Luxury countryside home in Burgh Castle includes nod to village’s Roman history

A front view of the state-of-the-art contemporary house planned for Burgh Castle. Photo: Ben Bullen

A front view of the state-of-the-art contemporary house planned for Burgh Castle. Photo: Ben Bullen (David Bullen Ltd) - Credit: Ben Bullen (David Bullen Ltd)

This striking futuristic looking house is a luxury countryside dwelling that has won over planners with its innovative and grand design.

The property has been given the go-ahead by Great Yarmouth Borough Council's development control committee and is one of only a handful of architecturally adventurous dwellings to be allowed in rural settings in Norfolk.

With a central tower said to echo the stony columns of nearby Burgh Castle fort the concept building brings together the latest word in building methods and technology.

The property, to be called Sunnydale and which is off Mill Road, has en-suite four bedrooms. It will be virtually off-grid and set in landscaped gardens and replace a current home.

There will also be an entertainment room with a pool table and home cinema, as well as a swimming pool.

A rear view of the concept house, designed to reflect the landscape and history of Burgh Castle.
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A rear view of the concept house, designed to reflect the landscape and history of Burgh Castle. Photo: Ben Bullen (David Bullen Ltd) - Credit: Ben Bullen (David Bullen Ltd)


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The design has been worked out by Great Yarmouth based Ben Bullen of chartered surveyors David Bullen Ltd who is over the moon with the results on behalf of a Mr and Mrs Saunders.

Describing it as a 'Marmite house' that people will either love or hate he said neither he nor his clients could be more excited.

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In papers supporting the planning application the house is described as 'modern architecture' that will 'no doubt create a lot of discussion.'

'Some with love it, some will hate it,' the documents say, adding that the design is 'not only like nothing else but also completely state-of-the-art not only in terms of looks but also function.'

A rear of the house planned for Burgh Castle taking in the latest in building theory and material te

A rear of the house planned for Burgh Castle taking in the latest in building theory and material technology. Photo: Ben Bullen(David Bullen Ltd) - Credit: Ben Bullen(David Bullen Ltd)

It adds: 'The entire design of this new dwelling has stemmed from an initial concept whereby we wanted to give homage to Burgh Castle itself. Specifically one of the remaining towers that surrounded the historic Roman settlement.

'The tower is the heart of the house and provides an elegant centrepiece for a curved staircase to access all floors.

'The form of the house is based upon the concept of elegance and clean lines. The use of various uniform angles helps to break up overall bulkiness.'

Heating will be supplied by an air source heat pump, lighting will be energy efficient and 'intelligent' and rainwater will be harvested to flush the toilets. All services will be controllable from anywhere in the world using smart devices.

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