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Iping, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29

Price on application

4 Beds 3 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: MID050062


A unique architectural project of considerable scale, situated in the South Downs National Park and easily accessible from central London. An ecologically advanced home, built for 21st Century living Drawing room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Library/snug, Study, Cloakroom, Master bedroom with bathroom en suite, Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3, Bedroom 4, 2 further bathrooms, Garaging, Tool shed/studio, Tiered garden, In all about 1.2 acres The Property Robins Hill is set in the secluded Milland valley, situated within an ''area of outstanding beauty', which is now the South Downs National Park. Therefore, the planning permission, granted on appeal, for the construction of this substantial 21st century residential building is unique in the South of England. The house nestles into a sloping woodland glade surrounded by mature trees, with sumptuous views over the forest skyline to the West. Having found this outstanding location in the proximity of London, and secured planning permission, the owner formed an enthusiastic collaboration with internationally renowned, local award-winning architect Kevin Dash, keen to create a modern structure that would blend in the surrounding landscape. Dash's unique architectural concept, by arranging the accommodation in three vaulted sky-lit galleries, allows the floor levels to step up and down the slope in easy four step increments, tailoring the form of the house to the form of the land. Confining the accommodation to a single story, the roofline is kept low, ultimately blending into the forest backdrop. The aim of Robins Hill is to be a near zero carbon home, and the property has been constructed using organic and breathable materials, which improve the indoor air quality. The building is timber framed, encased with Hempcrete which regulates the temperature and humidity. The property bears as little impact on the environment as possible and is low in running costs. It presents beautifully proportioned lofty spaces, light and harmony, and integrates with the exterior natural world of trees and views. Unique Characteristics The construction of a substantial contemporary house in West Sussex, is of a special architectural significance. The location is rare, an hour and a quarter from London, in a National Park. The modern concept is contemporary architecture at its best: innovative, bold, but easy to live in, non-aggressive, respectful of the environment both aesthetically, by blending in the natural landscape, and ecologically, with a full range of eco-friendly credentials. Building Materials The criteria for sourcing the building materials were: resilience, low impact on the environment, natural breathability, insulation value, integration into the landscape and sustainability. The use of traditional materials with the benefit of modern technology and scientific knowledge. The footings are constructed with a Limecrete mixture and added re-enforcement, combining breathability with strength. The foundation is also made of Limecrete slab over a recycled foamed glass insulation layer on top of a compacted sub-base and geotextile membrane. Limecrete was chosen for ecological and sustainable reasons together with using natural materials such as Hemp and Wood Wool Boards because they use less energy in production, absorb CO2 and dissipate moisture. The wall construction is a timber frame, erected in-situ and encased in Hempcrete. The footings, foundation slabs and wall construction are well insulated, free draining. Hempcrete is carbon negative and an excellent choice for buildings aiming to achieve the highest sustainable building code levels. The qualities of Hemp insulation mean that the house remains cool in the summer and warm in the winter, without ever feeling stuffy or overheated. The walls not only breathe, they allow water vapour to pass through which helps to regulate humidity and temperature. Organic and breathable materials correctly installed bring about a healthy atmosphere and indoor air quality. The windows and large doors are all made with oiled solid oak frames and triple sheet glazing throughout ensuring a high level of insulation. The three gracious barrel-vaulted roof structures are finished in deep-green VM zinc that blends with its surroundings. Covering the connecting internal passages between each section of the roofs are triple thickness domed skylights that let light into the central areas of the house. Thick Hemp Batts finished with Hemp Panel provide superior roof insulation, as well as great acoustic quality. The vaulted ceilings are skilfully timbered throughout. Timber Cladding Local Sweet Chestnut harvested from the surrounding forest and prepared by local wood mills Timber Resources, Milland, was selected. It shows a fairly dense and varied grain with few knots, and warm light brown shades not dissimilar to oak. Sustainably sourced Chestnut is a durable timber which was air seasoned before being cut for cladding. Left untreated it produces an understated beautiful effect against the woodland backdrop. It will continue to mature with little shrinkage and visually improve as the years go by. Ground Source Heating The house is heated from 6 deep geothermal heat source collector pipes drilled 120 meters into the surrounding land. Over a mile of ''flow and return' heavy duty tubing is brought together into a large manifold below ground and fed to a heat exchanger and thermal store. Heating is then supplied to an underfloor hydroponic piped system throughout the house. This is a carefully calculated lattice of pipework fixed onto a breathable Wood Wool board insulation directly placed on top of the slab, and then encased in Lime Screed built up to floor level. The Ground Source system provides an abundant amount of warmth and hot water to the house at minimal cost. With no dependence on fossil fuels and only minimal electricity supply to power the activating pumps, the house operates as a pleasant microclimate all year round. Grounds Entrance to the Property: Adjacent to the parking area, the main entrance to the property is constructed to echo the main house. It can act as shed/storing spaces, and contains kitchenette, toilet and shower room, with the potential of being a studio. Garage: 16 x 4.6m - 73sq m (52'6" x 15'1" - 785 sq ft) Accessed from the Robins Lane bridleway, it is a vast garage housing the heating equipment, with space for several cars and other vehicles. Its roof is a terrace opening up from the kitchen-dining area. The Field and Forest Surrounding the Property: Rather than a traditional, labour intensive garden, the owner's intention is to present a nature-tamed landscape, for aesthetic, ecological and practical reasons. A pattern of wild grasses and intriguing mown paths, carefully placed rocks, a pond fed by the rain water from the house, newly planted trees, fruit trees and traditional hedgerow, set the chestnut-wood clad house into the forested hill backdrop. This landscaped field is sanctuary to an abundant variety of birds, butterflies and wild bees. The beauty about the relatively small acreage surrounding Robins Hill is that the mature forest above the house is a part of Stubbs Farm estate, which constitutes private but openly accessible woodland adjoining the property. As to the views from the front of the house - these hills and forest, which belong to Chithurst Monastery, with its many footpaths and bridleways, are also similar to having access to a private forest park free of any upkeep. And of course, Robins Hill is situated in a National Park, meaning that restrictive conditions protect it for the future. 21st Century Living A second home with a sense of freedom and closeness to nature; or a main home for work, entertaining and family life. Robins Hill can house one or several families with young children in a practical, informal way, entertain large scale parties or hold chamber concerts, but also be an intimate escape, providing inspiration and personal renewal. Although grand and spacious, Robins Hill is designed to be easy to move in and out of, unfussy, immediately comfortable and welcoming, whatever the season or weather. The property has an authenticity and wholesomeness of structure, which combines with the original perspectives and harmonious majestic proportions to provide an elegant way of living. Sliding the doors and French windows away make the airy rooms feel like outside, and vice-versa. The air filtered through the surrounding forest is fresh and restorative, source of good relaxation and sleep. This is a haven in which to escape the frenzy of London life. A dwelling which allows interplay with the Sussex landscape, fields, trees and changing skies all around, reflected in colours and light flooding indoors. A house of ample stature and contemporary architectural personality which expresses the prestige of rare creative quality. History Robins Hill lies in the parish of Iping on land, which in the 18th century was part of Stubbs Hill. One of the earliest published maps of Sussex, dating from 1795 clearly identifies the site and original dwelling but shows that it had yet to be given a name. the name ''Robins' first appears in the Tithe May Apportionment of 1842 when ''Robins Coppice' and ''Robins Field' are identified as plots 297 and 299, parts of a much larger holding belonging to a Yeoman names John Tipper. In all probability the name ''Robins' would have belonged to the tenant farmer who worked on the land during the 19th Century. The Location Robins Hill is situated in an elevated position off a quiet rural lane in the hamlet of Iping, within the South Downs National Park. The village of Milland is one mile to the North and has a village shop, public house, school and recreational grounds. Overlooking ancient woodlands, it presents stunning views of English landscape. The towns of Midhurst and Petersfield are close by and provide for most everyday needs, whilst Guildford in Surrey and the Cathedral city of Chichester, both with renowned Theatres, are within easy reach and have more extensive shopping and leisure facilities. The A3 provides fast access to London, the motorway network, Gatwick, Heathrow and Southampton airports, whilst the mainline stations at Haslemere and Petersfield provide a fast service to London Waterloo. Midhurst and the surrounding area have much to offer with Polo at Cowdray Park, racing at Goodwood and Fontwell, golf at Cowdray Park, Goodwood, Pulborough and Liphook, motor racing at the Goodwood circuit and sailing out of Chichester Harbour and other centres along the South Coast. There are many footpaths and bridleways in the area for walking and riding. By Road: London 52 miles, Midhurst 4.5 miles, Haslemere 8.5 miles, Petersfield 8.5 miles, Chichester 16.5 miles By Rail: Haslemere to London Waterloo from 49 minutes, Petersfield to London Waterloo from 63 minutes Services: We have been advised by our client that the property has mains drainage, water and electricity. None of the services have been tested. Fixtures, Fittings & Garden Statuary: Only such items as are mentioned in these particulars are included in the sale. Others may be available under separate negotiation with the vendors. Whilst the structure of Robins Hill has been completed after considerable planning and architectural effort, the property is partially finished and there is work to do. The finishes and fittings and many of the installations are subject to the tastes and requirements of the purchaser and can easily be arranged.