On a cold winter's night nothing matches the cosy warmth of a real fire and economical wood burning stoves are soaring in popularity at a time of high fuel costs.
Not only are they 80 per cent more energy-efficient than an open fire, woodburning stoves are a must-have interior design feature.
Wood burning stoves look great and are 80 per cent more energy-efficient than an open fire
About a million UK homes have one and developer Countryside Properties has installed them in barn-style homes at Great Kneighton, Cambridge, a new "settlement" being built around a 120-acre country park on the city's outskirts. Clusters of low-rise housing border woodland, ponds, allotments, playing fields and adventure playgrounds, and beyond these is the green belt.
Architecturally, the houses are a modern take on country barns, with pitched roofs, weatherboarding and glazed walls. Prices from £485,000. Call 01223 846650.