An outstanding and rare opportunity to create a very distinctive Eco House located in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on a site of about 3 acres commanding country views.
The site extends to about 3 acres and is accessed over a long driveway from the lane. It has no visible neighbours and takes advantage of some superb far-reaching easterly views over the valley towards Dumpdon Hill.
Planning permission was granted in 2008 for a more conventional style of property, however construction didn't get any further than the ground floor slab. Plans were then passed in 2016 for the current design, as well as the potential addition of a detached home office. For more information, please visit the Planning Portal on the East Devon District Council website - eastdevon.gov.uk/planning/, quoting the references: House - 08/2670/FUL, Variation - 16/0673/VAR, Home Office - 16/0756/FUL.
The proposed residence, Sintrendel, offers an exceptionally rare opportunity to create an outstanding statement of contemporary design and a property of great architectural and environmental distinction.
The current and radical design of the replacement dwelling is in the form of a 'solar hemicycle', which uses passive solar gain and its main source of heating input. It is arranged in a part-circular fashion (hence hemicycle) and Sintrendel means 'round or circular' in Anglo Saxon. This type of design was first thought up by the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture.
Carden King Architects have further evolved this sustainable concept where the heat of the sun is harvested and stored within the structure of the building before dissipating throughout the house, thus heating without the cost or use of fossil fuels. It therefore receives a Predicted Energy Performance Certificate (PEPC) of 'A', for both Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impact.
The current design is for a residence of some 2900sqft which has principally local 'chert' fieldstone and Douglas Fir clad elevations, with the extensive use of triple glazing for the solar gain. The accommodation has an open design with the galleried living room opening onto the terrace which will gain stunning views over the valley. There are other notable features such as the impressive circular kitchen/dining room, as well as a ground floor bedroom suite. To the first floor there are three further bedrooms, two of which have balconies, and an en-suite and family shower room.
Sintrendel is located in an elevated position in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sits amongst some of East Devon's most picturesque rolling countryside, over which the plot has wonderful views. Combe Raleigh itself is a small village which has the pretty Parish Church of St Nicholas and is conveniently located, being only a 1 mile or so from the busy market town of Honiton. Honiton has a wide range of shops, sporting and leisure facilities, and main line rail link to London (Waterloo).
The Cathedral City of Exeter is about 22 miles to the west and has an excellent shopping centre, theatres, main line express rail link to London (Paddington and Waterloo), M5 access and international airport. The M5 can also be accessed at Taunton, the County Town of Somerset, which also has a very good shopping centre, and lies some 17 miles to the north.
The World Heritage Jurassic Coastline at Lyme Bay is about 14 miles to the south where there are stunning country and coastal walks including the South West Peninsular Coastal Path, which runs over this dramatic and picturesque stretch of coastline. Sidmouth, East Devon's premier coastal resort is a popular draw for tourists and is renowned for its beautiful Regency front and esplanade, as well as having an excellent range of independent retailers. Colyton Grammar School, one of England's top mixed state schools, is approximately 14 miles away.
From Honiton High Street proceed in an easterly direction straight over the mini-roundabout following the signs to the A30. Proceed over the bridge (over the A30), turning left signposted Dunkeswell. Continue on this road for about 3 miles turning left and then immediately left again (almost back on yourself) at Limers Cross. The gateway to Sintrendel will be found after about 200 yards on your left hand side.