Designed by architects Eades Hotwani Wilkinson and completed in 2010, Four Winds is a testament to all the best aspects of contemporary architectural design providing almost 4000 sq ft of open plan and flexible living accommodation set in stunning surroundings. The house is flooded with natural light from all angles with large windows and walls of glass doors overlooking the beautiful and extensive gardens which back onto rural farmland. The house is highly individual and unique being arranged over three levels yet is practical for modern day family living.
Accommodation includes a fantastic master bedroom suite to the first floor which incorporates floor to ceiling glazing giving wonderful views as well as a large decked terrace perfect for drinks of a warm evening. The master suite is generous in proportions and also includes a large dressing area, freestanding bath and separate wet room area. There are a further four bedrooms, of which the guest bedroom is ensuite, a family bathroom and a separate wet room.
The kitchen/ living/ dining room space flows seamlessly and again features floor to ceiling glazing and sliding doors meaning the whole area can be opened up to the outside on warmer days. The kitchen has been fitted with Bulthaup units which complement the polished concrete flooring which runs throughout this area and for most of the house. The lower ground floor has been designed with further flexibility in mind and incorporates a large reception, cloakroom, 2nd kitchen/utility and store, all with separate access to outside. The lower ground floor is a cavernous space currently used as storage.
The house is approached through electric gates where the gravelled drive leads to the subterranean double garage which lies to the side of the house. There is also ample parking on the driveway for numerous vehicles. The house is position to the front of the 5.5 acre plot which was formerly an organic fruit farm. The plot backs on to rural farmland and consists areas of lawn, wildflower meadow and lightly wooded areas populated by mature trees. To the top of the site the owners have created a mown area of lawn perfect for evening drinks or bbq given the elevated and far reaching views across the valley to the Gaddesden Estate. There are a number of areas to enjoy including the decked patio to the rear of the house which is a real sun trap and given its position off the dining room furthers a perfect space for entertaining. The land could also be used for equestrian pursuits subject to the necessary consents.
Much work has gone into making the house as energy efficient and sustainable as possible including extensive insulation and ground source heat pump which powers the house. There are also sedum roofs, and a rainwater harvesting system