A family is seeking permission to build a six-bedroom eco-house on land by a Herefordshire village.

Consisting of two flat-roofed two-storey timber-clad buildings linked by an atrium, Glenwood Springs would have “fabulous views” westward, according to the designer, Ian Singleton Architects of Malvern.

It would have a cinema, gym, swimming pool, sauna, and four car parking spaces, while spring water flowing across the site would be incorporated into a waterfall.

The roofs would be planted with wild grasses, and the grounds, covering just over an acre, would form a wild meadow.

To accommodate the westward sloping site, off Chase Road south of Upper Colwall, the ground floor of one building would lead to the first floor of the other.

Photovoltaic thermal (PVT) panels would provide both electricity, which would be stored within battery units, and heat, which would be stored in thermal banks under the house for use in winter.

The architects say the building would “add to the eclectic mix” of properties and styles in the area, part of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which straddles the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border.

Planning agents Tompkins Thomas said the proposal’s “outstanding design” would address the requirement in national planning policy that new free-standing buildings in the countryside should be of exceptional design quality.

Its high levels of sustainability coupled with sensitivity to its area would also count in favour of the design being approved, the agents said.

Herefordshire Council planners last month rejected a similar bid for a large eco-house in a prominent rural location south of Bromyard.

Public consultation on the design continues until October 25, with a decision on whether or not to approve the plan due a week later.