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Grand Designs house in Dungeness goes on sale for just under £1million

A home which sits on a shingle beach in Kent, and once featured on Channel Four’s Grand Designs: House of the Year, has gone on sale for just under £1million.

North Vat house, which is actually a collection of shed-like buildings, lies in Dungeness – a bleak and desolate landscape that has been described as ‘Britain’s only desert’.

It is currently listed on property website Rightmove at £995,000 and comprises three ‘cabins’ linked by a glazed hallway. Similarly sized houses in the area sell for a third of that price.

The accommodation has three bedrooms, and all the timber buildings have a dark stained appearance. 

A home which sits on a shingle beach in Kent, and once featured on Channel Four’s Grand Designs: House of the Year, has gone on sale for just under £1million

North Vat house, which is actually a collection of sheds, lies in Dungeness - a bleak and desolate landscape that has been described as 'Britain's only desert'. (The Met Office has said this is not officially true as it receives 27.8inches of rain a year)

North Vat house, which is actually a collection of sheds, lies in Dungeness – a bleak and desolate landscape that has been described as ‘Britain’s only desert’. (The Met Office has said this is not officially true as it receives 27.8inches of rain a year)

The accommodation has three bedrooms, and all the timber buildings have a dark stained appearance. The main, two-storey shed houses a double bedroom and a shower room upstairs, a large open living and dining area, and a kitchen. It is connected by an almost invisible glass partition to smaller 'baby sheds', which are extra bedrooms. (Main house, pictured)

The accommodation has three bedrooms, and all the timber buildings have a dark stained appearance. The main, two-storey shed houses a double bedroom and a shower room upstairs, a large open living and dining area, and a kitchen. It is connected by an almost invisible glass partition to smaller ‘baby sheds’, which are extra bedrooms. (Main house, pictured)

The property featured in the Grand Designs show, presented by Kevin McCloud, in 2016 - where it was one of 20 projects in the running for the coveted accolade of RIBA House of the Year. Sadly, it failed to make the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) shortlist, although judges did praise its elegance mix of high architecture and beach living

The property featured in the Grand Designs show, presented by Kevin McCloud, in 2016 – where it was one of 20 projects in the running for the coveted accolade of RIBA House of the Year. Sadly, it failed to make the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) shortlist, although judges did praise its elegance mix of high architecture and beach living

It is currently listed on property website Rightmove at £995,000 and comprises three 'cabins' linked by a glazed hallway. Similarly sized houses in the area sell for a third of that price

It is currently listed on property website Rightmove at £995,000 and comprises three ‘cabins’ linked by a glazed hallway. Similarly sized houses in the area sell for a third of that price

The property was built by Rodic Davidson Architects, who were inspired by pitched roof huts that line the beachfront on the Kent coast

The property was built by Rodic Davidson Architects, who were inspired by pitched roof huts that line the beachfront on the Kent coast

It was built by Rodic Davidson Architects, who were inspired by pitched roof huts that line the beachfront on the Kent coast. 

The property featured in the Grand Designs show, presented by Kevin McCloud, in 2016 – where it was one of 20 projects in the running for the coveted accolade of RIBA House of the Year. 

Replacing the fisherman’s cottage that once sat there, the brief from retired owners Pauline and David was to create a simple space that was a single living environment that allowed for entertainment, enjoyment and art. 

The landscape is so barren that it has become a well-known landmark and unlikely tourist spot, attracting one million visitors annually

 The landscape is so barren that it has become a well-known landmark and unlikely tourist spot, attracting one million visitors annually

Dungeness is a unique environment that has been labelled as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a result has captured the imagination of photographers and artists for years

 Dungeness is a unique environment that has been labelled as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a result has captured the imagination of photographers and artists for years

Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud

Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud

The main, two-storey shed houses a double bedroom and a shower room upstairs, a large open living and dining area, and a kitchen. 

It is connected by an almost invisible glass partition to smaller ‘baby sheds’, which are extra bedrooms.

The architects say that ‘walking in and out of the rooms feels like walking in and out of the landscape’. 

Sadly, it failed to make the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) shortlist, although judges did praise its elegance mix of high architecture and beach living. 

Although Dungeness is often referred to as a desert, the Met Office has said this is not officially true as it receives 27.8inches of rain a year.   

Dungeness is a unique environment that has been labelled as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a result has captured the imagination of photographers and artists for years.

The landscape is so barren that it has become a well-known landmark and unlikely tourist spot, attracting one million visitors annually.

It featured in the 1981 movie Time Bandits, on the cover of Pink Floyd’s album A Collection of Great Dance Songs, and former residents include late film director Derek Jarman.

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