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Christmas is just around the corner…

Now that the John Lewis advert has landed, numerous Christmas lights in town centres across the UK have been switched on by celebrities and we’re less than a month away from celebrating Christmas – we think it’s safe to start feeling excited about the most wonderful time of the year! In the festive spirit, we’ve highlighted some great Christmas events near a selection of our clients’ developments – all with show homes now ready to visit.

 

Westminster’s Christmas Craft Market – 0.7 miles from Abell & Cleland by Berkeley Homes

Westminster Abbey is hosting the Abbey Choir’s annual Christmas Concert which is supported by John Lewis this year. The concert will feature a selection of festive choral works, and traditional Christmas carols for all to sing on the 15th December at 19:00.

Berkeley Homes’ luxurious Abell & Cleland development is situated in the heart of historic Westminster, just 12-minutes’ walk from the Westminster Cathedral Craft Christmas Market. Located outside the cathedral, the market offers hand-made crafts that make ideal Christmas gifts. Prices at Abell & Cleland start from £8.34 million for a penthouse.

 

Festival of Christmas Trees – 5.5 miles from Prime Place, Sevenoaks

St Mary’s Heritage Trust Christmas Tree Festival occurs yearly at the beginning of December inviting everyone to display a tree in the church which is then open to the public for viewing. Funds raised help preserve the oldest building in Westerham, the 13th century Church, many contribute elegantly, quirkily or entertainingly decorated trees which transform St Mary’s into a veritable Christmas grotto.

The contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments at Prime Place, Sevenoaks are just a 15-minute drive from the popular Christmas tree festival at Westerham. Prices start from £340,000 for a one bedroom apartment and Help to Buy is available.

 

Medieval Christmas at Guildford Castle – 1 mile from Catherine’s Walk by Metis Homes

 Experience a Christmas how it would have been celebrated 700 years ago at Guildford Castle on the 18th December. The grounds will be transformed into a themed 13th century winter wonderland full of traditional festivities for all the family to enjoy.

The family homes at Catherine’s Walk by Metis Homes are just a mile from Guildford Castle. Prices start from £695,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and £1,100,000 for a three-bedroom townhouse.

 

Home is where the hygge is

PHM loves keeping up to date with all the latest interior design trends and this winter it’s all about hygge!

The Danish term, pronounced ‘hoo-ga’, was originally a Norwegian term for wellbeing. In the interiors world, hygge is becoming increasingly popular and is all about creating a warm, cosy feeling in the home. It’s candlelight and crackling open fires. It’s snuggling up on the sofa with a warm blanket and a cup of tea. Ultimately, hygge is an experience as much as it is a design trend.

With an average of just four hours’ sunlight a day and freezing temperatures in the winter months, it is no surprise that creating cosy and inviting interiors is top on the Danish to-do list! Here are some recently launched show homes that have embraced this trend.

Light greys, dusty pinks and cool shades of blue create a calming and relaxed colour-scape, while framed artwork injects personality in to the room. The low hanging golden globe light fitting creates the sense of a more intimate and cosy space, and the splash of gold adds a touch of warmth and luxury.

At Catherine’s Walk in Guildford, Metis Homes have also embraced this Nordic trend. The stunning interior of the showhome features minimalist furniture and clean lines, while copper tones create a warming atmosphere.

The apartments at Prime Place Sevenoaks also hint at hygge, featuring geometric shapes and pops of bright blue and orange furnishings which complement the woody toned scandi-style furniture.

Home is where the hart is!

Councillor Tim Harries, the Mayor of Dorchester, has unveiled an iconic statue of a white hart at Eastgate, a collection of new townhouses by Metis Homes on High East Street.

The 2.6 metre-high statue is part of Dorchester’s rich history. It once stood above the entrance to the landmark White Hart inn, which dated back to 18th century and features in a short story by Thomas Hardy. The original inn was rebuilt following a fire in 1926, before closing in 2006.

Metis Homes has meticulously restored the statue to its original glory and incorporated it in pride of place on its original site, now occupied by the new homes. Councillors from Dorchester Town Council, together with members of the Dorchester Civic Society and Thomas Hardy Society, joined with other guests to celebrate the white hart’s homecoming. Dorchester’s Town Crier, Councillor Alistair Chisholm, marked the occasion with a traditional cry.

Eastgate is a collection of nine luxury three and four-bedroom townhouses and one two-bedroom coach house at the far end of High East Street, a short stroll from the town centre.

The homes are traditionally designed using local materials, including natural Portland stone and Marnhull rubble stone, and are arranged around a central courtyard behind a secure gated entrance, with private parking provided.

Built to a very high specification, the homes have recently been finished and buyers can move in immediately. Prices start from £320,000 and Help to Buy is available on every home, allowing people to buy with a 5 per cent deposit and 20 per cent government loan.

For more information or to view the show home, please contact selling agents Connells on 01305 266755 or Mayfair Town and Country on 01305 269200. Or visit www.metishomes.co.uk.

Metis Homes launches luxurious new apartments and town homes at Catherine’s Walk in Guildford

Guildford has long been high on the list of the most sought-after places to live in Surrey, thanks to its superb shopping and entertainment, easy commute into London and excellent schools. Top quality new homes in this popular county town are at a premium and the luxurious new homes at Catherine’s Walk, recently launched for sale by Metis Homes, tick all the boxes for a wide range of buyers.

Catherine’s Walk is an exclusive collection of two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom town homes, at prices starting from £700,000. The homes are set off a peaceful residential road, within easy walking distance of the station and town centre. In the heart of a conservation area and a short stroll from the River Wey and Shalford Park, the setting is idyllic.

The eight town homes and six apartments at Catherine’s Walk are beautifully designed to offer a very high standard of modern day living.

The exterior architecture features traditional materials with a contemporary twist. Mellow brickwork, clay roof tiles and weathered timber boarding are married with crisp white render, aluminium windows and frameless glass balustrades.

Arranged over three storeys, the town homes are light, bright and airy with a magnificent open-plan kitchen/dining/living area that opens through bi-fold sliding doors on to a rear garden. The separate living room is perfect for quiet relaxation.

The master bedroom spans the entire top floor and includes an en suite bath/shower room, fitted dressing area and private balcony.

Extending to more than 1,100 sq. ft., the apartments are amazingly spacious with a contemporary open-plan living area opening on to a balcony and two generously-sized bedrooms, each with an en suite bath/shower room.

Nearly every property includes a study, ideal for home working. With striking fully-fitted kitchens, utility room, ample storage and under-floor heating throughout the apartments and to the ground floor of the houses, the homes offer the best in high-quality, low-maintenance living.

There is a parking space for every apartment and two for each town home.

Transport links are excellent with a frequent train service from Guildford to London Waterloo in 38 minutes and the A3, M3 and M25 are just a short drive away.

Prices at Catherine’s Walk start from £700,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and £1.1 million for a town home.

For further information, please contact selling agents Clarke Gammon Wellers on 01483 880900 or guildford@clarkegammon.co.uk. Alternatively, visit www.metishomes.co.uk.

Metro and Mail focus on Metis Homes

Journalist Andrea Dean zoomed in on Dorchester, the little-known setting for scenes recently shot for two top TV series, Broadchurch and Wolf Hall, for her weekly area focus in the Metro this week.

The spotlight feature highlighted new homes available in the area, including Eastgate, a collection of luxury townhouses by Metis Homes. You can read our blog about the development here.

Andrea notes that Dorchester is rightly revered for its “stunning scenery and great transport links”. Eastgate comfortably ticks these boxes as it is only 0.7 miles away from Dorchester’s two rail stations, Dorchester South and Dorchester West, which provide regular links to Bristol and London Waterloo. As for stunning scenery, the balconies at Eastgate provide striking views of Mill Stream and the surrounding countryside.

Back on home ground, Catherine’s Walk, a development in Guildford featuring lovely townhouses and modern apartments, also by Metis Homes, starred this week on the front page of The Location, a property supplement distributed with the Daily Mail, under the title The Ultimate Combination of Town and Country. The development, which is sure to have caught the eye of readers due to the advert’s prominent position, is soon to be released so those interested best get in touch with Metis Homes right away.

To find out more about Catherine’s Walk or Eastgate, call Metis Homes on 01962 893535.

Exceptional opportunity to buy a superb penthouse at Quay West in Poole – show home now open

Metis Homes is offering a final chance to buy a new home at Quay West in the heart of Poole – and has saved the best until last. Two stunning top-floor penthouses have been released for sale, priced from £530,000, and a new show home is open for viewing.

Rupert Price, sales director at Metis Homes, comments: “There’s been very high demand and we’ve sold all of the apartments at Quay West, so we’re delighted to offer these fabulous penthouses. I recommend visiting the show home to see the quality of the homes and get a sense of the great lifestyle at Quay West. Best of all, the penthouses are finished so buyers can move in very quickly.”

Spacious, bright and airy, the two-bedroom penthouses extend to a generous 1,301 sq. ft. and 1,395 sq. ft. There’s plenty of outside space – terraces, with inset LED lighting, wrap around three sides of each home; one offers sweeping views across Holes Bay and towards the Purbeck Hills and the other across old Poole town and towards Sandbanks.

Interiors are arranged in a modern open-plan style, creating a wonderful large space, ideal for entertaining. The excellent specification includes a contemporary kitchen that is fully equipped with the latest integrated appliances, right down to a wine cooler. Both of the bedrooms are doubles and each has a fitted wardrobe and a beautiful en suite shower room by Porcelanosa.

With ceramic wood-effect flooring in the living area, walnut veneered doors and underfloor heating throughout the homes adding a luxurious touch, there is impeccable attention to detail. Wiring for air conditioning is included, allowing it to be easily fitted if required.

Both owners will also benefit from two allocated parking spaces each.

Quay West is in an outstanding central location, close to Poole Quay, a short stroll from the town’s shops, bars and restaurants and less than ten minutes’ walk from the station, with frequent links to Bournemouth, Southampton, Winchester and London.

The penthouses are priced at £530,000 and £545,000.

To find out more about the penthouses at Quay West and to make an appointment to view the show home, please contact selling agents Lloyds in Poole on 01202 708044 or visit the website www.metishomes.co.uk.

Superb townhouses full of character in the heart of historic Dorchester: Launch and show home opening on Saturday 12th March

Anyone seeking an elegant town-centre home full of character in historic Dorchester should make a beeline for Eastgate, an exclusive collection of new luxury townhouses by Metis Homes which will be launched for sale on Saturday 12th March.  A show house will be open for viewing, showcasing the outstanding design and specification of these stunning homes.

There are just ten homes – a mix of three and four-bedroom townhouses, together with one, two-bedroom coach house – in a wonderful location at the far end of High East Street, just a few hundred metres from the lively town centre which blends old-world charm with an eclectic array of shops, bars and restaurants.

Prices of the townhouses start from £350,000 and Help to Buy is available to both first-time buyers and existing homeowners. This means you could buy a townhouse with a deposit of just £17,500 and mortgage of £262,500; the balance is funded by a 20 per cent government loan, which is interest free for the first five years.

Traditionally designed using local materials, including natural Portland stone, these delightful houses have great charm and blend harmoniously with the surrounding historic buildings.

The homes are arranged around a central courtyard. Many of the houses have a Juliette balcony with views over the Mill Stream and some have their own waterside garden. A gated entrance provides security and each home has a private parking space within the courtyard.

Arranged over three or four storeys, the townhouses offer a wide choice of layouts. Some are designed in an open-plan arrangement that maximises light and space with a combined living/dining/kitchen area; others feature a separate kitchen. In some homes, there is additional space on the first floor for use as a living room or perhaps a study. Master bedrooms include an en suite shower room in addition to the main bathroom.

The specification is excellent and demonstrates the keen eye for detail synonymous with Metis Homes. Elegant kitchens feature granite worktops and a full range of integrated appliances; bathrooms are individually designed by renowned Spanish company Porcelanosa; master bedrooms include a fitted wardrobe as standard and the oak veneer doors and chrome furniture are modern and stylish.

Eastgate is just over half a mile away from two railway stations: Dorchester South, on the Weymouth-London Waterloo line, and Dorchester West on the scenic Bristol-Weymouth Heart of Wessex line. There is easy access to Bournemouth and Southampton airports, 30 miles and 54 miles away respectively, and a straightforward journey to London via the M27.

Just a few minutes’ walk along the River Frome leads to Dorset’s glorious countryside. Almost half of the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the stunning scenery, magnificent coastline and fabulous beaches for which Dorset is famous are within easy reach.

Prices of the townhouses start from £350,000; the two-bedroom coach house is priced at £320,000. It is anticipated that the homes will be finished by late summer, so purchasers will not have long to wait before moving in.

For further information, please contact selling agents Connells on 01305 266755 or dorchester@connells.co.uk. From 12th March, the show home will be open three days a week – on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – from 10am to 5pm.

For a preview of Eastgate, please see the fly-through video on www.metishomes.co.uk.

A superb collection of new townhouses and apartments in Guildford by Metis Homes

Catherine’s Walk – an exclusive collection of elegant three-bedroom townhouses and spacious two-bedroom apartments within easy reach of Guildford town centre and station – will be released for sale by Metis Homes early this year.

The eight townhouses and six apartments at Catherine’s Walk are located on Chestnut Avenue, a popular residential area around 15 minutes’ walk from the station and town centre.  The setting is idyllic, just a short stroll from the River Wey and the green spaces of Shalford Park. Set against a backdrop of mature trees, the homes are arranged around a private landscaped courtyard.

Arranged over three storeys, the superb townhouses are light and bright with an extensive kitchen/family room opening on to a rear garden, and a separate living room. A magnificent master bedroom occupies the entire top floor and includes, together with the second bedroom, an en suite bath/shower room and dressing area. Both bedrooms feature a balcony.

Extending to more than 1,100 sq. ft., the apartments offer an amazing amount of space, with a contemporary open-plan living area opening on to a balcony and two generously-sized bedrooms, each with an en suite bath/shower room.

Two parking spaces are provided for each home.

Catherine’s Walk will be released for sale in spring 2016; prices are expected to start in the region of £700,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and £1.1 million for a three-bedroom townhouse.

For further information and to register an interest, contact selling agents Clarke Gammon Wellers on 01483 880900, or visit www.metishomes.co.uk.

Self-employment no barrier to shared ownership for Olivia and Thomas thanks to the support of Network Living

On Valentine’s Day earlier this year, Olivia Tinker (24), a visual merchandiser for H&M, and Thomas Odlum (26), a self-employed plumber, went to visit a two-bedroom, shared ownership apartment at Network Living’s Warehouse development in Streatham. They loved it so much that they put down a holding fee the very same day.

It should have been an exciting start to a new life together for the couple. But initial feelings of excitement soon turned to despair when Thomas discovered that he would have to raise a larger deposit due to the fact that he was self-employed.

“We thought we were ready to move,” explains Thomas, “so it came as a real shock to find out that the mortgage company required us to put down a minimum 20% deposit purely because I am self-employed.”

Despite 4.5 million people choosing to work independently in the UK, mortgage lenders remain cautious about self-employment.

“Luckily for us, Network Living was really supportive,” says Thomas. “They held the apartment to give us time to meet with financial advisors. In the end, it also became apparent that, in addition to needing a larger deposit, the mortgage lenders were not going to give us a mortgage for the amount we needed either – so Network Living lowered the minimum share from 50% to 40% which, combined with some financial help from our parents, helped us overcome both hurdles.”

The couple’s determination and perseverance paid dividends and they moved into their new home in April.

Olivia and Thomas purchased a 40% share (£200,000) of the two-bedroom apartment worth £500,000 with a 20% deposit of £40,000.

“We’re so happy here,” says Olivia. “Our apartment has a balcony, which overlooks an internal courtyard, as well as a roof terrace with views towards The Shard and Wembley Stadium”

All the homes have now sold at Warehouse, but to view a selection of developments with homes for sale through shared ownership visit: networkliving.co.uk

Launching soon: superb new town centre homes in historic Dorchester by Metis Homes

A rare opportunity to buy a new home in the heart of the historic county town of Dorchester is being offered by Metis Homes. A superb collection of luxury two, three and four-bedroom homes will be launched for sale early next year and, anticipating high demand, Metis Homes is inviting people to register their interest very soon.

Eastgate enjoys a wonderful location at the far end of High East Street, just a few hundred metres from the lively town centre which blends history and old-world charm with a great choice of shops, restaurants and entertainment.

Traditionally designed using local materials, including natural Portland stone, the homes at Eastgate have great character and charm, blending harmoniously with the surrounding historic buildings.

There are just ten homes at Eastgate, arranged around a central courtyard. The majority are three and four-bedroom townhouses, together with just one, two-bedroom coach house.

Many of the homes have a Juliette balcony with views over the Mill Stream and some have their own waterside garden. A gated entrance provides security and each house has a private parking space within the courtyard.

Prices at Eastgate are still to be confirmed but are expected to range between £320,000 and £430,000.

For further information and to register an interest, contact selling agents Connells on 01305 266755 or Dorchester@connells.co.uk. To see a fly-through video of the homes visit www.metishomes.co.uk