National Geographic Traveller has teamed up with Habitat Escapes to offer a three-night stay at Silverlake

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The competition closes on 31 January 2019 and the winner will be drawn at random, don't miss out!

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Courtesy of Habitat Escapes, one lucky family will win three nights’ accommodation in one of Silverlake’s three-bedroom eco-build cottages. The property sleeps up to six guests and is offered on a self-catering basis, with full access to the Hurricane Spa at Silverlake and one complimentary treatment. The winners will have bike, canoe and kayak hire for the duration of the trip for a fun-filled country escape.

On Saturday 20th October, we were proud to host our first ever Halloween dinner on the roof terrace of the Hurricane Spa. The Autumn weather held out beautifully and adults were able to enjoy some relaxed conversation, whilst the kids made Halloween crafts and ate mummified hot dogs!

The evening was rounded off beautifully by toasting marshmallows on the fire pits in Beaumont Village whilst watching one of the first Starling murmurations of the year.

We have received lots of comments about how enjoyable it was to get together with other residents and as a result, we’ll be holding more seasonal events in the future.

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“Remember that kind of worry-free sleep you had as a child, where you’d just peg out at the end of the day, collapsed from happy exhaustion brought on by a day of exploration and simple fun?

That’s the kind of sleep I had at Silverlake, a luxury retreat on the outskirts of Dorchester.”

Read the full article HERE

“Find Silverlake’s self-catering properties dotted among hundreds of acres of heathland with lakes where you can kayak and paddleboard or take a nature trail on bike or foot. Tech-obsessed teenagers can rent a laminated map and GPS device pre-loaded with a series of waypoints. Hidden near each waypoint is a small container with a log book to register your visit. The map also gives examples of what may be spotted at each point, including otters and owls.”

Read the full article HERE

The fund, which was developed by West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council Natural Environment Team (DNET) and Habitat First Group (Silverlake), was launched in April 2018.


The fund can be used for projects to benefit habitats and wildlife found in Silverlake and the local area. Example projects could include planting, green travel routes or wildlife boxes.


Eligible areas for funding include Broadmayne, Winfrith Newburgh, Woodsford, Warmwell, Crossways, Knightsford, Owermoigne, Puddletown and Moreton.


Two projects received funding through the first round of applications. These were Butterfly Conservation who received funding to study whether the Dingy Mocha Moth was present in Warmwell Heath and Silverlake and Broadmayne First School who received equipment to study wildlife in the school environment.


Those wishing to apply for funding will need to complete and submit an application form by 5pm on Monday 31st October 2018. The application form and guidance on the process are available HERE.


Applications will then be considered by DNET, WDDC, Habitat First Group and relevant ward members before awards are made later in the year.


If you have any questions regarding the fund, please contact West Dorset District Council. []

A nationally rare plant, Heath lobelia (Lobelia urens), has just been given a helping hand by the Habitat First Group at Silverlake, Dorset. With only six populations of this plant known to be remaining in the UK it is considered to be vulnerable to extinction.

In a trial that is the first of its kind for this species, Heath lobelia plants have been translocated from a local Dorset population to a site at Silverlake where they have been protected from grazing animals using secure wooden enclosures.

The project, funded by HFG, brings together botanical expertise from Dorset County Council, the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, and Natural England.

Read the Full Article Here

We’re delighted to share with you some fantastic coverage in the National Press from last weekend; Gordon Miller’s piece in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph and Dave Phelan’s piece in The Times online.  Both pieces come following stays at Silverlake earlier this year and highlight the joys of holidaying at our idyllic countryside retreat and the attractive stamp duty savings available when self-building your own holiday home on one of our freehold lakeside plots. Take a look at the full articles below:


The Daily Telegraph


The Times

One of our main priorities at Silverlake is helping to reintroduce plant species that have been lost as a result of intensive quarrying. This month, we have been busy sowing Pennyroyal seeds, one of the rarest plants in Britain, in the hope that it will flower in the Autumn next year. This mini member of the mint family grows to just 30cm high and is recognisable by the flourish of little lilac flowers around the stem’s leaves.


The Dorset county recorder, the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and Dorset County Council’s ecologist have all worked hand in hand with us to make this happen.


This project follows the successful reintroduction of Heath Lobelia, which is only present in 6 sites in the UK.


We intend to bring as many of Silverlake’s original native plants back to the estate as possible. To follow our progress, sign up to our Newsletter.

We’re delighted to share Pat Riddell’s piece on the National Geographic Traveller website following his stay at Silverlake over Easter.

It’s a lovely piece that celebrates Silverlake’s fantastic location near the Jurassic coastline as well as delving into the various activities including the Hurricane Spa to boating, tennis and much more.

Click HERE for the full article.

Building with Nature is Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s pioneering first certification scheme for green infrastructure. Encompassing the planning and design stages of development, as well as the long-term maintenance of green infrastructure, it’s now being rolled out across the UK.


This is amazing recognition for all the ecological work that goes into Silverlake ranging from the planning and design through to development works and the long-term management.


After weeks of assessment and site visits by the Wildlife Trust inspectors, this is proof that conservation and development can go hand in hand when managed as one entity.


This is big news for our principal contractor and recommended construction partner, Conservation Builders Ltd, too as they are the ones who have implemented many of the ecological designs.


The Service Charge Team, managed by HML Andertons, are obviously key as they ensure the long-term management of all habitats that have been created but the biggest congratulations must go to everyone’s favourite ecologist, Dr Phoebe Carter for her outstanding work in helping the flora and fauna at Silverlake thrive.