Living in Castleford/Pontefract

Living in Castleford/Pontefract

We have a number of fantastic family homes in the Castleford/Pontefract area of Wakefield, home to the amazing Xscape, as well as plenty of green spaces, family days out and great schools. These homes will give you the best of everything; a quiet residential area to live, great town centres, and easy access to Yorkshire’s major cities including Leeds and Wakefield. The perfect place for you and your family!

Blenheim Way, 2 bed, Castleford

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This fantastic two bedroom home has an open-plan living area with patio doors that create a beautifully bright space. These doors lead out onto the private rear garden, perfect for entertaining family and friends, especially in the summer. The contemporary kitchen is finished to a high standard with white high gloss units and black worktops, creating a sleek and stylish look, and is fitted with oven, hob and extractor fan. There is plenty of space for a dining table and chairs so you can sit down and enjoy proper family meals. The entrance hall of the home features a fitted cupboard providing extra storage space, as well as a separate W.C to help ease the morning rush!
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The property has two spacious double bedrooms, both fully carpeted for a cosy feel, and have plenty of space for storage. The modern, part-tiled bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite, including shower over bath so you can relax after a hard day! As well as all this, the property benefits from an off-road parking space.

Blenheim Way is set in the perfect location close to the centre of Castleford, as well as just a short distance from the infamous Xscape and Junction 32 shopping outlet. Other amenities in the area include the Cutsyke recreation ground and Savile Park, Asda Superstore, great schools, Cutsyke high street, and Castleford swimming pool. Blenheim Way is within easy reach of both Glasshoughton and Castleford train stations, as well as being close to the M62.

Hazel Road, 3 bed, Knottingley

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A lovely three bedroom home with a beautiful exterior, featuring painted blue doors and a front garden filled with flowers. The property has a separate lounge area, which is bright and spacious with fitted carpet, making it the perfect space for the whole family to relax. The stylish kitchen is fitted with white high gloss units and oak worktops creating a modern feel, and comes complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. There is space for a dining table and chairs to enjoy sit down family meals, and the back door opens out into the private rear garden. An under the stairs cupboard provides extra storage space that could be used as a pantry.

img_0485Upstairs, the landing area (which features a storage cupboard) leads to two double bedrooms and one single bedroom, all with large windows creating a bright space, and fitted with carpet. The modern family bathroom features sleek black and grey tiles, and includes a white three-piece suite with shower over bath and built in basin, as well as a towel rail and shelving space. A separate W.C is located on the ground floor helping to ease the morning rush. The front garden of the property leads through a gate to a long driveway and the rear garden, which has grass and paving areas, as well as a shed.

Hazel Road is located in the town of Knottingley, near both Pontefract and Castleford, with easy access to Leeds and Wakefield via the nearby train station or by car, with the A162 and M62 both close by. This home is close to local convenience stores and eateries, as well as schools, an adventure playground and a golf club.

Walton Wood Mews, 3 bed, Pontefract

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This modern three bedroom home in the village of Upton is ideal for families, with a separate lounge area to relax in, and a kitchen/diner fitted with stylish cream units and stunning walnut-effect worktops. The contemporary kitchen is complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, and provides room for a dining table and chairs to enjoy sit down family meals. This space has a large window overlooking the garden, which is accessible via the back door, and lets in plenty of light.

The property has two double bedrooms and one single bedroom, all s3 Walton Wood Mews 04.07.2016 (4)pacious and carpeted, with the master bedroom additionally benefiting from a built in storage cupboard. The modern bathroom, fitted with sleek black tiling, is finished to a high standard with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. Also located on the ground floor is a separate W.C which will help to ease the morning rush. As well as the private rear garden, there is also an off-road parking space.

Upton, a village near Pontefract, offers a wonderful community spirit, as well as great schools, parks, local shops, pubs and eateries, post office, library and pharmacy. All these local amenities make it a perfect place for families, giving you the best of village life whilst still having easy access to Pontefract, Castleford, Wakefield, Barnsley and Leeds.

 

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Home safety for a worry-free holiday!

Home safety for a worry-free holiday!

It’s the time of year when you’re looking forward to your summer holiday, but whilst you’re getting excited preparing and packing, don’t forget the more serious subject of keeping your lovely home safe! Don’t worry though, as we’ve done all the hard work for you; read on for essential tips on making sure ydownload (1)our home is safe whilst you’re on holiday.

  1. Let a trusted neighbour know you’re going away and ask if they can keep an eye on things for you, and return the favour!
  2. Ask a reliable relative or friend to pop round a few times to check everything is in order and to make your home look lived in. Or get a house-sitter!
  3. Don’t broadcast on social media that you’re leaving your home unattended, that’s just asking for trouble!
  4. People always wonder whether to leave curtains open or closed;  open is best and doesn’t look as obvious, but if you normally close them, keep it that way.
  5. Keep your valuables hidden away and out of sight. Most burglars just grab what they can and get out, so hide your most valued possessions in less obvious places.
  6. Double check your home insurance and what it covers, just incase the worst does happen.
  7. Don’t leave the lights on, you’ll not only have a huge bill but having lights glaring during the night looks suspicious.  Consider investing in a light switch timer.
  8. Another way to make your home look lived in is to mow the lawns and tidy up your garden; leaving it unkempt makes it look likes there’s nobody home.
  9. Avoid all your mail stacking up and sign up to Royal Mail’s KeepSafe; they’ll keep your mail and send it to you upon your return.
  10. Unplug all electrical items; even if you switch everything off, some appliances still use power when plugged in, so unplug everything!
  11. Some people keep a spare key hidden outside their house somewhere, if you do make sure you remove it before you go away.
  12. It’s probably an obvious one, but triple-check that all doors and windows (and your car if you’re leaving it) are shut and securely locked. If you get paranoid about this, get someone else to check it too.54f0fbd48fba0_-_1-couple-vacation-tropical-lgn
  13. Make sure your burglar alarm is set. If you don’t have one, get one installed! Make sure your neighbours know you’re away so if they hear it go off they can alert the police.

Follow all these tips and your home will be safe and sound so you can enjoy your holiday without any worries!

Living in North Leeds suburbs

Living in North Leeds suburbs

This amazing two bedroom apartment is located in a highly sought after residential area in Leeds, close to the beautiful Roundhay Park, giving you the peace of suburban life just 15 minutes from the vibrant city centre.38915001d557fcebfeaaa9feab5bac2b43e49d3b_645_430[1]

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This stylish apartment benefits from a spacious open-plan layout, with a large lounge area featuring French doors and a Juliet balcony to let in the fresh air. The modern, high specification kitchen is fitted with white high gloss units, and complete with integrated oven/hob and extractor fan, washing machine and fridge/freezer, providing everything you need in one convenient place.kitchen edit

The two double bedrooms are fitted with carpets for a cosy feel, and the master bedroom additional benefits from an en suite bathroom, whilst the second bedroom has a built in wardrobe for extra storage. The modern house bathroom is part-tiled and fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, and also comes with a mirror and electric shaver plug. A secure door entry system provides extra safety, and the apartment comes with an allocated parking space.

Location

Sandringham Court is situated in a quiet residential area between Alwoodley and Moortown, and is just 15 minutes from the amazing Leeds city centre. There are many golf courses and green spaces in the area, with the beautiful Roundhay Park just a short walk away, offering over 700 acres of parklands, lakes, woodlands, gardens and a tropical world, as well as many great events.Canal_Gardens_Aug_2007

In the suburb of Moortown there is a great range of amenities including a Marks & Spencer, banks, restaurants, bars and many other shops. And if you’re looking for more, Leeds city centre is only a 15 minute journey away and boasts a whole range of fantastic shops, bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues; you will never run out of things to do in this city!

Highlights of Moortown

  • G-Wu – the raved about Chinese restaurant & takeaway
  • David Lloyd – high end gym
  • Blackbird Vintage – a unique vintage store selling furniture and designer clothes
  • Mama Doreen’s – a delicious cupcake shop
  • Haley & Clifford – ethical and home-cooked food
  • Ira B’s – classic Jewish food with loads of personality (pictured)
  • Tree Tops Community Centre – hosts regular Pilates classescars and Ira B's 056
  • Gourmet Foods – a kosher butchers
  • Amici – friendly Italian restaurant
  • The Lord Darcy Pub – classic suburban pub
  • Moortown Golf Club – in the top 100 golf clubs in the country
  • Marks & Spencer’s – Simply Food on Moortown Corner
  • The Street Lane Bakery – a range of cakes, pastries and bread
  • COOK – selling gourmet, frozen ready meals
  • Filmore & Union – upmarket café and deli
  • Peperoncino – authentic Italian takeaway
  • Roundhay Park – 700 acres of parklands and tropical world

Upcoming events

  • Pilates Beginners – every Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm – Treetops Community Centre
  • Mustardstock music festival – 22 to 24 July – The Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton
  • Summer Series – 22 July to 7 August – Millennium Square, Leeds
  • The Film House on the Square – 27 to 29 July – Millennium Square, Leeds
  • Fake Festival – 30 July – Roundhay Park
  • Leeds Pride – 7 August – Leeds city centre
  • Acoustic Night – 19 August – Headingley Arts Centre
  • The North Leeds Food Festival – 19 to 21 August – Roundhay Park
  • The Garden Party – 28 August – The Faversham, Leeds
  • Leeds West Indian Carnival – 29 August – Potternewton Park
  • Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival – 29 August – Seven Arts
  • Chapel Allerton Arts Festival – 29 August to 4 September – Chapel Allerton
  • Leeds International Beer Festival – 8 to 11 September – Leeds Town Hall
  • On Roundhay live concert – 17 September – Roundhay Park
  • St Gemma’s Vintage Fair – 17 to 18 September –St Gemma’s Hospice, Moortown

 

 

 

Fun low cost summer holiday activities!

Fun low cost summer holiday activities!

With the summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking how to keep your children occupied! But trying to think of six weeks’ worth of activities that won’t break the bank can be a challenge. No need to worry though, we’ve compiled a list of fun activities that are either free or low cost to do with your children this summer that will keep the boredom at bay! We’ve got everything from day trips in Yorkshire, outdoor activities and things to do on a rainy day (which is very likely in Yorkshire). Enjoy!

Day trips

  1. Camping – there are some great campsites in Yorkshire that give you a nice break without the hefty price of going abroad. Check out our camping blog for the best ones.
  2. Go hiking – Yorkshire is full of beautiful hills to explore- Peak District, Nidderdale, Roseberry Topping and loads moreYork walks3
  3. Go to a lake/park/waterfall – such as the Malham Tarn lake, Thornton Force waterfall in Ingleton, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield
  4. Attend an outdoor concert/movie – Millennium Square in Leeds and Kirkstall Abbey are hosting some great outdoor screenings this summer
  5. Play mini golf – there’s a glow in the dark course at Xscape in Castleford, and a pirate crazy golf course in Hull, and loads more across Yorkshire
  6. Go to the beach for a day – the East Yorkshire Coast is a must visit
  7. Visit a museum/art gallery – there are loads all across Yorkshire from the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield to the National Railway Museum in York, and everything in between
  8. Go for a picnic – Yorkshire is full of stunning nature that provide the perfect spots for a summer picnic
  9. Visit a local landmark – Castle Howard, York Minster, Kirkstall Abbey, Brimham Rocks to name a few
  10. Go to a farm – Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is just 50p for children to visit and Goodalls of Tong in Bradford is freeDepp Hull
  11. Go on a boat ride – Skipton and York have some great boat tours
  12. Visit an amusement park – Light Water Valley, Flamingo Land, Fantasy Island and Pleasure Island are all in Yorkshire
  13. Explore a new town/city in Yorkshire
  14. Learn about wildlife – Yorkshire is home to some of the best parks and centres including Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, Tropical Butterfly House in Sheffield, and The Deep in Hull
  15. Go to one of Yorkshire’s many festivals held throughout the summer such as The Great Yorkshire Fringe in York, Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival in Skipton and so much more, suitable for the whole family!

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Outdoor activities

  1. Plan a road trip
  2. Go on a bike ride
  3. Go strawberry picking
  4. Grow flowers or vegetables in your garden, or create a cute fairy garden!
  5. Have a back garden campout
  6. Host a BBQ for family and friends with a fun theme
  7. Have a water fight
  8. Wash the car – if it’s a sunny day do it in your swimsuits!
  9. Create a scavenge huntSummer tent
  10. Host a mini Olympics in your garden
  11. Have a picnic in your back garden
  12. Do some volunteering
  13. Go to a local fair, parade or carnival
  14. Try a new sport
  15. Watch the sunrise/sunset

 

Indoor/rainy day activities

  1. Do some baking
  2. Make ice lollies, homemade lemonade or ice cream78492ecc9a2a51c764de9fc33a04f748
  3. Try some crafts/painting
  4. Make a homemade present for someone
  5. Make tie-dye t-shirts
  6. Have a clear out of your house
  7. Redecorate a room
  8. Have an at-home spa day
  9. Make a blanket fort if it’s a cold and rainy outside
  10. Organise an at-home film night or movie marathon for a rainy day
  11. Watch a live sports event
  12. Story time – the summer holidays is the perfect time for your children to read any books they want, try reading/giving them one of your childhood favouritesSummer journal
  13. Board games – dig out all your old board games on a rainy day
  14. Keep a journal or scrapbook of your summer adventures
  15. Make a family photo album

 

Living in York City Centre

Living in York City Centre

These city centre, two bedroom apartments in the modern Cordwainer’s Court development are ideally located to give you the best of what York has to offer, from amazing shops to historic attractions, vibrant city life to flourishing nature and wildlife.

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The bright and spacious living areas are the perfect place to both eat and relax, with a contemporary kitchen complete with integrated stainless steel oven and ceramic hob, img_1114fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, providing everything you need in one convenient place. The apartments have oak internal doors and oak-finish flooring throughout, creating a sleek and stylish look.

Both apartments have one double bedroom and one single, all fully carpeted to create a cosy feel, and with plenty of space for storage for all your belongings. The modern, part-tiled bathroom is complete with a clean, white three-piece suite, with electric shower over bath, as well as vinyl flooring and a chrome heated towel rail. The properties benefit from video entry security systems and are suitable for children, but not pets and do not come with parking; but the city centre location means everything you need is within walking distance! All of this could be yours for only £600pcm!

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The apartments are situated on the banks of the River Foss, within the historic walls of York. There are plenty of shops right on your doorstep, including the Foss Island Retail Park which features a Homebase, Pets at Home, Home Bargains and a Frankie & Benny’s, with supermarkets Morrisons and Waitrose also within walking distance. Other attractions and amenities close by include:

  • The Duchess and Fibbers live music venues
  • Coppergate Shopping Centre and York Shambles
  • York Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower and Tower Gardens
  • Jorvik Viking Centre and Castle Galleries
  • York’s Chocolate Story and Betty’s Tea Room
  • Yorkshire Museum & Museum Gardens
  • York Theatre Royal and York Minster
  • York Art Gallery and York Explore Library Learning Centre
  • National Trust Treasurer’s House and The Ghost Trail of York
  • York Boat and City Screen Picturehouse
  • Grand Opera House and Fairfax House

You will be close to all of this, but still located in a peaceful area away from the hustle and York8bustle. The train station is a 20 minute walk away and there are excellent bus links, making it an ideal location for commuters and those working in the city centre. As well as shops, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife, there are plenty of green spaces, with the stunning St Nicks Nature Reserve just across the River Foss, which provides fascinating nature and wildlife on a 24 acre conservation site.

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  • Havana – Cuban style café and cocktail bar with an exotic, holiday vibe, prides itself on offering affordable, unpretentious fun with excellent food including tapas, burgers and pasta, and an array of cocktails
  • The Terrace – York’s only sports bar combining popular sports, home-cooked food and a warm friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome
  • Sutlers – an old-fashioned style bar and grill brining back the era of chivalry and good manners, with super polite staff serving British comfort food with a twist. The bar boasts an impressive cask beer selection, and has a cocktail bar upstairsYork4
  • The Hop – a traditional real ale house with an intimate atmosphere, host to “unplugged” live music events and serving delicious stone-baked pizzas
  • Mason’s Bar & Bistro – an independent restaurant known for it’s mouth-watering gourmet burgers and great quality drinks, all served in a comfortable and informal setting
  • Mumbai Lounge – A bright and vibrant Indian restaurant serving authentic Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine at decent prices with great service
  • The Fossgate Social – A unique café bar with an edgy vibe, serving light lunches and cakes in the day, then turning into a cool indie bar at night, with regular live music
  • Spring Espresso – An artisan coffee shop serving the best coffee and Chinese tea, as well as all day breakfast and homemade cakes in a cosy café settingYork6
  • Shambles Kitchen – located down the infamous shopping street, this restaurant serves fast food prepared from scratch using only fresh, raw ingredients. Definitely try their delicious, healthy smoothies and pulled pork sandwiches
  • L’Antica Locanda – A unique Italian restaurant serving authentic cuisine in an equally authentic Italian setting with a cosy atmosphere, providing a calming relief from the hustle and bustle of the Shambles
  • Veeno – An Italian wine café serving family produced Sicilian wines & authentic Italian spuntini, and hosting sophisticated yet fun wine tasting experience

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What to consider when looking for a home to rent

What to consider when looking for a home to rent

There are many factors that go into choosing the right rental home for you, some of which you may not have considered! Even though you’ll be renting not buying, you’ll still be living in this home for a considerable amount of time, so it has to be right for you. Here’s a few things to think about before deciding on a rental home.

  • Location – do you want city centre, suburban or rural? Do you want somewhere close to work, family and friends? Location is such an important factor, just as important as the property itself, so make sure you really think about where you want to be. Tip: we have a range of homes in various different locations to suit all lifestyles and preferences.
  • House type – do you want a stylish apartment or a family home? How many bedrooms do you need? Are you living alone or sharing? Tip: we have both apartments and houses, most 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, some new builds and some converted properties in listed buildings.
  • Facilities – does the house come with white goods? Or do you already have your own? Do you want an ensuite? Would you like a garden or balcony? What is included in the property? Tip: all of our properties come with a fitted oven/hob, and the majority also have washer/dryer and fridge/freezer, as well as carpets and blinds.
  • Local amenities – are there shops and convenience stores nearby? Do you want to be close to restaurants and bars? If you have children are there good schools? Is being near a gym and leisure facilities important to you? Do your research into the areas around the properties you’re considering. Tip: We always locate our properties in areas that are close to local amenities to ensure tenants have everything they need within a reasonable distance.
  • Transport – are there good transport links such as trains and buses? Do you want to be near the stations or is it not a key factor for you? If you have a car, is there parking? Tip: many of our properties have parking unless they are city centre, and all have great transport links.
  • Children and pets – there can sometimes be limitations if you have children or pets and some places, especially apartments are unsuitable. Tip: all of our houses allow children and pets, but most apartments do not allow them for safety reasons. Consider this when deciding on your house type.
  • Criteria – some rental properties will have criteria applicants need to meet; do you match the criteria specified if any? Tip: as we run government schemes including Affordable Rent, Market Rent and Match Deposit, these come with a list of criteria, such as income and employment, to ensure we are helping people who need it.
  • Budget – do you have a strict budget? Do you have money for the deposit? Can you afford bills on top of the rent amount? Tip: many of our homes are on the Affordable Rent Scheme, meaning the rent is 80% of the average market rent of that area. For these properties the deposit is equal to one months rent.
  • Visualise – whilst physical factors are essential, so are emotional responses, it needs to feel like your home; can you visualise yourself living here?

When you view a property there are also a few things to look out for and check – damp, mould, size, gas or electric, lights, water, security, neighbours and views from the property. Once you have decided on a property or been offered one, move fast as good rental homes go fast! Once you move in, make sure you do a property inventory, and ask these essential questions from Money Saving Expert:

  1. Where’s the mains water stopcock?
  2. Where’s the fuse box?
  3. Where are the gas and electricity meters?
  4. Which days are rubbish and recycling collected?
  5. Are there instruction manuals for any electrical items?
  6. Who supplies the gas and electricity?
  7. Where is the thermostat?
  8. What’s the landlord or letting agent’s number?
  9. Where are the TV aerial and phone line sockets?
  10. Which provider supplies the home phone and broadband?

Where to Eat, Drink & Go in Sheffield

Where to Eat, Drink & Go in Sheffield

We have a number of modern apartments in a stylish city centre development in Sheffield to suit every lifestyle. You’ll be located near the centre of the famous Steel City, which offers traditional pubs, swanky bars, an eclectic array of eateries and a varied events scene.

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Situated in a modern, gated development, the Foster apartments are ideally located for those who love city living, being just on the edge of Sheffield city centre. The apartment overlooks the River Don, with local convenience stores, bars and eateries nearby including Craft & Dough, The Fat Cat and The Riverside pub. You’ll also be a short walk from the train station and the vibrant city centre, with an array of great shops, bars and music venues to offer. Sheffield is also home to Centertainment, Meadowhall, Motorpoint Arena, Botanical Gardens, Peace Gardens and the incredible Peak District.

Where to DRINK

Revolucion de Cuba – lively Cuban vibe, expert cocktail makers, globally-sourced rums, ever-expanding drinks menu.wick

The Wick at Both Ends – cosy night out, intimate setting, friendly atmosphere, range of beers, wines and cocktails.

The Old House – Gin Thursdays, 69 delicious gins, cask ales and cocktails too, friendly bar, quirky art work adorns the walls.

The Great Gatsby – classy bar, amazing cocktails, craft beers and wines, lively yet elegant atmosphere, candle-lit tables, music venue upstairs.resize

Daisy’s – The Great Gatsby’s sister bar on the top floor, exclusive venue, only open Friday and Saturday nights, impressive cocktail list.

The Riverside – nestled on the banks of the River Don, perfect beer garden for a summers day, great craft beers and cocktails.

Cubana – Latino heaven, exotic vibes, Spanish wines, Cuban cocktails, amazing salsa nights, authentic tapas dishes.

The Forum – great beer garden, original and quirky interior, local artworks, DJ at night, monthly cocktail making sessions.

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Craft & Dough –mouth-watering pizzas, adventurous and unusual toppings, all pizzas under £10.

Nourish – collaboration between a chef and nutritionist, fresh, imaginative and healthy food, particularly great breakfasts.

Anchorage Bar – American East Coast-style cuisine, comforting surroundings, excellent service, American beverages.

The Street Food Chef – Mexican food, takeaway or sit down lunch, fresh vegetables, tangy salsas, delicious pulled pork.timthumb

Couch – eclectic menu from tasty tapas to hearty pies, comfort is key, cosy armchairs, relaxing coffee and cakes, quirky and colourful décor.

Lokanta – delicious and authentic Turkish food, freshly prepared, exclusively Turkish wine list, perfect spiced lamb meatballs.twisted-burger-company

Marco at Milano’s –perfect combination of contemporary and old-fashioned, elegant décor, classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist, al fresco dining.

Twisted Burger Company – located in the Harley pub, melt-in-your-mouth incredible burgers, extravagant toppings and sides, amazing house BBQ sauce.

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Apartments

These stylish one and two bedroom apartments all boast a spacious, open-plan living area Flat 5 Foster (1)with large windows creating a bright space perfect to relax in, and are complete with laminate flooring for easy cleaning. The modern kitchens feature high gloss units and are complete with a stainless steel oven/hob, washer/dryer and fridge/freezer. All the apartments benefit from double bedrooms boasting a fitted double wardrobe, and the part-tiled bathrooms include a white three-piece suite with shower over bath, as well as bathroom cabinet with mirror and a small light above. One of the two bedroom apartments additionally benefits from being complete with furniture, as well as an ensuite in the master bedroom.Flat 5 Foster (4)

The apartments are within a gated development with intercom access, have parking spaces available for just £45pcm, and you will also get your water included for only £26 a month. The one bedroom apartments are both just £520pcm, the two bedroom apartment is £544pcm, and the furnished two bedroom property is £610pcm.sam_0713