The Waters Edge Development is set at the heart of the Cotswold water park not far from the former Roman settlement of Cirencester. Each of the homes offer completely unobstructed views from the large decks built directly over the lake.
"The properties have been designed to offer unrivalled breadth, light and wide open spaces. However, the most distinctive feature of any Waters edge property is its frontage. Unobstructed views from the interior complement decking that runs directly along the edge of the 28 acre lake. The relationship between a Waters edge home and its environment is integral to making this development so special."
The houses take cues from continental modernism, something still rare in the UK, with its stringent planning regulations (which somehow stop innovation under the pretext of making things in-keeping with the area, but allow the larger developers to fill the country with horrific mock Tudor and Georgian pastiche, built from plans that have probably been lying around since the late 70's)
The Cotswold Water Park is Britain's largest wetland nature reserve (It is man-made however, the lakes being former quarries)
The homes come with the restriction that you can only be in residence a maximum of 11 months of the year. Making these most suitable to those in the market for a second home in the Cotswolds. So you'd probably want to have a good home insurance policy, for those times you’re away.
While I personally think it is slightly disheartening that these are "second" homes, it's great to see contemporary house design being deployed on a slightly larger scale in the UK. One would hope this will help the case for individuals, architects and developers looking to build contemporary homes for family residence throughout the nation.