Across the country there is a real shortage of high quality properties suitable for downsizers. Cognatum manages what is probably the most extensive portfolio of upmarket retirement estates, and is well placed to promote new developments thanks to its expertise and not-for-profit principles. This was demonstrated by our successful partnership with Ash Mill Developments at Seymour Place, Odiham. These modern, well-proportioned, and energy effi cient properties were warmly received and sold in record time.

Cognatum now plans to forge links with other quality developers to sponsor new schemes. One of these companies is the award-winning Environ Communities, which has built many innovative developments in the south of England, as well as working on a four-year project in the Tarn region of the south of France. Set in unspoilt countryside in the golden triangle between Albi, Gaillac and Cordes-sur-Ciel and within an hour of Toulouse, this managed development of new houses and apartments, some set around a lake, in the stunning grounds of Chateau de la Durantie, is aimed at active British retirees and the international market. In fact, it may be the answer for those hunting for a second home abroad to complement their Cognatum property.

Andrew Brown of Ash Mill Developments and Henry Thornton at Seymour Place

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