All Cognatum developments have been carefully designed to create beautiful homes in lovely locations and grounds. Conservation areas were often chosen and top architects were selected to ensure the architecture fits seamlessly into the local styles. From the knap flint of Buckinghamshire to the local Cotswold stone, research and attention to detail has produced the enduring appeal of our properties – some dating back almost 40 years.

Our homes have won exactly 100 awards – surely a record for any UK retirement developer – for design, landscaping and the overall development.

Over time standards and materials change and so do the demands of new property owners for such items as solar panels and conservatories. Whilst we want to assist and encourage the improvement of properties we manage so that they provide the highest level of comfort, usability and efficiency, proposals for external alterations may affect neighbours and the overall appearance of a development and so need to be carefully considered before being given the go-ahead.

To help this process, we are establishing a panel including architects involved in the design of some of our developments, that will provide advice and guidance on changes to protect our heritage for future generations.

Built using local natural Cotswold stone, Allcourt, Lechlade appears timeless in its beautiful setting around a wildflower meadow