The Bridge House
Bursledon, Hampshire


Architect: Peter Huf

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“The main open-plan reception rings with sunlight, with views of nature on all sides are artistically framed by black structural window panes”

This superb five-bedroom, eco lake house bridges 4,000 sq ft of lateral space between two islands. The only one of its kind in the UK, the house was built to the designs of Peter Huf and completed in 2021. Glass façades allow light to ripple throughout and draw the eye through the free-flowing plan, setting the house in constant communion with the surrounding trees. Set in eight acres of private woodlands with slipway access to the River Hamble, the house is a remarkably contemporary take on lakeside living.

Environmental Performance

The house achieves the highest “A” EPC rating. The glass panes are triple-glazed, facilitating optimal thermal efficiency. The roof is fitted with 17kw solar panels that supply the house with surplus feeding back into the grid. Underfloor heating runs underfoot, powered by an air-source heat pump.

The Tour

The house rests above the lake at the end of a sweeping gravel driveway. Along the approach, a low-lying roof and glass façade are glimpsed through rows of mature conifers. In a sophisticated relationship with its surroundings, the house stretches out over the lake, as if floating atop the water reeds that grow under and beyond the wrap-around balcony.

The largely open floorplan plan introduces the indoors to the outdoors at every turn, with frequent access to the decked porch, sheltered by the brise soleil of the overhanging roof. The main entrance is via a red front door, an assertive flash of punctuation in the house’s monochrome material palette.

The main open-plan reception rings with sunlight, where views of nature on all sides are artistically framed by black structural window panes. Minimalist white surfaces reflect the changing landscapes of the surrounding woodlands. The room comprises the kitchen, dining room, and lounge. A large kitchen island stands centrally, overhung with black pendant lighting and surrounded by barstool seating. Bosch and Siemens appliances are seamlessly integrated within bespoke white cabinetry.

The space has three areas for lounging, dining and relaxation: two looking directly out onto the lake on either side of the plan, where glazing can be opened for balcony access. The central space is orientated towards an attractive, modern biofuel fire set against a variegated timber wall for a deconstructed take on the traditional fireplace. There is a designated space off the kitchen for a larder and additional utilities, used by the current owners as an internal greenhouse.

The house is connected by glazed, light-filled walkways, like pathways through the backdrop of surrounding trees. A study or library is self-contained, ideal for working from home. The principal bedroom is situated in its own wing with a large en suite and walk-in wardrobe. The bathroom has a dual walk-in shower with a free-standing Corian bath positioned for views across the lake. Glazing here can also be opened for access to the terrace.

On the other side of the plan, there are four additional bedrooms, each with three en suites and access to the terrace. The bedrooms have uninterrupted views of the house’s surrounds, bathed in a changing patina of lakeside light.

A separate annexe, crafted in the same style, is currently used as a home gym with an en suite bathroom and walk-in shower. The annexe also houses a double carport with an electric car charging point.

Outdoor Space

A wraparound balcony constructed from attractive black timber and sheltered by the house’s overhanging roof provides many spots for social entertaining or quiet contemplation of the natural setting.

The house bridges a one-acre river lake, surrounded by eight acres of private woodland. Of the two islands that rise from the lake, one has been landscaped as a Japanese-style garden.

A private slipway leads down to the tidal River Hamble, where sailing masts can be glimpsed through tall trees.

The Area

Ideally located for the River Hamble, with private slipway access, the house is ideal for watersport enthusiasts, with excellent opportunities for fishing, paddleboarding, and sailing. The house and its grounds stand within Bursledon village, with many waterfront restaurants and pubs by its marina –  The Jolly Sailor being a particular favourite.

There are several Ofsted “Good”-rated schools in the area including Bursledon CE Infants, Bursledon Junior and Hambledon Community Sports College (11-16). Independent schools include Charlton House and The Gregg.

The River Hamble runs into The Solent, and the house is ideally placed for weekends on the Isle of Wight. Trains from Bursledon to Southampton take from 25 minutes,  Southampton Airport is about 7.5 miles away and the M27 provides road links. Southampton Airport Parkway is only just an hour away from London Waterloo Station.

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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