Two Cocks farm:Grand Designs house where couple founded memorably-named brewery on sale for £2.45 million

Phil Palmer and Michael Butcher are selling the three-bedroom property they built near Newbury, Berkshire that featured in Channel 4's Grand Designs in 2013

This slab-shaped modern house clad in glittering flint was one of Grand Designs’ most inspiring success stories.

Its owners, Phil Palmer and Michael Butcher, decided to sell their London house, quit their jobs and bought a plot of land just outside Newbury, Berkshire upon which to build their family home and start a new business.

But less than three years after the couple founded the memorably named Two Cocks brewery – and with their beers now available in pubs across the country – the couple are selling up.

The minimalist three-bedroom property is on the market for £2.4 million. Work began in 2009 on the plot, for which the couple paid £750,000, with the cost of the build coming in at a further £400,000.

The couple have decided to move because the house isn’t suitable for Michael’s elderly mother – and the family are decamping to the coast in Devon or Cornwall and haven’t ruled out another building project.


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