Monday, 15 August 2022

Making the most of nature and energy efficient living

PIGHTLES derives from pight, an archaic past participle of the verb to pitch, as a portion of land

PIGHTLES derives from pight, an archaic past participle of the verb to pitch, as a portion of land pitched or set out from an open field.

Clay Pightles is certainly made special by its surroundings and current owner Matthew Ravden poetically describes it as in blissful isolation although still just a short walk from the village of Stoke Row and close to Rotherfield Peppard.

The detached home has a contemporary feel and is designed to blend into the woodland setting of Kingwood. Originally a simple bungalow, this property has been completely transformed into a substantial family home set within about 1.73 acres.

Matthew and his wife Sophie moved into Clay Pightles with their two boys in 2002 and say it’s the type of house you fall in love with.

The property opens into a spacious entrance hall with a natural stone tiled floor and solid oak staircase. Leading off the entrance hall is the drawing room with a Range Master open fire and bespoke solid oak cabinets fitted into the chimney breast recess. Two sets of French doors lead on to the patio and garden.

The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted by Harvey Jones of London with solid oak and granite worktops with a range of wall and base units arranged around a central island with a detachable breakfast table. The kitchen has a vaulted ceiling and a solid oak floor. The dining room has French doors stepping on to an entertainment deck overlooking the woods. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a large bay window with a window seat providing a focal point for the room and an en suite bathroom. The guest room has an en suite wet room. There are three further bedrooms on the ground floor and a family bathroom.

Matthew and Sophie have had air source heat pumps installed to provide heating and hot water to the house, as well as heating the swimming pool. He explains that when they originally put the pool in, everything was heated by oil burners but they wanted to look at alternative options — particularly as Sophie works in sustainability — but also they wanted to reduce costs.

Matthew says: “We were able to get rid of the two oil burning boilers we had, so we save that money, plus we get a quarterly payment from the government as part of the renewable heat incentive scheme.”

An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air and can even do this when the temperature is below freezing point.

They have some environmental impact as they need electricity to run but the heat they extract from the air is constantly being renewed. The air source system is designed to reduce utility bills and environmental impact.

Clay Pightles is for sale through Knight Frank and Robinson Sherston for £1,750,000.

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