Distinctive home in stunning setting

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Address: Wildwood, Aisby, Grantham NG32 3NE

Guide price: £1,850,000

On the market with: Fine and Country (Lincoln), 55 High Street, Navenby LN5 0DZ

Telephone: 01522 287008

Website: www.fineandcountry.com


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December 2022

Wildwood in Aisby is a rarely available state-of-the-art Huf Haus offering spacious living and outstanding views.

If you’re looking for an exceptional lifestyle house that offers easy, comfortable and stylish, sustainable living in an idyllic setting, Wildwood ticks all the boxes.

Set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens and paddocks in Aisby, Grantham, this stunning timber frame and glass construction Huf Haus is a stylish mix of modern and traditional architecture combined with energy-efficient technology, all put together with precision German engineering.

Every Huf Haus has a distinctive character and is said to “enhance your quality of life as sunlight and the natural world are brought directly into your living space”.

Built in 2004, this immaculate property with 360-degree views offers open plan living with an abundance of space both inside and out.

Arranged over three levels with every room exquisitely designed, the property features five spacious bedrooms and three bathrooms, an open plan kitchen/dining room/drawing room and separate, large, enclosed study on the middle floor, with a second study/office, open plan, on the top floor.

On the basement level there is a large gym with a Finnolme sauna, shower room and WC, while outside the beautiful grounds and gardens are approached via an electric gated driveway.

The vendors, who moved here 11 years ago, share their home with two cats, two geese, six chickens and a flock of 21 pedigree Jacob sheep and say they fell in love with the house on first sight.

“We first came to see the house by walking the many footpaths in the area and when we couldn’t see the house at all from the footpaths we knew it would be private, so we then came to view it.

“On our first visit, it was snowing and there were 200 sheep in the garden eating the few things that were planted there at that time.

“We knew about the Huf Haus from one of the first Grand Designs TV programmes, but this was our first actual visit. The quality of the build, the tremendous light and spaciousness of the ceiling heights were remarkable and won us over straight away. The land was also perfect for keeping animals.

“We bought the house from the people who commissioned the build in 2004 and have so loved the peace and tranquillity and the beautiful views through all the glazing.

“All you can see from the house we own, giving complete privacy which was very important to us. It’s the perfect place for animals, especially since we didn’t want to be near a road as we’ve lost too many cats!

“There is no doubt Wildwood has the ‘wow’ factor. This, together with the surrounding land in a private and rural location with no road noise, made the decision to move here from near Oundle very easy.”

Light and space
The couple say they love the design that a modern highly-engineered flexible Huf Haus offers.

“The windows are all double-glazed and most have automatic external metal blinds to regulate the temperatures so it’s warm in winter and cool in summer, similarly there are no draughts.

“We have a large log-burner in the lounge fuelled by all our own wood. It’s not necessary from the point of view of heating, but creates a cosy, ambient focal point in winter.

“The basement bedrooms are lovely and cool when the weather’s hot, and on the middle floor, huge windows open wide onto the decking, or balcony.

“The enormous, full-height skylight in the middle of the roof sheds even more natural light onto the top and middle floor – it has an external blind with automatic controls for sun and wind.

“It is warm and efficient, with photovoltaics and a lack of draughts which are real benefits in these days of increasing energy costs.

“The house offers a lot of flexibility in terms of use of spaces – for instance, both the office and the gym have been lounges in the past, in fact the latter made an ideal extra TV room for the children.

There is so much space for everyone of all ages – the second bedroom on the top floor has a little mezzanine level reached by a set of ladders which children love.”

The vendors describe the house as offering unique flexible living.

“Being on three floors means visitors or youngsters can have their own space or be together. Solid floors with underfloor heating mean there is no internal noise transfer and everyone can control their own temperatures.

“Our favourite room is the dining area. The roof window bathes the area in light so brightly we don’t need glasses to read the paper. The garden views are dramatic and we can also watch the animals in the fields. From here it’s just a few steps onto the decking and with a glass in hand it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular sunsets.”

Gardens and grounds
With 360-degree views from the house, the surroundings and gardens are impressive.
Easy access to the garden, together with the party kitchen, also makes for great entertaining, together with a well-used hot tub.

The paddocks surround the house, while the lambing barn has Class Q permission for conversion to a separate dwelling.

“When we arrived here, the garden was pretty much just a field. As it was very open, we extended the borders and beds, put in lots more hedges and created the arboretum which looks lovely from the dining room.

“The totem trees are very resilient, their tall, slim, vertical shapes reflecting the construction of the house.

“On a raised area outside, mid-way between the terrace and the balcony, we have a hot tub surrounded by paving and sheltered in the lee of the bank retained by huge boulders. It is the perfect sunny spot for it and is illuminated in the evening.

“We have many friends and visitors and it is ideal for entertaining both inside and out.

“As keen gardeners, we have developed the garden to give us lovely views from every aspect inside. So much so, that we have opened the garden for the past three years for the National Garden Scheme, raising nearly £2,500 in 2022 and the NGS county organiser thinks it’s one of the finest gardens in Lincolnshire!”

The property would also be ideal for equestrian enthusiasts with eight paddocks all fenced for stock with water supplied, while the barn could easily accommodate internal stables.

“We built the barn in 2012, with its photovoltaic panels on the roof which provide a useful income – not only do we receive free electricity but this year they generated an income in excess of £3,000, all tax free. At the same time we also bought the mobile field shelter which is a very good one. With so much land, one of the fields has just been seeded to become a wildflower meadow. We also have a large potting shed which has electricity and water laid on, and a kitchen garden and composting area.

“The car port near the entrance of the house holds two cars with electric points for charging hybrid vehicles, alongside a garage with an automatic door. The solid timber entrance gates from the lane are also electric with an intercom system making the whole property very secure.”

Desirable lifestyle
Approached through electric gates and along a winding drive, the house is set in the sought after village of Aisby, six miles between Grantham and Sleaford, with ease of access to London making this an ideal commuter home. The vendors say they will miss living at Wildwood, but are determined to find a similar home.

“Living in a Huf Haus is quite exceptional, it’s a complete lifestyle, and something we would love to do again, but it is difficult to find them as there are only about 300 in the country and we believe this is the only one in Lincolnshire.

“There is a Huf Haus Owners’ Group, a British only society to which we belong with a small annual membership fee. There’s a meeting every year and we have made good friends with people as we all have a common passion!

“We are trying to find a modern, efficient, home, preferably another Huf Haus, with large windows and high ceilings, away from the road and with a garden where I can work in total privacy. The reason for moving is we both turned 70 this year, but think we have one last adventure in us, so we are now looking UK-wide and the house will determine where we move.

“What we will miss most is sharing our lovely home with friends and family, creating an admired garden from nothing, the sunsets and views, and enjoying the peace and tranquillity.”



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