Cheshire's most innovative home?

The developers of Perdu, a two-storey underground house in Bowdon, believe that this latest property is their most daring to date and will certainly rank as one of the most innovative private residential developments in the UK this year. The property has just been put on the market with Jackson Stops and Staff.

The property on St Margarets Road, which has just been put on the market, has around 4,300 square feet of subterranean accommodation, laid out in a circular design around a central atrium and cleverly bathed in natural light from four ground level lightwells.

Perdu sits in the grounds of Limehurst, a Victorian mansion, which itself lies within Bowdon’s Devisdale conservation area. The subterranean property is accessed through a classical garden folly, designed to reflect the style and grandeur of Limehurst. What lies below ground, however, couldn’t make a more bold and modern statement.

On entering the property a flight of stairs will take visitors down to the first level and in to the entrance hall. The main rooms on this floor are the kitchen, lounge, dining room and master bedroom complete with dressing room and en-suite bathroom. Reflecting the property’s circular layout the rooms are triangular or cheese wedge shaped and emanate from the central atrium.

Access to the second level can be via a second staircase or, for the more daring, down a chute from the master bedroom above and taking you directly into the swimming pool on the second level!  The stunning pool area has an 8 metre ceiling height with 12 metre wide ‘wall of water’ feeding water into the pool. This sumptuous leisure area comes complete with pool bar, changing rooms and Jacuzzi which sits directly under the large, central light core.

There is also a gym on this floor along with two further bedrooms, both with dressing rooms and en-suite bathrooms.

Commenting on Perdu, Chris Oakes of Huntsmere said: “Cheshire is well-known for its mansions – both old and new but this will be the first luxury subterranean mansion in the area. We are really excited about the development and I am confident that this house will become an architectural landmark, albeit one that most people will never see.”

Perdu has strong eco credentials. Being an underground dwelling the house will be massively well insulated and will be easy to heat in winter and to keep cool in summer. By incorporating the highest standards in renewable design solutions the energy demands of the building can be cut to almost zero.  Eco-friendly systems will include a ground source heat pump, a state-of-the-art ventilation and heat recovery system, a solar tube system for the property’s hot water, a sophisticated rainwater harvesting system and a sophisticated lighting system combined with low-energy light bulbs will be used to reduce electricity consumption by up to 80%.

Perdu is on the market with Jackson-Stops and Staff in Hale with a guide price of £2,000,000. For more information call 0161 928 8881.