Our promises and Vision full filled

Since my last blog WM Construction have moved mountains to get the main part of the project completed by September. Number One has now exchanged contracts with a 21st July completion date and number Two and Seven are not far behind. Houses 1-5 will be handed over to us on the 21st as the landscaping will be finished and the grass has already started to grow.All the scaffold is now down and the services completed with us just waiting for the electricity meters to be fitted.
We are delighted to announce that Rod and Nick from the highly successful Sloop Inn at Bantham will be taking over the Oceans Restaurant lease. My Dad was told about this possibility just before he passed away and was over the moon as Rod was introduced into Catering by him. Rod & Nick are true caterers that are perfect for this amazing venue. They will still operate the Sloop but reproduce their superb business model at Oceans with a few tweeks. A number of others wanted the Restaurant but we had a Vision of what we wanted to see and Rod & Nick were the only ones we felt could deliver a World class quality, affordable friendly venue. This news can only enhance the unique experience of those staying at Ocean Reach. I have promised not to interfere with their ideas as it will be their show, but can relax knowing it is in expert hands.They also plan to operate a takeaway service for the residents of Ocean Reach so guests staying can enjoy a quality meal whilst enjoying their panoramic view of Bigbury bay.All they have to do is return their plates in the morning. What more could anyone want! National Trust are kindly installing a new pedestrian access gate at the end of the drive so walkers and guests have direct access to beautiful Bolberry Down.

Wow! We are nearly there!

There has been massive progress since my last blog. WM Construction have really excelled themselves and pulled the sub contractors together without any hiccups. It is truly a stress free build for us. Houses 1-5 are almost complete and just await the balconies and a few bits and pieces. Houses 6& 7 are on their first fix with the screeds going down on Monday. The restaurant is ready for felt and batten which will be started on Monday.Land scapeing is now well underway and my vision is becoming reality. The areas behind the restaurant are all planted out and look stunning. The old helipad is now modelled and top soil goes down on Monday followed by planting. We plan to update the website very soon with internal shots and finishes. We are really excited about showing the project off as it has gone beyond our expectations in design and build quality. Even our bank surveyor has commended Kris of WM on his skill and accuracy on producing a “Belt and braces” build. As people can now see the amazing lifestyle property they are buying into there has been a flurry of interest in the remaining houses.

4 months ahead of programme!

We are thrilled to say that the Ocean Reach build contract with WM Construction will now be completed on the 11th September. Ourselves and WM have fulfilled all our promises of building a stunning looking development, sensitive to the beautiful environment and using all local trades and products. The site is a very happy place to be with the trades proud to display their flags in a defiance to those that said the project could not find the local skills and crafts to complete it. Our bank building monitor said I am the most chilled out developer he has ever met but as I have said before, we do not see us as developers and the reason I am sold chilled is that I have complete trust in Kris Mahon of WM construction who is delivering much more than he promised and far better quality than I ever imagined was achievable. Houses 1-5 are now sprayed internally and the kitchen are almost complete in 1&2, with the others following shortly. The balconies are now being manufactured and outside cladding almost complete. The roof goes on the restaurant next week and then we should start the landscaping which we are really excited about having been making planters for the last two weeks. Hazel is about to start building the rental part of the website as we should be able to start taking bookings for September when we anticipate the restaurant to be up and running.

OceanReach. How special can it be?

The site Ocean Reach has always been an amazing special place for so many people for so many reasons. Having just been invited to a Golden Wedding anniversary celebration we were very moved to see that a 1 metre stainless steel embossed plaque was commissioned to display the most important places in their life. Port light (Ocean Reach) was one of the major destinations firmly in their hearts. Probably the reason so many people are drawn to this location to purchase a lifestyle experience or holiday in this unique location. Sales are really ahead of expectations with many more to follow. The online booking system for holidays will soon be on the website.

Oozing with landscape inspiration

Building work is making tremendous progress with the project now becoming a reality, rather than our vision. My exciting part is now starting to happen with me designing and building the many planters in my workshop. Hazel and I are backwards and forwards to Ocean Reach to get a visual feel for my designs and ideas. The planters and landscaping is a very important part of our vision as there needs to be a carful balance of privacy whilst drawing your eye to the amazing views. We have found a local coastal nursery who are helping us design the gardens and planters so we add natural colour whilst keeping in mind the rugged landscape. We have taken two weeks just to decide on the paving slabs and Chippings as these are an integral part of the design. We are now surrounded by sample bags of Chippings and paving slabs. The pavers for the decks on houses 1& 2 took considerable time and eventually decide to be extravagant and have granite pavers that look stunning and have a slight grip to them, making it safe to venture out onto the amazing decks what ever the weather. We have ordered pallets of local yellow coastal gauze which will be used to define areas and provide natural all year colour. The restaurant will shortly start to take shape which will be welcome news to the many people asking when it will be open. WM construction have just posted some aerial photographs on their Face book page which showcases this unique coastal location.

More lovely Ocean Reach purchasers

When we started our Ocean Reach project some 6 years ago we had this romantic idea of our purchasers being picked by us on the basis that if we could sit at a dinner table and enjoy a great evening, then they were the right purchasers to join us with our vision of Ocean Reach. All the powers that be, told us to ‘live in the real world’ as we would be property developers and would not care as long as we got a sale. Hazel and I were adamant that we would  not be property developers, but a couple who were developing a property from our hearts.  We are pleased to say that so far we have the ideal purchasers and are still developing with our hearts. We have now sold house Ocean Reach Five  to a lovely couple who want to rent it out to our loyal vast bunch of Port Light customers. This is great for owners, us and the local economy, further  re enforcing the whole ethos of our vision for Ocean Reach. The build is way ahead of schedule thanks to Kris Mahon of WM Construction and his merry band of tradesmen who have really pulled out the stops to enable stress free viewings. Kris has gone way beyond his duty as a builder by being at every sales viewing and been honest and open with the clients which re enforces the quality build  he and his team are providing. We are equally proud that he regularly posts pictures of their work on Facebook knowing that his craftsmanship is faultless. The painters start on number One next week and the first fix M &E on houses 1 – 5 is now complete. Houses 6&7 are almost up to roof plate and the garage roof goes on very soon. Andy Beer of RBS has held our hand throughout whilst sharing his years of invaluable experience, and not to forget Chris Watkins of Charles Head who has looked after our interested whilst ensuring the purchasers are comfortable with their decision and have a fair deal. There are more sales in the pipeline but I am already getting excited about marketing the accommodation side and Hazel and I will be planning the updated Ocean Reach letting side of the website. We are extremely confident that we will have a world class venue in the sleepy paradise of the South Hams.


Further sales at Ocean Reach

The evenings are now drawing out and the builders are now enjoying some amazing sunsets whilst they work on to get the first five houses ready for June. We are extremely pleased to announce that number Two Ocean Reach is now under offer to another lovely family who love the panoramic views and tranquilly of Bolberry Down, whist being close to Hope Cove and Salcombe. We have further strong interest in the remaining two bedroom houses and should be able to announce more positive news very soon. The builders are flying along with the garages nearly complete and the restaurant well under way. Landscaping will start soon to catch the growing season, and the Vision will very much start to become a reality. WM Construction have adopted a ‘belt and braces’ approach to the build which gives us confidence for another 100 years! Already are vast database of customers are asking when they can start to book holidays and the regular locals are looking forward to sitting out in the fully glazed outside area to enjoy their favourite tipple. Don’t, forget to ‘like’ our Facebook page for instant updates. If purchasing one of our once in a life time opportunities please call Chris Watkins at Charles Head (01548 843952) and he will be only too pleased to have a chat about this unique property purchases.

Our first sale already

We are pleased to post that One Ocean Reach is now in the hands of Solicitors. The purchasers are a lovely couple from Bristol who have the same passion for Ocean Reach and its environment as we do!

Amazing progress

The Ocean Reach development is really taking shape and is 5 weeks ahead of schedule. Our skilled builders WM construction SW ltd have been busy helping us refine the quality and construction as the houses are being built. Houses 1&2 now have a roof and the windows are being fitted during this week. We are please that all our trades. And suppliers are local, further fuelling the local economy. The restaurant will be started very soon and we are currently planning the kitchen, along with the very latest state of the art extraction and ventilation system. The restaurant has been specially designed to maximise the views but not to let any tinkling of glasses disturb the residents.

I still have to pinch myself when I admire the amazing views as I cannot believe we have managed to achieve a sea view from every window!

We still have a vast data base of Port Light customers all waiting to holiday back on Bolberry Down. Please be patient, it will be well worth the wait!

Kris Mahon, Director of WM constriction is a whizz with his media publicity and posts weekly updates on their Facebook page. If you “like” their FB page you can watch the build progress.

Charles Head Estate agents are marketing the houses but please feel free to contact myself or Hazel if you have any questions or just want to talk about our exciting world class project in the best location in the World! Bolberry Down in Devon.



The foundations are in for One and Two Ocean Reach!