- Fantastic location close to clean beaches and open spaces
- Large plots
- Unique opportunity to live in an eco-village as part of a community of like-minded individuals
Property SummaryNORTH WHINS, THE PARK, FINDHORN
A MASTER PLANNED DEVELOPMENT AT THE PARK, FINDHORN
Eco-villages offer an exciting opportunity to rethink our sense of belonging to place and to community. The Park, Findhorn, began as a pioneering experiment and has since grown to become one of the most recognised eco-villages in the UK. The Park community strives to be ecologically, economically, culturally and spiritually sustainable. It has 90 ecological buildings, three wind generators and a biological sewage treatment plant, The Living Machine.
The North Whins development is a unique new project within the Park Eco-village offering the opportunity to build your own dream eco-house. Design and build your own dream on an individual plot, or be part of an innovative sustainable terrace project.
Bounded by protected dune lands to the North, North Whins is the ‘final frontier’ of development within the Park eco-village. Its superb location, nestled into the edge of the dunes affords immediate access to wonderful walking tracks and beautiful wild habitats, all within a short walk of the many activities and amenities that the Park has to offer. The delightful traditional coastal village of Findhorn is within a few minutes’ walk as are the miles of white sand beach that run from Findhorn to Burghead. A home here offers the opportunity of a lifestyle quite unlike any that you may have thought possible in the UK; to live within a community of people living with shared values.
The Park is conveniently located only 30 miles from Inverness International Airport with daily access to many locations, including international gateways such as London and Amsterdam Schipol.
At this time, we have 1 completed home (562 West Whins), 2 elevated plots (#4 and #6 North Whins) for detached homes and 4 terraced plots remaining.
Plot Plot size (m2) Proposed Bedrooms Price (£)
4 (detached) 800 3-4 115,000
6 (detached) 900 3-4 115,000
14.3 (terraced) 150 2-3 65,000
14.5 (terraced) 150 2-3 65,000
14.8 (terraced) 150 2-3 65,000
14.9 (terraced) 150 2-3 75,000
562 West Whins (completed) 60 1-2 235,000
The plots are fully serviced with mains water, electricity and drainage.
The following link provides a digital walk through of the development.
The development will be designed and constructed as an exemplar sustainable project creating a high quality environment with thoughtful relationships between dwellings, roads and pedestrian routes, woodlands and the dunes. Sustainably constructed dwellings will be nestled into the duneland settings enhancing the biodiversity and microclimate around them.
North Whins has the characteristics of a bowl landscape with the Dune Ridge footpath forming its natural boundary to the north. With woodland to south, Cullerne Gardens to West, Wilkie's Wood to East and existing buildings to south and east, the site is well contained.
The Masterplan approach promotes:
- An integrated design for shared outdoor spaces, boundary treatment and landscaping;
- A carefully thought-through approach to servicing
- to create features which enrich the environmental quality at North Whins;
- A consistent language of materials; predominantly timber clad buildings with a palette of colours in harmony with existing buildings;
- Carefully designed clusters of buildings which will create distinctive neighbourhoods; and
- An overall layout which ensures that the valued energy centres and ecologically significant places will be maintained as places of value in their own right.
The master plan pays respect to the significant energy lines and energy points identified in the “Listening to the Land” consultation, by allowing space around them, by using landscaping to help define them, and by allowing paths to flow through and around them.
Sustainable construction, open spaces and Biodiversity:
The detached home plots provide the opportunity for individuals with a philosophy for working with nature to create unique and innovative designs which respond to the sites unique topography. For these plots, the purchasers are free to select a builder and design and build their unique home in line with the key construction and design elements laid out in the Masterplan and summarised below. To ensure consistency the terraced homes will be built by Green Leaf Design & Build Ltd., a local eco-build company. Purchasers will have the flexibility to design their internal spaces and, for early purchasers, avail themselves of certain additional features such as balconies, sun rooms, utility spaces, etc.
Construction shall give a strong emphasis to the ‘fabric first approach’ that underpins the Passivhaus standard, using high levels of both insulation and air tightness, and minimal cold bridging.
Key construction requirements include:
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber; Natural materials such as cellulose insulation, and a range of water conservation measures;
- Renewable technologies (e.g. air source heat pumps, solar thermal and PV panels, and wood burning stoves) for space and water heating;
- The use of Scottish grown timber such as Douglas fir (e.g. for post and beams, and feature trusses) will be encouraged with Sitka spruce (e.g. for structural framing) and European larch (e.g. for cladding).
Furthermore, to ensure high design standards and the delivery of buildings that fit sensitively into the landscape, a sustainable design approach will be adopted. These principles are inherent in the design code set out in the masterplan.
Key features include:
- Buildings will have a maximum of three primary materials externally; stone, rendered block and timber;
- Timber cladding will be left to naturally turn silver over time, or it will be painted;
- Palette of colours: colourful materials and finishes, such as those used in the West Whins terraces and affordable units will be encouraged. Likewise the use of organic colours and finishes such as those used so far on the West Whins detached homes will be supported.
- The roofs shall be clad in European sourced slate, living, planted material or profiled metal sheets
The link below provides an insight into what an existing custom-built, detached, house in the Park looks like:
Renewable Energy: The Park Ecovillage produces most of the electricity used within the Park, and this is sold on the Park’s local network.
The integrated landscape design will result in net ecological gains; with areas of sand for lichens, native trees and shrubs to form buffers between buildings, car parking and bins, and a 'wildlife corridor' from Cullerne Gardens to Wilkie's Wood and Diamond Wood.
These open, communal, ecologically rich spaces will serve as green networks that will continue to allow free movement of pedestrians throughout the site, with connections to existing footpath networks. The integration of native trees will help stabilize the steeper dune slopes and result in a generally 'wooded' expression which will include a mix of open ground, grass and heath, gorse and whins and lichens on the pure sand within defined areas. The key open space which connects East, West and North Whins, is the central area of the fire pit and dancing green, through which there are a number of footpaths. This is a culturally significant place for the existing community.
Convenience and Leisure
The appeal of this development lies not only in the opportunity to build, live and work in a community of like-minded people, but the opportunity to live in an area with virtually unparalleled outdoor offerings; sailing in Findhorn Bay, horse riding in Roseisle Forest, walking, running and cycling on the many rural roads around, hiking and climbing in the Cairngorms. There is the opportunity to walk a few minutes from your front door to the wonderful white beaches of Findhorn with 7 miles of sand running between the coastal villages of Findhorn and Burghead.
The Park itself has a wealth of creative opportunities, workshops, exhibitions and social groups. There is also:
- an award winning community-owned shop supplying food, a full service Apothecary, books, crafts, gifts and music. https://www.phoenixshop.co.uk/
- a wonderful cafe, with an emphasis on local and organic offerings – The Phoenix Cafe
- La Boheme – pizza, crepperie and juice bar
Who are the Findhorn Foundation?
The community of the Findhorn Foundation believes that everyday life is guided by the inner voice of spirit, working in co-creation with the intelligence of nature and taking inspired action towards their vision of a better world. They share their learning and way of life in experiential workshops, conferences and events that take place within a thriving community and ecovillage.
The following link provides a 30 mins webcast about life as part of the Findhorn Foundation community