Fresh Start for Freshford Mill Site in Somerset

Freshford Mill | 11 March 2015 |

Environ is excited to announce that it is developing the site of Freshford Mill in the village of Freshford, six miles south east of Bath. Environ is converting the current site of derelict homes and historic buildings into a new residential scheme with extensive landscaping. The site will consist of 21 homes ranging from two to five bedrooms, whilst the existing historic Mill, will be renovated into luxury contemporary apartments with beautiful views overlooking the River Frome.

Throughout the scheme much glazing will be used to make the homes light and to utilise the stunning setting of the river. Properties will also feature local bath stone walls and attractive landscaped gardens.

In 2005 it was discovered that Freshford Mill could date back as far as the Roman times, when a Roman key was dug up on site.

The mill has seen a number of owners over the centuries, but over the last five years the site has unfortunately been left derelict, a great cause of concern for local residents. Squatters have previously occupied some of the buildings, there has been extensive vandalism and the entire site was used for a rave with about 300 people attending.

Freshford is a very picturesque and family oriented village near Bath with a great community atmosphere.  The village features a good school, a number of cafes and shops. Environ’s new plans for Freshford Mill will greatly improve security as well as making a vast improvement to the look of the area.

Throughout the course of the development, Environ will work closely with local residents to ensure that they are onboard with the plans. An open evening has already been held by Environ for local residents to discuss and inspect the proposed scheme. The evening had a great turnout of over 130 people and had a great positive response.

The Council is delighted that the Mill has been purchased By Environ. Nick Stevens, Chairman, Freshford Parish Council says: “We look forward to working alongside Environ and wholly support the wish of the Company to work in close collaboration with local residents. In this way we are all able to contribute to the process and it should go a long way towards ensuring that the finished development quickly becomes an integral part of the village and one of which we can all be proud.”

Environs’ plans for landscaping at Freshford Mill include flood defences incorporating a riverside walk and a raised board walk across the island; a stunning butterfly garden and an orchard garden with local varieties of apple, pear and plum. All landscaping will be designed in order to encourage wildlife back into the area.

A number of seating areas will be added around the site for residents to admire the scenery and wildlife from. With sightings of otters and kingfishers having previously been a regular occurrence, the development is set to become a hotspot for spotting wildlife from.

Environ plan to start work on Freshford Mill this coming May and the project is set to be completed by July 2015.


High Performance Homes
that appeal to our DNA

Keepers Court | 27 February 2015 |

Environ Communities is pleased to announce the completion of its new development ‘Keepers Court’ at Kings Hill in Kent. The new properties have followed the principles of ‘biophilia’, which refers to humans’ innate preference for nature with our DNA programmed to seek out spaces that allow us to connect with the natural world. Biophilic Design incorporates fresh air, daylight and natural materials, with a view to creating a more pleasurable environment in which to live.

The benefits of biophilia are vast and over 50 studies have been published that associate biophilic elements as primary influences for faster recovery rates for patients, decreased dependency on medication, reduced stress, and improved emotional wellness.

The five bedroom properties at Keepers Court are immensely light with significant expanses of glass used throughout. The large picture window in the upstairs landing and sky lights in the roof allow light to flood down on to the landing and stairs. The Landings are double height and some master bedrooms have cathedral ceilings, to continue the light and airy feel.

Natural materials are used throughout the properties, including oak wood flooring and granite Pyram kitchen worktops. The ground floors have a seamless continuation of the indoor space outdoors. This has been achieved by floor to ceiling sliding doors off the living areas leading to the garden, with same level flooring inside as out.

A heat recovery ventilation system is used in every property, which provides a constant supply of fresh air that is warmed via the heat exchanger, whilst removing stale, humid and odorous air, making the homes exceptionally pleasant places in which to live.

The gardens and landscaping throughout the scheme is an eye catching feature of Keepers Court. Award- winning landscape designer Julie Johnson has created easy maintenance ‘fitted’ rear gardens that flow from the house, so they become an extra room in the warmer months. They are attractively landscaped, using plants suitable for the region and climate and include a raised vegetable bed for those owners wanting to grow their own produce.

Five bedroom homes start from £659,000.


Kings Hill – A Popular
Choice With Families

Keepers Court, The Manor | 27 February 2015 |

According to Knight Frank in Sevenoaks there has been an increase in young families this year moving out of London into Kent, from south and south east London especially. Families are selling up in search of larger living spaces, better local schools and the pleasure of having the countryside on their doorstep. As London house prices have risen over the last 18 months it is proving to be a good time to look at what you can get for your money further out of London.

Ross Davies of Knight Frank comments: “We are selling a lot of property in Kent within commuting distance of London and Kings Hill, near West Malling is a consistently popular choice as it is less than an hour’s commute with a direct line into London Victoria. London property prices have risen far more than season tickets, and so it is still more economical for families.”

Kings Hill, near West Malling in Kent is a very child friendly and safe environment to live with a great community atmosphere.The area offers a vast number of cycle paths away from the roads for children to safely get around. These landscaped “greenway” paths provide easy access between the housing and the central amenities and are in addition to the pavements that are designed for combined pedestrian and cycle use.

The area offers incredible sports facilities – tennis courts, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an extensive gymnasium, plus squash and badminton facilities; an 18-hole PGA championship golf course and a cricket green. This year, further sports facilities opened with five grass football pitches, an artificial grass pitch and new sports pavilion and the Heath Farm Country Park is also close by.

Kings Hill boasts two high performance primary schools with ‘outstanding’ OFSTED ratings. Around West Malling there is an exceptional choice of excellent grammar and specialist secondary schools plus some of the best independent schools in Kent are within easy reach. Grammar Schools include the renowned Maidstone Grammar School, The Tonbridge Grammar Schools, Skinners and The Judd School. Independent schools include, Sevenoaks School, Tonbridge School and Sutton Valance School. The University of Greenwich is also situated at Kings Hill.

Mike Broderick and his family relocated from south east London to a four bedroom Environ Communities’ home at Kings Hill, Mike says: “We moved for lifestyle reasons & to have a better choice of schools for our son. He now goes to a good prep school in Tonbridge. There are a lot of amenities for families in the area and although you have neighbours in close proximity you are very quickly out into country side. You have the Country Park on the doorstep, Manor Park in West Malling, and further afield there is Bedgebury – which is great for off road cycling, and for shopping Bluewater is just 25 minutes away.”

Environ has a number of family sized homes for sale at Keepers Court, an exclusive collection of eight detached luxury homes on Kings Hill.

The fivebedroom homes start from £659,000


Dart Music Festival
15 – 17 May 2015

Sails | 27 February 2015 |

In May each year, the annual Dart Music Festival takes over the town of Dartmouth and for three days the streets comes alive with the sound of music. The festival is being held on the 15 – 17 May 2015. The festival features over 100 performances covering almost every musical genre from rap, folk and rock to orchestral, jazz and opera. Solo artists and bands perform in venues all over town, including pubs, churches and the main stage of the bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens.

As a small town situated on the banks and mouth of the beautiful River Dart it is a perfect location to stage a festival that celebrates live performances from all styles of music. The majority of the events during the festival are free and is very much a community event organised by a small team of volunteers, funded by local businesses, involving local schools, choirs, musicians, sponsors, local government and festival-goers.

If you decide to make a visit to Dartmouth over the Dart Music Festival, be sure to visit our new development, SAILS, a collection of two and three bedroom apartments overlooking the Quay in Dartmouth, Devon.

Dart Music Festival will be open Fri 15 – Sun 17 May 2015 | 10am – 10pm.

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Sails | 29 October 2014 |

Environ Communities, the niche property developer that specialises in sustainable development, has won a five star award for Best Apartment at this year’s highly respected UK Property Awards for its ‘SAILS’ apartment scheme in Dartmouth.  The ceremony took place at the London Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 24thOctober where the award was given to Environ’s Chairman Tony Dowse by Lord Courtown, chairman of the architecture and interior design panel of judges.

Sponsored by Gaggenau and Rolls Royce, the Awards attracted entries from hundreds of companies across the length and breadth of the UK.

SAILS, which consists of six contemporary apartments is situated in a prime location overlooking the Quay and estuary in Dartmouth, Devon. The striking contemporary design has been inspired by an ocean-going clipper and adds a dramatic new landmark building in a central location to the otherwise medieval and Elizabethan architecture of Dartmouth.

The two and three bedroom apartments offer sizeable, light and airy homes with stunning views of the harbour, Coronation Park and Royal Naval College. The penthouse is one- of- a- kind for Dartmouth having an added wow factor with all its living areas having panoramic views and its master bedroom looking out on to its own Japanese roof garden. The 2 bed apartments start from £640,000, the 3 bed apartments from £820,000 and the penthouse is £1,350,000.

Tony Dowse said in receiving the award: “We wanted to do something special with the site as the location is incredible. SAILS is unique in the area with its striking design and contemporary minimalist interiors that maximise the views.”

Stuart Shield, President of the International Property Awards, said, “It’s amazing to see the innovation that continues to deliver ever more surprising solutions that not only look good but also introduce beautiful new homes with a very low energy requirement. The awards are also able to highlight the latest techniques in the marketing and presentation of Britain’s finest homes.”


28 – 30 AUGUST 2014

Sails | 22 July 2014 |

Dartmouth is celebrating its 170th Royal Regatta this year, which runs over the course of three days from 28th – 30th August. From classic yachts, to hi-tech sports boats and dashing dinghies, Dartmouth Royal Regatta guarantees some of the most thrilling sailing along the south coast - all against the idyllic back drop of Start Bay, and the River Dart. Once completed the new 2 and 3 bedroom apartments at Sails overlooking the estuary in Dartmouth will offer a great view of all the activities...

… and are perfect for sailing enthusiasts.

The main events are all water-related, with local rowing, historic craft and waterborne tug-of-war on the river, as well as yacht racing in Start Bay and the traditional Passage Races from Brixham to Dartmouth.

Ashore, the fun continues with a range of events, including the traditional Regatta Ball, fantastic firework displays, barrel rolling, trolley grand prix, waterborne treasure hunt, and air displays from the Red Arrows, RAF, and Royal Navy. During the Regatta, there is always at least one Naval Guard ship present, which makes the event look even more spectacular! The town has a range of facilities you can enjoy too including some fine restaurants, pubs and art galleries.

In 1856 the Dartmouth Regatta received its first royal patronage when Queen Victoria made an unexpected visit due to bad weather on the night before the regatta, stayed on and enjoyed it so much she bestowed the title “royal” before leaving. The current royal patron is HRH the Duke of York, who trained at Britannia Royal Naval College in the town.

Residents at Sails that have a boat of their own can rent an annual mooring either at the Dart Marina located a few minutes’ walk away, where there are berths up to 20 metres in length, or directly opposite the property, where there are 3,500 berths up to 30 metres in length.

Next year the new owners at Sails will be able to join in the fun of this annual regatta.

The 2 bed apartments start from £640,000, the 3 bed apartments from £820,000 and the penthouse is £1,350,000.



Sails | 9 June 2014 |

Research shows that those living beside water feel healthier than those living inland, and their homes command an average premium of 54%, according to statistics by Knight Frank. It is not clear why, but waterfront living makes people feel calmer, more relaxed and energetic. Perhaps it is linked to the concept of Biophilia which believes humans have inbuilt to their DNA a connection to nature. Biophilic design uses fresh air, daylight, natural materials and water features, creating...

…a visual and physical connection with nature and all living beings. Environ follow Biophilic Design principals, incorporating large expanses of glazing to, effectively, bring the outside in, and create a comfortable, relaxing ambience with a relationship to the outside.

Living where you can breathe in those sea breezes will help to make you feel invigorated-It is certainly known that sea water is charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen and also help to balance levels of Seratonin, a hormone linked to mood and stress.

At Environ’s striking new apartment scheme overlooking the estuary at Dartmouth, Sails, the full height glazing opens out at the same floor level on to balconies creating a seamless transition from inside to out; a perfect place from which to watch the sailing yachts, ferries and fishing boats, along with numerous and varied water birds and the changing colours of the seasons.

A home on the waterfront will always be in demand and is therefore priced accordingly. Waterfront homes in the South West command the highest waterside average premium in the UK of 66% according to the Knight Frank Annual Prime Waterfront Index. The report states that not all waterfront properties are equal, however, as properties situated on estuaries command the highest premium in terms of waterfront location with an average uplift of 82% compared to the equivalent properties a few miles inland!

Sails in Dartmouth not only offers an estuary setting but access to nearby shops, superb restaurants,  moorings opposite, a park on the doorstep and a marina.

The 2 bed apartments start from £640,000, the 3 bed apartments from £820,000 and the penthouse is £1,350,000.

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Sails | 27 April 2014 |

By the time of this year’s Dartmouth Regatta, at the end of August, there will be a new addition overlooking the quay at the entrance to the town centre – SAILS, a striking and dramatic new landmark building of five apartments and a penthouse, adjacent to Coronation Park and with views of the Royal Naval College. All five of the highly specified apartments have large glazed areas providing great views but also making the apartments, which all have balconies, light and airy.

The penthouse has to be one of a kind for Dartmouth having that added wow factor with all of its rooms looking out on to its own Japanese roof garden.

Not only does Sails have the benefit of water front views but it also offers the rarity of garage parking right in the heart of the town together with basement storage pods for sailing gear and golf clubs. Moorings are available immediately opposite or further along the quay at Dart Marina where a parking space comes with a mooring and discount at the Spa. In fact, pretty well everything is close at hand with tennis courts in the park, Marks and Spencers just around the corner and the historic town centre, restaurants and market stalls only a short walk.

The town itself is a thriving community 52 weeks of the year. It offers the best of all worlds with not just fantastic sailing but also, for nature walkers, wonderful coastal walks as well as Dartmoor to the west. For those wanting a permanent home or a holiday home, Sails must offer the ultimate as a prime location.


House Prices in Commuter Towns Set to Soar

Keepers Court | 7 November 2013 |

Experts predict that house prices in London suburbs and commuter towns are set to soar as thousands more buyers are unable to afford the cost of homes in the city centre. Buyers who once dreamed of a house in one of the capital’s affluent central boroughs are being forced to look further afield and commute to work. Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills says: “The gap between prime London and surrounding prime regional markets has grown so wide there is now a

compelling case to move out.”

The exorbitant cost of central London properties, fuelled by foreign investors snapping up thousands of homes, was laid bare by the average price for a one-bedroom flat smashing the £500,000 mark in “prime London”, according to estate agent Marsh & Parsons.

Knight Frank in Sevenoaks reports that there has already been an increase in young families this year moving out of London into Kent from south and south east London from places such as Battersea, Clapham, Wandsworth, Black Heath, Chislehurst and Bromley. They are selling up in search of larger living spaces, better local schools and the pleasure of having the countryside on their doorstep. As London house prices have risen this year by about 8-10%, it is proving to be a good time for families to sell up and get more for their money further out of London.

Ross Davies of Knight Frank comments: “ We are selling a lot of property in Kent within commuting distance of London and Kings Hill, near West Malling is a consistently popular choice as it is less than an hour’s commute with a direct line into London Victoria. London property prices have risen far more than season tickets, and so it is still more economical for families. Another trend we are  also now seeing more and more are people taking commuter coaches in to the city and Canary Wharf as a more relaxing and cost effective alternative to the train.”

Environ Communities are now marketing Keepers Court at Kings Hill, a development of four and five bedroom eco homes and The Manor, a development of two bedroom cottages and apartments.