Yep, it’s true. The modern dog palace has been commissioned by an unidentified female surgeon, for her pampered pooches, two Great Danes, at the exclusive 550-acre Lower Mill Estate on the Cotswolds Water Park, near Cirencester.
Lower Mill Estates (above) is a collection of landmark homes designed by various architects and includes the unusual and amazing Orchid House, Watermark House, Sundance Villa and more.
Now, a $382,469.00 USD dog house will join these.
above: architect Andy Ramus of Andy Ramus Design Studio
It has been designed by leading British architect Andy Ramus and will be built from materials such as zinc, glass and limestone. When completed, it will be a quarter of the size of the main three-bed house.
Inside, the dogs will sleep on sheepskin-lined, temperature-controlled beds, soothe their aches in a specially built spa, howl along to a state-of-the-art sound system and watch dog-friendly programs on a 52-inch plasma TV.
Automatic dispensers will ensure that chilled, filtered water and deluxe dry food are always available.
The two dogs will each have a bedroom with large windows which overlook their own private playground.
‘Dog-vision’ webcams allow their owner to monitor their activity 24 hours a day, while climate control ensures they are kept warm.
There will be a sophisticated retina scanner installed at the front door to stop any other dogs getting in – something the Great Danes may view as a bit of a party pooper.
Plans for the kennel, and for an adjoining house for the dogs’ mistress, have been approved and building work is to begin at the Lower Mill Estate in the spring.
The work is expected to begin on the main three-bedroom house near Cirencester in spring. The dogs will have some unusual neighbours on the 500-acre estate in the shape of 12 beaver kits, which appeared after three pairs were successfully reintroduced more than 13 years ago.
Lower Mill’s publicist Dee McCourt said today: “It’s amazing. This lady obviously cares an awful lot about her dogs. We offer a bespoke service but it is the first animal request we’ve had. “We’ve got outline planning permission and the dogs’ quarters have been designed with all their needs in mind.”
Estate owner Jeremy Paxton told the Gloucestershire Echo: “It’s a very interesting house with fabulous architecture and unusual requirements. “Most houses are built with human specifics in mind then animals fit in around that, but this is the other way round.”
The Great Dane Adoption Society said the breed was demanding and should not be left alone for more than four hours at a time.
Lower Mill is a sustainable housing complex with homes designed by 30 of the world’s leading architects.
Here are some of the stand-outs:
The Orchid House (This year a mystery bidder paid £7.2 million for the Orchid House – a world record for a country home.):
The Watermark House
The Boat House
See more Lower Mill Estates Landmark Homes here.
a special thanks to The UK’s Mirror and Daily Mail for info and images
If they need a dog crate for their ‘unruly dog friend visitors’, may I suggest the modern and pricey (at $11,000.00 USD) Gilded 22.5k Gold eiCrate Designed by Peter Pracilio?