Elmswater, in Rickmansworth, has today formally launched its first phase, Crane Lodge. Elmswater is the latest project from landscape-led developer St William, part of Berkeley Group. Comprising 48 two- and three-bedroom apartments, the project offers a rare opportunity to find a new-build home in idyllic surroundings, yet within easy reach of rail hubs, road routes and airports.
Aptly named after Elms Lake, which it neighbours, Elmswater is positioned within the Three Rivers District of Hertfordshire. The network of rivers, including Chess, Gade and Colne, flow to meet in Rickmansworth, among tranquil meandering footpaths, waterways, lakes and lush green open spaces.
Thoughtful, flexible design
Crane Lodge is the first of two residential buildings, Heron Lodge and Crane Lodge. Each building has been sensitively designed, using traditional brickwork to respond to the architectural context of period properties in the local area.
Every apartment offers either a generously sized terrace or balcony, to make the most of the green, serene surroundings. Inside, homes have spacious reception rooms with a range of configurations, including open plan, and dedicated dining or study areas to suit all lifestyles. Each apartment also offers a high-quality specification, with a number of design options available, and are completed with integrated appliances. Homes also benefit from private parking within the residence.
A place to belong
On every site, St William prioritises the spaces first and how people use them. Buildings are shaped to the landscape, not the other way around. This bold shift from architecture to landscape is intended to create places that are sociable, safe, and sustainable. At Elmswater, the project's design has been led by the landscape team, who have worked collaboratively with St William and the architect, Brookes Architects, to create an authentic sense of community, familiarity and comfort.
Designed by Charnwood Landscape Design, landscaping at Elmswater will feature lush gardens and seasonal planting - ensuring that the grounds will inspire residents to spend time outside, with contrasting and complementing colour all year round. Further afield, residents can benefit from locations such as the Aquadrome - a nature reserve comprising 41 hectares of leisure activities and biodiversity.
Where journeys flow easy
Amidst the picturesque landscape and waterways, Rickmansworth provides a range of local shops, restaurants and gastropubs in the town centre - just a few minutes' walk from Elmswater.
Rickmansworth Station is a ten-minute walk and offers swift access to London, with twice an hour rail links to Marylebone (27 minutes). It is also served by the Metropolitan line, which passes through Central London and onto The City in just under an hour. Airports including London Heathrow and Luton can be reached within half an hour's drive from Elmswater.