LANDMARK YEAR FOR THE LAKE DISTRICT
The Lake District, one of the UK’s most scenic areas, is enjoying a year to remember, with the BBC film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter and a major revitalisation project coming in the next twelve months. The Lake District has long been a popular tourist destination, however, there is increasing interest from those looking to relocate permanently to the region. Meeting that rising demand is luxury sustainable developer egg Homes, through its landmark Viver Green development, a collection of 19 high-quality homes, priced between £445,000 and £800,000.
The spectacular landscape of the Lake District has been the source of inspiration for some of Britain’s finest writers, including William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and Arthur Ransome. This year also marks the 150th anniversary since the birth of one writer that has had arguably the biggest impact on the region, Beatrix Potter. Best known for her writings on the mischievous fictional character Peter Rabbit, she is credited as playing a key role in preserving the protected National Park. Her personal investment in managing regeneration projects across the area, as well as leaving a number of key estates and properties to the National Trust following her death, has allowed the area to retain its rural character.
The region is also coming in to focus, with the much-anticipated BBC adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s 1930 novel ‘Swallows and Amazons’. Due to appear on television screens this year, starring Rafe Spall, the film will showcase the popular children’s adventure story, set in some of the Lake District’s most scenic areas, many just a short distance away from Viver Green.
Topping-off an exciting year, the government recently announced plans to increase the eastern Lake District boundary lines by 3% of its current landmass to border with the Yorkshire Dales, combining to create the UK’s largest National Park. The project, backed by the Lake District National Park Authority, will likely see an increase in visitor numbers, as well as those looking to purchase a new home in spectacular rural surroundings.
Commenting on the appeal of the Lake District, egg Homes Partner and Director of Sales and Marketing, Chris Nelson said: “This region is one of the best places to live in Britain, it benefits from good transport connections to the North-West, Midlands and London, boasts some first-rate shops, cafes, restaurants and local pubs, excellent schools and is set amidst the most beautiful surroundings. That’s why Viver Green has been designed using the latest sustainable construction methods, to create perfect homes for a perfect area. We’ve also utilised leading cultivation techniques that promote the growth of plants and trees, which in turn allows wildlife to flourish.
“Launching our first development in the Lake District in the anniversary year of Beatrix Potter is quite poignant, as our main aim throughout the planning process was to create homes that will respect and enhance the character of the Lakelands. It is vitally important that we provide something that can be enjoyed not only by residents but the whole community for generations to come.”
Set on generous plots overlooking the rolling countryside, Viver Green is made up of four and five- bedroom homes, which can follow one of seven different designs. All feature balconies and light, airy interiors with expansive floor to ceiling glass panes as well landscaped front and rear gardens that will be planted with white-flowering plants and shrubs. Each of the homes will also benefit from the brand new connection – instigated by the egg Homes team – to the UK’s fastest broadband and the fastest rural network in the world performing at 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps) compared to the average home’s upload speed of 2 Mbps. Special home features also include mobile phone self- charging kitchen worktops and automatic bathroom lighting.
Situated just a ten-minute drive from Oxenholme station – connecting directly to Euston – the development is well-connected to both the capital and surrounding region. Kendal is also within a 10-minute drive, whilst Windermere is approximately 20-minutes away.
Challenging traditional construction techniques the egg Homes team has pushed the boundaries of sustainable luxury building in the UK. Utilising a range of ground-breaking design features and prominent partnerships with leading research and development teams, the hamlet of properties will have SAP ratings of between 92% and 98% and an EPC rating of A. Unique aspects of the development include the use of Amvic Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for the property shells, triple- glazed aluminium windows and doors, underfloor heating, solar panels, and intelligent home technology.
Beyond the technical assets of each property the development team, a triumvirate of professionals specialising in the construction sector, believes strongly in the importance of reinvesting in the local community. As such they have already engaged in a number of socially responsible contributions, which are already benefitting the local community.
Part of the development will include a community orchard which will be utilised by the charity ‘Growing Well’ – a local mental health charity and organic farm, which supports people to rebuild their lives by working outdoors, growing fresh fruit and vegetables. The local community will also be encouraged to enjoy the orchard and take fruit if they wish to. A community meadow will also form part of the development’s landscape, managed as a traditional hay meadow which is now considered as rare habitat due to changing agricultural practices.
The front gardens will be planted with tree and shrub species that have a high nectar value and as such benefit local bumble bee and butterfly populations. Long lengths of low retaining walls will be faced in local stone with open joints, providing valuable invertebrate habitats.
Ashley Reece, Partner and Director of Construction at egg Homes, added: “Our Viver Green development has been in high-demand, with 100% of phase one reserved within just seven days of the launch and only a few homes remaining within phase two. The feedback from purchasers and those interested has been hugely positive, there is a clear growing demand in the Lake District for luxury sustainable homes that have the community at heart. We’re now looking at undertaking more projects in the area, with talks underway with several landowners regarding potential future sites.”
Prices at Viver Green range from £445,950 to in excess of £800,000 for four and five-bedroom homes, ranging in size between 156sqm and 291sqm.
For Viver Green sales information contact Joint Agents Thomson Hayton Winkley on Tel: 01539 815700 or Benson Bunch on Tel: 01625 523605. For further information on egg Homes visit www.egghomes.uk or telephone 01539 760577.
Notes to Editors:
All 22 egg Homes are being assessed under the Home Quality Mark (HQM); a Mark of excellence bestowed on new build homes to give people the confidence that their properties are well- designed, well-built and cost-effective to run.
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