Forest bathing, or “shinrin-yoku”, is the Japanese practice of spending time among trees, which has been scientifically proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, boost the immune system and improve overall feelings of wellbeing. Homebuyers looking to engage in the activity, which has been gaining popularity in recent months, should consider the stunning new homes available at Aura by Countryside, just outside Cambridge. Located adjacent to woodland with over 14,000 new trees, as well as Hobson’s Park, a new 120-acre country park, residents can reap the benefits of spending time in the abundant green space so close to home.
Situated in the new urban village of Great Kneighton, the latest phase at the award-winning development, Aura, comprises a stylish range of two and three-bedroom apartments and three and four-bedroom houses. The new release welcomes the three-bedroom Bassetti, which is perfectly suited to buyers who are looking for beautiful natural scenery to help improve their health and wellbeing.
A short walk from Aura, Hobson’s Park will provide an array of natural attractions to keep residents and the local community fit, healthy and at one with nature. Perfect for people of all ages, the park already includes a bird reserve, playing fields and allotments in various sizes. The 50,000 sqm bird reserve has already seen the floating nest islands produce their first batch of chicks and bird screens have been installed, providing an ideal retreat for wildlife enthusiasts, as well as a sanctuary for peace and tranquillity. The next phase will include a skate park, children’s adventure play area and 1km trim trail with bespoke fitness stations.
David Everett, Managing Director of Countryside’s New Homes and Communities Central region, comments: “We are so proud of all of the facilities that are featured within the wonderful Hobson’s Park. Residents will be exposed to a much healthier lifestyle just by being in the presence of the green open space at Aura. The park brings residents so much closer to nature whilst still being able to enjoy the city life in central Cambridge.”
The Bassetti is a contemporary three-bedroom family home, spread over three floors. Offering a stylish courtyard and an expansive first floor terrace, this home provides families with children that love to play outdoors, an abundance of outdoor space. The large, open plan kitchen/family/dining area is located on the ground floor and connects to the courtyard, garage and bike storage unit.
The second bedroom, family bathroom and a private living area can be found on the first floor, which features double doors that open out on to the expansive decked terrace – perfect for family gatherings and entertaining. The master bedroom is located on the second floor and includes fitted wardrobes, a luxurious en suite shower room, feature glazing over the decked terrace below. Bedroom three is also located on the second floor.
All of the family homes at Aura offer a high specification with composite stone worktops, white gloss handleless units and fully integrated appliances including dishwashers and washer dryers. Bathrooms and en suite shower rooms have white sanitaryware, chrome accessories and cream ceramic floor and wall tiles.
Located on Lime Avenue, off Long Road to the south of Cambridge city centre, Aura is ideally located for mainline rail links to London. The Cambridge Guided Bus stops just moments away offering regular services to the city, train station, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Biomedical Campus. As part of the wider Great Kneighton development, the masterplan includes an extensive range of new amenities such as schools, a health and community centre, shops, a library and offices.