25th Nov 2015
Beechcroft Developments success in creating stunning landscaped gardens has been recognised for the second successive year with a gold medal in The Best Landscape Design category of the What House? Property Awards 2015 often dubbed the oscars of the Property Industry
Retirement specialist, Beechcroft Developments, takes pride in creating outstanding properties for the over 55s which offer plenty of generously-proportioned living space but with fewer bedrooms than one would expect in a mainstream property of the same size. More than this, however, Beechcroft is committed to creating beautiful surroundings particularly gardens as most downsizers regret leaving their gardens behind when they move even if the garden was proving too much to manage.
Frenchlands Gate in East Horsley, Surrey received Gold for its fabulous landscaped setting in the What House? Awards 2014 and this year, the winner was Orchard Gardens in Storrington. The judges, in their report, comment that they were impressed by the elegant simplicity of the scheme and how the new homes sit comfortably within the setting, complementing the vernacular architecture and merging seamlessly in the historic fabric of the neighbouring streetscape. The scheme has been designed to maximise views from the new homes of the church and South Downs, parking and garages aretucked out of site, giving the impression that the development is car free.
The judges report goes onto say that the materials combine golden gravel paths, timber fences and trellis and characteristic ironmongery. The planting design is soft and pleasing and yet vibrant and the skilful mix of interest, colour, texture, movement and scent is a delight. Overall, an eloquent scheme sensitively designed and executed within a historic setting and so well maintained.
We are delighted to have won this award for the second year running, comments Angela South, Sales and Marketing Director for Beechcroft. All too often, new home developments are dominated by the buildings which bear little relation to the landscaping. At Beechcroft, we landscape the gardens in such a way that the gardens will mature and develop over time and provide pleasure for those who live there.
At Orchard Gardens, the Sussex countryside provided the landscaping inspiration. Orchard Gardens was once the orchard of St Josephs Abbey and overlooks the beautiful South Downs. Beechcroft aimed to create one lovely Sussex garden, full of interest, colour, texture, movement and scent which would appeal to the buyers, rather than just a typical landscaping scheme for a new development. The garden was also designed to connect the development with the surrounding landscape, incorporating smooth lawns and planted areas as well as more natural areas.
One two-bedroom cottage remains available at Orchard Gardens. Garden Cottage, priced at 385,000, provides a private garden and two parking spaces as well as access to the communal gardens.
One three-bedroom house remains available at Rothschild Place, ideally located on the High Street in Tring, Hertfordshire, priced at 695,000. In Chipping Norton, Beechcroft is creating Penhurst Gardens which comprises two and three-bedroom houses and two-bedroom apartments, both new and converted. In Marlborough, Priory Gardens, just off the Salisbury Road, is a collection of two and three-bedroom apartments, half a mile from the town centre.
Beechcroft is a leading UK retirement developer building outstanding homes for the over 55s in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Middlesex, Gloucester and Kent. Beechcroft’s retirement houses and apartments offer award-winning landscaped settings and estate management services, access to shops and services and a community of like-minded people.
This is independent retirement living at its best - perfect retirement properties for the over 55’s to live in or lock up and leave.