Scandi-style homes in Bedfordshire

The Woods is a niche development of four detached homes with bold architecture and light-filled, interior design.

Commuters seeking a new-build home don’t have to settle for a little box. New homes with bold exterior architecture and light-filled, intelligently designed interior spaces are coming to commuter-land.

The Woods, near Woburn in Bedfordshire, above, is a niche development of four detached Scandinavian-style properties surrounded by protected woodland.

In the Grand Designs mould, the houses have flowing open-plan areas, large sections of glass and a triple-height entrance lobby. Clad in cedar and zinc, they are highly energy- efficient, with triple-glazed windows, a biomass boiler, ground-source heat pump and solar-panelled roofs.

Tucked away at the end of a  700-metre driveway, the plots on which the houses sit have been “sculpted” so that the homes grow into the landscape. Even the car parking areas are concealed. Prices from £1,425,000. Call Jackson-Stops & Staff on 01525 290641.

Bronlei Woods in the village of Bramley, near Guildford, is another  modern design scheme. Guarded by mature trees, the four houses have glass walls, roof terraces and an integral garage. Prices from £875,000. Call Savills on 01483 796810.

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