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Designer home in a village location

It is rare to find a house that combines idyllic position, design flair and attention to detail – this does.  The feel is bright and crisp at Orchard House; this is the outcome of the 2010 collaboration between owners Sheila & Keith and designer, David.  They commissioned local architect David Gomersall to create a house that would make the most of a sloping site, on a rural plot in the heart of the village.  Although used to visualising for Zaha Hadid, David’s own designs combine environmental concerns with a distinctive and modern style.  Sheila’s eye for light, colour and movement informs her work as a glass artist and is reflected in the overall concept and the details; ”waves and movement informs my designs and I wanted the same in our home.”  Keith’s practice as a psychologist is shown in the balance and harmony of the house and grounds; “I wanted a house where the boundary between the outside and inside is merged.”  The end result is a stunning property incorporating a wonderful array of ash, Douglas fir and beech fixtures. Reluctantly selling due to their daughter’s ill health, the house provides a unique opportunity for buyers.

Situated in the popular village of Hanwood, less than four miles from Shrewsbury, four bedroom Orchard House commands an enviable location beside the Rea Brook and hence comes complete with fishing rights. Agent, Clemmie Radcliffe, of Balfours Property Professionals acknowledges: “This is a one off with real wow factor for anyone seeking something fresh and contemporary.” The highly flexible accommodation includes a master room with en-suite bath/shower and dressing area, two further bedrooms one of which opens to become a reading area. A fourth bedroom can be found on the lower floor, where it is equally suited as a study or entertainment room.

The lower floor provides a spacious living area; the splendid kitchen is integrated with the large sitting area and dining room with wood-burner and underfloor heating. Clever full height glazing and bi-fold doors create the versatile and superb sunroom and reception hall.  David describes how a “fine balance is played between the large windows facing south for passive solar gain and the restriction of light and excessive heat in the summer. The same can be said for views internally and into the garden and beyond, starting off with snippets and introductions and culminating in large sheets of glazing and vista from the sunroom.”

 Additional living space can be found within the double garage currently used as a studio with wood burner.  Garden sheds, greenhouse and kitchen garden complete the package.

Clemmie adds: “Hanwood has wonderful village facilities, from post office, to primary school, shop and church.” Orchard House is on the market with a guide price of £550,000 for more information call Clemmie on 01743 353511 or visit

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