Environ Communities were very delighted when they managed to purchase the partly developed Freshford Mill after many months of stiff negotiation. Tony Dowse, Chairman of Environ Communities, had great vision as to how the site could be developed to reflect the local vernacular, complementing the beautiful village of Freshford, but also give the best of country living that discerning purchasers demand today.
Tony has created many award winning developments over his career and has evolved a very unique and distinctive style, 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, and these principles have been influential in the design process at Freshford Mill.
New windows, rooflights, glazed bifold or sliding doors have been installed to the houses to increase light levels which are linked to improved mood, enhanced morale, lower fatigue and reduced 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.
In Letecombe Lodge, the Show Home that will open shortly, not only is there floor to ceiling glazed doors in the kitchen, study, sitting and dining room, there is a light well over the staircase that floods the very centre of the house with natural light. The master suite has an exceptional view across the lake and fields, with floor to ceiling bifold doors that open out on to a generous balcony.
All properties have access to either a private fully landscaped garden which may include generous paved and decked areas, or a balcony with views over the adjoining countryside such as in Carding Mill which overlooks the Island Nature Reserve. This reinforces the connection to the environment.
In addition Freshford Mill has landscaped grounds for residents to enjoy and benefit from, including a new lake with decking walkways amongst rustling reeds, leading to viewing platforms with seating, a Butterfly Garden full of colourful nectar rich plants to encourage both butterflies and moths, a nature reserve and even allotments for residents to partake in the “good life”.
Part of the Design Ethos is to use natural materials such as locally sourced larch to be used for cladding on houses and carbarns, pergolas and decking. Stone walls with cock and hen capping are currently 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.
In the meantime if you have any queries please contact Sarah Smith, Environ Sales Manager
01732 848316 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Giles Harling 01225 4745000 or GHarling@savills.com