THE outside of bespoke new build Fairmont, impressive as it is, doesn’t really prepare you for what is inside. Looking more like an opulent barn conversion from some angles, the glass and light larch timber-fronted five-bedroom residence is reflected in a silver water feature in the driveway.
Situated in the village of Edwalton, five miles from Nottingham, it is pleasingly secluded and completely private, with access to the half-acre grounds only through substantial remote-controlled gates.
Step through the wooden, double- front doors of developer Guy Phoenix’s latest creation and you are met with the kind of lavish luxury normally reserved for Mayfair penthouses.
It is hugely impressive. Set over two floors, the house has a double-height entrance hall with the showpiece being a handmade floating staircase. It is suspended from the first floor and doesn’t touch the ground floor. The handrail is lit from both sides, along with the banister at the top. Phoenix sketched it out while he was on a plane to Nice and got his steelworker to build it on site.
‘When you walk in, you really feel like you have arrived,’ says Steve Parker, at Nottingham estate agents FHP Living. ‘There is a real sense of grandeur as the house opens up in front of you. It feels like you are in one of the world’s most exclusive hotels, with every part of the house of the highest quality.’
In total there is more than 8,300sq ft of accommodation plus 785sq ft of balconies. Every aspect of the house has been taken into careful consideration — even the angle of the balconies and terraces has been designed to optimise sunlight all day, the exact positioning of every room with views considered to suit.
‘Every detail is considered to create spectacular living spaces, but the thing that is my favourite tool is the lighting. Hidden light can dramatically change a room,’ explains Guy. ‘You can make a space come to life, or kill it if it’s not done properly.’
For this reason almost all the lighting pieces used at Fairmont are bespoke. The dining room has a 2.4metre handmade chandelier that adds drama and a focal point.
He continues: ‘My team and I spend considerable time on site alongside my architect before actually breaking ground, making sure the house will sit in the plot perfectly and capture the best angles, views and light.
‘Here for instance, the balcony to the master bedroom is in sunlight all day, making it the perfect spot for morning coffee, or a glass of wine in the evening. And both of those are possible because of the established tree line, giving you total privacy.’
The dining room also has another spectacular feature. There’s a vintage Dom Pérignon store on one end — the colour of the chairs was chosen to match the label on the bottle of Guy’s favourite tipple — while the other opens out onto a Roman-esque indoor swimming pool, surrounded by neo-classical, sand-coloured polished marble tiles from Vietnam. The idea was the parents could enjoy a dinner party while keeping an eye on the children swimming in the pool.
‘The home is a mixture of contemporary and traditional, if there is such a thing,’ continues Guy. ‘My homes are usually inspired by places and styles that I visit and love, exclusive hotels in Monaco — super yachts, phenomenal restaurants — anywhere or anything that provides a unique experience.’
The kitchen is bespoke, complete with high-end Miele and Fisher & Paykel appliances. It features a raised bar area and hardened granite and marble surfaces. In the middle is an Eichhotlz table surrounded by studded chairs that would be more at home in a hotel lobby than a working kitchen. In virtually every room there are wall coverings by Brian Yates, leading experts in the field, Eichholtz furnishings and lighting by British company Porta Romana.
The layout of the property is free-flowing and the majority is open plan. All five bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and tailored wardrobes, with balcony terraces off three of the bedrooms and Juliette balconies off the remaining two. But it is the master suite that is the property’s highlight, says Steve.
‘This has to be the best bedroom available on the market today,’ he says confidently. ‘With a 12ft bed complete with handmade sumptuous bedding, Miele built-in coffee machine and an abundance of tailor-made fitted wardrobes. The magnificent balcony boasts superb tree-top views — it is truly stunning by night.’
The property is protected by a monitored alarm, 360-degree camera system and shoot bolt locking mechanism.
As with all of Guy’s properties, Fairmont has already had a lot of interest, both locally and abroad. Guy hasn’t put a price tag on this property but expects it to sell in excess of £4million.
‘Edwalton is the most aspirational part of Nottingham,’ says Steve. ‘Guy’s properties have never been available in this area before. That combination makes this a very desirable property indeed.’
What you get for your money
■ Five-bedroom detached house in 0.5 acres
■ Over 8,300sq ft of accommodation
■ Indoor swimming pool with a steam room
■ Double-height entrance hall with bespoke floating staircase
■ Fully fitted home office
■ Professional style kitchen with walk-in cool room
■ Dining room with built-in wine display cabinets and view into the indoor pool
■ Palatial master suite including private balcony and built-in coffee machine
■ Fully automated double garage