Modern masterpiece that’s still ahead of the rest, 10 years on
Mr Ludgate says: “The architect was a local man with a strong reputation for detail and traditional values, which helped us on the external appearance, but we went cutting-edge modern on the inside and many observe the house was ahead of its time and still looks like it was built only yesterday.
“My wife and I were never keen on ‘new build’ before this opportunity arose so we made a special effort to make the style unique with three-metre high ceilings, different levels throughout the house and not a carpet, cornice or elaborate architrave in sight.”
No expense was spared on the project, from the German kitchen and the hardwood iroko windows to the Spanish limestone floors to the heat recovery ventilation system.
The space inside is flexible and can accommodate eight bedrooms and six reception rooms. There is also a 1,000 sq ft self-contained annexe.
The entrance hall rises to a gallering landing and on the ground floor there is an open plan dining kitchen with a Gaggenau wok burner and barbeque grill along with many other integrated appliances.
There are double doors onto the family room and into the pool room.
The garden room has an “endless” swimming pool, which was imported from America and which allows you to swim against a current for fitness.
A sitting room offers a peaceful retreat with views over the garden. The morning room is used as a games room and there is a home office.
On the first floor, there is a master suite with en-suite bathroom and his and hers dressing rooms.
There are three more double bedrooms, one with an en-suite and all boasting dressing rooms and a house bathroom.
The annexe has dual access from the main house and its own separate entrance.
Outside, there is a triple garage and workshop along with twothirds of an acre grounds and parking for three cars.
“We are selling to downsize now our children have grown up,” says Mr Ludgate,”but we are going to build this house again only smaller, which is very exciting.”