Shinto, this exquisite Huf Haus, is set within sheltered landscaped grounds in an elevated position on the slopes of Kingston Hill, and is aptly named because in Japanese Shinto means Way of the Gods.
The six-bedroom house, with four bath or shower rooms, features vast expanses of glass and high ceilings to amplify its exceptional light and space.
It is approached through its own distinctive Shinto gate to reveal a spectacular house in its own serene and secluded grounds. The principal entrance is through a beautiful Zen garden with impressive full scale sculptures. A generously proportioned entrance hall leads onto a sleek and streamlined open plan kitchen/dining room with modern fitted units and a large island.
The main reception room overlooks a charming and wide ‘Morning Deck’. There is also a shower room and two bedrooms on the ground floor with lovely views of the Zen garden as well as a gym/study, a cloakroom and a large utility room.
The first floor is accessed by a ‘floating’ staircase with a ‘secondary’ full width open plan kitchen/dining reception room that has its own separate stairs and discrete entrance and a third deck. The master bedroom has floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes with an enormous en suite bathroom and a private balcony. There are three more bedrooms (one en suite) and a good sized family shower room.
Shinto benefits from a separate and secure double garage as well as ample off-street parking. Clever use of mirrors and glass give the house a sense of space and light but the ingenious design also manages to feel warm and convivial and the overall feeling is one of calm and serenity. Huf Haus engineering and technology includes underfloor heating throughout, automatic electric blinds, as well as state of the art energy efficiency construction.
There are striking garden vistas from every vantage point as well as total and complete privacy. The gardens are secure and tranquil and in addition to the Zen garden and Morning Deck there is also an afternoon deck which allows outdoor entertaining to ‘follow the sun’.
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