Property: Daydream homes

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The Independent Online
MOLE MANOR sounds like something out of The Wind in the Willows and looks like something out of Thunderbirds. From the outside all that shows of the 2,750sq- ft home in Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, is a large glass dome surrounded by a ring of small glass circles and a couple of large holes. This underground home was built in 1987 as the ultimate in energy- saving, ecologically sound living. Its centre is a huge atrium with a plunge pool and Doric-style columns, from which the other rooms radiate. They consist of a sitting- room, kitchen and dining-room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a fourth bedroom that could be a study. Outside there are two sunken gardens and an ecologically unsound but essential garage. The owners are moving on for family and business reasons but say they are so wedded to the hibernating habit that they will build a similar home again. Cluttons' Bath office (0225- 447575) is asking pounds 250,000 for the freehold.

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