. In reality, it sits in a secluded wooded glade a few miles from the market town of Horsham.
The perfectionist owner that commissioned the five-bedroom house opted for 21-century steel, porcelain, granite and glass as the main building materials.
Despite being such an immense building, it is very precisely divided into distinct living spaces.
The main hub of the house is a living area that McCloud remarked was, ‘large enough to park four fire engines in’.
There’s a wing for four bedrooms – all of which have en suite bathrooms – and sliding glazed doors that open out onto a terrace and swimming pool.
The other wing of the house contains a guest bedroom and health suite with a gym and sauna.
When McCloud first visited the site in 2014, he raised concerns that it would resemble a, ‘museum or public building’. But on completion he described the build as, ‘modernist architecture at the top of its game’.
If you agree and can stump up the £3.75m asking price, contact Hamptons International.
Property three: The Newport Folly
Location: Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
When featured? 2009 (series 9, episode 3)
On the market for: £1,950,000
This 1720s Grade II-listed hunting lodge and tower has been on and off the market since 2015.
The property (above) featured on the show in 2009, but the painstaking process of renovating the building and adding a contemporary extension began two years earlier.
Post-refurbishment, the original tower now contains a hidden library/cinema room on the ground floor, a master suite complete with dressing room, on the first floor and two further bedrooms with en suite bathrooms on the second floor.
Within the glass extension is a vast open-plan kitchen, dining and family room, play room and further two bedrooms with en suites.
A roof terrace offers breath-taking views of the Vale of Usk, and – on a clear day – to as far as the Bristol Chanel. Outbuildings, set in 24 acres, include stables and a swimming pool.
McCloud said the property was ‘first class’ and ‘feels like a proper castle’.
Fancy yourself as the king or queen? Get in touch with Fine & Country.