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Freshford Mill
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Freshford Mill | 31 July 2015 |

Freshford Mill, a site six miles south-east of Bath, set in beautiful Cotswolds countryside, is due to be transformed from a dilapidated site of abandoned buildings to a thriving development of 21 homes, where residents will be connected to the rural beauty that surrounds them. The site is surrounded by unspoilt woodland and pastures which are teeming with beautiful English wildlife. The development itself is designed to be a nature haven with several

wildlife-friendly features, such as native trees, hedge and wildflowers planted to provide a habitat for insects and birds.

The site lies in the quintessentially English village of Freshford, voted one of the most desirable villages in England, set in the southernmost part of the Cotswolds ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. However, despite its tranquillity, its proximity to nature and stunning rural views, the mill is just ten minutes’ walk from Freshford train station, and from here residents can be in the centre of Bath in just ten minutes.

One of Freshford Mill’s main features will be a lovely wildlife lake, planted with native plants to attract bats and merge with a wildflower meadow, which is particularly attractive to bees. Nature lovers will be able to enjoy the lake from walkways, boardwalks and a viewing platform. Birds such as Swallows and House Martins will swoop in to catch insects from the lake, and build nests nearby. Benches around the lake will allow residents to take in the views up to Limpley Stoke Valley and to the top of Freshford Village.

The riverbank is a great place for keen resident anglers to drop their lines in search of abundant stocks of barbel, chubb, pike, roach, dace or perch to name but a few! Because of Environ’s commitment to the local community, as well as the local environment, a special island nature reserve will be available to children from the local primary school to enjoy. Children will be able to see birds, various types of fish, and even the occasional otter swimming by!

An orchard is to be planted with local varieties of apple, pear and plum which will ultimately reach about ten feet in height, and there will be allotments on site so that residents can grow their own fruit and vegetables and further connect with the great outdoors. Another nature-friendly feature at Freshford Mill is a butterfly garden, located in what used to be a derelict folly, with seating built into the wall, providing the perfect place for residents to view the butterflies.

One of Environ’s guiding principles is New Urbanism, which promotes the design of living spaces that connect to the local, natural environment and the plans at Freshford are a great example of this. The connection between the development and the nature that surrounds the site will help to create a sense community and wellbeing for those who live there.

Bath UK’s favourite city outside London

Freshford Mill | 20 May 2015 |

The UK’s Second Favourite City: Bath tops list of most desirable urban location for buyers outside London. 
Bath has been revealed as the most popular urban location outside of London. The city, just 6 miles from Environ’s new development in Freshford village, is popular with buyers due to its elegant architecture, sophistication and ease of access to the beautiful surrounding countryside.

According to the team behind the research at Stacks Property Search, buyers are looking for city locations that can offer all the benefits of London living such as culture, sophistication, great shopping and good schools, and at the same time retain individual character and a cosy feel.

Recent figures from Zoopla show how Bath is fast becoming the go-to option for those seeking to move from London. The new research shows that 30% of homes in Bath are now sold to Londoners, and that many locals have even began referring to the city as ‘West, West London’.

And it’s not hard to see why Bath would be popular with Londoners; it’s easily commutable, being just 90 minutes on the train from central London, within easy reach of the M4 and offers beautiful period properties and urban living with stunning rural landscapes on the doorstep.

On top of all this, Bath is a UNESCO world heritage site, rich with history dating back to Roman times. According to UNESCO: “Bath’s grandiose neoclassical Palladian crescents, terraces and squares, spread out over the surrounding hills and set in its green valley, are a demonstration par excellence of the integration of architecture, urban design and landscape setting,” was the verdict when Bath was designated a world heritage site in 1987.

For those attracted to the idea of a home near Bath, the news of Freshford Mills’s upcoming conversion will be welcome news. Freshford is located just 6 miles South East of Bath, in a beautiful rural location in the southernmost part of the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty. The fact that a country village such as Freshford is located just a 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Bath, a bustling urban location, demonstrates how people living in the area can strike the perfect balance between urban and rural living.

Environ Communities are converting the historic Freshford Mill 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.

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.

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