Stylish and Sustainable Living At Lower Mill

01.05.18

We only have one planet, so we need to take care of it. Red Paxton, director of Habitat First Group, shares how his approach to property development is paying dividends for sustainable living

There’s nothing more ‘Zen’ than being at one with the world around you. This is especially true when it comes to your living environment.

Habitat First Group is a development company founded on the principle of creating that connection with one’s surroundings, delivering holiday-home communities that share a deep love of Mother Nature. Combining excellence in architecture and interior design, with state-of-the-art facilities, security and service, the company creates an oasis of space where families can holiday responsibly and in style, while safely exploring the great outdoors.

A family-run business, led by director Red Paxton, Habitat First Group first launched Lower Mill Estate in 1999, after spotting an enticing lakeside site in the Cotswolds and securing the purchase of the land. Further to developing a master-plan, they achieved permission to build 575 vacation homes across the site – while ensuring that two thirds were left untouched as a nature reserve and collection of lakes and waterways.

In terms of ownership opportunities, the first step is for buyers to select and purchase a plot. From that point they can either choose from one of the award-winning property designs, modify an existing one, or instruct an architect to create a one-off design, giving owners complete freedom to create something totally unique and personal.

“A home should be a reflection of your needs and aspirations. Those purchasing a plot at Lower Mill Estate are 100% involved from the early design stages through to the finished product,” Red explains. “The result is a place where like-minded people can enjoy their home-from-home and immerse themselves in the natural environment.”

Habitat First Group have recommended builders on hand to help construct and customise your property using the best in sustainable materials. This means buyers are certain to create a home with their individual stamp on it.

As the company grows, one thing stays the same, which is the dedication to not only producing high-end bespoke property, but also to preserving the natural environment.

“Our unique ethos brings people, ecology and architecture together in perfect harmony,” says Red.

A purchase of this kind is not just a great home-away-from-home, it’s also an investment opportunity thanks to the favourable tax breaks available to Furnished Holiday Let properties.

To qualify, your property must be available to let 210 days per year and actually let at least 105 days per year which opens up many benefits in the form of Capital Gains relief, Inheritance Tax relief and Capital Allowances.

To find out more go to www.lowermillestate.com. Enquire now to book a private tour

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