About the Business and Development

Chillesford Lodge Estate is a thoroughly old-fashioned mixed farming business, managed to preserve the rich diversity of flora and fauna under a thoroughly modern Higher Level Stewardship Agreement.

The model farm development represents the biggest diversification project the Watson Family have undertaken. A legacy project that will enhance and extend all the existing facilities the Estate offers.

The legacy project at Chillesford will preserve a unique range of 19th century buildings representing 40,000 square feet of a fantastic Victorian Model Farm. Model farms were designed and built to offer the best environments for raising livestock and managing farms steadings, thus the range of buildings at Chillesford Lodge Estate are unparalleled in quality and design. Despite being agriculturally redundant and empty for nearly 50 years, they have been so meticulously maintained by the Watson family that when the project began to take shape, the buildings were in good order for conversion. Listed Grade 2 by Suffolk Coastal District Council, the buildings have attracted interest from organisations as diverse as The Suffolk Preservation Society, County Council Archaeological Service, the RSPB as well as numerous local History Groups and Societies. The redevelopment scheme has universal support at both National and Local level.

Once completed, the redevelopment project will double the number of properties on the Estate; offering a rare chance to live in a rural idyll yet only a short hop to shops, culture and fine dining. A lifestyle choice that many can only dream of. It will establish a truly special place of peace and tranquility. A privileged place to call home.

Values AND Aims

Our aim is a unique remodelling project to preserve our beautiful listed Grade 2 barns. Ultimately, we will have created 18 spectacular, spatial, permanent residential houses in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, (AONB) usually restricted to holiday homes.

The Watson Family had a clear vision from the outset. Located just three miles from Orford in the heart of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, the vision was to design beautiful homes offering a supremely peaceful and secure place to live; yet preserve the integrity of the buildings and their blissful position in the landscape. This is best summarised as minimum intervention to the external facades yet fantastic contemporary open plan living space created inside, with all modern comforts and state of the art communications. The homes were designed to allow purchasers to share the spectacular farming vista from every window yet also enjoy their own small private garden too.

The intention was to create an Elysium, somewhere supremely private, a chance to live sustainably in an environment of un-paralleled wildlife and ecology.

The model farm development, a legacy project for the next generation puts Chillesford Lodge Estate firmly on the map, exactly where it has been quietly residing for the last 800 years.