Mixing rural life with good links to cities

THE opening of a showhome is always a special event, but one North-East builder had an extra special launch – with a little help from the world’s most famous wizard.

THE opening of a showhome is always a special event, but one North-East builder had an extra special launch – with a little help from the world’s most famous wizard.

The launch of Dunelm Homes’ new Redesdale showhome was assisted by a family event with a bit of a Harry Potter theme.

The three-storey Redesdale, at Westbury Park in St Helen Auckland, near Bishop Auckland, is a four-bedroom plus study that has been decked out with mod cons and design touches.

And while parents looked around, children were kept happy with a glimpse of a Harry Potter mural in one of the family bedrooms, prompting a number of wizard lookalikes to come along on the day.

Dunelm Homes’ managing director Phil Brown said: “It was great to see so many people at the showhome launch, obviously taking the opportunity to look at what’s available a little further afield from our regional city centres.

“I think buyers are happy to move away from the busier areas of the region, because transport links to and from places such as St Helen Auckland are so good. You’re within easy reach of every conurbation in the North- East with none of the disadvantages of inner city living.”

The Westbury Park development is just off the A688, south west of Bishop Auckland, and is a good base for those who like to combine a rural location with good links to the city, with Durham about 15 minutes away, while Sunderland and Newcastle can be reached in less than an hour. The surrounding countryside offers all the space a family could need, without being too far from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Mr Brown said: “As with all the properties on the site, The Redesdale offers fantastic space for families, and as everyone here this weekend will have noticed, the size of the house really hits you from the moment you walk through the door.”

The hallway takes you through to the lounge with large bay windows. The ground floor also has the dining room, a fitted breakfast kitchen, a utility room and cloakroom.

The first-floor master bedroom, decorated in contrasting colours, with sumptuous linen, includes a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. On the second floor, there are two further bedrooms, one complete with its Harry Potter mural, as well as a shower room.

For further information on the development, tel: (01642) 614474 or visit www.dunelmhomes.co.uk

Dunelm Homes have also launched a showhome on their Orchard Meadows development at Kip Hill, near Stanley.

Sales and marketing director Colin Willetts said: “The Millfield showhome is a fabulous example of what can be done to create a really comfortable and welcoming home.”

The three-storey Millfield has four bedrooms, with space for all the family.

The development offers a great selection of three and four-bedroom houses, with prices starting from £199,995.

Orchard Meadows, just outside Stanley, is ideal for those looking for country living, but who also need good links to the city. The A1 is close by, giving easy access to Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham. The surrounding area has plenty to offer too – whether a relaxing walk in the country or a visit to the famous Beamish Open Air Museum, only a five-minute drive from the development. The MetroCentre is also only a short drive away as well as the shops, restaurants and nightlife of Newcastle.

For information on the development at Orchard Meadows, tel: (01207) 236934 or go to www.dunelmhomes.co.uk

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