One independent UK property developer, Betty Williams, has opened the doors to a new luxury residential leisure real estate development in the much sought-after UK holiday hot spot of Torquay in Devon.
A £12 million investment has seen the Victorian Mansion House at Higher Blagdon transformed into The Arboretum – a triumph of Betty’s vision and hands-on project management, combined with the skills of architect David Burley and award-winning interior designer, Alexander James.
There will be nine individually-designed apartments within the Mansion House phase of the development, which will be ready for occupation in March 2014. The Mansion House Show Apartments are now open daily for viewing from 11.00 to 15.00 and early viewers will benefit from being able to buy off plan. When completed, The Arboretum complex will offer five different styles of home and Phase Two will see the building of another 24 residences and the Leisure Complex with a restaurant, private dining room with chef’s galley, bar, residents’ lounge and swimming pool. Phase Three will see the building of the Sundowners Bar with Dartmoor views and another 16 homes.
Enveloped by private woodland on the English Riviera, the development combines the best of traditional and contemporary décor. The airy modern interior design works sympathetically with the original mullioned windows and the rich red Devonshire stone characteristic of the build, while the majority of apartments benefit from sea views. The video security entrance system at the estate’s gates is an extra assurance of peace and privacy for residents.
“More than another property, The Arboretum will become a community of like-minded people who want an escape from the every-day world to enjoy very special ‘just us’ time,” said Betty. “It is set to become a leader in its field and will offer an impressive array of services and facilities to owners, including proposed affiliation of our property to yacht and private jet shared-use schemes, thereby giving our owners a complete lifestyle to enjoy.”
There are two purchase options – a whole lease or fractional lease – and there is also a buy-back scheme in place offering reassurance around future resales. The development will be managed by an experienced property management team and NHBC award winner, Betty herself, who also has a second home at The Arboretum.