Best Eco-Homes On The Market Right Now
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
Woozels Hall, Broad Oak, East Sussex
One of the main ways houses promote sustainability is by cutting down on the amount of oil-guzzling central heating they’ll need. Insulation is the name of the game – and Woozels Hall is a masterclass in it. The walls, floors and ceilings are insulated, and the full length glass windows – essential for maximising natural light and framing the stunning views of the surrounding countryside – are double glazed. There’s also a highly efficient heating system, an air source heat pump and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery to regulate the temperature. Add to that the LED lighting, and you’ve got yourself a magnificently modern family home with eco-credentials to boot. Available through Hamptons for £2,650,000
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
Pinewood Lodge, South Brent, Devon
Dartmoor is one of the UK’s most iconic natural landscapes, and this contemporary home will allow you to explore it without destroying it. With it’s own bore hole, biomass boiler, solar panels and air source pump, the house’s energy usage is kept down to a bare minimum. This is doubly impressive when you consider what a luxury home it is. Ten bedrooms, floor to ceiling windows, a luxury terrace and a sunken hot tub make this a enviably cool place to hang out and entertain guests guilt free. Available through Knight Frank for £1,995,000
Ossicles is a house that looks to blend in with the landscape rather than blight it. Not only is it architecturally designed with a curving roof that rolls with the surrounding hills, but it also features solar panels and a water softener to reduce your carbon footprint and impact on the earth. You’ll also notice upon walking into the vaulted glass lobby (complete with glass walkway and suspended study above) that this house has a phenomenal feeling of light and space. Aside from making it a lovely, airy family home, the glass walls and open plan set up minimise the energy you’ll have to use to light this house. Green ticks all around. Available through Knight Frank for £2,750,000
Rapallo, Liguria, Italy
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
Melrose Road, Wimbledon
Looking to keep your emissions down? Consider building down. ‘Iceberg homes’ – where the majority of the house is underground – are fantastically insulated and less visually disruptive to the environment. This fine example in Wimbledon proves that you don’t have to up sticks to the countryside to live more green. Arranged over two floors with a cavernous central atrium, five comfortable bedrooms, a home gym and a sunken atrium it’s a luxurious family home. As well as being underground it also has solar panels and a green roof which filter CO2 from the air and convert it into oxygen. There’s even an electric vehicle charge point so you can zip into central London without pumping out air pollution. Available through Knight Frank for £2,350,000
Skyfall, Taplow, Buckinghamshire
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
The Thatched Cottage, Chipping Norton
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 here. Available through The Country House Department for £850,000
Pine Trees, Church Stretton, Shropshire
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
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.
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