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Contemporary New Homes with Smart living 55+

The established setting of Orchard Yard includes the site of a roman villa immediately to the south. To the north are beautiful views of the spire of St Mary’s church. The scheme enjoys the best of both worlds being close to all the village facilities, but having footpath links to the rolling countryside nearby. A pedestrian gate from Orchard Yard gives access to School Lane leading to the village centre. At the bottom of the lane is The Dog Inn that oozes sophistication and period charm, acclaimed as one of Kent’s best pubs.

COUNTRY LIVING WINGHAM STYLE

Walk from Orchard Yard to the broad, tree-lined High Street in Wingham and you will find everything on the doorstep- doctor, dentist, chiropodist, pubs and restaurants, bakery and general store, newsagent, post office and hairdresser.  A short drive finds a petrol and service station, two delicatessen style Farm Shops offering fresh local meat, artisan breads, a florist and garden centre, veggie box scheme and farmhouse café. 

The various pubs, restaurants and coffee houses offer not only delicious food and drink, but also interesting and diverse activities ranging from an Epicurian Dining Club to Dog Walking Group, Ukulele to Tai Chi lessons and Flower arranging workshops to musical soirees plus much in-between!

You are sure to find like-minded people with all the numerous village clubs and societies that are available too – Chatterbox Ladies Group, Village Choir, Bellringing and an Art Club to name just a few. Or become involved in the Friends of St Mary’s Church who, amongst other things, organize concerts and lectures as well as the infamous Scarecrow Trail around the village.

Wingham Wildlife Park will keep children (and adults) entertained- try one of their ‘Experiences’ such as becoming a Keeper for the Day! There really is something for everyone in Wingham.

 
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JOIN THE COGNATUM CLUB

The scheme, designed exclusively for the over 55s, has all the advantages of Smart Living without the worry of building and garden upkeep. The homes adopt a refreshing contemporary agricultural vernacular, with mellow materials, to merge with the character of the historic setting. The gated community and CCTV delivers excellent security and carefree, independent living amongst like-minded individuals. 

The homes demonstrate a new space standard and are designed to be functional, of the highest quality, light and airy, having plenty of storage and providing flexible space for entertaining, as well as being energy efficient and low maintenance. Infrastructure is incorporated ready for fitting a lift at a later date if required. Each property has a carport in a secure area together with a parking space elsewhere within the scheme.

The Biophilic design of the homes concentrates on physical and mental well-being with a close relationship to nature. As well as the communal grounds, each property has an individual garden or balcony.

Purchase includes membership of the Cognatum Club (cognatum.co.uk) with the use of the Clubhouse and Guest Lodge. The Clubhouse is a multifunctional space managed by Cognatum Estates, providing a venue for numerous activities including a stretch studio, a gym and a space for social gatherings – a real hub for the community.  

Cognatum provides concierge services and general support to the residents, as well as maintaining the Clubhouse, the Guest Lodge, communal areas and the exterior of the properties, together with maintenance of the grounds to the highest of standards. Extra care packages can be arranged to suit individual needs.

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MORISOT

3 bed house | Plots 1 to 4
The Morisot sets the pattern of sizeable kitchens and living spaces ideal for entertaining. Space is highly flexible with the sitting/dining area either set up as a large open space or as two rooms by closing the glazed bifold doors. The stairs from the sitting room have natural light flooding down from above. Both the sitting room and the master bedroom have verandahs catching the morning sun. 

 

SIGNAC

3 bed house | Plots 11 to 15
The Signac is larger than the Morisot and has a wider frontage. Both house types allow retro fitting of a 2 person lift. On entering, there is a zen view to the landscaped garden at the rear. Like the Morisot it has a shower/utility room on the ground floor. The large master bedroom has a balcony looking towards the church and a walk- in wardrobe with dressing table area.

 

MORET

2 Bed Apartment | Plots 5, 7 & 9
Entered via a communal lobby with a lift. Every home features a generous en-suite bathroom with walk- in shower and separate bath. The apartments face south with a terrace or balcony off the sitting room. The kitchen, dining and sitting room form a large open plan space focused, as in all properties, on a fireplace. Optimal use of storage space. Note: Plots 7 & 9 have a larger hallway.

 

Vivin

2 Bed Apartment | Plots 6, 8 & 10 
A deck or balcony leads from the sitting room with views of the wildlife pond. The upper apartments benefit from country views to the south. The Vivin has a separate utility room rather than the utility cupboard of the Moret. The penthouse has a dramatic cathedral ceiling to the living area and all kitchens incorporate a breakfast bar. 
Note: Plot 10 includes a hall extension.

 
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ORCHARD YARD SPECIFICATION

Quality, luxury and exceptional attention to detail that will exceed your expectations. Turn-key, ready to move in.

 External Finishes

  • Siberian Larch, black stained cladding and brick to elevations

  • Slate or clay tile roofs

  • Powder coated aluminium clad timber double glazed windows with slim profile

  • Velux rooflights

  • Multi point locking entrance and sliding doors

  • Full height glazed sliding doors to garden
    or balcony

  • Wood effect decking to balconies with superior slip resistance

  • Exterior lighting to exterior doors on PIR

  • Insulated letterbox with intercom

  • Galvanized steel guttering and downpipes

Internal Finishes

  • White Shaker style doors with polished chrome handles and radius hinges

  • Full height pocket doors

  • Feature glazed internal bifold or sliding doors to Morisot and Signac

  • Generous integral front door mat

  • Amtico wood and stone effect flooring to apartments, ground floor and bathrooms to Morisot and Signac

  • Luxury carpet to bedrooms, landing and stairs to Morisot and Signac

  • Feature wood cladding to some walls

  • Large ceramic Porcelanosa wall tiles to bathrooms

  • Dressing room/walk-in wardrobes to Morisot and Signac

  • Ceiling height built-in wardrobes

  • Coats cupboard to hall

  • Storage/Service cupboards

  • Feature staircases to Morisot and Signac with rooflight over

  • Cathedral ceilings to Penthouses

  • Mantelpiece and hearth with flame effect electric fire

  • Loft ladder to Morisot and Signac with an area of boarding for storage

  • Brilliant white emulsion to all walls and ceilings

  • Brilliant white satinwood joinery

  • Lift to apartment Building

  • Space and structure designed for easy installation of retrofit lift to houses

Bathrooms

  • Sanitary Ware by Duravit

  • Mirrored bathroom wall cabinet with integral shaver point and light

  • Double/single basins 

  • Ladder towel warmers in white

  • Steel baths with handset shower

  • Walk-in showers with glazed screen and tiled recess

  • Rainfall shower head and handset shower

  • Vado chrome taps and showers

  • Localized Contemporary wall tiling by Porcelanosa

  • Mirror, chrome towel holders, grab rails, toilet roll holder, door hook

  • Amtico wood effect flooring with underfloor heating

Kitchens

  • Häcker contemporary style units with choice of colour

  • Soft close feature

  • Silestone/Quartz worktop with drainer grooves and upstands

  • Worktop which flows into window sill

  • Glass splashback to hob

  • Neff Oven with fully retracting door plus combination oven set at waist height

  • Neff Induction Hob

  • Neff Integrated dishwasher 

  • Neff Integrated full height larder fridge and undercounter freezer

  • Pull out Integrated waste recycling system

  • Electric opening windows to certain units

  • Stainless steel undermounted double sink 

  • LED lighting to underside of wall units

  • Breakfast bar with pendant lights

  • Wine rack, book shelf and Tea towel space

  • Breakfast cupboard with sockets for toaster, kettle etc

  • Integrated extractor

  • Bora hob with integrated extractor to Penthouses

Utility Rooms / Cupboards

  • Shaker style doors to enclose plumbing for purchaser installation of washer/dryer

  • Amtico floor tiling

Electrical and Lighting

  • Low energy LED downlights

  • Feature pendant lights to stairs

  • Pendant lights to breakfast bar

  • LED lights to stair stringer to illuminate treads

  • Automatic lighting to loft.

  • Polished chrome switches & sockets (except utility)

  • Illuminated switch plates to bedroom and bathroom

  • Integrated floor sockets under sofa positions

  • CAT 6 wiring

  • Sockets with USB

  • Communal Television and satellite point (Subject to subscription)

  • Television points to living, dining, kitchen and bedrooms

  • Telephone point with Broadband wiring to living/dining area and bedroom

  • Wireless access points and cable connection to main ADSL router

  • Audio intercom system

  • Zoned alarm system with panic button by bed


Heating & Hot water

  • Efficient gas boiler

  • Underfloor heating to apartments and ground floor to houses

  • Radiators to bedrooms with electric underfloor heating to upstairs bathrooms in houses

  • Polished chrome Digital thermostats

  • Feature electric fire set into fireplace

  • Mechanical Heat Recovery system

  • Unvented hot water pressurised cylinder to deliver hot water at mains pressure 

Security

  • Mains wired smoke & carbon monoxide detector

  • Alarm system with panic button adjacent to bed. 

  • Alarm with Easy Fob use. 

  • Intercom entry system

  • Care system monitor/alarm

  • Gated development and carport area

  • Exterior lights on sensors

  • CCTV to communal areas


Gardens & outdoors

  • Generous paved areas to enclosed
    private gardens

  • Water butt, exterior double socket and tap.

  • Gravel paths with seating areas
    amongst planting

  • Front gardens with ornamental grasses

  • Rear gardens with shrubs and perennials

  • Secure fencing and hedging

  • Maintained front, rear and communal gardens

  • Balconies with wood effect decking with good slip resistance

  • Communal gardens with orchard, woodland walk, vegetable gardens, glasshouse
    and perennial flower meadow

  • Clubhouse with Terrace, firepit and BBQ

  • Guest Lodge.

Carports & Parking

  • Carport and second parking space

  • Lighting on sensors

  • Individual secure storage pod with electricity and light

  • Wiring for car charger (actual charger installed by purchaser)


Purchaser choice of kitchen, tiling and flooring from the selected ranges, and joinery colour subject to deadline date. Various options eg blinds and shutters, are available to enable you to individualize your home 

10 Year Guarantee

All homes are sold with a Checkmate Castle 10 New Home Warranty Policy which is valid for 10 years from the legal completion date of the property. This resolves any build issues for up to two years after completion, but also guarantees your property structurally for a further eight years.

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CITY REACH, VILLAGE LOCATION, COUNTRY LIFE

Mid way between Canterbury and Sandwich, Wingham is on the route used by the Romans and gives easy links to London, the rest of the UK and Europe via fast trains and the motorway network. A bus stop by the church has regular services to Canterbury, Sandwich and Broadstairs with trains between Canterbury and London taking less than an hour.

But East Kent has so much to explore that you might not want to travel any further! There are so many unexpected attractions which come as a real surprise to visitors.


It has history, art and culture in abundance, centred around the World Heritage Site of Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury itself has a lively atmosphere and is a vibrant university city with much to offer.

Seaside towns abound from bohemian Whitstable, famous for its Oyster Festival, to elegant Georgian Broadstairs, to Margate with the renowned Turner Contemporary.

There are plentiful opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities with golf at Championship courses, sailing, walking and birdwatching.

The Garden of England produces outstanding food, wine, cider and craft ale with a reputation for dining excellence. It offers a climate with warmer and drier summers than elsewhere in the UK.

 

NURTURE FOR MIND, BODY & SOUL 


The landscaping at Orchard Yard has been planned to be sympathetic to its location on the edge of historic Wingham, whilst encouraging wildlife and biodiversity through planting and habitat, yet providing a quiet beauty for the new residents.

This unique site, entered along a wooded drive, has many beautiful mature trees and boundary hedges that are enhanced by additional planting to merge the existing converted agricultural buildings with the new.

At the heart is the Clubhouse with bifold doors opening out on to a large terrace with firepit and BBQ for use by residents. A pathway leads through an old wall to open into what was originally an orchard, and is now the main focus of the communal garden.

Pathways meander through a winter garden with Silver Birch and bright red stemmed Cornus, passing a wooden shelter, around gentle grassy mounds with spring flowers, and through a colourful flower meadow to a newly planted orchard with Kentish varieties of fruit. Nestled amongst the trees is a rustic communal table for residents, friends and family to enjoy a meal surrounded by nature. This garden, with log piles, bird boxes and appropriate planting, is designed to encourage birds, bees and butterflies to live here too.

For those with green fingers, hidden behind a country hedge, is a glasshouse and individual vegetable gardens with seats to rest on and exchange gardening tips with other gardeners.

Tucked away in a peaceful haven behind the apartments is a wildlife pond, surrounded by wildflowers and grasses where butterflies sun themselves, dragonflies dart across the water and frogs keep the dreaded snails and slugs at bay- a serene place to sit and contemplate.

Front gardens to the properties are planted with ornamental grasses, sympathetic to the architecture, yet reminiscent of an old farmyard, with climbers to soften fences. Built-in window boxes on the facades are planted seasonally to add colour and scent.

The fully planted rear gardens are designed as spaces for the owner to enjoy seating areas in the sun or shade at all times of the day. There are generous terraces with pathways and seating areas set amongst the planting of herbs, roses, flowering shrubs and perennials with water butts, electrical sockets, water taps and a screened bin area. There is a privacy screen adjacent to the building, but further down the fences are set at a lower level keeping the boundaries between gardens as transparent as possible. Gardens are  maintained by the Management Company unless an owner chooses to opt out of this service preferring to tend their own garden.

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