Contemporary living at Knock Rushen
A development be fitting the ancient capital of Mann.
The definition of a desirable modern living space changes with the times, but a recent ‘must have’ to enter the house buyers vocabulary looks like it’s here to stay. Energy Efficiency is now a pre-requisite, and homes that can combine strong green credentials with a host of more aesthetic considerations, are in great demand.
Hartford Homes’ Knock Rushen development in the south of the Island represents the best in modern house-building, with the added attraction of a superb, semi-rural location, within walking distance of the amenities of Castletown. Knock Rushen has been sympathetically designed to compliment its sensitive location on the scenic Scarlett Peninsula. It’s a unique collection of 45 properties, which come in a selection of styles and sizes.
Hartford effectively ripped up the ‘estate’ blueprint when they created this development; Knock Rushen is a pleasing mix of three, four and five bedroom homes, along with four traditional barn conversions. The end result is a desirable address befitting Castletown’s status as the Island’s historic capital. Using a mix of traditional Georgian and Victorian facades, all cleverly mixed with more contemporary styles, Knock Rushen is distinctly different to any other developments created on the Isle of Man in living memory. Furthermore, behind the attractive and substantial facades are houses designed for life.
Manx Life visited the beautiful ‘Egerton’ show home to see why this development has been so successful, and the reasons became clear as soon as we walked through the front door. The show house offers a spacious, modern living space set over three floors, with uninterrupted views across open fields to the sea. High levels of insulation and the use of energy efficient materials ensure the owners will be able to enjoy the vagaries of the Manx climate from their windows, safe in the knowledge their heating bills won’t shoot of the Beaufort scale. A spacious separate lounge with views towards the sea sits to the left of the entrance. It’s a generously proportioned, cosy room with interesting angles and a deep, square bay window. From the lounge the inviting kitchen/living area comes tantalizingly into view. The cutting edge, modern kitchen with white units and surfaces opens out into a family area with feature full-length French style doors to the enclosed rear garden. Another spacious, cosy ‘Snug’ room runs from the kitchen area, as does the impressive dining-room, with Manx stone feature wall. Access to a large utility room and the generous garage are through a door from the kitchen.
Hartford’s attention to detail is evident throughout the property, and high quality fixtures and fittings add to the up-market feel. Rising to the first floor there’s a large double en-suite (with walk-in wet room style shower), bedroom with a useful dressing area, a smaller double and a single – perfect for a baby or young child or as a study. A generous store cupboard and a family bathroom complete the line-up. The third floor features a large and characterful bedroom with another beautifully appointed bath/ shower room and another smaller double.
Knock Rushen is certainly a landmark development for the south of the Island. Constructed in a sensitive area it posed considerable challenges to Hartford, who spent considerable time and money considering all aspects of the project, over a decade or so, before proceeding. The end result is a triumph for the company and a boost for the Castletown area, which has limited scope for development and expansion.
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