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 developments is paying dividends for green living

There’s nothing more ‘Zen’ than being at one with the world around you. This is especially true when it comes to your home 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 for Mother Nature. Combining excellence in architecture, interior design, state-of-the-art facilities, security and service, the company creates an oasis of space where families can holiday comfortably and responsibly, 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 plot in the Cotswolds and purchasing the land. After years of developing a master-plan, they achieved permission to build 575 vacation homes across the site – while ensuring two thirds are left untouched as a nature reserve and lakes.

Investors purchase a plot, and from that point, can either select to have built one of the award-winning property designs, modify an existing one, or instruct an architect to create a one-off design, giving freedom to create something totally unique and personal.

“Your home is a reflection of your needs and aspirations, so when purchasing a plot at Lower Mill Estate, you are 100% involved from the very early stages of the design process right through to the finished product,” Red explains. “The result is a place where like-minded people build their own beautiful homes and immerse themselves in the natural environment,” explains Red.

Habitat First Group have recommended builders on hand to help construct and customise your property using the best in sustainable materials, meaning buyers are certain to create a home-from-home with their 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 of not just a great home-away-from-home, however, 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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