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Sweeping statement

Martin Fleming’s spacious and curvaceous home only needs minimal heating thanks to its energy efficient design features
PHOTOS CAMILLA REYNOLDS

Buckland Hall is a fairytale-like mansion set amongst the woodland and mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park, near Powys in Wales. Some 20 years ago, Martin Fleming moved his young family into a small cottage within its grounds to take up the post of managing director, where he would renovate and oversee the Hall as a wedding venue and retreat. An investment syndicate set up with friends made the project possible, aided by his background in facilities management.

It was always part of the plan that Martin would build his own home within the estate. As part of the repayment for a loan he put into the investment company, he was given a tract of land, to which he would turn his attention when works to the main house allowed.

The property is finished in a combination of stone, red bricks and white render
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