“Poundbury has become wildly successful” said The Times this summer. ZeroC is creating some of the new homes here, so we were particularly proud to see the newspaper celebrating the creation of this 400-acre purpose-built town, developed on Duchy of Cornwall land owned by HRH The Prince of Wales.
Now, with the town on the national radar, we delve a little deeper, looking at what makes Poundbury so special…
A town by royal appointment, HRH Prince Charles’ presence in Poundbury doesn't go unnoticed; The Times say residents refer to him as “the boss” thanks to his vision for creating an integrated community – one of which is perfect for those who want to indulge in village life.
Poundbury was designed with sustainability in mind, meaning the layout of the local area makes it easy for people to travel around on foot and bike rather than getting in the car – something strongly advocated by HRH.
The masterplan was based on new principles of architecture and urban planning; add to that efficient homes, allotments, orchards and extensive tree planting across the estate, it really is leading the way as one of the most sustainable places to live in the UK.
With 150 acres of landscaping which has been specifically created for recreation, ecology and farmland, there is plenty of space for residents and their families to enjoy the outdoors – 2020 will see the opening of a great new children's play area.
And, ensuring that this is a community that has been built to last, Rainbarrow Farm was the country's first full-scale anaerobic digester and biomethane-to-grid plant. Built by the Duchy of Cornwall as a joint venture with local farmers, it provides 100% renewable bio-methane gas from sustainable sources of crops.
Amongst the new homes in Poundbury is our development at Monaveen House – 36 luxury, high-specification apartments, duplex apartments and penthouses.
Located just off Queen Mother Square, Monaveen House is at the very heart of Poundbury. With comfort central to the design, each home features shaker style kitchens providing a stylish and efficient space with granite work surfaces, Porcelanosa floor tiles and a range of integrated AEG appliances as well as bathrooms beautifully appointed with Vitra sanitaryware and Vado brassware.
Modern in their design, the apartments provide stunning, light-filled homes with large windows to maximise views, whatever the time of day.
The famous Monart Destination Spa, in County Wexford, Ireland, will open a sister spa in Poundbury this year, with seven treatment rooms, as well as a thermal suite offering a caldarium, sauna, salt room, aroma steam rooms, hydrotherapy pool and infrared pro cabin. A spa lounge, serving Champagne and food options, will complete the spa.
In the meantime you can enjoy the town’s existing wellbeing with Poundbury Pilates Studio a firm local favourite.
Retaining those founding principles, Poundbury’s retail offering deviates from the norm, with stunning architecture for a town centre. There’s a Waitrose for all your cupboard essentials as well as the Waitrose café leading out onto Queen Mother Square.
Ladies’ fashions are catered for at Yard and the Boutique at No.6, while at the Gallery on the Square you’ll find plenty of local pieces to adorn the walls of your new Poundbury home – as well as interior pieces and furniture too.
The Georgie Porgie Pie and Burger Company’s rated Poundbury’s best restaurant; nearby you’ll also find Japanese delights at Myra’s Kaseiki – with visitors raving about the sushi and tempura offering – there’s also Sienna where tasting menus are a delight, with brunch, coffee and cakes – plus vegan options – at Finca.
And, in Queen Mother Square you’ll find the stunning Duchess of Cornwall pub, a three-storey building created in 2016, but in distinct architecture that’s a nod to the heritage of the local area.
Inside, you’ll find the Copper Bar and the Pantry with long bench style seating for a more relaxed experience, while the grand dining room with its open kitchen is upstairs, and for the warmer months there is a beautiful outdoor terrace to enjoy. Operated by Hall & Woodhouse, the pub contains many artefacts from the Woodhouse family including a Dorset oak bookcase from West Lodge (the Woodhouse family’s home in the 20th century.
A bit further afield is the Jurassic Coast and the market towns of Sherborne, Beaminster and Bridport as well as quaint Dorset villages, National Trust houses, and plenty of established footpaths – what will you choose to do first?
We’d love to show you around Poundbury and our homes there; our team is at the show apartment every day. You can also read more about the development and get in touch with us here.
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