If the thought of a contemporary house full of glass and views of a lake and rolling countryside makes you go weak at the knees, find a chair quickly.
Because Ashmoor Manor is one hot property – a special abode that looks like a rock star or celebrity’s house and a dream home for millionaires only, but everyone else can have fun daydreaming about living their best life in a luxury home.
You may feel a little envious of this gorgeous modern abode, but at least you won’t have to clean all those windows.
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The modern, urban mansion is one of a small collection of luxury dream homes within an exclusive development on the edge of the village of Houghton, Pembrokeshire and was only completed in summer 2021.
So a peaceful and idyllic waterside abode awaits you, nestled within the beautiful countryside and commanding attention on the bank of the large, central manmade lake.
It’s the perfect combination of rural and water, village and town – with amenities at Pembroke Dock a short drive to the south, and the county town of Haverfordwest to the north.
And a new build by a lake deserves a boatload of design thought and care to make it the best it can be, and you can find it in abundance here, both inside and out.
Being in such a beautiful spot, it makes sense to construct a house that looks like it’s made out of glass more than anything else.
The result is remarkable views in every room and from every storey of this substantial abode.
From sunrise to sunset – and all the storms, snow, sunshine and showers in between – and the changing of all the seasons, this house gives you a front row seat to it all.
The mansion is comfortingly symmetrical, with the entrance, hall and landing in the centre leading to all rooms left and right, guaranteeing effortless flow between spaces.
A hall in a grand house needs to make a grand first impression and this two-storey middle section of the house, with a bespoke central staircase, certainly does that.
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As well as views upwards that stretch up into the roofline, there are views outwards to the back of the house with glimpses of the garden to tempt you to wander in that direction.
And that’s two of this home’s key design features summed up in the hall and presented in other rooms – double-height spaces with feature ceilings, and spaces that boast walls of glass windows and doors that are tremendous navigators of light to illuminate all the rooms.
What might not be obvious from the outside is that this is not a three-storey house of ground, first and second floors but rather the first floor has the most incredible ceilings that expand into the top floor.
Where a floor of accommodation has been sacrificed, the reward are rooms with the most stunning and surprising ceilings and an ambience of light, air and space.
The property is also an upside down house with the majority of the bedrooms on the ground floor – this is not obvious from the front of the home either.
As well as the integrated garage, the ground floor has three ensuite bedrooms, a utility room, and a family bathroom.
An additional room in one of the wings of the house could easily be a bedroom, although it misses out on an ensuite.
But it could also be the most wonderful of home offices or study, with windows overlooking the garden and substantial glass doors providing seamless indoor to outdoor transition onto a garden terrace.
Currently home to a pool table, this space could be a games room with added bar to make it the centre of any garden party.
Up the central staircase to the first floor landing and design triumphs again.
Look back and see a perfectly centred trio of front door and two sets of windows – perfectly lined up to be visually pleasing as well as let in optimum light and ever-changing skyscapes.
Now you’re on the first floor it becomes obvious in an instant why this is an upside down, two-storey house.
Obviously the views are much better from an elevated position but it also gives the house a chance to stagger you with some remarkable vaulted ceilings.
In the living wing of this upper floor there are five zones that flow seamlessly from front to back – balcony, dining, kitchen, lounging, balcony.
Each end of this impressive open-plan space can offer you a wall of glass that extends up to the apex of the roof line – views and light are maximised and it’s likely to leave you speechless.
And just when your voice might be coming back, it will surely let out the loudest of ‘wows’ when you see the exposed beams and roof rafters bringing huge portions of character to a space that might seem somewhat cavernous otherwise.
Again, attention to design detail is in evidence, with the ceiling beams and triangular upper windows mimicking each other and ensuring a visual connection between the two, even though one is chunky and one is super slick and black.
There are so many balconies at this home all the family can probably claim one, with a total of four on this first floor.
There’s one in the middle of the two wings and then the two at the front of the house that are intriguing as they are really inside outside spaces.
They both have a Juliet balcony at one end with glass doors and glass panels so you don’t fall out, but the space is actually part of the overall roof of the house, so it’s indoors.
Is this a case of design giving you a connection to the outside without getting you wet or blown away by the next named storm? The best of both worlds then.
The dining area has one of these indoor outdoor balconies, as does the separate and quieter lounge opposite, inside the left wing.
Within this left wing and on the first floor can be found the glorious master suite too.
The bedrooms downstairs were fantastic and sure to be popular with an ensuite, storage and connections to the garden, but this main bedroom goes up to the next level both in luxury as well as literally.
The first floor location means an astounding visual journey directly from the pillow through the glass wall and Juliet balcony to the countryside beyond.
There’s a stunning exposed beam ceiling in this room too, as well as bespoke built-in wardrobes and an ensuite, plus access to the central balcony to one side – this room can rightly boast incredible views both inside and out.
If this master bedroom space doesn’t impress you, then it’s likely nothing in this contemporary dream home will and there’s a boat waiting for you at the end of the garden to row you across the lake and away.
The luxury new build glass home by the water is for sale for offers over £900,000 with Country Living Group, call them on for more details.
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