Young travelling millennials and avid day trippers from Bangkok are well familiar with the unique, rustic beauty of Pirom Cafe — a barn-style coffee shop flanked by green landscape that mimics the step ladder of tea plantation and a lake with gigantic mountains as the background, located just within the vicinity of the sublime PB Valley Khao Yai Winery. Yet, little do they know that, tucked inside the nearby entrance is a vast, 800-rai land that is Pirom at Vineyard — a luxury private home and weekend getaway for both the affluent new generation of entrepreneurs and big families looking for a place where they can truly enjoy a peaceful everyday among nature.
The Concept: A Place that Embodies the Spirit of Khao Yai
Located on Kut Khla-Pansuk Road, Phayayen, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima, just one-to-two-hour drive from Bangkok, Pirom at Vineyard is at first glance another real estate development on the kingdom’s best loved forest land. But at a closer look, the project is marked by its distinctive vision to become one with its surrounding nature.
As the owner of Pirom at Vineyard, Khun Piya Bhirombhakdi, has owned this plot of land and been frequenting the place for more than 30 years, the project has been designed and developed in ways that embody his love and relation with the place. This also explains why Pirom at Vineyard perfectly reflects the soul of Khao Yai, unlike many other development projects that create architecture that feels alien on this rich natural land.
Working from the guidelines given by Khun Piya, the team drafted out concepts and ideas as to how to make this land and the houses become one with nature. Houses were to be built around the plants thus the big trees one sees are the originals and were never moved so the landscape designer had to plan the landscape with existing trees in mind.
In the next step, plots were put together to adhere to the natural contours of the land. The architect was required to design the houses that go along with the surrounding nature. The briefing process took took two to three years, and this is to make sure everybody understands the concept of “Pirom” — that all involved are on the same page so the house, the land, the soul and spirit of Khao Yai are kept within this land in the way that cannot be replicated anywhere else.
One great example of this endeavour is the “Valley House” for customers who don’t want the hassle of building their own home. Designed by renowned architect Boonlert Hemvijitraphan, the houses come in 4 types: Valley, Courtyard, Barn, and Horizon.
The key concept is to use natural light and shadow of the land to emphasise the rustic luxury of the design. A lot of natural materials are used on metal structures, with a high ceiling to maximise airflow and keep the house cool. Also, the house is raised 50 cm above the ground to keep natural airflow as a means to minimise the humidity of the mountain climate and subsequently keep molds at bay.
Each house is designed with living functions in mind, most notably the privacy and lifestyle of different generations. Living zones are separated, so families can be together, and yet, they can enjoy their privacy in their own living space.
The Space: Privacy at a Reasonable Price
From the large 800 Rai plot of land, only 40% is planned for residential area and half of it is currently in development, Defined as Phase A (Pirom Tara) and phase B (Pirom Kiri), the former offering 22 plots with a lake view and larger space and the latter, 50 plots with a mountain view, both Phases share the same advantage: the price. Compared to other high-end real estate projects in Khao Yai, Pirom at Vineyard offers a larger plot of land with good natural landscape
Here, privacy is an important factor that is ensured by larger spaces. For example, even though sitting in the living room, enveloped on all three sides by floor-to-ceiling window, it still feels feel private because the distance between each house is 10 meters. It’s not roof to roof where you can see neighbours.
At “Pirom Tara” , the average price ranges from Baht 60,000 per square wah for plots close to the lake, and Baht 55,000 for the rest which is very reasonable compared to other top projects in Khao Yai which range between 80,000 to 100,000. Prices have risen only 20-30% from the first-time sales when started 5 years ago. The reason Pirom at Vineyard prices can be kept on the low side compared to others is that the land is the personal property of Khun Piya, so we are not bound by high interests, unlike land developers. There is a budget to invest in landscape and gardens and this is our greatest advantage, and also that of our customers since they pay half the price to get this large plot of land with good, natural landscape.
The Facilities: Designed For Private, Peaceful Living
One striking advantage of Pirom at Vineyard is the larger common area, taking approximately 40% of the project, which is developed into a simple, yet fulfilling space for residents. The road inside the project is wide, with 2m bike lanes on each side. Aside from the large green space, all the infrastructure systems are built underground to make sure that every inch of this land feels as if it’s part of the surrounding nature. On this vast common area, residents can enjoy the scenery and exercise while breezing in the fresh, natural air.
Since “Pirom Tara” and “Pirom Kiri” together comprise only 20% but for the remaining plot of land, future developments are in the work but the team at Pirom is taking their time considering various opportunities that best reflect the true needs of their customer profile, and a space for “senior living” is among what’s in the their mind. Seeing the trends of new generations opting for early retirement from “full-time” work, Pirom at Vinyard is looking at the gap in the market for people who start to work less and live more as they approach their 50 — people who need a vast space for privacy, and facilities like a jogging track, garden, or luxurious community mall. People who live and work remotely most days of the week outside Bangkok, with their presence in the office being needed only a few days of the week.
The Goal: Private Luxury Retreat with A Vision for Future Living
Pirom at Vineyard doesn’t see Pakchong as just an easy weekend retreat for Bangkok citizens. When the project was first put together, Piya Bhirombhakdi shared his vision of the future after the completion of the new motorway and high-speed train — a vision where the new generation of entrepreneurs would live and work from their own home among nature, and make the best of the country’s high-speed mass transit to Bangkok for necessary meeting one or two days a week. Pirom at Vineyard is designed to be a part of this emerging generation, where hard work and good living goes hand in hand, in a private place surrounded by nature not far away from the bustling city.
Pirom at Vineyard is located at 234 Moo 5 , Phaya-Yen Sub-district , Pak Chong District , Nakhon Ratchasima 30320 Tel. 094-985-8888.
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