Cotswolds eco-house sells for record 7 million

LONDON (Reuters) - A spectacular eco-house in the Cotswolds has been sold off-plan for more than 7 million pounds.

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The house, whose design is based on the Bee orchid found nearby, extends out over a lake in a nature reserve.

At 3,000 pounds per square foot, it is a world record for a country home, media reports said.

The mystery buyer is spending about 2 million pounds of the agreed total 7.2 million pounds on the interior.

Celebrities including Paul Sandberg, producer of the “Bourne” films, is buying a house next door while singer Kylie Minogue has stayed on the 500-acre Gloucestershire estate.

The Orchid house is one of a dozen luxury homes designed for the Lower Mill Estate by some of the country’s most innovative architects.

Architects Featherstone Associates are to use laminated veneer lumbar ribs and clad the house with timber shingles, or tiles. A camouflage pattern will be burnt into the timber.

Expected to take three years to build, it will be eco-friendly and sustainable and will have solar and wind power.

“The house is beautiful,” said a spokeswoman for the client.

“It is in a rural idyll. For people with busy lives, it is lovely.”

Editing by Steve Addison