Pink houses, eco-villages and houses on the grounds of an abbey make up some of the most unique houses that northern Nottinghamshire has to offer.
Many of the stranger houses in this part of the county have their own history, while some are more modern with features that include equipment that helps them escape “clean energy” and houses that are naturally heated by the earth.
Regardless of whether they were built in decades or days, all these houses have some attributes that make them among the most distinctive in the county.
Nottinghamshire Live has compiled a list of some of the most bizarre houses that we think our readers would like to know and imagine living.
The “eco-village” opens the way to sustainable life
This idyllic rural community is made up of only five houses, where 10 adults and five children live.
His houses are built in carefully hidden earth shelters that maximize heat and insulation without the need for heating.
The houses in the Hockerton housing project are complete with renewable solar and wind energy and a nearby 8.5-acre agricultural area nearby is where the inhabitants host sheep, chickens, vegetables and a water collection system that makes it one of the more self-sufficient communities in the county.
The pink houses of Budby
Budby is a fraction of Newark and Sherwood where almost all 30 houses are painted in a pinkish hue.
The houses are part of and owned by Thoresby Estate, which means that residents cannot change the color if they wish.
The houses were originally built between 1807 and 1815 and when Hugh Matheson took over the estate in 1976, he chose to paint all the houses in pink as it was thought to be the original color of the houses.
Now the color is considered a “badge for the area” and has been used throughout the estate.
Live in Newstead Abbey Park
The houses with probably the most character in the county that are available for people to live in are located in Newstead Abbey Park.
The former home of Lord Byron, a number of smaller properties are now on the market away from the Abbey itself which include a former caretaker’s cottage and an old stable house with a clock tower.
East Lodge – known locally as Hutt Lodge – was built in 1862, has two bedrooms and previously housed the caretaker of Newstead Abbey Park.
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Also on the grounds is a property called The Archway which is one of the park properties which was a stable.
It has an exclusive arched entrance, it was also built in 1862, but has recently been modernized and updated.
The revolutionary geothermal houses of Collingham
If you are looking for a new home near Newark and a 75% cheaper energy bill, a geothermal house in Collingham might be for you.
More than 100 houses have been built across two estates in the village and will be heated by geothermal energy, which means that natural heat 120 meters above the ground is extracted through 32 wells and brought to the surface.
With its first residents moving in the summer, the development of Gusto Homes will produce 4 kilowatts of energy to help heat homes for every kilowatt it takes to operate geothermal pumps.
A stately home in Mansfield
Built in the 1920s, this High Oakham Drive home has stood the test of time.
Over the years it has been updated and improved by its most recent owners, so there is no shortage of modern features.
It was built in the style of “Arts & Crafts” – a movement focused on well-made pieces rather than mass-produced items – and boasts three reception rooms and five double bedrooms.
The property is called Redleaf and is currently valued at around £ 825,000.
The historic rock houses that could be up to 600 years old.
Yes, you would struggle to get permission to live in these homes nowadays, but their age, history and construction make them some of Mansfield’s most special homes.
The cave houses around Rock Hill were inhabited by families until the early 1900s and cut into the local sandstone – a process that some locals regard as “an incredible engineering feat of their time”.
They were mainly occupied by those who worked in the broom industry and were left free when the inhabitants of the caves chose to find more substantial houses.
Some had multiple rooms inside, as well as furniture including things like bookshelves.
They have now been blocked and are practically inaccessible, but many residents want to see the houses reopened to the public as a local attraction.
The residential complex built in just four days
The Newlands property in Fernwood, Newark was the site where nine zero-zero homes were built just four days earlier this year.
Each house, consisting of two modules (a ground floor and a first floor) was designed by the modular manufacturer ilke Homes in its factory in Knaresbough, North Yorkshire, before being delivered ready for installation.
Developing homes off Williams Lane added the finishing touches before completion and developers think the process could provide a “much more sustainable approach” to future home construction.