New Contemporary Village Homes Offer Families Room to Breathe


Many families find that they need more space as their children grow older, yet a move further out into the countryside is often seen as big step. Panic can set in at the thought of not being able to buy a latté within ten minutes of the house, or that it will be half an hour’s car ride to get a pint of milk. Making new friends and building a network again are also concerns often cited.

The new homes by award-winning eco house builder Environ Communities offer families the best of both worlds at their new development, Keepers Court, at Kings Hill near West Malling. Designed in the style of an old Wealden Village with a mix of house styles, the development has direct access to a 150 acre Country Park on its doorstep and yet the homes are within ten minutes’ walking distance to a number of shops such as Waitrose and Asda, banks, doctors, post office and vet. There are outstanding primary schools nearby, a David Lloyd Centre and a championship golf course, which are all easily accessed via a network of safe landscaped walkways and cycle lanes.

The four and five bedroom properties, designed to an exceptional specification, are contemporary inside and out whilst still reflecting the local Kentish architecture. Designed in four different styles, the homes are light and spacious with glass used throughout; features such as double height entrance halls and cathedral ceilings in the master bedrooms provide a ‘wow’ factor.

The four bedroom homes start from £562,500 and five bedroom homes start from £647,000.

The luxury homes are designed to offer an unusual amount of flexibility with the clever use of pocket doors which allows the living areas to be opened up or divided as the owner chooses, and as family requirements change. Upstairs, there is a large bonus room in the loft, which can be easily accessed by an electric wooden staircase that drops down at the touch of a switch. Velux windows, lighting and electrical sockets are fitted and this space could have many uses.

The gardens and landscaping throughout the scheme are an eye-catching feature of Keepers Court. Award- winning landscape designer Julie Johnson has created easy maintenance ‘fitted’ rear gardens that flow from the house, so they become an extra room in the warmer months. They are attractively landscaped, using plants suitable for the region and climate and include a raised vegetable bed for those owners wanting to grow their own produce.

Tony Dowse, Chairman of Environ says:  “Kings Hill is a thriving community and the wide range of properties ensures a diverse mix of residents from singles to young professionals to families and retirees. It is a safe environment in which to bring up a family with green pedestrian routes and traffic slowing roads. It’s nice to see so many children out on their bikes and residents using the Country Park to walk their dogs.”

Eye-catching sculptures, an exceptional level of landscaping to the roads around the luxury properties and generous public green spaces create an environment that is healthy and pleasant to live in.

For families that are shrinking in size, rather than growing, Environ has also recently launched The Manor at Kings Hill, a collection of two-bedroom apartments, penthouses and cottages. Views from The Manor are stunning, as they look straight down the Avenue to the Country Park. These smart, superbly built and finished homes would be the perfect solution for anyone looking to downsize.

The 2 bed cottages start from £327,500, the 2 bed apartments are £365,000 and the penthouses are £397,500.

Keepers Court and The Manor at Kings Hill is within easy commuting distance of London and is ideally placed for motorways (being just off junction 4 of the M20), airports, channel ports and high-speed rail.  There is a regular shuttle bus service to West Malling railway station, where there is a direct train service to London Victoria with an average journey time of 49 minutes. There are also commuter services that run to London Blackfriars.

For more information see http://oakshamlet.com/eco-homes-kent/

Tel 01732 848316, or email: enquiries@oakshamlet.com


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 Devon market towns. Attention to detail, landscape gardens and sense of place and community run through everything they do.

Environ’s modern homes developments aim to achieve a true sense of that old fashioned notion of “community” and this is the reason they are called Environ Communities.