Twenty years ago Jeremy Paxton discovered and bought 550 acres of derelict land. The land had been used for quarrying and was now a series of deep quarried holes, the young River Thames runs through the estate. Paxton transformed these deep holes into lakes, created a nature reserve and set one third of the land aside for building holiday homes.
Jeremy Paxton hired innovative architects and designers to create houses that were as ecologically friendly as possible, with great diversity in the design and style. The gated community attracts the rich and famous who pay huge sums of money to commission these houses to be built. The estate also rents out houses as holiday homes.
Unfortunately Jeremy Paxton died a few years ago, but his two sons are running the business, they have introduced a full-time ecologist to work on the estate and were the first in the country to re-introduce beavers.
The most interesting house from an ecological perspective is probably the Habitat House.