A GROUNDBREAKING house in Long Sutton that embodies an idyllic eco-lifestyle is up for sale.
The earth-sheltered house at number 89 looks like a grassy bank from Gedney Road, where it was built in its acre of grounds as the home of eco-architect Dr Jerry Harrall and his family.
Long Sutton born and bred Dr Harrall designed it in 1996 as a naturally lit, heated and ventilated home with very limited recourse to outside energy - and it remains amazingly cheap to run.
In the package, offered through C Carters Estate Agents, Long Sutton at £470,000, are two separate properties, both backed and roofed by an earth bank and super-insulated - the four-bedroom bungalow family home and a two-bedroom bungalow on the same plot but with a separate entrance.
Also included and in separate buildings are a gym, study, workshops and music studio.
The grounds are beautifully laid out both for family fun but also to enable the owners to grow their own food with a full-size boules/petanque area, fine established kitchen garden and orchard.
Dr Harrall said: “Number 89 is the Work-Life Project, a practical experiment in combining living, working and food production on a one-acre site which I conceived and then monitored for my PhD, and it’s been very successful.
“Anyone who buys the whole package or part of it can say goodbye to high running costs and expensive fuel bills.
“It’s an intelligent design solution coming close to self-sufficiency in energy.
“Both buildings have very high thermal mass so the whole building acts as a storage radiator. They also face south with large high-grade double-glazed windows to use sunshine as the major heat source with very little heat loss.”
The main house has four bedrooms, an ensuite shower room and family bedroom, open-plan kitchen and living area, utility room, walk-in larder and dry store.
The Harrall family plans to move just across the road – into Jerry’s latest design, the no-heating house.