Home is where the heart is. It’s where family memories are created. It’s the kitchen table where the ins and outs of everyone’s days are shared. Its walls witness screaming matches and kisses and making up. For a mother it’s a place of sanctuary but also (whether we work outside the house or not) a place where there is always something to do.
It’s for that last reason that for many of us the idea of moving into a newly built and finished home is such an appealing idea. It’s a blank canvas and in the case of Miller Homes it’s finished to a high standard, you’ve chosen the fixtures and fittings that suit your taste and recently as amazing instagrammers and bloggers like Erica Davies are showcasing, it can be styled into amazing spaces that are a treat on the eyes as well as providing a welcoming, functional space for our families to grow up in.
You all know that I think the Cotswolds are an amazing place to raise a family. I’ve written about it many times before and it was a treat to be invited to visit the show home of the Miller Homes development Oak Grange in Mickleton (North Cotswolds) to explore the show home, test out how the spaces might work for a busy mum like me and in turn to highlight the area and the houses on offer to your good selves.
Let’s start out by telling you that there are two houses left at Oak Grange so if you like what you see you need to act quickly and give the show home a call and arrange a visit (03330 607850). The development comprises of three to five bedroom houses in a mix of honey coloured Cotswold stone and traditional red brick. It lies centrally in the gorgeous chocolate box village of Mickleton which is home to a primary school, church, church hall, several pubs (one of which is the highly rated Three Ways House Hotel – home of the renowned Pudding Club), post office and convenience store.
It’s also a five minute drive from my favourite place in the Cotswolds – Hidcote Manor Gardens, eight miles from Stratford on Avon, about fifteen miles from Cheltenham and really importantly for those of us with older children it’s in the catchment area for Chipping Campden School (rated as outstanding by Ofsted.)
I’ve lived in a traditional cottage for the last twelve years and though I love my home I was quick to spot all of the really functional characteristics the show home offered; storage being one of them! New homes are more energy efficient which has never been more important and the open plan living space in the huge kitchen diner offers families communal spaces to be together whilst the cosy snug and sitting room will offer more intimate places for those rare tranquil moments or when the kids have friends to play and need some space of their own!
Upstairs the master suite is the thing of dreams. The dressing room space in between the bedroom and bathroom rivals Carrie’s in Sex and the City and the guest or second bedroom with en suite was light and bright. The show home offered five bedrooms, one of which was showcased as a great sized office which is important with the shift towards workplace flexibility and home working.
The garden offered a protected, light and perfectly sized (i.e big but manageable) space for the modern, busy family.
So, if life in a wonderful, rural, Cotswold community with excellent links to urban areas (Honeybourne station just five minutes away takes you directly to London Paddington) is something you’ve been considering, you should definitely take the time to visit Oak Grange before the last two homes have been snapped up. I was really really impressed and can personally attest for the area being a perfect place to raise a family.
Shout if you are interested and have any more questions about our area. Happy to help.
This blog is part of a paid partnership with Miller Homes.