Best Eco-Homes On The Market Right Now

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Wildflowers on the roof? Solar-powered swimming pools? You name it, these eco-homes have got it. Not only are they designed to have a low impact on the environment – they’re also luxurious modern homes that will help you get back to nature. So if you’re looking to live a little greener, look no further: these are best eco-homes on the market right now.

Best Eco-Homes on the Market

Richmond, London

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Positioned within a gated garden at the top of Richmond Hill sits this stunning modern eco-home. Inside, the double height ceilings and plethora of windows ensure the property is flooded with light, while also giving it an art gallery feel. Alongside its cool modern interior, it uses low energy, and boasts solar panels, ground source heat pumps and efficient insulation – making this an ideal home for those with a green conscience. Available through Hamptons for £5,950,000

Skyfall, Taplow, Buckinghamshire

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Go totally carbon free in this Buckinghamshire build. Boasting the latest high tech sustainability hardware – a Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage System – along with solar panels, Skyfall is that holy grail of eco-homes: one that can be lived in without impacting the environment at all. Inside is the height of cool; cavernous double height corridors, stylish open plan living spaces, a suspended staircase and glass doors framing the countryside beyond. And with a cinema, gym, and underfloor heating, there’s no doubt that this home is as luxurious as it is sustainable. Available through Knight Frank for £4,000,000

Las Rozas, North West Madrid, Spain

This house isn’t just eco-friendly – it’s an ecosystem unto itself. Situated just north of Madrid in the bustling town of Las Rozas, the Spanish mansion is teeming the verdant plant life. There are botanical gardens full of birds and vegetation, an artificial river surrounding the property and great greenhouse style rooms patterned with Tunisian mosaics. Inside is positively palatial, with suite style bedrooms, sprawling drawing rooms and a winter kitchen with Carrera marble walls. If all that luxury makes it difficult to believe you’re helping the environment, don’t worry – the pool is heated by solar panels, and there are fruit trees and wild strawberry fields to make sure you’re eating local. Available through Sothebys International Realty for €4,950,000

Rapallo, Liguria, Italy

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Who said luxury had to cost the earth? This enviable four-bedroom villa designed by architect Stefano Ghini has beautiful open plan living spaces that flow out into the garden, and a pool from which you can gaze down over Portofino and the Italian Riviera. It’s also kitted out with solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, triple glazing and low energy lighting. All this equipment does more than just reduce your impact on the planet – it also reduces the impact on your pocket, as it means the house has no hot water or electricity bills. How’s that for green? Available through Savills for €2,200,000

Pine Trees, Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Get back to nature without hurting nature in this Shropshire home. Designed to blend into the forest, the house is built into a hill with the ground floor bathrooms hewn out of rock. Up steep wooden stairs you’ll find the living space – three comfortable bedrooms, cosy living rooms with exposed brick fireplaces and wood clad interiors that bring the forest outside inside. There’s solar panels on the roof and energy saving underfloor heating, as well as double glazed concertina sliding doors. Most impressive of all though is the wooden balcony, from which you almost feel as if you are sat in a treehouse. Available through Knight Frank for £645,000

Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds

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Looking for a sustainable holiday home? Look no further. The brainchild of eco-home experts Habitat First, Lower Mill Estate is a modern country estate nestled on the shores of the Cotswolds water park. Through natural materials and eco-friendly architecture, their aim is to make every home as sustainable as possible. There are an array of gorgeous designs to choose from, but our favourite is the Habitat House which – with it’s distinctive wildflower sloping roof – looks like a 21st century Hobbit hole, and blends seamlessly with the surrounding environment. A green home for a green future. Available through Lower Mill Estate, price on enquiry.

The Thatched Cottage, Chipping Norton

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Being sustainable doesn’t always mean being at the cutting edge of modern technology. Believe it or not, one of the most sustainable features a home can have is a good old thatched roof. The materials are locally sourced, biodegradable and a fantastic source of insulation. And with houses like this one in the Cotswolds, you can have all the quaint charm of a cottage with comfortable modern living. There’s wooden beamed living rooms, stone fireplaces, but also a bespoke fitted kitchen which looks out through double French doors to the grounds beyond, and a light drenched master bedroom with a Juliet balcony. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, we’ve got more thatched cottages in our round up hereAvailable through The Country House Department for £850,000 SOLD

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