Developing Innovative New Retirement Schemes

The origins of Cognatum Estates date back to the 1970s when The English Courtyard Association pioneered luxury retirement housing, setting the standard for the building and management of retirement schemes and providing a truly English solution for retirement living.

40 years later the model of not-for-profit management with long leases and no ground rents, combined with attractive architecture, spacious well-proportioned properties designed for downsizers and high standards of landscaping, remains as relevant as ever.

Cognatum Projects forms partnerships with landowners, housebuilders and development companies who share our vision of delivering the next generation of top-end housing schemes for the 55+ downsizers. The market potential is enormous, with the UK showing a huge shortage when compared to other countries such as the US, Canada and Australia.

Forthcoming Developments

The latest addition to our portfolio is Petersfinger Farmhouse, a stunning series of barn conversions with easy access to the river Avon, which runs right past the site, offering wonderful views over the watermeadows.

We have two other retirement estates currently in development; Orchard Yard in Wingham near Canterbury and Howarth Park in Salisbury.
More details can be found below, and on the page for each estate.



Howarth Park with its fine late regency house is tucked away and lost to view by a magnificent cedar tree. It is Salisbury’s best kept secret invisible from passers-by concealed as it is by a high bank. The city’s easy communications and fine landscape – famous for Constable’s cathedral view across the water meadows, nearby sporting facilities and fine market place ensure its continuing popularity. A combination of rus and urbe is highly valued by those seeking captive countryside with instant access to first class amenities.

Wingham is a delightful large village to the east of Canterbury. The village has several shops in the High Street including post office, antique shops and newsagents. There is also a doctor’s surgery and a dentist.The nearest mainline railway station is about three miles away at Adisham and trains to London (Victoria) take a little more than an hour and a half. The area has many interesting places to visit not least Canterbury Cathedral and the Cinque Port of Sandwich.

Howarth Park is situated within the Salisbury Conservation Area bounded by a high red brick wall which screens the development from view. The spacious properties are set in grounds of more than three acres with the original villa set behind an impressive Cedar of Lebanon. A tree lined private driveway sweeps up from the road to terminate in a circle to the west of the house. The relative grandeur of the house and grounds reflect the status of the original owner who was associated with Pinckney’s Bank founded in Salisbury in the early 19th century. The Pinckney family subsequently occupied the house for more than 50 years with a staff of seven. Salisbury is about 80 miles southwest from London, 16 miles southwest from Andover and 20 miles northwest from Southampton.

Orchard Yard is set within the original farmyard of Wingham House, Wingham Court, a Grade II listed building in the heart of the village. These spacious two and three-bedroom properties are set around a beautiful garden with a footpath leading to School Lane and the shops in the High Street.


Please contact us if you or your organisation would be interested in working in partnership with Cognatum.

Telephone 01491 821170 or email