An innovative eco-friendly home in a Cotswold nature reserve has been sold for a world record £7.2 million for a country house.
The 'thoroughly modern manor house', modelled on a bee orchid found on the reserve, was sold off-plan last week to an anonymous buyer.
The size of an average semi, the cost works out at £3,000 per square foot. Scroll down for more...
Orchid House, an eco-house in a Cotswold nature reserve, will take three years to build
Orchid House will be part of the Lower Mill Estate, built on a 550-acre privately-owned nature reserve near Cirencester, known as the 'Capital of the Cotswolds'.
The mystery buyer - believed to be in the entertainment industry - will get a lakeside home complete with a glass-sided badger set in the garden.
Brad Pitt has looked at the plans for Orchid House, while Kylie Minogue has stayed at the estate. Scroll down for more...
The country home has been sold for a world record of £7.2m to an anonymous buyer
Building work for the house, which is one of the country's most complicated planning applications, will take three years to complete.
It is hoped it will produce more energy than it uses, with an underground pump and geothermal heating.
The house is designed by Sarah Featherstone, whose practice in east London is designing part of the Olympic athletes' village
It is hoped the home will produce more energy than it uses, with an underground heat pump and geothermal heating
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