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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.

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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

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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.

For more information: dartmusicfestival.co.uk