Join BBC’s Springwatch presenter and self-confessed nature nerd Lucy Lapwing for a bank holiday weekend of fun and education in the great outdoors.

Lucy is a well-respected and extremely engaging conservation influencer and we’re lucky to have her at Silverlake in Dorset, hosting three exciting and fun events on the bank holiday Sunday, 28th August 2022.  Lucy will help get you and your children back to nature and create excitement for the outside world and its inhabitants.

The day’s excitement kicks off at 0900 with a Reptile Walk through the woodlands, where you will encounter the reptile residents of Silverlake. Come close to an adder safely (although it is rare, these magnificent creatures can bite). Book your space here.

Adventure further at 1400 with a Bug Hunt through Silverlake, discovering the world of bees, butterflies, bugs and beetles. See if you can spot the rare silver-studded butterfly which has decided to make Silverlake it’s home. Book your space here.

For those who wish to experience the wonderful world of nocturnal bats, you have a rare opportunity to join us on a Bat Walk at 2000 hrs. Lucy will guide you through an evening walk to discover these remarkable creatures that are valuable in our habitat.  Did you know that bats support our ecosystem by devouring over 3000 midges a day, doing us all a favour?  Book your space here

Please ensure to wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable footwear.

To book your space, please visit our Eventbrite page; the ticket cost is £5, with all proceeds going directly to the Habitat First Foundation.

The Lucy Lapwing events are exclusive for homeowners and on-site guests at Silverlake, so book your bank holiday with us today if you haven’t already!

Holiday lets are an expanding market and with growing concern in the international travel industry, consumers have opted for more UK holidays, making it a great time to think about a holiday rental investment.

When buying a holiday home, the ideal holiday location is key; owning accommodation minutes away from the world-renowned Jurassic Coast would ensure plenty of visitors throughout the year.

Silverlake, Dorset offers a unique opportunity for property investment with a huge variety of beautifully designed, eco holiday homes for sale in a stunning location.

Buying with the view to offering short-term holiday lets can be more lucrative in comparison to long-term rentals with a decent financial return. The holiday rental marketplace, Snaptrip, reports a huge 284% rise in demand for staycations since April 2021, with tourism becoming the fastest growing industry in Britain, set to be worth over £257 billion by 2025.   

Henry Rouse of Habitat Escapes says, “we have seen a sharp increase in the number of owners looking to rent out their properties and a huge 45% increase in the number of consumers looking for holiday rentals on our estates since 2021.  We believe that UK destinations will remain part of consumers’ holiday portfolio in the future”.

Affordability and hassle-free travel will ensure that UK holidays will remain a firm favourite for Brits and generate good demand for holiday lets in the future.

Is an investment in holiday rentals a good idea?

Owning a second home as a holiday let can be rewarding personally and financially. With the obvious benefits of escaping city life and connection with loved ones, investment in a holiday rental can generate income, supplement savings in retirement or simply cover the costs of owning a second home.

What could be better than having spectacular scenery, historic market towns and villages, or even award-winning beaches on your doorstep? It is not surprising that a huge motivator for investment in a holiday home is that you can combine a successful business and offset the cost of your holidays. 

Deciding on whether to invest requires an understanding of the market, interest rates, mortgages, tax implications and all other influencing factors.

Short-term holiday lets can be much more profitable than longer-term lets, given that you can charge the same for a week’s holiday as you can for a month’s long-term let. The rental yield you can obtain from a holiday let can be up to 30% greater than a standard buy-to-let annual 8% return.

Returns on property sales have been hitting record highs over the last couple of years and rising; many investors in holiday lets are using this to strengthen their pension pots for their retirement. 

There can be significant tax benefits of holiday let properties not afforded to buy to let landlords, making a huge difference in profitability.  A holiday let is treated as a business for tax purposes, whereas a buy-to-let is regarded as an investment giving rise to investment income. Unlike the latter, owners of holiday lets can deduct the entire cost of their mortgage interest regardless of other income. Holiday lets are subject to business rates rather than council tax.

If your holiday let is available for at least 210 days a year and let out for a minimum of 105 days each year, you are eligible for tax benefits. 

Understanding the ever-changing mortgage market is imperative. Some high street lenders may be cautious about lending on a property that has a restriction, or it may be that you cannot live in the property 365 days a year.  Specialist mortgage brokers can help find a lender to suit your specific needs. “We meet many customers who understandably try to arrange their own finance but end up in a quagmire of criteria and rules that ultimately mean a “no” from the lender. Just having someone who understands the market and the locations can take the pressure away,” says Sally Hilliker at House and Holiday Home Mortgages.

Holiday lets require ongoing work and management, which can be very demanding.  Choosing a trusted and reliable management agency is the key to the success of any holiday let investment.  Expert advice and support will make your investment journey painless.  Partnering with industry experts like Habitat Escapes, the on-site specialists for Silverlake, Dorset, can take away all the hassle from property letting by providing a full management service.

Where should you buy?  Finding the right area should be based on budget and potential returns.  Consider desirable locations (on the coast, market towns, rural hot spots and popular walking destinations) where you would enjoy holidaying yourself. Destinations under 3 hour’s drive from large cities (particularly London) and your own home are best to ensure the property gives good returns and benefits for your family in equal measures.

Run and managed well a holiday home could provide you with a great deal of pleasure and more significant financial gains and tax advantages than many other investments.

Whether you are looking for a personal investment, a financial gain, or looking to leave an inheritance for your children. Silverlake offers a chance to buy a luxury lakeside holiday home. Treat your family and rental guests to a unique, fully furnished holiday in the heart of Dorset. Contact us to find out how you can invest in your future.


Silverlake, Dorset has exciting plans for the development of a truly unique spa and leisure destination. The new facilities will offer visitors an innovative and eco-friendly outdoor destination spa, the first of its kind in the UK.

Silverlake is already renowned for its outstanding relationship with sustainability and ecology and by creating a spa that is nestled into the surrounding landscape, visitors will be able to absorb the positive benefits of the natural world.  

The spa will have both an indoor and outdoor pool, with sixteen lakeside treatment rooms and four lakeside cabanas. Situated in a prime position on the waterside of one of the Estate’s many lakes, visitors will be able to go ‘wild’ swimming and have access to water sports equipment, Kneipp walks, relaxation hubs, a floating fire pit and hydrothermal experiences.

The Firefly restaurant will sit lakeside and will include an open plan kitchen, bar, shop, events space and terrace with views across the water and plenty of areas to savour the surrounding landscapes and tranquillity of the spa.

This new spa promises to be an incredible addition to Silverlake, providing a haven for residents and guests alike, as well as a rejuvenating experience for day visitors to enjoy. To find out more, click on the link below and sign up to the mailing list to ensure you are the first to hear about updates and upcoming launches.

Download Spa brochure

Join the Spa mailing list

If you’re looking to get away this April, come and spend your Easter break with us at Silverlake (Dorset). We are offering up to £150* on Easter getaways during April and with some egg-cellent activities planned between 1st April and 24th April, book now to avoid missing out!

Egg-cellent adventures await
To join in the fun, just head over to our Activity Hub to grab your map and a tasty Easter treat. Entries are £4 each and include an Easter trail map and a small treat to enjoy. Grab your wellies and soak up some fresh country air, head out on the lakes or jump on a bike to scour acres of our beautiful estates. Using the map follow the egg-citing trail and keep your eyes high up in the trees and low on the ground. You’ll need to keep a record of the eggs you find, so don’t forget to take a pen with you.

If you fancy the challenge, grab your wellies and soak up some fresh country air, while scouring acres of our beautiful estates. Seek out our amazing wildlife while you explore and enjoy spending time together as a family. Take a break and refuel with a visit to the Hurricane Terrace – there might even be an egg to find there too! 

Step into nature at Silverlake
We’re excited to be welcoming our nature ambassador, Lucy Lapwing to Silverlake this Easter. A self-confessed ‘nature nerd’ and conservationist, Lucy was recently featured on BBC Winter Watch and will be hosting some unique adventures during her stay. Join Lucy to identify some of the species that enjoy our thriving habitat. Will you choose to make a parabolic bird amplifier to identify birdsong, or will you roam amidst the heathland and woodland on a special bug hunt? 

Al-fresco Easter meals 
If you’re spending your Easter break at Silverlake this April, make the most of the early spring sunshine and pre-order one of our picnic boxes to enjoy at one of the many beautiful spots on the nature reserves, offering spectacular views and opportunities to observe the local wildlife. Our picnics contain a selection of delicious homemade picnic foods, seasonal dishes and some sweet treats. Alternatively, take a break at the Hurricane Terrace where we will be offering a selection of delicious family sharing plates and handcrafted cocktails. Alternatively, treat yourself to one of our ever-popular stone baked Pizzas from our Pizza shack near the Yurt

 Come and join us this Easter, surround yourself in nature and live the wildlife. Book now and don’t forget you can save up to £150* on Easter getaways this April. 

*Ts & Cs: Subject to availability. New Bookings only. Valid on stays from 1st April 2022 to 24th April 2022 at Silverlake in Dorset only. Not applicable to backdated bookings. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. The offer is subject to change.

Silverlake has seen a marked rise in interest from would be homeowners interested in buying luxury holiday homes in Dorset over the last few years. We expect this trend to continue as the region is in a sweet spot – close enough to London and the south to make weekend trips viable, whilst still representing a sound ‘lifestyle’ investment.

Silverlake is delighted to present the next release of plots in our fifth village, Shepperd’s View. The release comes earlier than anticipated, due to continued, unprecedented demand, with investment starting from only £600,000 including the freehold plot and a build contract from our recommended builder.

This area contains a striking range of waterside and village plots, with calming nature views. All plots come with planning permission for one of our light and spacious, sustainable designs. Shepperd’s View benefits from access to community spaces, including a grass amphitheatre, lakeside jetty, picnic areas and proximity to our upcoming landmark leisure facility and spa.

In another step towards harmonising ecology, architecture and community, an Air Source Heat Pump will power each property with optional extras such as EV chargers, solar panels, and batteries also available on request.

Shepperd’s View benefits from tranquil lakes and proximity to Knighton Heath Woods, with access to beautiful walks, bridleways and an abundance of wildlife. Each luxury holiday home will have access to outstanding spa and leisure facilities, including a private beach, tennis, water sports, forest playgrounds and cycle trails. 

Venture a little further and you will discover the most stunning parts of this historic county. From the Blue Flag beaches of Sandbanks to the fossil-filled cliffs of Lyme Regis – there is so much to discover along this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Investing in domestic holiday homes is rising in popularity due to high demand, attractive rental yields, favourable tax treatment and most of all, the increased desire for quality time with loved ones. Our plots are also exempt from the 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes. With a fully managed holiday rental service available on site, owning an investment property can be hassle-free.

Whether you are looking for a holiday home in Dorset for investment purposes, family use or a mixture of both, get in touch to arrange a private tour.

Book a tour

Properties at Silverlake, Dorset cannot be used as a primary residence. Price includes plot purchase and build contract from our recommended construction partner. Prices correct at the time of going to press.

To commemorate Habitat First Group’s 25th anniversary we launched a competition to find a new and unique sculpture for Silverlake last year. We are now delighted to see Nadine Collinson, winning sculpture, ‘To the Stars’ brought to life.
The competition was run in partnership with Sculpture by the Lakes with a brief that invited designs to be innovative and sustainable, celebrating Silverlake and its outstanding reputation for ecology.

All the designs were submitted to our judging panel that included: Red Paxton, director of Habitat First Group, British sculptor and creator of Sculpture by Lakes, Simon Gudgeon,  Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency and former BBC broadcaster Darren Northeast, Managing Director of Darren Northeast PR, one of the South’s leading PR agencies.

Having been inundated with creative and inspiring entries, our judging panel felt that the winning entry encapsulated everything that Silverlake represents. Congratulations to Nadine Collinson with her sculpture, entitled ‘To The Stars!’.

A beautiful and graceful interpretation of the energy and movement of flight, ‘To The Stars!’ pays homage to the connection between history and nature at Silverlake, but also marks the celebration of Habitat First Group’s 25th anniversary by including 25 secret stars embossed and hidden amongst the trails of the birds on the sculpture.

Upon the announcement, Nadine commented, “When I first saw the brief for the sculpture competition, I was totally inspired by Silverlake’s rich history as an RAF base, its logo depicting the Spitfire and the abundant ecology at this beautiful estate. I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of turning my design concept To the Stars! into a reality – a sculpture which will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Habitat First Group and will also pay homage to those who fought so bravely to secure our freedom.” 

We are very excited to see Nadine’s design in place at the Hurricane Spa at Silverlake, ready for all our guests and visitors to enjoy.