Mod­ern mas­ter­piece that’s still ahead of the rest, 10 years on

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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.”

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