Can dreams come true? Yes if you have £2.5million to spare to buy one of the most expensive new builds in Cambridgeshire. Report by ANGELA SINGER. It s a pity that Huntingdon Town or St Ives Town football clubs are not in the Premiership because this is
Can dreams come true? Yes if you have £2.5million to spare to buy one of the most expensive new builds in Cambridgeshire. Report by ANGELA SINGER.
It's a pity that Huntingdon Town or St Ives Town football clubs are not in the Premiership because this is the kind of house you need to be a footballer and his wife to afford.
Curious to see what you can get for £2.5million these days, I went to see a brand new house, sitting in an acre of garden, leading down to the river in Hemingford Abbots.
As is the increasing case nowadays, the builder does not buy plots, he "acquires" houses on plots, then knocks the house down and builds a no-expense-spared new abode.
This can make it a bit awkward when he is looking around potential plots. He has to pretend to like avocado baths and the proudly shown-off cocktail bars. He once said to a vendor that he didn't need to go inside. The outside was all he needed to see.
They were so upset, they refused to sell him the house. So now he goes round like the rest of us telling them it's lovely.
Knock down and build again means you can have a brand new house in an established garden. To blend the house in with its environment, the roof tiles of Sirius House will be handmade of clay.
When it is put in, the staircase will be solid oak, handmade. It will go both ways up from the grand hall - so you can act out your own scene from Gone With the Wind.
There will be a glass dome in the roof which means that once you come down the staircase, you can look up to the sky as Scarlet did (only from the comfort of indoors) and say that famous line: "I'll never be hungry again."
Leading from the hall is a gigantic study measuring 24ftx18ft with a bay window 11ft wide.
Both the drawing room at the back of the house, (29x20) and the dining room, (26x20) will have large fire places.
Three rooms at the back of house facing the garden will have French doors and in two of those, the doors will fold so that the whole wall can be opened out. The kitchen/breakfast room is 23x14 and has a suite of rooms off it: utility, linen room, store room, and a plant room.
This is not for growing seedlings as I first thought. It is where all the mains supplies will be, gas, electricity and water. There is clever elec-trickery (home automation audio and video) which means you can have television and music and computers in every room with speakers coming out of the ceiling. In the cinema room, a screen and projector will come down from the ceiling the television will come up from the floor. There is another sitting room off the kitchen, overlooking the garden, also with folding French doors.
There will be marble floors in the entrance hall and the sitting room off the kitchen, oak floors in the study and the library, limestone in the kitchen and carpet everywhere else. All the doors will be oak.
Upstairs the bedrooms are big. The master suite has a bedroom of 29x20 with a dressing room of 18x18 a bathroom of 14x11 and a shower room with shower falling like rain from a panel in the ceiling. There are more French doors here and a Juliet balcony. All the bedrooms are "suites" with bathrooms off. There will be television screens in pretty much every room, including two of the bathrooms, underfloor heating and air conditioning.
There will also be CCTV to keep everything safe. Strangely, even though we were walking round a building site, the house already has a welcoming atmosphere. It will be a shame if the future occupants don't enjoy giving parties.