Update your home for summer!

Update your home for summer!

Now summer has officially begun, it’s time to sort out and revamp your home to get rid of your winter wears, and make your home lighter and brighter for the (hopefully) warmer months.Summer home1

#1 Add pops of colour to your home – bright colours will instantly but you into a summery mood, so whether its colourful cushions or bright accessories, refresh your home décor with a few pops of colour.

#2 Add indoor plants – a great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Read our previous blog for loads of green tips.

#3 Give your garden a makeover – summer is the perfect time to get out in the garden; plant loads of flowers and even summer vegetables to create a vibrant garden, and weed and mow the lawns to get it looking extra neat.

#4 Summer crafts – creating some colourful crafts has two benefits; you can brighten up yoSummer home7ur home on a budget and it’s a great project for your children over the school holidays.

#5 Mood lighting – if the weather holds up, you’ll be spending lots more time in your garden, and putting up some pretty fairy lights will create a lovely relaxed vibe in your garden, so you can stay there all evening and enjoy your refreshed garden.

#6 Have a clear-out and deep clean – if you didn’t do this in spring, do it now! You’ll feel so much better when you’ve de-cluttered and cleaned your house, which will create much more space. And make sure to pack away all your winter things to make room for summer.

#7 Complete a DIY/décor project – in winter you often don’t feel like doing much, so now put your more energetic summer mood to good use and get on and finish that home project you’ve been meaning to do!

#8 Switch to lightweight – change your duvet to a lighter one to keep cool at night, and let more of the natural summer light in with thinner curtains.Summer home3

#9 Add mirrors – create even more light in your home by hanging mirrors, which will not only bounce light around the room to create a brighter space, but will actually make your rooms look more open and spacious!

#10 Hang wall art – a really simple way to add some colour to your room is to hang up some vibrant, unique wall art; it doesn’t have to be fancy, many high street shops do budget-friendly canvases.

#11 Create the perfect outdoor entertaining space – update or buy new outdoor seating and make it super comfy with light blankets and cushions for evening, and don’t forget about that mood lighting! Locate the space near to your house for easy access whilst entertaining.

#12 Sort out your freezer – you’ll be using it more in the summer months, so empty it out and give Summer home6it a defrost and a clear-out, ready for more delicious summer treats.

#13 Stock up on summer essentials – keep your medicine cabinet stocked with sunscreen, after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Keep your airing cupboard filled with picnic blankets and beach towels, and plenty of sports equipment in the shed!

#14 Deep clean your BBQ – summer means BBQ’s, so give your grill a really good clean so you’re ready for guests, and to make the food taste even better.

#15 And when you’ve done all this hard work, treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party!

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Horsforth – Stylish City and Suburban Living

Horsforth – Stylish City and Suburban Living

Recently named as one of the best places to live, the highly sought after Leeds external (1)suburb of Horsforth is the ideal place to live if you want a calm and beautiful suburban setting, as well as easy access to the city life.

Property

15 Glenwood Villas is a two-bedroom, upper floor apartment, situated in a beautifully converted hotel with listed building simage8tatus. This cosy apartment features a great open-plan living area, with a modern kitchen fully fitted with white goods and vinyl flooring, as well as a striking sloping ceiling with a Velux skylight image4window. The lounge area also features a large bay window overlooking stunning landscaped gardens. The spacious double bedrooms are fitted with carpet and wardrobes, and the high quality, white three-piece bathroom has a bath and separate shower cubicle. Number 15 also has a large hallway with fitted storage and an allocated parking space.image2

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Location

Glenwood Villas has access to the beautiful landscaped gardens which provide lovely views from the apartments, and also overlooks the stunning Newlay Valley. Glenwood offers a tranquil setting, whilst only being a short distance from the local shops, eateries and bars. Horsforth is a historical town and has a rich heritage, with the Village Museum hosting collections and displays illustrating life in the suburb. The location of this Horsforth hall parkproperty makes the most of the open green spaces, with Cragg Hill parks, Bramley Fall Park and Horsforth Hall Park all being situated nearby. If you fancy a trip to the city, Horsforth Railway Station is only a 5 minute journey away, giving you easy access to the vibrant city of Leeds, also making it ideal for commuters. Horsforth is also surrounded by other fantastic Leeds suburbs including Bramley, Kirkstall and Headingley, and is just a short journey from Leeds/Bradford airport!

Events

Whether you’re a foodie, into the arts or love live music, there’s a whole range of amazing events going on around Horsforth and Leeds this summer!

Best Beer Gardens in Yorkshire

Best Beer Gardens in Yorkshire

In celebration of National Beer Day, we’ve rounded up the best beer gardens around Yorkshire. So wherever you are you can spend a lovely day enjoying some great beer and soaking up the sun, if it ever appears!

 

The Fleece Inn, Barkisland – Situated in Calder Valley with stunning panoramic views from the tiled patio beer garden. Choose from a selection of Timothy Taylors, Saltaire’s Yorkshire Blonde and Black Sheep, as well as beers from Ossett Brewery, Little Valley and Goose Eye. If you go on a Sunday, try one of their delicious Sunday roasts with local meats.

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The Horseshoe Inn, Levisham – Located in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park in a peaceful and tranquil village, this beer garden offers picturesque surroundings including the Dalby Forest. To make it a full day out, go via the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for great views, and indulge yourself with the pubs amazing deep fried Whitby haddock and chips.

 

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The Bull Inn, West Tanfield – On the banks of River Ure near Masham, enjoy a locally brewed pint in this sun trapped beer garden, looking out of the great river views. This cosy stone-built pub is traditional and charming, and ideal for walkers with many routes nearby including the Ripon Rowel and Yoredale Way.

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The Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton – A relaxed pub in one of Leeds’ best suburbs, known for its extremely well-tended and spacious beer garden. This pub is family friendly, and serves up an impressive menu, including pub classics as well as vegetarian meals.

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The Ship Inn, Sewerby – Nestled in a coastal village near Bridlington, this traditional pub has a unique beer garden that boasts incredible views of the North Sea. There’s always something going on here, with regular live music and the annual Beer & Music Festival on August Bank Holiday weekend.

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Waterlane Boathouse– One of Leeds’ newest additions, this pub offers a calm oasis with lovely waterside views from the outdoor seating area. Inside you’ll find exposed brick and original wooden flooring, as well as an array of beers, wines, cocktails, and delicious pizzas.

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The Dam House, Sheffield – Overlooking the Old Great Dam, this beer garden has great scenery with an open view of the water, and Crookes Valley Park. The garden has plenty of seats, is family friendly, and to top it off they serve a tasty and reasonably priced Sunday roast.

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The Vaults, Ilkley – A popular local spot in the warmer months, with a relaxed and homely feel, friendly and welcoming staff, as well as a great range of beers and wines and a well-priced food menu. The garden was refurbished last year, and cooks up a great BBQ every Friday during summer, and you can enjoy lovely views of the River Wharfe.

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The Old Bridge Inn,  Kirkstall – Run by the Kirkstall Brewery, you can expect the best real ales which can be enjoyed in the lovely beer garden, perfectly situated by the canal. Whilst the ale is a must, so is the great pub food.

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Stonegate Yard, York – Right near the stunning York Minster, but away from the hustle and bustle, this beer garden provides a haven tucked away from the city centre, with plants and lighting creating a chilled vibe. The cover over the garden also makes it great for the not so great British weather.

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Living in Leeds & it’s Best Beer Gardens

Living in Leeds & it’s Best Beer Gardens

IMG_0317A unique one bedroom apartment in the buzzing city centre of Leeds, across the road from the Trinity Centre, within a beautiful listed building full of character and history.

Property

The spacious living area makes the most of open-plan living, with a bright and airy feel due to the large, original windows and high ceilings. The space has laminate flooring making for easy cleaning, and has plenty of room for a sofa, table and chairs to enjoy sit down meals. The living area leads into the kitchen which has an integrated oven/hob, washer/dryer and fridge, providing everything you need in one convenient space.

IMG_0336The double bedroom also has large windows creating a bright space, with laminate flooring and plenty of room for storage. The modern bathroom includes a white three-piece suite with shower over bath, as well as mirror over the sink and a plug for shavers. A separate hallway leads into the three rooms of the apartment, which are already fitted with blinds/curtains, and its first floor location provides easy access.

Location

This apartment is ideally located right in the heart of Leeds city centre just off Boar Lane, with shops, bars and restaurants right on your door stop, and is across the road from the new Trinity Centre, and just two minutes down the road from the train station. This Leeds3apartment if perfect for those who want to be right in the centre of all the action in this amazing city; you’ll never be short of things to do! Leeds is packed with great shops from high street names to designer brands to unique vintage stores, and the restaurant scene caters for every possible taste, alongside a multitude of swanky bars, traditional pubs and epic nightclubs.

This apartment is perfect for those working in Leeds city centre, but also provides an easy commute to surrounding towns and cities, with the train station just a two minute walk round the corner, and regular bus services from Boar Lane or the nearby bus station. This also means in the very unlikely case you run out of things to do in Leeds or just want to explore, you can discover the surrounding suburbs and other great Yorkshire cities. Despite being a hugely popular city, you can still find great budget shops, restaurants and bars that won’t break the bank!

Best beer gardens in Leeds

Since it is National Beer Day on 15th June, we’ve found the best beer gardens in Leeds where you can enjoy a relaxing, cold drink on a summer’s day (if summer ever arrives) just a short work from this apartment!Beer garden2

Headrow House – Sister bar to the Belgrave Music Hall, this establishment has a second floor roof terrace and the third floor Kennedy Meadows overlooking the Victoria Quarter. Outside there’s loads of seating, a bar and even a kitchen where you can line your stomach with some great food. The connecting bar Redondo Beach has a pint-sized cocktail menu if you want something a little different. Beer garden3

Slate NQ – This newly relaunched bar has not one, not two, but three beer gardens, providing plenty of space even on busy days, that you can even rent out for your private party. The selection of beers served is constantly changes, as they bring in well-known breweries and hidden gems, alongside wines, spirits and cocktails.

Beer garden4Roland’s – You’ll never believe you’re on Call Lane once you’re inside this little gem; jam-packed with character, from the old brick walls to the fresh flowers on the tables. They offer a host of lagers and ales alongside a carefully curated cocktail list and just about any spirit-mixer combo you could desire. If you want to fill your belly, you have to try Roland’s frizzas; an indulgent deep fried pizza. Beer garden5

Lamb & Flag – One of the best beer gardens in Leeds, with an impressive space featuring seating downstairs and up on the sun terrace, which has an amazing view of Leeds Minster. They offer a mighty fine selection on the bar, with their own brews alongside a host of others, and a well stocked liquor shelf as well as surprisingly expansive wine range.

Beer garden6A Nation of Shopkeepers – An old favourite, with tables in the sun and under their colourful canopy, with the whole place lit up by coloured bulbs and fairy lights at night. They always have a good selection of beers on tap, whether you’re an ale or a lager drinker, and they’ve been known to mix the abundance of spirits behind the bar into the odd cocktail. Food comes in the form of Ruby Jean’s Burgers, which are perfect beer garden fodder.

Beer garden7Angelica – If you’re after cocktails, wine and sophistication, this is the place to be. Make the most of their rooftop terrace on sunny days with a view of the city centre, comfy chairs and greenery, and continue into the evening under the warmth of the heat lamps. Their summer cocktail menu has been specially designed to cut your time at the bar and give you more time in the sun, and if you’re peckish, don’t forget the raw bar – a perfect light bite on a summer’s day.

Yorkshire’s best campsites

Yorkshire’s best campsites

Did you know that June is National Camping Month? Yorkshire is full of beautiful nature hot spots that are best experienced by getting properly stuck in and camping out in the wilderness, or at least a fully equipped campsite. Here is our pick of the best campsites in Yorkshire, as seen on Cool Camping.

  1. Butt Farm Caravan & Camping – best for history

A beautiful farm campsite in East Yorkshire, across the fields from the old market town of Beverley, this site is steeped in fascinating history. Check out the grand gothic masterpiece that is Beverley Minster, and a WW2 anti-aircraft gun site in a neighbouring field. Whilst the surroundings are old, the facilities on the campsite are new and modern, with showers and washroom, dishwashing area and electric hook ups.

Dogs are welcome with the site even having a dog shower, aCamp- Butt Farmnd you can hire a fire pit (with logs, kindling and marshmallows) for £10 per night or a BBQ for £5 per night. Have a look at Butt Farm’s amazing 180 acres, home to cows and sheep, head into Beverley by foot or cycle or go in the opposite direction to Skidby Mill, the last working windmill in Yorkshire. The closest pubs include The Barrel, The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms, and The Dog & Duck, which all serve great pub meals.

2. Serenity Camping – best for relaxing 

Visit this peaceful and charming campsite in the sleepy seaside town of Hinderwell on the North Yorkshire Coast for a truly relaxing camping getaway. The olde-world charm of the town is interwoven into the campsite, and silence really is golden here, where they cater for a calmer audience who want to enjoy the peace and quiet. This site has all the facilities you’ll need including showers and washroom, cooking facilities (including microwave, fridge/freezer and kettle) and charging points.

Camp- serenityThe site has space for 30 tents and 10 caravans, or if you’d prefer the glamping experience than you can use their Lotus Belle tent or the private Potting Shed, a large wooden cabin with private garden. Try one of the many walks that start from the campsite, such as an eight-mile route out to the cliffs on the coastal footpath to Whitby with breath-taking views. Have a well deserved rest when you return at the pretty wildlife pond. The artistic village of Staithes is just a mile away, with several art galleries and craft shops, and their own festival in September.

  1. Orchard Camping – best for a homely feel 

An intimate campsite just outside Sheffield at Tumble Dove Farm, with just six pitches but with plenty of room, for the ‘in your garden’ type camping experieCamp- Orchardnce. The site has all the wash and kitchen facilities, and you can even order home cooked food and baking from the house. The close, family-run campsite is popular with hikers and cyclists tackling the surrounding hills, or if you’re a larger group you can book out the whole site.

Just a 15-minute walk away is the quaint old market town of Penistone, which is great for long distance walking, and also has some lovely café and shops. Those who make it to the hilltops of the Pennines will be rewarded by incredible views, and avid cyclists can follow in the professionals’ footsteps by cycling the 2014 Tour De France route.

  1. York Cycle Stop – best for cyclists 

A specially designed glampsite for cyclists who want to tackle the Tour de France routes graced by the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, and have a comfy place to stay after a tiring day. The site has 6 eco-pods welcome to both cyclists and non-cyclists, but doesn’t allow tents, caravans, large groups or pets. The pods have plenty of space and two fold-down beds, as well as heating and electrical points to keep you nice and toasty. In the communal buildings are washrooms, showers and kitchen, and the pods come complete with secure cycle storage and servicing.Camp- York cycle

If you’re a non cyclist or wanting to take a day off from the tracks, the site is only a 30 minute ride away from the beautiful York city centre, full of cultural and historical wealth, home to the magnificent York Minster, the famous city walls, fascinating museums and the Shambles shopping streets. For great food and drinks close to the campsite, try The Windmill serving traditional, fresh dishes and Cross Key for a great selection of ales.

  1. Wold Farm Campsite – best for the coast

For those who don’t mind roughing it a bit more, this spacious site in Bridlington, with just one toilet and no showers, is definitely worth a visit. It’s open fields, big skies and breath-taking coast make you feel free and provide a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. You will have uninterrupted views of the sheep-filled fields and the Flamborough lighthouses, as well as a sliver of the gorgeous East Yorkshire sea. Children will be entertained by stroking the donkeys and feeding the sheep, whilst hikers can enjoy the circular six-mile walk of the entire headland.Camp- Wold

Despite it’s lack of shower facilities, there are electric hook ups, drinking water and a washing up area. Guests have exclusive access to a scenic path leading up to the stunning cliffs, and nearby are the Sewerby Hall and Gardens, an excellent picnic spot for a lovely day out. For another great day out, try the Landing Heritage/Sculpture trail, a mile-long walk through a nature reserve. There are also 13 drinking establishments within a mile and a half of the site, with the best being The Seabirds.

  1. Masons Campsite – best for families

An outdoor lovers dream in Appletreewick near Skipton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, this campsite offers a whole host of outdoor activities. At the bottom of the two large camping fields runs a wide shallow river, great for flyflishing, whilst some families even bring lilos and dinghies to float on the river, or just go for a cool paddle. Children will love this site where they can paddle, fish, climb trees and feed the onsite chickens and ducks. The site has its only little shops with fresh pastries, eggs and local meats. You can pitch your tent, or hire out their bell tents, VW Van or Airstream caravans.Camp- masons

The site offers beautiful views of the surroundings, but get an even clearer view from a steep hill over the road. Take a walk along the river to Burnsall for a lovely picnic and a swim, as well as to Appletreewick and Barden Bridge. The site is very well equipped with 40 electric hook ups, 10 showers and 10 toilets, as well as washing up area. If you fancy a drink and a good meal, choose between the two nearby pubs; The New Inn has a great selection of quirky beers, whilst the Craven Arms has log fires and gas lamps.

Suburban Living in Pudsey, Leeds

Suburban Living in Pudsey, Leeds

The highly sought after suburb of Pudsey offers the best of both Bradford and Leeds, and our one bedroom apartment in the heart of this vibrant suburb provides easy access to both of these Yorkshire cities.

Property

This modern apartment makes the most of contemporary open-plan living, with the lounge and kitchen creating one large open space to both eat and relax. The conveniently equipped kitchen provides everything you need in one space; an oven and hob to make home-cooked meals, a fridge/freezer and a washer/dryer.Sommerville Mews External (3)

The double bedroom is spacious with plenty of room for a double bed and storage opportunities. Blinds an
d carpet are already fitted in this room, and this blank canvas enables you to turn this room into your own. The large, part-tiled modern bathroom features a white three-piece suite with integrated bath and shower, as well as a towel rail and mirror over the sink.

This property comes with many great additional features, including a storage cupboard in the hallway, blinds and carpet throughout, satellite, television and phone connection availability, a secure video door entry system, well-maintained communal grounds and off-road parking.

Location

 

pudsey2Pudsey is the suburb to be in right now. It’s central location between Leeds and Bradford make it highly sought after, especially for professionals needing to commute to the cities, made easy by regular and nearby bus and train stops, with New Pudsey train station being just a short walk away. Pudsey has a whole host of local amenities including large supermarkets, many great shops and eateries, green spaces including the lovely Pudsey Park and Woodhall Hills, and many sporting opportunities. In this apartment you’ll have the best of the open spaces of the suburbs and the busy city life of Leeds and Bradford.

Leeds is just under 20 minutes away by car or train, and Bradford just 15 minutes, meaning you can easily venture out of Pudsey to see what the cities have to offer. Leeds is known for its great shopping with many great buys to be found down Briggate and in the Trinity centre, with plenty of amazing eateries and bars, whether you want bradfordbig names or hidden gems, there is something for everyone.

Bradford also recently underwent a revamp of its shopping area with Westfield opening, but maintains its vast array of green spaces, with the well-known Bradford City Park often hosting the cities best events. Bradford is also home to the great Alhambra Theatre as well as the fascinating National Media Museum, providing you with plenty of cultural entertainment.

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Village living in Newton Kyme, Tadcaster

Village living in Newton Kyme, Tadcaster

If you’re a large family and are looking for a home big enough Cleveland House Type artist impresionfor all of you, then this newly built, four bedroom home on the stunning Burden Mews development in Newton Kyme is perfect for you!

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The long entrance hall leads up to the stairs, and is also where the separate W.C and storage cupboard are located. The living room is bright and spacious due to a large set of patio doors that let in light, and lead out into the large private garden, making this property ideal for entertaining family and friends, especially in the summer months. This family home features a beautiful, contemporary kitchen finished to a high standard with wood-effect worktops and white gloss units, fitted with Loungeoven/hob and extractor fan. There is also plenty of space for a dining table and chairs in this area, ideal for enjoying sit down family meals.

Upstairs are the four spacious bedrooms, two doubles and two singles, which are all fully carpeted and have plenty of space for storage. The master bedroom enjoys the whole second floor, and also benefits from an ensuite bathroom with shower. The modern family bathroom has stylish cream, marble-effect tiling, and is complete with a white three-piece suit and shower over bath.

Location

The Burden Mews development is set in Newton Kyme, a delightful village in between Tadcaster and Boston Spa, with Leeds, Harrogate and York all easily accessible from the A1 and A64. Newton Kyme benefits from being a peaceful village with a great community spirit and stunning surroundings to raise your children, as well as being located near to larger villages and towns, and some of Yorkshire’s best cities and attractions. In Tadcaster and Boston Spa, there are many well-regarded primary and secondary schools, as well as shops, restaurants and bars, with Tadcaster also benefitting from a leisure centre and swimming pool. There are many sporting opportunities in the area including the Toulston Polo Ground, Lordswood Cricket School and even the Leeds United training ground, with Bramham Park also situated close by.Newton K2

If you want to venture further afield to some of Yorkshire’s best cities, Leeds and York are only a 30 minute drive away, and Harrogate just 40 minutes! For a fun family day out or weekend away, the Howardian Hills (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is a 50 minute drive, Yorkshire Dales National Park 90 minutes, and the seaside town of Bridlington just 1 hour 20 minutes! Newton Kyme also has good transport links with regular bus services to nearby towns and cities, and just 10 minutes away from the nearest train station in Ulleskelf.

Upcoming events

  • Boston Spa Farmers Market – 10 June – Village Hall
  • Boston Spa Gala – 11 June – Stables Lane
  • Garden Part – 2 July – Deepdale Community Centre
  • Boston Spa Weekend Festival – 15 to 17 July – Boston Spa
  • Leeds Festival – 26 to 28 August – Bramham Park
  • Tadcaster Carnival – 11 September – Tadcaster Magnets Social Club
  • Arts Festival – 14 and 15 October – Boston Spa Village Hall
  • The Royal British Legion Major Series – 26 October – Bramham Park