Homes that are a breath of fresh Yorkshire air

Feb 20, 2019 | General

In this day and age isn’t it refreshing to discover a house builder with a difference? Heywood Homes is just such a builder. And you can see it in every natural stone block, timber frame and sweeping glass atrium of their bespoke properties.

But it’s not only the quality and care of the build that’s so impressive – it’s their mission: to create glamorous yet affordable contemporary homes that are perfectly at home in the most idyllic of rural settings.

Indeed, so important is setting to Heywood that they insist on only building in the stunning countryside of the valleys to the south of Huddersfield.

Meltham magic
Take, for example, their latest development on the fringes of the thriving market town of Meltham. Nestling proudly beneath Wessenden Moor on the edge of the Peak District, Meltham is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Meltham folk are a canny bunch. They get to enjoy a flourishing community with all the amenities of modern living – yet also savour the pure air and glorious views of pristine countryside. But whilst Meltham is a world away from the clamour of urban life, this lovely town is within striking distance of Huddersfield and the M62, with easy access to all the major centres and airports of the region.

A market town with all mod cons
Make no mistake, Meltham is no sleepy backwater. Replete with major supermarket branches, health services, Post Office and a Pool & Fitness club, the town has something for everyone.

Sporty types can take their pick from the golf club or the football, rugby and athletics club, whilst the Community Centre really is for many the epicentre of town life. The area is criss-crossed with moorland walks too, so whether you’re into serious rambling or a gentle stroll, Meltham is a walker’s paradise.

Enjoy a spot of retail therapy? The stone built town centre is home to a colourful mix of specialised stores, including two florists, a hair salon, a baker’s, a butcher’s and a deli. And on the subject of gastronomy: foodies will enjoy a smorgasbord of tempting eateries going by intriguing names such as the Quirky II & Tapas, the Pink Elephant and the OM is Where The Heart Is.

A first class education
Meltham is also a place that sets great store by its education. Three primary schools serve the town – all rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted – whilst high school students take a bus ride to highly acclaimed senior schools in Holmfirth and Honley.

Moorland View – a stunning new development
Wander five minutes from Meltham town centre and you’ll find Moorland View – Heywood Homes’ latest development of 3 bed townhouses, 4 bed semis and townhouses and 4 & 5 bed detached homes.

You’ll have to look hard though – because this development has been designed to slot beautifully into its location. It’s not only the newly laid five foot high dry stone wall that wraps around the opening properties – it’s details such as the choice of local natural stone and roof tiles to finish these fine homes, whilst dramatic glass atriums echo contemporary barn conversions.

With open views across the moors to the east and over to Huddersfield’s Castle Hill to the west, the development opens out to a lush green space with a stream leading to a millpond which provides a haven for wildlife.

“The best house you’ll ever buy”
Jonathan Mayo, Heywood Homes’ Managing Director, is single minded in his goal: “We’re setting out to build quite simply the best house you’ll ever buy. That means the best quality with the best service at the best price.”

That’s a big claim, but Jonathan is passionate about the company ethos. “We’re not in the business to maximise profit,” he adds. “We’re in it to deliver what every family needs. We’re a young company with a fresh vision – and already our customers are telling us their Heywood Home is in a different league.”

Indeed, it’s why the first homes released were snapped up in the launch weekend. The quality is clear in every detail. Take the garden paving flags – hardly something most developers give a second thought to. Jonathan personally visited a small family quarry in Punjab’s Ludhiana district to select his distinctive deep blue stone pavers.

Then there’s the interior decor, as Sales & Marketing Director Cathrine Dickinson points out: “Other builders opt for stark white paint or magnolia. We were looking for something warmer and more distinctive. So we chose Farrow & Ball Cornforth White in our kitchens. More expensive of course, but we think it’s worth it.”

Contemporary elegance
Each home boasts a light, airy feel and effortlessly stylish décor. Details such as high ceilings, half tiling in the bathrooms, stainless steel switches throughout and bathroom/kitchen spotlighting abound. And with high quality kitchens with integrated appliances across the range – and granite worktops standard for the larger properties – a Heywood Home is packed with contemporary design cues.

But great care is taken to ensure a Heywood Home has a quiet, relaxed ambience and never feels like a dressy show home. “We bring our customers the latest design trends, but we also ensure our homes are comfortable to live in,” explains Cathrine. “That’s why they appeal to everyone from first time buyers to those with older families and empty nesters.”

Toasty warm and energy efficient
Every Heywood Home features a solid timber frame made from specially selected sustainably sourced wood. Robert Davis, Construction Director, was eager to emphasize the benefits of this type of build: “Timber frame houses are incredibly warm. Yes, they cost us more to build than breezeblock, but they’re environmentally friendly and thermally ultra-efficient. So with low heating costs, you can keep your household bills down for the long term.”

Truly personal service
Robert clearly also takes customer service personally. “As a small, dedicated builder every customer gets to know the directors of the company. Because you deal directly with us, there’s no waiting for decisions on any requests you may have. That makes for a truly personal service and an enjoyable buying experience.”

The service extends to a personal introduction to the property for every new homeowner, where the customer is taken through every aspect of their new place from how to operate the boiler to how to work the oven.

Heywood even give customers the freedom to customise their own house design by moving internal walls or adding features wherever possible. “Every family is different,” says Robert. “And we bend over backwards to ensure we deliver a home our customers will love.”

Come and see for yourselves
Discover more about Moorland View today. Call Antonia at Bramleys 01484 5300361 to arrange your visit or go to www.heywoodhomes.com to view our current developments.