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Eco-friendly properties for sale

From a solar-powered retreat in the Bahamas to a converted taxi works in Hertfordshire, eight of the best eco-friendly properties for sale now.

This week: eco-friendly properties from a solar-powered retreat on Abaco in the Bahamas to a converted taxi works in Royston, Hertfordshire.

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Waterfalls, East Coker, Somerset. This house is constructed out of locally sourced materials, including ham stone and English oak, and is designd to reach high standards of energy efficiency. 6 beds, 4 baths, 3 receps, gym, indoor pool with changing rooms, gardens, grounds, 5.2 acres. £2.5m Knight Frank 01935-812236.

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The Old Taxi Works, Bassingbourn, Royston, Hertfordshire. This conversion of the workshop where the first 17 London taxis were built has eco-lime rendered interior walls and recycling irrigation tanks for watering the garden. It is accessed through an atrium with a central pool surrounded by tropical plants 3 beds, 2 baths, open-plan living area, separate office. £750,000 Carter Jonas 01223-472011.

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Villa Rafina, Attica, Greece. An environmentally friendly villa with a radiant floor heating/cooling system, high levels of insulation, smart electricity meters and rain-water collectors. The villa is surrounded by landscaped gardens that include a swimming pool, tennis court and helipad. 4 beds, 2 baths, recep, 1 acre. €1.2m Property Pass + 302 106 744 660.

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Pinetrees, Worlingham, Beccles, Suffolk. A contemporary eco-house set in six acres of gardens, meadow and woodland. The property's green features include water recycling, solar panels, and an exterior clad in long-life, low-maintenance cedar. There is also an agreement in place with local beekeepers to site hives on the land. 4 beds, 4 baths, 2 receps. £695,000 Durrants 01502-712122.

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Old Vineyard, King Street, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire. This contemporary property has uninterrupted views of the Cotswold countryside. Its eco-credentials include solar panels with feed-in tariffs, a green roof, solar thermal panels for domestic hot water, a ground-source heat pump, rainwater harvesting, and high levels of insulation. 4 beds, 3 baths, recep, breakfast kitchen, greenhouse, gardens, 0.5 acres. £1.35m Strutt & Parker 01285-653101.

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Moonrise, Lubbers Quarters, Abaco, Bahamas. An eco-friendly retreat with 750 feet of waterfront, ten minutes by boat from Hope Town. It is powered by solar energy, with the option to connect to the power grid. 1 bed, 1 bath, open-plan living area, 5 acres. $1.425m Damianos Sotheby's International Realty +1 242 557 2929.

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Byfield Lodge, Byfield, Northamptonshire. A modern house clad in Siberian larch with oak and limestone flooring. It has mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems designed to reduce the running costs of the house. 5 beds, 5 baths, cinema, gardens, 1 acre. £1m+ Strutt & Parker 01295-273592.

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Beckley Manor, Beckley, Oxford. A contemporary property built to a high ecological standard in a traditional style from limestone under a clay tile pitched roof with English oak interiors. The house has 150 solar photovoltaic panels that generate an annual income of £13,000 per year. 7 beds, 5 baths, 3 receps, study, summer room, wine cellar, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, detached barn, gardens, grounds, woodland, pasture, 34.7 acres. £5.25m Savills 01865-339700.

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