First residents in Duckingham Palace

First residents in Duckingham Palace

The first residents have moved into a luxury new exclusive development being created in a “quintessential English village” in Wiltshire and they haven’t had to pay a penny for their home.

The first architect-designed dwelling created by Redcliffe Homes in Urchfont, Wiltshire has been dubbed Duckingham Palace as it provides special accommodation for the village ducks and a goose that live on the village pond.

With separate entrances and accommodation for the ducks and the goose and an integral grain store Duckingham Palace has been designed to fit into the landscape of the beautiful village.

Created at a cost of £10,000 it is the size of the average garage and replaces three timber huts that used to stand beside the pond providing local wildfowl with an upgrade in living accommodation that befits living alongside the new homes being created.

Redcliffe Homes’ site manager Alan Woods said: “The pond is a major feature of Urchfont and makes the new homes we are building more attractive. It was important to make sure that the ducks and the geese got their homes first and that the architecture fitted in with all the other new homes.

“This is certainly a most unusual project. As well as the duck house we have a thatched house to build at the entrance to the development, a barn conversion and a new home cleverly designed as a mirror image of the barn conversion”

Marketing and sales manager for the development, Lorraine Kendrick, said: “The ducks are so important to the village that we named the development Badelynge.

“Pronounced “bad-ling” it is an old collective noun for a group of ducks. The word had fallen out of popular usage by 1869 when Thomas Wright published the Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English.

“The new homes will include two, three, four and five-bedroom properties and have been styled to reflect their agricultural setting and heritage.

“We always aim to respect local traditions and Urchfont is a beautiful village so we are doing everything we can to ensure that the development enhances the village with some desirable new homes.

“As well as the duck house we have ensured power access for the annual village scarecrow festival.”

Badelynge comprises just nineteen homes set around the village duck pond, in the centre of the village. The homes, designed by local architects, Boon Brown, have been designed to reflect their agricultural setting and heritage with each offering spacious and light living with open plan arrangements to suit today's needs and lifestyles.

Urchfont has a vibrant and lively community, with many facilities, local school and leisure pursuits as well as having good access to Marlborough, Swindon and beyond

Local agents Strakers and Carter Jonas have been appointed to market the properties and further information can be found at

Posted by Thyme Morris