Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Larkfleet's Home of the Month

Our home of the month can be found at Buttercross Park in Oakham.  The Cartmel is a unique two-bedroom terrace in a stunning design with a rounded living area.  Perfect for those who want to add their own touch to this special new home.

With an integrated kitchen and dining area downstairs, this spacey layout includes the upstairs living area and bedrooms with family bathroom.  The main bedroom has a dressing room area which is always sought after.

Buttercross Park is situated on the outskirts of Oakham and is part of the Oakham Heights development.

Oakham itself is a pretty, traditional market town, with regular markets selling local meats, cheese, bread and eggs. The world renowned Rutland Water is close by, with its stunning nature and wildfowl reserves and outdoor adventure centre together with cycling and walking routes.

Road links are excellent and towns such as Stamford, Melton Mowbray and Corby are within easy distance.  Leicester and Nottingham are within 35 miles of Buttercross Park. Oakham railway station provides links to Birmingham, Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.

If you reserve the Cartmel this month, we will give you £500 towards your legal fees and your stamp duty will be paid!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Brexit - Buyers, don't panic

Eastern New Homebuyer today suggests that buyers need not panic following last week's historic 'Brexit' vote.

Peter Andrew, deputy chairman of the House Builders' Federation, said: "It is too early to understand all the implications of the Brexit vote for house builders.  However, it is clear that after decades of undersupply we face an acute housing crisis and demand for new homes will remain high.  We will continue working with government and others to ensure we can deliver the number of homes the country needs in the coming years."

Read the full article which discusses the effect which Brexit will have on house prices and mortgages.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Larkfleet Homes to support Bourne Classic Car & Bike Carnival

Larkfleet Homes will be supporting the upcoming Bourne Classic Car and Bike Carnival this year.  The Carnival is to be held on 19 June at Well Head Field, South Street Car Park and West Street in Bourne, Lincolnshire.

Situated near to the newly-launched Larkfleet development, Bourne Heights, the carnival will be a festival of family entertainment, including an exhibition of over 300 classic cars, bikes and vans, vintage fair ground rides, live music and a variety of trade stands.   A classic Spitfire aircraft will fly over the carnival at 2.30 pm.

For those interested in coming along, go to www.bourneclassiccarshow.co.uk for further details.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Residents at The Croft celebrate the Queen's birthday

Residents at Larkfleet's age exclusive development, The Croft at Baston, celebrated the Queen's Birthday this weekend with an afternoon tea party.

Organised by resident Margaret Wilson, this was the first event to be held in the development's community hub building.  With nearly every resident attending, the group got together and enjoyed tea and cakes throughout the afternoon.

                               Photo above: Larkfleet's Mike Smalley with Margaret Wilson.

Everyone was encouraged to wear red, white and blue and many took up Margaret's challenge!  The ladies in particular put in a huge effort.

The Croft is a residential development for those aged 55 years and over.  Perfect for new home buyers looking to downsize, it is not just a place to live but a community of like-minded neighbours who enjoy a lifestyle of possibilities.  The community hub is integral in this development and offers residents a place to entertain visitors, meet other residents and start new hobbies.  For the green fingered, allotments are on offer.

Contact Maureen, Jackie or Mike on 07825 275820 to find out more.

Sponsored cakes!

The Larkfleet Group of Companies, which includes Larkfleet Homes, was delighted this weekend to support Thurlby Open Gardens by sponsoring the cake stall.

This village event featured twelve gardens open to the public and a plant sale, including a stall selling rare cottage garden plants.  Homemade tea and cakes were available for everyone. 

New marketing suite opens at Bourne Heights

Visitors to our new development at Bourne Heights can now be entertained - and informed - in more style and comfort following the opening of our new marketing suite on the site this weekend.

This new development of eco-friendly two to five bedroom homes - with solar panels fitted as standard - is on the outskirts of the pretty market town of Bourne, lying right in the heart of south Lincolnshire.

It is in an outstanding location with green open spaces nearby, making it the perfect place for families and professionals. In fact, Bourne Heights is just two minutes’ walk from Bourne Woods, a quiet ancient woodland which is ideal for those who enjoy walking, jogging or cycling.

For young families, Bourne has a number of outstanding primary and secondary schools which feed nearby colleges and universities in Peterborough, Leicester, Lincoln, Boston and Cambridge. Bourne Heights is within walkable distance of two senior schools and within easy reach of Westfield Primary Academy and the brand new primary academy at Elsea Park.

The new community centre nearby hosts activities ranging from baby and toddler groups through to fitness and interest groups for older children and adults.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Larkfleet Homes offers support to Thurlby Open Gardens

The beginning of summer means the start of local fetes and events.  We are always keen to offer support to local events and this summer is no different.

 approx 12 gardens open
Last weekend Larkfleet Homes supported the very successful Rutland Show and this coming weekend, 11 and 12 June, we will be supporting the Thurlby Open Gardens, near to Bourne, and sponsoring the cake stall.

The event is on from 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  It is a wonderful village event, with twelve gardens open to the public and a plant sale, including a stall selling rare cottage garden plants.  This can be found at the Church Hall in the High Street.

Homemade tea and cakes will be available for everyone.  Costs are a very reasonable £3.75 for adults with under 16s being able to attend for free.

Don't forget to stop at the cake stall and take home a treat!

For further information, email info@thebarnthurlby.co.uk

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Treat yourself to a chain free move!

This summer you can treat yourself to a pain free and chain free move to our new homes at Anvil Mews in the very pretty town of Stamford.

If you reserve your new home over next weekend, you can take advantage of our part exchange scheme and we will pay your Stamp Duty!
The benefits of our part exchange scheme mean that you do not have to worry about the hassles of being in a property chain.  You will not pay any estate agents fees and you will not have the worry of selling your current house. 
With just a couple of homes remaining at Anvil Mews, you need to act fast to get the home of your dreams!

Contact Caroline on 07717895399 or at anvilmews@allison-homes.co.uk to view these stunning new homes.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Top Tips Tuesday - Clever toy storage ideas

Kids clutter - whether it is numerous toys, never to be thrown arts and craft materials or bits and bobs associated with their favourite hobby - are one of the banes of family life.  Who hasn't stood on a Lego block or suffered near major injuries after standing on a toy car and whizzed across the room!

There are solutions to be found!  Here are some our favourite storage ideas for kids rooms.

This clever all-in one bed and storage solution looks great fun as well as practical and offers a great alternative to bunk-beds.  We love the roll-down curtains!

If you need to make the best use of every centimeter of space, then start with the essentials.  You will need a bed and some storage at the very least!  The slightly smaller toddler bed can free up some space for storage, or if your child is older, a single bed will be fine.  Look for beds with built in storage which can be accessed without having to man-handle the bed to get at things.  Sliding drawers in a divan are fine or a higher bedstead which allows under-bed storage may work.  The mid or high-sleeper systems such as the one above do make maximum use of your floorspace and can be used to incorporate a play area, desk or storage units.

If you need to put in furniture, look for freestanding furniture which is dual-purpose, such as a wardrobe which also features drawers.  Children's clothes do not need a full-length hanging space so a half-wardrobe and half drawer option can be a real bonus.  Make sure you measure the spaces you have available before you buy!

Wall-hung shelves and units are great too for a streamlined look and make tidying up a quick and easy task.  Some have hooks and rails to make things even more flexible.

If space is compact, it oftens pays to keep your colour scheme simple.  White works brilliantly and colour can be added by using colourful scatter cushions, rugs, blinds or curtains, or just look at a few key accessories such as the table lamps or wall art that you use. 

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Deborah finds her perfect home at Parson's Prospect

Deborah Godfrey started her property search in Spring last year when looking to move nearer to her sister in Peterborough. 

Deborah was living in London at the time and she initially looked at properties in the Spalding area.  When she could not find something that suited her needs, she expanded her search and came across Larkfleet Homes online.  When she called us we suggested that she take a look the new Parson’s Prospect development in Eye on the outskirts of Peterborough.

Deborah said: “I visited the girls in the sales office at Parson’s Prospect and looked at the new homes under development off-plan.  I was really impressed.  I liked the area and site layout so I reserved my home, a three bedroom detached house, in May last year.

She added: “I had a challenging time selling my flat in London. I had buyers who were not able to take the sale forward and dropped out, so when it eventually sold in December I was delighted.  The Larkfleet sales team was superb and really patient throughout this period.  It was frustrating and stressful for me but they stayed with me and made the whole thing a bit more manageable.”

Since moving into her new home, Deborah continues to sing the praises of the on-site team and the Larkfleet after-sales service. 

She said: “There is obviously a snagging period with any new home and I have had a couple of small snags to deal with.  The sales team have always been there for me, sending me off to the right person.  They really have been responsive and genuinely listened to my queries. It has been refreshing to deal with a company which does not just stop caring after they have sold you the house!"

She added: “I am delighted with everything about my new home, from the quality of build to the customer care service I have received.  I would recommend Larkfleet Homes to anyone looking to buy a new home.”

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

First-time new home buyers at a two year high

An increasing number of first time buyers are purchasing their new home, as Moneyfacts report that new home buyers are at a two year high.

Their figures come from the latest First-Time Buyer Tracker from Your Move and Reeds Rains and show that a total of 32,000 completed first time buyer sales were recorded in April this year.  This figure shows an increase of 14.9 per cent from March and an overall 37.4 per cent rise year-on-year.  The figures also mark the highest monthly total seen since June 2014 when 33,300 first time buyer purchases were recorded.

The research states that this strong growth in sales is coming from changes to Stamp Duty brought in this year,  These changes have caused a drop in the number of landlords looking to purchase additional properties.  This has meant that currently the competition for properties has receded and new home buyers now have more of a choice of affordable housing as a result.

Gretton Valley offers contemporary and traditional new homes

For first time buyers looking to take advantage of these changes, the Larkfleet developments at Bourne Heights, Bourne and Gretton Valley in Weldon offer a mix of new home sizes and styles.  With traditional and contemporary new homes with one to five bedrooms, both developments offer cost saving solar panels fitted as standard.  Both are within easy reach of major routes to main towns and cities and offer great local facilities.   Both developments have recently been launched.  Bourne Heights is still offering a generous pre-launch discount whilst free flooring is on offer at Gretton Valley this week.