A development with a strong design ethos

Freshford Mill | 23 March 2016 |

Environ Communities are proud and excited to be given the opportunity to breath new life into one of Baths most vibrant and popular villages. Tony Dowse, Chairman of Environ Communities, has great vision as to how the area can be developed to reflect the local vernacular, complementing the beautiful village of Freshford; at the same time he is keen to offer the best of country living that discerning purchasers demand today.

In his long standing career Tony has created many award winning developments and has developed a unique and distinctive style with extensive  attention to detail; designing residential schemes that complement the local environment. He firmly believes that it is the relationship between space and light that shapes our experience of a building and ultimately turns a house into a home.

Ample natural lighting, ventilation from fresh air, views over landscaped grounds or water and easy access to outdoor space are all hallmarks of an Environ property. The need to be connected to nature and the benefits this brings are certainly not new concepts however these principles have been influential in the design process at Freshford Mill.

New windows, rooflights, glazed bifold or sliding doors have been installed in the houses to increase light levels which have been linked to improve mood, enhanced morale, lower fatigue and reduce eye strain. This is particularly important as our society now spends approximately ninety percent of its time indoors, which can lead to adverse impacts on health associated with lack of contact with natural surroundings.

Letecombe Lodge is the Show Home which will be available to view in late Spring has been designed with all these credentials in mind.  With floor to ceiling glazed doors in the kitchen, study, sitting and dining room and a light well over the staircase that floods the very centre of the house with natural light, the feeling of space is apparent as soon as you walk through the door. The master suite has exceptional views across the beautifully landscaped lake across to the natural landscape of the fields beyond; this view can be enjoyed on a rainy day indoors in addition to on a sunny day from the balcony which is accessed through the room’s bi-fold doors.

It is not just the show home that has been designed with the outside countryside in mind, all properties, including apartments have access to either a private fully landscaped garden or a balcony with views over the adjoining countryside such as in the Carding Mill which overlooks the island nature reserve. This reinforces the connection to the environment.

In addition Freshford Mill has communal landscaped grounds for residents to enjoy and benefit from. There is a new lake with decked walkways constructed amongst rustling reeds leading to viewing platforms with seating for a relaxing Spring day.  A butterfly garden full of colourful, nectar rich plants to encourage both butterflies and moths and a nature reserve to encourage the scheme to blend into the natural environment have also been included. Even allotments are available for residents to partake in the “good life”.

Part of the Environ design ethos is to source natural materials such as local larch to be used for the cladding on a number of the houses, car barns, pergolas and decking. Stone walls are being built to enclose private spaces. Oak floors inside the houses are selected from the Kahrs Artisan Range with stone work tops in the kitchens.

With all these design elements beginning to take shape at Freshford Mill we look forward to being in a position to invite you to see the show home later this Spring. In the meantime we would be happy to discuss your individual property needs and offer further information on the properties available on this uniquely created development.