Is this the coolest house in Britain? (with a price tag of £3.5m)

The coolest home in Britain? It looks like a huge shipping container in a field but is an ‘architectural masterpiece’ with a £3.5m price tag

  • Hedge House in Solihull was designed by architect David Sheppard
  • It has a brick and wood exterior and it can be yours for £3.5m 
  • It boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a sunken hot tub and 6.5 acres of land

From a distance, it looks a little like a giant metal shipping container or hangar sitting in the middle of the countryside.

The reality is the property – named Hedge House – is a luxury home with a brick and wood exterior, designed and owned by architect David Sheppard.

The trendy home comes with 6.5 acres of land and a price tag of £3.5million.

The agent handling the sale Tyron Ash described it as ‘one of the finest homes in Knowle’, which is a large village on the outskirts of Solihull.

Hedge House has a brick and wood exterior, and was designed by architect David Sheppard

The unique property is in Knowle, in Solihull, and has a price tag of £3.5m

The entrance is via a three-metre-high front door, which leads into a hallway that runs the entire length of the house.

The property extends across an impressive 10,450 square feet and includes high ceilings and an internal garden.

There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms, along with a sauna, gym and a sunken hot tub.

Eco-credentials include a roof garden and an air source heat pump that provides hot water and underfloor heating.


Seen something like it before? The house can look like a shipping container from a distance

Inside, the house has a modern feel with plenty of light and clean lines incorporated in the design

Buying agent Henry Pryor described the property as ‘extraordinary work’, which some people will love.

He said: ‘This is one of the bravest homes to come onto the market in recent times and it could just set records.

‘While the outside is almost too cool for its own good, the inside will blow your mind.’

The kitchen includes 3.6 metres of Italian marble worktop, and Fisher & Paykal appliances

Much bigger than a shipping container: The hallway runs the entire length of the house

There are internal and external balconies that appear throughout the light property

The main bedroom is in the west wing of the property and has a balcony with a sunken hot tub (pictured)

Inside, the kitchen includes 3.6 metres of Italian marble worktop, along with Fisher & Paykal appliances.

The main bedroom is in the west wing of the property and has a balcony with a sunken hot tub and extensive countryside views. 

It has a dressing room, a large bathroom and a wet room shower ensuite.

Take your pick: As well as five bedrooms, the house also boasts an equal number of bathrooms

Green space inside and out: There is an internal atrium garden in the Solihull property

Plenty of room: The large open space at the foot of the stairs swallows up a grand piano 

The average price of a property in Knowle is £526,072, up more than £26,000 in the past year, according to Zoopla.

It compares to the average price of a home in Britain, which stands at £316,516, up £17,610 on a year earlier.

Knowle is an exclusive village that is three miles from the town of Solihull in the West Midlands. 

It has two schools, including a Church of England primary school with a nursery and a secondary school called Arden School.

Wood features from the floor to the ceiling, inside and out – and even makes an appearance on the stairs

This bathtub has a view of the surrounding countryside through several narrow windows

Hedge House is surrounded by countryside, and this balcony makes the most of the view

The village is on the A4141 road and is close to the M42 motorway. It does not have its own railway station, but there is one in neighbouring Dorridge. 

Birmingham International station and Birmingham airport are a short drive away.

Tom Parker, of Zoopla, said: ‘This property is truly one of a kind, perfectly combining luxurious touches and eco-credentials. 

‘Not only is there an indoor sauna and sunken hot tub for those looking to relax, but the property also has an air source heat pump and solar panels, meaning you can unwind in an environmentally friendly way.’ 

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