Unique and Protected Underground House in England

Debbie Mays, Head of Listing at Historic England said: “The diverse character of our land and its people is marked in the fabric of England’s buildings and places. For 70 years the most special historic sites have been protected through listing so they can be enjoyed by future generations. Born from the destruction of World War Two, listing has allowed us to ensure thousands of places keep their special interest and help to tell England’s extraordinary story.”  The house described below was added to the list of protected buildings recently.

Sitting in the heart of the West Yorkshire countryside and with breathtaking views across the Pennines, Underhill is an earth-sheltered house, one of the most ancient techniques of house building.

The front door opens from a Hobbit-like entrance tunnel. However, this home is far from primitive — at its heart sits a vast 50ft by 40ft living area, surrounded by soaring exposed stone arches and capped with a 20ft diameter skylight over the central swimming pool.

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house in Holme, near Huddersfield, which was built in 1975, was the dream project of architect-owner Arthur Quarmby.

This area is also lit from the 20ft wide glass doors leading on to the terrace and the property’s one-acre garden, which features an enclosed paddock and a detached double garage with workshop.

You can read the original article at moosegazette.net

and another at www.thesun.co.uk

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.