The Beechcroft Trust

The Beechcroft Trust was founded in 1985 by Guy Mossop and Henry Thornton. It provides spacious and well-designed homes for retired people looking to move from a larger house and garden to more manageable accommodation and for those spending time abroad who required a secure and well-maintained home whilst away.

The Trust manages 22 private estates spread across eight counties in the south of England.  All are well located in historic market towns and villages and within walking distance of local shops and other amenities. Cottages and apartments are arranged around landscaped gardens and each location has its own distinctive character and offers something extra.  It may be a lake for the keen fisherman, a swimming pool or tennis court for the energetic, or simply a grassy meadow in which to enjoy a slow summer walk in good company.

An estate manager has a small office and, on half of the private estates, is also resident. He or she arranges all routine maintenance and gardening and is there to respond to any emergencies. 

The Beechcroft Trust is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, and all properties are sold on 999-year leases with no ground rents.  In 2010 it joined up with The English Courtyard Association to form Cognatum Estates.