Ecologically sustainable properties for sale

From a small co-housing community with land for farming in Nottinghamshire to a zero-carbon holiday retreat near Truro, eight of the best ecologically sustainable homes for sale now.


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Melody Farm & The Emerald, near Truro, Cornwall. A holiday retreat with a five-bedroom farmhouse, a separate cottage and five zero-carbon holiday cottages that have won a special award for low impact building and water management. A solar farm yields about £11,000 per annum. 5 acres. £2.95m Savills 01872-243200.


A converted barn in Bragenham, Buckinghamshire. An agricultural building that has been transformed by A-Zero, a London-based architect, into a family house heated from a ground source heat pump. It costs the current owners nothing to heat the property. 5 beds, 3 baths, recep, open-plan living area/kitchen, garden, paddock, 2 acres. £1.7m The Modern House 020-3795 5920.


Glebe Farm, Brattleby, Lincoln.A modern farmhouse set above a picturesque village and with panoramic views over the Trent Valley. It is fitted with a TeslaPower Wall 2, which enables it to be partly self-sufficient in terms of electricity and it has air-source heating and solar panels. 4 beds, 4 baths, kitchen, study, conservatory, gardens, orchards, paddock, 10 acres. £1.2m Humberts01522-546444.

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Hockerton Housing Project, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. A three-bedroom house in the award-winning Hockerton Housing Project, a small co-housing community designed by architects concerned with ecological sustainability. It is set in six acres of land and has a further 8.5 acres of leased land for sheep, chickens and vegetables. It is powered by solar and wind energy and has a reed-bed sewage filtration system. £500,000 Winkworth 0115-981 4481.


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Ryecroft, Richards Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire. A secluded country house just a mile from the village of Richards Castle and five miles from the historic market town of Ludlow. The property is set in gardens that include a vegetable garden and orchard. The house is fitted with solar panels and wood-burning stoves. 3 beds, 2 baths, 2 receps, study, breakfast kitchen, 2-bed converted barn currently used as a holiday let, workshop,2.8 acres. £650,000 Samuel Wood & Co 01584-875207.


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Shipton Gorge, Bridport, Dorset.An oak-clad house built in 2012 with views over Bride Valley. It has an A-rating for energy efficiency thanks to its triple glazing, solar panels and extensive insulation.5 beds, 3 baths, recep, office, open-plan kitchen/family room, workshop, 5.5 acres. £1.5m The Modern House 020-3795 5920.


Villa Casole, Casole d'Elsa, Tuscany, Italy. A farmhouse in the Tuscan hills reconstructed in 2010 to include solar panels, geothermal energy generators and recycled water systems. The house has terracotta tiled floors and open fireplaces. 6 beds, 5 baths, 3 receps, 1-bed annexe, 2-bed barn conversion, gardens, swimming pool. €2.4m Precious Villas +39 055 68 58 49.


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Wickhams, Henfield, West Sussex. A self-sufficient house builtin 2012 with photovoltaic and solar panels and a heat recovery system.6 beds, 5 baths, recep, open-plan kitchen, cinema room, gym, 1-bed annexe, greenhouse, gardens. £2.5m Strutt & Parker 01403-246790.