Can I have a pint of Two Cocks please? Grand Designs couple are selling £2M flint farmhouse they built for £1.15M after success with on-site brewery
- Phil Palmer and his partner Michael Butcher appeared on Grand Designs in October 2013
- They gave up their jobs in London to oversee the building of the modern farmhouse in Newbury, Berkshire
- They started a successful business at the property called the Two Cocks Brewery, which is included in the £2m asking price
It was one of the modern architecture success stories of Grand Designs: the couple who transformed their life with a move out of the heart of London to the countryside, where they built a new home and flourishing brewery business.
Phil Palmer and his partner Michael Butcher appeared on Grand Designs in October 2013 with a bold design for a contemporary farm home just outside of Newbury in Berkshire.
They gave up their jobs in the capital to oversee the house build and start a new business, deciding on a new name for the venture - the Two Cocks farm and brewery, a title they described as 'memorable but not illegal'.
The farmhouse featured on Grand Designs in October 2013, with the TV show's presenter Kevin McCloud describing it as 'elegant'
The entrepreneurial couple renamed the farm and the brewery business that is based at the property
There is still plenty of scope for further development at the countryside property in Newbury, Berkshire
The feature fireplace is the focal point of the open plan living area on the upper floor of the property
With its sparkling clean surfaces, the minimalist cooking area is a far cry from more traditional - and cluttered - farmhouse kitchens
Work on the project had begun several years earlier, after the couple had bought the Newbury farmland (which included a wood cabin that they later sold) in 2009 for £750,000.
They had a budget of £400,000 for the build, which they kept to.
But less than three years after being featured on the programme which showcase the finished property, it is now on the market for sale. So what has prompted the sale?
Phil explained: 'We have moved Michael's mother into the property and the property is not well suited to care for an elderly person.'
So they are now looking to sell up and move to the coast in Devon or Cornwall.
They are undecided about whether they will go ahead with another Grand Designs project, but have ruled out another contemporary build if they do.
'The pressures of being carers and running a farm has been hard work,' says Phil.
'I'm sure another opportunity will come along, and we both have the attitude of seeing what life brings us and that if there's something exciting, then we will do that.
'If we do another project, it would be something completely different and this would present a bunch of new opportunities. We couldn't image doing the same thing again as we've done that and would want to do something completely different.
'If we did do something, then it might be mini-renovation or maybe an ultra-old project given we have done an ultra-modern one.'
The flint wall is a key feature of the modern farmhouse, which takes inspiration from local building materials
The upper floor includes a sloping walkway that stretches along one side of the property, linking the kitchen and master bedroom
The three bedroom property boasts stunning panoramic views across West Berkshire and Hampshire
The main entrance is on the lower floor, which also includes a mud room and two guest bedrooms
Folding doors lead out of the kitchen onto a veranda and into the garden which has a wildflower meadow, two greenhouses and raised vegetable beds
The three bedroom farmhouse boasts concrete floors with underfloor heating throughout and panoramic views across West Berkshire and Hampshire.
It is built across three levels on the upper floor and two levels on the ground floor.
The entrance is on the ground floor, which also includes two bedrooms, a mud room with a shower and a large office.
On the upper floor, there is an open plan living room with a huge retractable glass window - perhaps the most defining aspect of the property - along with a minimalist kitchen and a master bedroom.
The farm is on the site of the Civil War Roundhead Encampment of the first battle of Newbury, which took place in September 1643.
It is this history that inspired the names of the beers produced by the brewery, including the 1643 Roundhead Bitter and 1643 Cavalier Holden Ale. The sale of the brewery is included in the £2m asking price.
Kevin McCloud described the completed farmhouse as 'elegant', explaining: 'It is the modern equivalent of the small 18th century rural mansion with its attached farm, built for gentleman equally at home in Berkshire as in Soho. It is game-changing'.
Alex Barton, head of Strutt & Parker's Newbury and Pangbourne offices, which is handling the sale, said: 'Two Cocks Farm is a unique Grand Design home offering an eclectic mix of modernism yet set on an ancient historic battle site.'
Buying agent Henry Pryor said: "Having watched the boys create this wonderful home as an Grand Designs viewer I longed to see the final result and I prayed that this beautiful home would work as both a home and an investment - and they nailed it."
The couple bought the land for £750,000 and then spent a further £400,000 building the property
The open plan living room has a huge retractable glass window, which is thought to be the largest of its kind in the country
The farm is on the site of the Civil War Roundhead Encampment of the first battle of Newbury - something that has inspired the names of the beers produced on the site today
There is scope for further development of an accompanying barn, which currently houses the brewery offices
The property is just off Church Lane, about three miles from the centre of the popular market town of Newbury
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