Contemporary country living
Somerset may be stuffed with characterful period properties but it's these ultra modern, thermo-efficient Cubis houses in Bruton that have caught our eye
Cubis Bruton is a unique development of 56 energy efficient houses (28 houses in phase 1 and a further 28 to follow) on Cuckoo Hill in Bruton. Designed by Mark Merer, well-known for his land art works which combine architecture, landscape and sculpture, the collection of three and four bed houses – detached, semi-detached and terraced – have differing design and internal layouts, with timber cladding and natural stone and some are cantilevered with shady spaces below.
I’ve just had a nose round the big daddy, a four bed detached house with a dramatic sloping sedum roof. My only question is how soon can I move in?
Everything about this house is generous. The entrance is huge, the staircase wide, ceilings are high and the finish is superb.
The open plan kitchen/dining area has sleek fitted cupboards, smart oven, convection hob and a fridge-freezer ready and waiting for you to fill with your Waitrose delivery (or Lidl shop). With a large utility room just off to one end, there’s no need to have ever washing up or washing on view.
At the other end of the same space, a dining and sitting area with triple aspect windows/doors, is filled with light. They’re triple glazed, so along with the underfloor heating and extra thick walls, the house is thermo-efficient, so warm, cheap to run – and super quiet.
Very Grand Designs, a clever mechanical ventilation heat recovery system provides a constant supply of fresh filtered air and maintains the temperature. Monitor energy levels with a smart meter, lighting is all LED and of course, there’s superfast fibre optic broadband.
It’s all about flexible living here. So there’s another large living room – watch a movie, hang out with friends – with a wall of bi-fold doors opening out onto the terrace and a large downstairs bedroom with an en suite which would be great for guests, used as as home office or for one very lucky teen.
Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms, with half the space devoted to a spectacular main suite with sloping ceiling. Nice.
A walk-in wardrobe is fitted with hanging space/cupboards down the length. There’s a rainfall shower in the en suite.
Coffee and croissants out on your balcony? Looks like there’s room for everyone.
The second (opening onto the balcony) and third bedroom (with views to the hills) and family bathroom are all spacious.
The garden’s compact but cleverly planted up by a well-known local garden designer and you’ve got miles and miles of glorious Somerset countryside to explore right outside your door.
Got wheels? There’s space for a couple of cars and an electric car charging point, too.
You’re a 15-minute walk down into the centre of super cool Bruton – international art gallery Hauser & Wirth, Roth Bar and Grill, new Michelin-chef restaurant Osip, stylish independent shops like Caro and Rose & Lyon – plus post office, food shops, pharmacy, GP, vet, garage and library. A ‘Good’ state primary school, two excellent private schools, the co-ed King’s Bruton (the Queen just paid a visit to celebrate their 500th birthday) and Bruton School for Girls 3 –18. State day and boarding school Sexey’s has been having some issues but is now on the up. Frome’s independent shops, galleries, restaurant, art centre, huge monthly designer-maker-foodie market is about 10 mins drive. Bath is about 45 mins drive. The railway station has direct trains to Paddington, Bath and Bristol. The A303 (London – Cornwall) is about 15 mins away.
Want to have a gander? The show home is open Thurs – Mon, 10am until 5pm, call on 07712 526442 – or click here!