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National Parks Week: The home that could be your key to adventure

This week is National Parks Week, the annual celebration of everything unique and wonderful about Britain’s green, protected spaces. This year’s theme is all about adventure, and the land at your feet, ready to explore. In line with this, we thought we would bring you a blog focusing on the benefits for homeowners of even the smallest green space because, like adventures, they come in all shapes and sizes.

A survey by The Environmental Health Prospective 2016 found that people with access to a garden or living close to a park, were less likely to develop a serious illness.

For homebuyers looking for a new home near picturesque pocket parks or wonderful woodlands to spend this glorious summer, our clients have a range of properties and developments on the market.

Oakhill Park is a stunning collection of classically-inspired one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses – situated on a quiet residential road, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Putney High Street and just five-minutes’ walk from Wandsworth Park – a beautiful open space, which is also home to Putt in the Park. Prices at Oakhill Park start from £850,000. For more information call 020 3430 6920.

Abbotswood is situated just a mile from Guildford’s vibrant town centre and nearby to Stoke Park, Guildford’s largest and best-known park. Two homes are currently on the market with independent estate agent, Chantries, along this private, tree-lined road: Gate House, a seven-bedroom, Arts and Crafts’ house is on the market for £2,495,000 and Orchard Rise, another beautiful Arts and Crafts’ house is on the market with a guide price of £1,950,000. For more information about these homes, call Chantries on 01483 405222.

Aberfeldy Village by Prime Place is a flagship development by Prime Place, in partnership with Poplar HARCA that is transforming the former Aberfeldy estate into a vibrant new community with superb contemporary apartments and attractive landscaping – a new linear park formally opened in April this year, which provides residents with a lush, green space to relax in and unwind. Prices start from £315,000, for more information call 0207 515 1491.

Michael Buerk visits CowParade’s Glorious Guildford

Journalist and former newsreader Michael Buerk paid a visit to Guildford Castle recently to meet Glorious Guildford, the CowParade cow sponsored by local PR and marketing firm Property House Marketing in aid of Challengers.

As one of its patrons, Michael is a great supporter of Challengers, an independent children’s charity which delivers inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people across Surrey, Hampshire and surrounding areas.

In 2015, Challengers dedicated 132,235 hours to 1,400 disabled children and young people. These services are delivered at Challengers’ Guildford and Farnham Centres as well as schemes based at schools and community youth centres all through the year.

Michael Buerk said: “I am very proud to be able to lend my support to this fantastic charity. The difference Challengers makes throughout Surrey is hugely important and I always enjoy meeting the children and parents who benefit from these services.”

Property House Marketing is also running a selfie competition for visitors to Glorious Guildford. The person who takes the best photo with the cow will win a meal for two at CAU Guildford, up to the value of £100. Entrants need to upload their selfies to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn using #GloriousGuildford, before the deadline of 31st July.

Glorious Guildford will remain at the Guildford Castle Grounds until the end of August when the cows will be gathered together for their final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm on 3rd September, after which they will go to auction.

For more information about how to find all the CowParade cows around Surrey and the auction later this year, visit: www.cowparadesurreyhills.com and watch Glorious Guildford come to life in the time-lapse video:  https://vimeo.com/168337980.

Seeing Queenshurst in the Metro, City AM and MoveTo makes us happy!

Queenshurst, a stylish collection of homes in Kingston by Berkeley West London, is already catching the eye of property journalists despite the new show home only opening recently.

Today’s Metro featured the “striking new development” of Queenshurst in Launch Pad, which covers the best new homes which have just launched.

Furthermore, City AM’s Melissa York featured Queenshurst in her weekly round-up of the best new developments on the market in and around London, while Deborah Churchill at MoveTo magazine included Queenshurst in her New Homes Round-up: Commuter Special.

We’re so pleased that this dynamic development has got such great coverage already, which is very fitting as Kingston is one of London’s happiest boroughs, according to research by The Office of National Statistics.

Residents at Queenshurst, which comprises Manhattan suites, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and duplexes, will definitely be happy thanks to the development’s close proximity to:

  • Kingston rail and bus station, which provides fast transport links into Central London
  • Excellent shopping in the town centre, including the Bentall Centre – home to over 75 shops
  • An ancient market square selling fresh flowers, organic groceries and international food
  • A wide selection of restaurants, bars and pubs along the Thames riverfront
  • Historic Hampton Court, just across the river
  • Two of London’s largest Royal Parks – Richmond Park and Bushy Park

For further information about Queenshurst, or to book an appointment to view the new show apartment, call the sales and marketing suite on 0203 393 9886. Prices start from £420,000.

Property House Marketing introduces two new members of staff

They say that two heads are better than one, and these two are head and shoulders above the rest! We’d like to introduce Lisa Flounders, Senior Account Manager, and Vicky Curtis, Account Executive, who have recently joined the Property House Marketing team!

Lisa’s PR career began in the charity sector, before spending four years in the City of London working in financial services, specialising in media relations and corporate communication strategy for investment and asset management.

During this time, Lisa was a part of the team that twice won Press Team of the Year (Consumer) at the Headline Money Awards.

Lisa’s strengths and experience lie in quality content creation and on building key journalist relationships, maximising coverage opportunities for clients and influencing the news agenda. In her spare time, she is also completing an English degree with the University of London.

Victoria joined Property House recently after achieving a degree in Advertising from Southampton Solent University and an IDM Certificate in Direct and Digital Marketing.

During her university years, Vicky boosted her income by working for a housing association so has some experience of both property and office life – not a bad start for a first ‘proper’ job.

To learn more about the rest of our team visit our bio page, and while you’re on our website check out our blogs to find out what else we’ve been up to.

Awards season is in full swing at PHM!

Forget the Euros and the forthcoming Olympics, here at Property House Marketing, this summer is all about property awards!

What better way to kick start the season than to our clients for making it onto the shortlist for a variety of awards due to be announced later in the year; Berkeley Group has been longlisted for the Resi 10 for 10, Linden Homes and Lendlease have been shortlisted for a Housebuilder Award, and Affinity Sutton and Network Homes have been shortlisted for a National Housing Award.

We have also recently submitted 12 entries on behalf of our clients for the Sunday Times British Homes Awards and the team is now busy writing and designing entries for the 35th annual What House? Awards, which honour enterprising, customer-focused housebuilders. Last year our clients won a combined total of seven awards, including one gold and four silver winners.

At PHM, we pride ourselves on our unparalleled awards writing and attention to detail. We produce reputation-enhancing entries for our clients in national competitions which applaud key aspects of a new development one-off property, an initiative or the company itself.

Although the deadline is looming, it’s not too late to enter this years What House? Awards! So if you’ve worked on a project or development of which you are particularly proud and think it deserves recognition, get in touch with us today on 01483 561119.

PHM takes on the challenge of the Challengers Quiz

Last week, we temporarily lowered our PR and marketing tools for the evening and pooled together our collective intellect to take on a new challenge – Challengers Battle of the Businesses 2016.

Every year, Challengers – one of the local charities PHM supports – holds a fun and exciting quiz evening for Guildford businesses to raise money for the charity, which provides inclusive play and leisure time for disabled children and young people.

This year, the event was held at The Mandolay Hotel, on London Road, which not only provided the venue for the night but also a delicious dinner of chicken and halloumi kebabs followed by – in our case – a rather large portion of chocolate eclairs.

With a total of 166 participants spread across 16 teams, we knew the upcoming battle of wits would be hard-fought. However, after a strong start in the Geography round we really hit our stride in the ‘say as you see’ picture round. Sounds easy? Here’s one riddle we managed to swiftly solve:

arctic circle

Can you work it out? Hint: You might want to bring your coat! Tweet us your answer to @House_Group.

 

We’re proud to say we finished at a very respectable fourth place – so not all that far from the podium. It was a fantastic evening and over £8,900 was raised for Challengers. A big well done to all who took part.

Challengers’ children visit CowParade’s Glorious Guildford

Children from local disability charity Challengers paid a visit to Guildford Castle on Saturday to meet beautiful bovine Glorious Guildford, a member of the Surrey Hills CowParade public art event.

The children and their families enjoyed the sights of the grounds and took photographs with the cow. Glorious Guildford is being sponsored by local PR and marketing firm Property House Marketing, with proceeds going to Challengers.

Challengers is an independent children’s charity based in Guildford, which for more than 30 years, has developed and delivered inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people across Surrey, Hampshire and surrounding areas. In 2015, Challengers dedicated 132,235 hours to 1,400 disabled children and young people. These services were delivered at Challengers Guildford and Farnham Centres as well as schemes based at schools and community youth centres all through the year.

Property House Marketing managing director, Nikki Ackerley, said: “CowParade is a great concept, it’s so much fun to see art around our towns and countryside. More importantly, the money raised by the beautiful Glorious Guildford will support an important local charity that needs as much support as possible.”

Nathalie Bellamy, whose son Sam (8) goes to Challengers, said: “Challengers is a lifeline for us, not just for Sam but for our abled-bodied children too. Being able to drop Sam off to play with friends and be looked after in such a safe, caring and stimulating environment enables me to spend time with my other son and daughter. It’s so important they have my time too.”

Amanda Matthews, Head of Finance at Challengers, said: “The children have really enjoyed meeting Glorious Guildford. The backing from local businesses like Property House Marketing, and from initiatives like CowParade, means that Challengers is able to offer services to more children across the county and beyond. Our work is reliant on the help of our community and we’re very grateful to anyone able to offer their support.”

Property House Marketing is also running a selfie competition for visitors to Glorious Guildford. The person who takes the best photo with the cow will win a meal for two at CAU Guildford, up to the value of £100. Entrants need to upload their selfies to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn using #GloriousGuildford, before the end of the competition on 31st July.

Glorious Guildford will remain at the Guildford Castle Grounds until the end of August when the cows will be gathered for their final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm on 3 September, after which they will go to auction.

For more information about how to find all the CowParade cows around Surrey and the auction later this year, visit: www.cowparadesurreyhills.com and watch Glorious Guildford come to life in the time-lapse video:  https://vimeo.com/168337980.

Wonderful ‘wunderlust’ show home opens at Prime Place, Sevenoaks

A superb two-bedroom show home has opened at Prime Place, Sevenoaks, a new luxury development of apartments close to Sevenoaks station.

Following the opening of the sales and marketing suite last month, the show home is the latest milestone in this outstanding development, which is totally transforming the former office building, Tubs Hill House.

Mark Ottley, senior sales manager at Prime Place, comments: “We are pleased to have a show apartment now open to showcase the exceptional quality of these apartments. They are already proving very popular locally, particularly with commuters who appreciate the proximity of Sevenoaks station and quick journey time into London, and more than a third of the homes have already been reserved.”

Prime Place, Sevenoaks offers a style of living more usually found in London, with a hotel-style foyer, dedicated concierge service, business suite, courtyard gardens and private parking.

The beautifully-designed show home is inspired by the concept of ‘wunderlust’ as Paul Dawson, design director at Honky, explains: “Wunderlust means ‘a strong desire to travel’ and our design echoes the dream of travelling the world. We’ve used an eclectic mix of furnishings, fabrics and furniture, some sourced from Scandinavia and Morocco, to create a sophisticated style that will appeal to a wide range of potential buyers.”

The homes at Prime Place, Sevenoaks are finished to the high specification synonymous with Prime Place, including its trademark ceiling heights, which are higher than usual, and fully-tiled bathrooms. Many of the apartments have Juliette balconies, and some on the upper levels enjoy far-reaching views over the North Downs.

Sevenoaks station is just 200 metres away and regular services take less than 30 minutes to London Bridge. An added benefit is the extension of the Oyster system to Sevenoaks from 2018, which will cut the cost of travelling into London.

Prices start from £399,995 for a two-bedroom apartment. The homes will be ready for occupation early next year.

For more information, contact sales agent Hamptons International on 01732 451000 or visit www.primeplace.co.uk.

Take a selfie with #GloriousGuildford to win a meal for two at CAU

When we ‘herd’ CowParade was coming to Surrey, we jumped on board to take up the chance to sponsor a cow in support of one of our favourite charities – Challengers. In our recent blogs, we have documented the arrival of our cow at our talented Ockham-based artist Colette Clegg’s studio, the decoration process and her debut at the Surrey County Show.

If you keep up to date with the local ‘moos’, you might have spotted Glorious Guildford in Guildford’s Castle Grounds. Glorious Guildford is lucky enough to be spending her summer enjoying the beautifully landscaped gardens, and acting as a point of conversation for the many tourists and local residents who enjoy spending time here. 

We are currently running a selfie competition. The person who takes the ‘moost mootiful’ or ‘amoosing’ photo with Glorious Guildford will win a meal for two at CAU Guildford, up to the value of £100. To be in with a chance, all you have to do is upload your selfie to either Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn – make sure to use #GloriousGuildford! So pay Glorious Guildford a visit at Guildford’s Castle Grounds and don’t forget to post, tweet and share!

The deadline for the selfie competition is 31st July, so make use of the hot weather while you still can. You can find Glorious Guildford in Guildford Castle Grounds until the morning of the 30th July, when she’ll be temporarily moved to nearby the cafe at Newlands Corner for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle event.

After the cycle event, Glorious Guildford will remain at the Guildford Castle Grounds until the end of August when the cows will be gathered up for their final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm on September 3rd, after which they will go to auction.

We will continue to ‘milk it’ by documenting the journey of our cow, so make sure you stay tuned to our blogFacebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for more ‘udderly’ exciting updates!

As she celebrates a career in property spanning a quarter of a century, Property House Marketing founder Nikki Ackerley looks back at the last 25 years

This is an important year for me, with June marking 25 years since my very first property page was published in The Surrey Advertiser (and coincidentally, my son Tom’s first birthday). In that time, house prices have dropped and risen again, as prime ministers have come and gone and economies changed. I’ve seen and written about it all!

While my career in PR began in the 1980s with a Promotions Executive role at IPC Magazines, it was after a break when my sons were born that I began writing for the Woking News and Mail. In 1991, I was appointed property correspondent at The Surrey Advertiser, with my first page published on 13 June that year. In my 15 years at the paper, I covered property of all shapes, sizes, budgets and builds, and enjoyed visiting some of Surrey’s most beautiful homes. In that time I also saw new estate agents open, and sadly some old ones close.

My property PR career began just after a year into my tenure at The Surrey Advertiser, when I undertook some work for local estate agent Burns & Webber and for developer Michael Wilson Restorations, and Property House Marketing was founded.

Our own property history is as wide-ranging as the clients we collaborate with; our first office was a partitioned section of the children’s playroom at my house! As our client base grew, so did our need for space and staff (Louise, the company’s second employee, is still a member of the PHM team). In Guildford, we’ve been based on North Street and High Path Road, and we are now settled in Bury Fields having practised what we preached and bought our own office. In its previous life, this office was the library of the Guildford School of Acting, and with our hard hats on we’ve replaced bookshelves and ladders with a set of stairs, an extra floor and a kitchen.

A quarter of a century since that first article, we work with a wide portfolio of clients in the housing and building industries to build profile, promote brand and establish relationships with key audiences. We very much look forward to seeing what the next 25 years will bring.

To find out what Property House Marketing can do for you, please call 01483 561119.

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