OUR MISSION

Habitat First Group is a development company founded on the principle of creating 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, Habitat First Group creates an oasis of space where families can holiday comfortably and responsibly, while safely exploring the great outdoors.

Habitat First Group is a family-run business. Having launched Lower Mill Estate 16 years ago, the company is now spreading its wings with the imminent launch of Silverlake, Dorset in April 2015, and has a number of other exciting projects in the pipeline.

We combine location, ecology, knowledge and grounded luxury to enable us to give your family a habitat to thrive.

HOW IT STARTED

Almost 20 years ago, on a hot summer’s day, Jeremy Paxton saw an enticing spot by a lake in the Cotswolds whilst he was flying his helicopter. The area was clear and he landed for a sandwich, a swim and a snooze.

A chance lunch with a friend led Jeremy to discover that the 550 acre plot was for sale and three weeks later Jeremy was the owner of what is now known as Lower Mill Estate.

After many years of enjoying the estate with his family he looked at the possibility of sharing it with other people and building a limited number of vacation homes that harmonised ecology, architecture and people. After many years of developing a master-plan Jeremy and his family achieved permission to build 575 vacation homes across the site. Only one third of the site is developable leaving two thirds as untouched nature reserve and lakes.

In 2013 Habitat First Group was born and two more large sites in the South West were acquired, one in Dorset and another in Devon.

The group is still run by the Paxton family who strive to lead the way in building award-winning vacation communities where families can make memories.

LOWER MILL ESTATE
BRINGS PEOPLE, ECOLOGY AND
AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECTURE
TOGETHER IN PERFECT HARMONY

OUR
DEVELOPMENTS

Habitat First creates private, vacation home communities that share a love for mother nature. By combining excellence in architecture, interior design, facilities, security and service, home owners can escape from the rigours of city living.

Habitat First offers an oasis of space where families can holiday comfortably and responsibly, safely explore and re-energise in acres and acres of natural habitat.

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Lower Mill Estate brings people, ecology and award-winning architecture together in perfect harmony.

Your home reflects your requirements, so when purchasing a plot at Lower Mill Estate, you are 100 per cent involved from the very early stages of the bespoke design process right through to the end result.

You can select one of Lower Mill Estate’s award-winning property designs, modify an existing one or instruct your own architect to create a one-off design. Recommended builders are on hand to help you build and customise your property. Selecting from a multitude of layouts, a range of interiors and the best in sustainable materials and finishes, you are certain to create a home-from-home with your stamp on it.

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In 2012 the Paxton family purchased this 600 acre quarry now known as Silverlake. Situated near Dorchester and Weymouth and previously a WW2 air base, the site will cease quarrying in 2016. Plans to build 1,000 holiday homes have been approved and the site is due to officially launch in April 2015. Whilst the concept is the same as Lower Mill, the product and location is very different.

Please click on the link below to discover more about the location, history of Warmwell and our plans to transform Warmwell Quarry into another unique, innovative resort.

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LATEST PRODUCTS

Having worked with some of the world’s leading architects, Habitat First Group are at the forefront of vacation home architecture and nowhere in the world can you find such an eclectic mix of designs and materials across a single development.

SEE OUR EXCITING LATEST PRODUCTS +

HABITAT HOUSE

HABITAT HOUSE DESIGNED TO LAST 1,000 YEARS

The Habitat House is a ground-breaking design by award-winning architects Featherstone Young. With a distinctive wildflower sloping roof, it blends in beautifully with the natural environment.

These homes provide the very best in sustainable luxury and are designed to last 1,000 years.

WATER GARDEN

LARGE ROOF TERRACE THAT SPANS THE WHOLE WIDTH AND LENGTH OF THE PROPERTY OFFERING PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE ESTATE.

This new exciting Water Garden design by architect Andy Ramus focuses on renewable energy resources and low energy bills. Built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) and hand-finished by local tradesmen, it is one of the most efficient designs that Habitat First Group has launched.

LIGHTHOUSE

THE FIRST HABITAT FIRST GROUP DESIGN TO MEET PASSIVHAUS PERFORMANCE

Designed by architect Jerry Tate and constructed from structural insulated panels (SIPs), these homes are clad in natural larch timber, clay brick and recycled rubber roof tiles. The Light House is the first Habitat First Group design to meet Passivhaus standards and code level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

THE BARN

A VERY SPACIOUS AIRY FEEL

Designed by architect Willmore Iles, the distinctive Cotswolds tiled pitched roof, gable ends and an almost entirely glass frontage combine to give the Barn a very spacious, airy feel. Their flexible design can be configured to suit small and large families. The houses can be finished in cedar, stone and/or render.

SUN HOUSE

ONE OF HABITAT FIRST GROUP’S MOST POPULAR DESIGNS

The award-winning four-bed Sun House has been one of Habitat First Group’s most popular designs thanks to its large open-plan living area and mezzanine floor, which allows owners to customise the space according to their needs. The design has won Best Small House in recent years.

MEDIA
ENQUIRIES

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CONTACT

For further information contact
Habitat First Group
Somerford Keynes
Nr Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 6BG
live@habitatfirstgroup.com
Tel:+44 (0)1285 869 489