We are delighted to announce the release of our exclusive Heritage Collection to Silverlake, Dorset, a curated collection of award-winning designs. Each sustainable holiday home design is available on a substantial plot for a fixed price, with a fixed build time of 15 months. For those looking for a sound holiday home investment, the land is exempt of stamp duty and many homeowners choose to get a return on investment by letting their properties out through our official holiday rental company, Habitat Escapes.

Why Silverlake?

Silverlake is a unique, luxury estate surrounded by lakes and heathlands, ideal for families who want to escape their busy lives and experience the tranquillity of nature. Our Dorset holiday homes, not only offer stunning surroundings but also a real sense of community, just minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic coast.

2 Storey Barns   

We have launched a curated collection of  four contemporary 2 Storey Barns in celebration of Silverlake’s heritage.

This limited-time offer allows you to hand pick your plot and includes planning permission for one of these striking, sustainable designs with glazed frontage and a reduced build time of only 15 months.

This contemporary, architectural design comes fully future-proofed with an Air Source heat pump and fibre to the property. Photovoltaics and Tesla batteries can also be added as simple upgrades.

Total fixed investment price: £900,000. Made up of a freehold plot purchase and a build contract.

Summer House

Available for a limited time only, we are excited to launch the final phase of our Heritage Collection – a selection of two Summer House designs.

With a reduced build time of only 15 months, the offer features substantial plots and includes planning permission with a choice of two contemporary, sustainable design options.

Situated at the heart of the estate, these plots look out over outstanding natural beauty, with exclusive access to the Nature Garden. Located away from the water’s edge and with the ability to be fully enclosed, the Summer Houses are perfect for families and couples with young children and pets who want to make the most of the outdoor lifestyle, whilst still retaining a sense of privacy and safety.

Our Summer House designs draw inspiration from the local Dorset vernacular, incorporating large windows, open plan spaces and roof lights to flood the property with natural light, creating a strong connection with the great outdoors.

Total fixed investment price: £695,000. *Made up of a freehold plot purchase and a build contract.

The ethical way to invest

Holiday home ownership can provide many financial benefits, as well as affording peace of mind that you have made an ethical purchase. Silverlake is a bespoke holiday home community that supports conservation works and the local economy, without the much-publicised negative effects that second homes can have on local housing markets.

Our gift to you

Each purchase will come with a unique commissioned artwork of your choice of one of the WW2 planes that were once stationed at Silverlake.

Book your private appointment today.

We are delighted to announce that Habitat First Group and The Landmark Practice has won a UK Property Award for Landscape Architecture for Dorset with Silverlake.

These awards recognise excellence and high standards in the property industry worldwide and are testament to the hard work of our extended team who work tirelessly to ensure Silverlake is a country estate that works for homeowners, guests and the wildlife that call the Estate home.

This is the second consecutive year that Habitat First Group and Silverlake have been recognised by the UK Property Awards, having won Sustainable Residential Development for The Corner House at Silverlake in 2021. Here’s to many more years of celebrations.

Silverlake, part of Habitat First Group, offers purpose-built holiday homes right in the heart of nature, perfect for second homeowners escaping their busy lives. Our sustainable, Grand Design- style properties, along with hundreds of acres of heathland help make Silverlake, Dorset a unique holiday destination.

Surrounded by stunning lakes and views of the Dorset countryside, Silverlake provides future-proofed holiday homes along with back-to-nature activities, all in a community of like-minded people. Water sports such as kayaking, canoeing and fishing, further add to the fun family lifestyle.

The on-site Hurricane Spa is perfect for a luxury spa break, offering revitalizing GAIA facials, massages and a sauna, as well as a year-round outdoor heated pool overlooking the lake.

Coming soon will be a second spa with a more substantial offering. This alfresco spa will consist of lakeside treatment cabanas and pods, a thermal garden, hot tubs, an outdoor pool and a floating firepit, furthering Silverlake’s offering as a high-end spa resort. To find out more, join our mailing list.

Silverlake’s ever-growing portfolio of architect-designed properties and on-site activities add to the appeal of owning a property as an investment opportunity.

Dorset is a desirable area for holiday rentals, with the Jurassic coast and beauty spots such as Chesil beach a stone’s throw away. Silverlake homeowners can rent their properties via Habitat Escapes-the holiday management company of Habitat First Group, making the rental experience easily manageable.

New-build property prices start from £625,000 to £1.5million, with lower stamp duty due to the purchase of the plot, rather than the property itself.

Deborah Stone, a journalist who recently enjoyed a stay at Silverlake explains further in a news article recently published in the Daily Express, which you can read here.  

Between 7-10th September, the Habitat First Group challenge team; comprising team members from across Silverlake and Lower Mill Estate, embarked on the first edition of Tour De HFG. Inspired by the Tour De Britain, this saw teams come together and cycle through three stages. They began from our Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswolds right through to our new Birchwood development in North Devon followed by our Silverlake Estate in Dorset: covering a massive 313.21 miles. While this took place, team members on the ground did their part and cycled the same number of miles on static exercise bikes. This was all in aid of a great cause, the Habitat First Foundation charity.

Habitat First Foundation

The foundation was created by Habitat First Group, which provides sustainable holiday homes to own and rent. The foundation looks to provide complimentary holidays for children and their families, with serious illnesses, disabilities, or enduring financial difficulties. The goal is to build dedicated and fully accessible properties on our estates that will be made available for families in need.

The tour

The team enjoyed the experience, but it was a real battle of endurance and although there was some wind on rain along the way, their smiles and positivity remained. They were welcomed to Silverlake by a very happy team who celebrated their riding success before they set off back to Lower Mill Estate to complete their epic journey.

A roaring success

The team’s hard walk really paid off and they have so far raised £14,437 for Tour De HFG, bringing the cumulative total for the HFF charity to a staggering £132,640. You can still donate and every little bit helps, so please click here to support us.

The challenge team is already planning their next venture to continue to raise money for Habitat First Group next summer!

We would like to thank everyone involved from both estates and everyone who supported and donated to this worthy cause.

You can learn more about their success here

Rory Paxton explains the story behind the Tour de HFG:

After our father Jeremy, founder of Habitat First Group, passed away in 2013, we wanted to set up a foundation in his memory regarding a subject he was truly passionate about – ensuring everyone get’s the opportunity to enjoy holidays and make memories with their loved ones. This was the seed from which The Habitat First Foundation grew.

The Habitat First Foundation provides complimentary holidays for children and their families with serious illnesses, disabilities or financial difficulties. The ultimate goal is to fund and build fully accessible holiday homes on our estates that will be available to these families free of charge, all year round.

There were whispers for years around many-a water cooler, break room and Christmas party, of a hair-brained scheme to assemble an avenger’s style squad of cyclists and journey between each of our estates in aid of charity. I’m pleased to say that due to the hard work and perseverance of our fantastic team, this has now become a reality.

On Wednesday 7th September, our Tour de HFG peloton will set off on an epic tour of Habitat First Group’s Estates across the South-West (The Cotswolds, North Devon and Dorset) in aid of the Habitat First Foundation. 3 Sites, 4 Days, 4 Stages, 314 Miles (505 km).

As a team we hope to raise a whopping £25,000, of which we have already raised nearly £8,000!

We’re aware that there are so many fantastic charities out there and people doing wonderful, awe-inspiring challenges for them, but we’re incredibly passionate about our foundation and would love for you to support our cause.

With an eclectic team spanning a wide range of ages, cycling abilities and experience, we really are pushing ourselves to the limit for this challenge, but together we know we’ll make it to the end. If you’re able to reward our efforts with any form of donation, publicity or even moral support, we will be forever grateful.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/HFG-Tour-de-HFG1

All the best

Rory & The Tour de HFG Peloton

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!

The Terrace Bar at Silverlake, Dorset is delivering a further Mediterranean feel with its tasty tapas menu, inspired by the flavours of sunny Spain. The relaxed rooftop terrace, overlooking the outdoor heated pool and surrounding heaths, already provides the experience of a Mediterranean holiday and now the flavours too.

This Spanish offering also takes influence from the Dorset area, with our locally sourced and produced products, supporting local businesses and reducing our carbon footprint; a key objective for Silverlake, see our Habitat Zero commitment.

Our dishes can be enjoyed as a light snack or a gastronomic feast, depending on how many you order. An array of flavours comes in up to 12 dishes and includes the tapas favourite of patatas bravas, sumptuous squid and mouth-watering, tangy tomatoes that will have you asking for more. Download our full menu here.

These new delights will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, throughout the summer season and you can enjoy these taste sensations whilst overlooking the sweeping views of the surrounding heathlands and lakes. Sit back, relax and enjoy a drink from our extensive drink menu, consisting of thirst-quenching cocktails, amongst other refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Silverlake offers the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily lives and enjoy the serenity of nature with family and friends. Begin your taste adventure in the heart of Dorset, at Silverlake, book your 2022/2023 holiday today.

This year marks the Platinum Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the only British monarch to celebrate this milestone. In honour of this momentous occasion, we are hosting a right Royal knees-up at Silverlake, Dorset and we would love you to join in our celebrations!

On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June, we will be hosting a range of activities for you and your family to get involved with, from exploring the estate, celebrating hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years, a communal BBQ and much more. Hurricane Terrace will also have some celebratory cocktails on offer, helping you to make the most of the Bank Holiday weekend.

A Royal treat
On Saturday afternoon from 1200-1400 in the Yurt, we will be hosting a royal treat for your little ones, with a Corgi biscuit decorating session. Your children can let their creative side run wild as they decorate their corgi cookies, with delicious icing, sprinkles and sweets – the perfect pairing to a good British cup of tea! Tickets are £10 and include everything you need to decorate 4 pre-baked cookies.  If you’ve already got a royal engagement and can’t join us, we have a take-home kit available to purchase at the Hurricane Terrace.

A good old-fashioned knees-up
To continue the celebrations, we will be holding a BBQ on the afternoon of Saturday 4th June. Join us at the pizza shack from 1200 – 1500, where our chefs will be cooking up a selection of the best seasonal, locally sourced ingredients for you to savour. With a choice of burgers and stunning salads, our BBQ will champion some of Dorset’s finest. Food will be £15 per adult and £8 per child under eleven years old, which will be payable on the day and includes a celebratory Jubilee drink. 

The Queens green canopy
Nature is at the heart of everything we do, so to celebrate the Queen’s green canopy, we have chosen the trees alongside the beach, as the destination for you to tie messages of hope for the planet over the next 70 years. Head over to the Activity Hub and pick up our tree of hope package for just £3. Containing a wooden tag and ribbon for you to write your message, before tying it to our tree. You’ll also receive a packet of wildflowers for you to take home and plant. Not just a great memory of your time at Silverlake, but as the wildflowers bloom, they create a fabulous feast for many species, helping them to thrive through summer.

70 miles for 70 years
Head out on the estate and make a splash on the lakes with our community Strava club! Jump on a paddle board, hop on a bike, or get a group of you in a Katakanu and record your activity on Strava. Any miles you do at both Lower Mill Estate and Silverlake will be counted. A fun activity for both our residents and guests to see how many miles you can do over the 4-day weekend! 

A Royal expedition
If you’re out and about exploring the estate, head over to the Activity Hub to pick up one of our expedition sheets for the ultimate game of eye-spy! Keep your eyes peeled to find an exciting array of wildlife, flowers and interesting items at every corner of the estate. With 70 things to see and do the kids can have a digital detox for the whole weekend. Take on various challenges in the playgrounds, keep your eyes peeled to see Dartmoor ponies, listen out for various birdsong but most of all have fun! To keep you fuelled for adventure, each participant will get some chocolate coins to enjoy – with the royal seal of approval of course!

With so much to see and do, book now to stay with us and celebrate like a Royal this June. We can’t wait to give you and your family the Royal welcome!

House Martins and Swifts have just become Red-listed birds of conservation concern. Tragically, numbers have declined so dramatically that they are now of the highest conservation priority, with both species requiring urgent action.

In 2005, at our sister estate, Lower Mill Estate, we put up 60 artificial nesting boxes for House martins. In the following years, these were regularly used and the numbers across the Estate boomed as House martins built nests on the new houses in Clearwater and Howells Mere.

At our peak about three years ago we had nearly 250 nests which were thought by the British Trust for Ornithology to be the largest House martin population in the UK. Over the last two years, we have seen the number of House martins decline as they have struggled to get to the UK, following big storms in the Mediterranean.

We are keeping everything crossed that the numbers will increase and to support this, we are encouraging residents to leave natural nests on their houses all year, and we are creating areas of mud where the birds can collect nest-building material. It takes three days for House martins to repair a nest ready for the next summer, and three weeks to build a new one. A lot of work after a long journey from Africa.

At both our estates, we have swift towers which are designed to attract nesting swifts and we are hopeful that they will be used soon. All new properties are being fitted with a swift brick or swift box to encourage these beautiful birds to nest once they find us.

For more information on what we do or if you are a resident who would like to know how to help, please contact us at sustainability@habitatfirstgroup.com.