Situated on a stunning site with its own natural spring supply and woodland, the agenda was to create a low energy sustainable dwelling, utilising natural renewable sources.


The open plan living accommodation is on the first floor including an evening winter snug and study. The bedrooms are on the lower level, dug into the bank, utilising ground warmth.


Gentle curved glulam beams form the roof structure which is covered with Sedum. There is a ground source heat pump that utilises two bore holes, natural spring water, warm-cell recycled newspaper insulation, and rain water harvesting off the roofs.


  • Short listed at the Homebuilding & Revnovating Awards 2009: the Grand Designs effect


” We are still pinching ourselves to make sure it’s real, this fabulous place. I hope we that we will always feel privileged to be here and never lose the thrill we are experiencing now. It is an extraordinary home”

Andrew and Lucy Milne, Owlpen

Designed by George Batterham, Bernardo Mori

Built by HB Lewis & Sons Ltd