Property Flirt – and I’m in *totally* gagging for this one!
Oh. My. God. This jaw-dropper of a house is only about 5 miles from Muddy HQ – kind of like gawping at Buckingham Palace from a Hackney bedsit. This place is the real deal, an award winning, contemporary home sitting in 9½ acres of woodland. Designed by architect Niall McLaughlin, it was built in 2000/2001 and in the following year was winner of a coveted Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award.
Its steel glass and timber pays homage to the architecture of Mies Van der Rohe, and has been described by RIBA as ‘a series of unfolding spaces’. It’s described by Muddy Stilettos as ‘hot to trot’ but *shrug* somehow I don’t get quoted in the national press.
Shall we take a sneaky peeky and then I’ll give you some clues?
The house is based high in the Chinnor hills, bang in the Chilterns – roughly 5 miles from Princes Risborough and its train line, and 4.5 miles from the M40. It has 4 bedrooms, 2, reception rooms, 4 bath/shower rooms (greedy!) and the sleekest, coolest infinity swimming pool I’ve seen in a long time.
‘Tell us more, dear Hero!’ you cry. (Er, no I mean it, ask me).
Well, if you insist. The house is entered on the first floor via a bridge onto a large deck with breathtaking views across the Oxfordshire countryside…
Beautifully finished, there are superflash touches including cedar decking and wooden floors hand crafted from beech trees taken from the property’s own woodland. There are elegant Philippe Starck bath and shower fittings, under floor heating and CCTV – because it will be fun to look at your friends jaws hitting the floor when they first visit.
Basically this house is perfection. But perfection comes at a price. Ready to guess?
Discuss with your workmates, argue with your partner, decide on your wager and fix what you think the selling price is in your head. A free box of Quality Street if you get within £50k of the price. OK, let’s find out this goddam price!