New Contemporary Apartments in the Heart of Dartmouth Launch


Environ Communities, an award-winning developer specialising in sustainable development, has launched six contemporary eco-apartments – SAILS, overlooking the Quay in Dartmouth, Devon, which are ideal for those either looking for a holiday or permanent home. The striking contemporary design has been inspired by an ocean going clipper and adds a dramatic new landmark building in a central location to the otherwise traditional 19th century architecture of Dartmouth.

The two and three bedroom apartments at Sails will offer sizeable, light and airy homes with stunning views of the harbour, Coronation Park and Royal Naval College. The penthouse is one- of- a- kind for Dartmouth having an added wow factor with all its living areas overlooking both the harbour and Coronation Park and its master bedroom looking out on to its own Japanese roof garden. The 2 bed apartments start from £640,000, the 3 bed apartments from £820,000 and the penthouse is £1,350,000.

These ultra-smart, turnkey apartments have been designed to an exceptional specification with oak flooring in the living area and kitchen, and Italian tiling in the bathrooms. The sleek open plan living areas will have a contemporary kitchen by Pyram of France with large stone worktops. The apartments feature a fully fitted en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom, a utility room, private balcony overlooking the waterfront, rare garage parking right in the heart of the town and a storage pod for items such as boating gear, golf clubs and bikes.

Joanna Hole, Head of New Homes at Jackson-Stops & Staff says: “We are thrilled to be involved with such a unique development. The apartments in terms of specification are second to none and the vast expanse of glass in each home not only frames the view of the harbour but creates a light and airy feel. We have certainly seen a surge of activity in waterside apartments this year and with only five apartments and one penthouse available at Sails we expect demand to be high.”

‘New Urbanism’ – a concept that promotes the design of living spaces that enhance the lives of those living within them, is enthusiastically subscribed by Environ and has been applied to the design of Sails. Environ has developed Sails to be as individual as possible, maximising light and space with a connection to the outside through the clever use of open plan living space and large glazed areas at the front of the property positioned to maximise the stunning views of the harbour.

Tony Dowse, Chairman of Environ says: “In everything we do we strive to create happy communities through specific design elements to make our properties pleasant to live in, and to blend in with the surrounds by following the local vernacular.”

The apartments at Sails are highly insulated ensuring that fuel bills are kept to a minimum. Double glazing windows are used throughout, along with low energy lighting and appliances and a heat recovery ventilation system, which provides a constant supply of fresh air warmed via the heat exchanger, whilst removing stale, humid and odorous air.

Dartmouth is often referred to as the “jewel in Devon’s crown” due to its array of medieval and Elizabethan streetscapes and its patchwork of narrow lanes and stone stairways, home to a collection of boutique shops, art galleries and delicatessens. There is also a cobbled market place featuring colourful stalls and farmers’ markets supplying fresh local produce.

An abundance of activities is on offer in Dartmouth, such as golf at the nearby Golf and Country Club, a relaxing spa day at The Dart Marina Spa, sailing, fishing, or visiting one of the many fine dining restaurants in the area. In addition, with Dartmouth lying within an area of outstanding beauty, it is a great place for walkers, with the South West Coast Path offering a variety of tough cliff walks to gentle hills and lanes with an abundance of bird and wildlife. The coast also offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the country with a range of water activities and wildlife tours.

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Sales Enquiries: Joanna Hole, Jackson-Stops & Staff, Tel +44 (0)1392 214222. Email:

Editors Notes

Environ Communities, headed up by Tony Dowse, has recently won an award for ‘Best Small Developer’ by What House? Magazine and was overall UK winner of the coveted Green Leaf Award, amongst others.  Environ create lifetime homes with a traditional and timeless beauty: from iconic, modern homes overlooking the Atlantic to spacious, unique family homes in Kentish hamlets and even cosy and peaceful retirement homes in quiet market towns. Attention to detail, landscaped gardens and sense of place and community run through everything they do. Environ’s modern home developments aim to achieve a true sense of that old fashioned notion of “community” and this is the reason they are called Environ Communities.

Tony Dowse has been at the forefront of innovative housing and was the first developer to introduce the highly energy efficient Super E housing from Canada that has been a major factor in promoting sustainability in the UK during the past few years. Tony believes that housing should be “of its time” but that contemporary design can still reflect the local vernacular whilst not being a pastiche. The future form of housing will be dictated by energy and sustainability criteria but this should not rule out houses having individuality and character. In particular Environ’s philosophy is that the inside of any house should relate to the outside space and Tony works closely with both the architects and landscape designer Julie Johnson to achieve this. Environ has been commended by the Civic Trust and a number of national landscape awards including the coveted overall UK winner of the Green Leaf Award.