Focus On: Chapel Allerton

Focus On: Chapel Allerton

Chapel Allerton is one of the most sought after spots in Leeds, with its own community of unique shops, stylish bars, gorgeous restaurants and a thriving events scene. We currently have several apartments available in the popular Allerton Croft development, which will give you access to all the suburb has to offer, whilst being only 10 minutes from Leeds city centre.

– The apartments –

All of the apartments available in Allerton Croft boast a bright, open-plan living area, with plenty of space for all your furniture. Through an archway you’ll find the modern kitchen, complete with integrated appliances including a stainless steel oven/hob, washer/dryer, and tall fridge/freezer.

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Allerton Croft is situated down a quiet street, round the corner from the beautiful Potternewton Park, just a short walk from the centre of Chapel Allerton. This vibrant suburb has a village-like feel, boasting its own high street with unique shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and so much more. Chapel Allerton is a charming, sought-after area with a great community spirit, and offers excellent access to the buzzing city centre of Leeds, which can be reached by car or public transport in just 10 minutes. Neighbouring suburbs include Meanwood, Roundhay and Moortown.

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– Best bits –

Find your every day essentials: Tesco express, Esso, Lidl, The Co-op, Natwest, HSBC, Yorkshire Bank, Allerton Medical Centre and Chapel Allerton Hospital, all within walking distance.

Relax in nearby parks: Potternewton Park, Chapel Allerton Park, Roundhay Park and Gledhow Park.

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Get fit: Yoga Kula, So Pilates, Chapel Allerton Tennis, Squash & Gym, Elevations Academy for Dance or Scott Hall Leisure Centre.

Have lunch or a snack: Nichols Vegetarian Deli, Crust & Crumb, The Sunshine Bakery, House of Koko or Opposite Cafe.

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Shop at independent stores: The Pink Banana, Chirpy, Angels Too, Casablanca, New Collection, Armadillo Toys, Oaks, Fit to Bust, Rustic Pine, Sugar & Rhubarb and Form Bespoke Jewellers.

Find your specialist shops: Simply Cakes, George & Joseph Cheesemongers, Tarbett’s Fishmongers, Neil Smith Butchers and The Perfumed Garden.

Treat yourself to a meal out: Sukhothai, Aagrah, Siam Oriental, Casa Mia, Pinche Pinche Mexican, El Bareto, The Olive Tree, The Hummingbird or Sami’s Moroccan.

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Indulge in some culture: Inkwell Arts, Seven Arts and Chapel Allerton Library.

Grab a drink: Zed Bar, The Manor, The Hub, The Mustard Pot, The Regent, The Bay Horse Inn, Further North, The Woods, The Nags Head, The Three Hulats, Kith & Kin, The Pit or Veuve Bar De Champagne.

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Get a trim: Cutting Room Creative, Lucy Craske Health & Beauty Salon, Cold Bath Barber Shop, David Michael Hair, Mod Salons, Moriarty’s Hair Salon, Beauty Spot, Jon Kinsey Salon, Emerald Hair & Beauty, Noveau Nails or Aone Beauty Salon.

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Moving home with pets

Moving home with pets

For anyone who has ever endured it, moving house definitely has its stresses and your pet is no exception. A new house with new smells in a new place is enough to send even the most laid back dog into a spin. But how can we make moving easier on our pets?

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On the move

Moving house can be a big deal for cats – much of their feeling of security and ability to relax comes from being surrounded by the familiar sights, sounds and scents of their own territory. It is also very stressful for humans too, so some thought and careful planning will ensure it’s a smooth move for everyone.

Planning ahead

There are two options for moving day: booking your cat into a cattery or taking them with you as you move. Which one you choose depends on your own personal preference and your cat’s character, as every cat is different.

Booking your cat into a boarding cattery

If you book your cat into a boarding cattery for a few days, you won’t have to worry about them while you move. This may be the easiest solution for both of you, but you will need to organise it well in advance and make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date prior to moving.

Keeping your cat with you

This option requires a bit more planning. What follows is just a guide and, as everyone’s circumstances are different, you may need to alter parts of it to fit your own situation and your cat’s character. First, allocate a room in your home that can be cleared of furniture a week or two before the move. At the same time, decide on a room in the new home where you can put your cat when you get there. Ideally, both rooms should be out of the way so your cat can be left undisturbed for as much of the move as possible. About a week before the big day, start getting your cat used to ‘their’ room. Pop an additional sleeping place, litter tray, cat carrier and blanket in there. You could begin feeding them here too so they become really familiar with their ‘safe place’.

On the evening before the move, move their scratching post, toys and water bowl into the room and shut them in to make sure they don’t go missing. If you have more than one cat, make sure they have separate resources if possible, to help prevent further stress or any toilet accidents. If you know your cats don’t enjoy each other’s company, it may be better to give them separate ‘safe rooms’.

Moving day

If you are taking your cat to a cattery, do this the day before if possible, so they are away from all the commotion. If they are staying at home, keep them in their room, feed them a small meal, make sure they have fresh water, clean the litter tray and shut the door. Once you are ready to leave, you can put them into their carrier and load them into the car along with all of their belongings. Your cat may be less anxious if the carrier is sprayed with the synthetic facial pheromones a few minutes before placing your cat in the carrier. If they are prone to travel sickness it is worth withholding food for three to four hours before the journey.

Once you have arrived at your new home, take them to their secure room with all their familiar bits and pieces. You might also like to give them something that smells of you, like an unwashed item of clothing, to help them settle. Provide them with something to eat, a box or something to hide in, and make sure they have a litter tray. Then close the door and leave your cat alone for a while – tell the removal staff and the rest of the family which room your cat is in so they don’t disturb them or accidentally let them out. You may also want to tack a sign on the door.

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Settling in

It is a good idea to keep your cat in their new room for a few days; it can be overwhelming to have access to the whole of the house straight away. Most cats will let you know when they are ready to venture further and it very much depends on your cat’s individual character. However, when you let them see the rest of the house, make sure that all doors, windows and cat flaps are closed – they’re not ready for the outside world yet! Make sure they always have access to their ‘safe room’ in case they feel the need to retreat.

Going outside

It’s important that your cat feels relaxed and secure in their new house before exploring the great outdoors, if they are an outdoor cat. Some cats go missing shortly after moving house because owners have let their cats go outside too soon. These cats sometimes find their way back to their old houses. Cats should be kept indoors for at least three weeks to allow them time to regard the new house as a secure place and to build up a scent profile to help them find their way back.

If you do let them out:

• Do it just before a mealtime when they are hungry so you can call them back with their favourite food

• Open the door and step outside encouraging your cat to go with you

• Don’t pick them up – let them make the decision to go outside themselves

• Leave the door open so they can run back into the house if they feel insecure

• Only let them out for short periods at first – you can gradually build up the time they are out until you are confident they can come and go as they please

Before letting your cat out, make sure they are microchipped so if they wander off they can be traced easily. If they are already microchipped, don’t forget to change your address details on the central database when you move. Also, don’t forget to register with a new vet, who is likely to request your cat’s veterinary history from your previous practice. If your cat has existing health issues, you may wish to organise this before you move.

Dogs

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One thing that will ease the stress of moving for your dog is if you stay calm. Dogs are so in tune with their owner’s feelings they often pick up on our moods. So even if the removal truck hasn’t arrived yet if you’re antsy, there is a high chance they are too. In these situations, as hard is it may be, you need to keep calm not only for your own sanity, but your pet too. If you stay calm they will also feel calm. If your dog is comfortable at a friend or family members and has been there before, letting your dog spend time away from the stress of moving can help. If you don’t have a suitable babysitter for your dog, taking them for a long walk can relieve the stress of both you and them.

Sticking to Your Usual Routine

As you go about your day to day events, you will have an established routine that you will go about without even realising. Even though you’re moving and keeping a routine is the last thing on your mind, doing this will really help your dog feel more at ease. If possible, try to still find the time to feed your pet and walk them at the same times.

Dogs are really routine animals that feel most comfortable when the same events happen at the same sort of time each day. Keeping your pets in this habit before moving and then continuing it once you have moved will make the transition a lot more bearable for your pet. If you suddenly change the routine your pet could start to fret that something is wrong which can cause anxiety.

When Moving Day Finally Arrives

So now that the packing is complete and you are ready to start the task of unpacking in your new home, it’s time to take the journey with your pet. In advance, you need to have organised transport for your pet if you are unable to transport them with you. Then you need to decide if a travel crate or other equipment are needed. If the journey is long, make sure the route is planned out and you stop to offer your dog water and to stretch his legs and relieve himself if needed. Once you arrive at your new home, allow your dog time to settle and become accustomed to the surroundings before moving them straight in. Put their bed and toys in a quiet corner so they can have the familiar scent of their old home. Settle back in the routine as much as you can so your dog starts to feel at ease. Reassure them as much as possible.

Try not to leave your dog for too long on their own until they are fully settled as this can cause anxiety. Be aware that when some dogs become stressed from moving they can urinate to mark their territory and some will chew furniture or carpets. Keep an eye on your dog and their behaviour if you are worried about your dog chewing allow them to have a quiet corner and limit the furniture in that room. Provide your dog with lots of things that it can chew such as bones and toys. Keeping items of familiar scent close to your dog can also deter marking their territory.

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Getting External Help if You Need It

If you have moved your dog before and you are really concerned, speak to your vet who may be able to discuss medical options to help ease the stress for your dog over this time. The pet market is full of items that claim to help reduce stress in your dog. Like anything, the results vary from pet to pet, but look at reviews and speak to other people who have had experience with these products, as some work for some dogs where as they don’t for others. There are certain anxiety drops, sprays and even diffusers that you can start to use a few weeks before you move with your pet.

No Matter What Any Type of Change Takes Time

Remember that for you, settling in can take a huge amount of time. Even you will find you keep switching the wrong switch for the lights or opening the wrong cupboards; adjusting to new surroundings doesn’t happen overnight. For your pet, the change is so much bigger and so much scarier. Allow your pet time to settle and understand that they may become quiet or not act quite like themselves. Just follow your routine, give them space and offer reassurance to help them settle in. Allow everything to happen slowly and allow your pet time to adjust and take everything at his pace.

If your pet becomes excessively subdued and doesn’t perk up after a few days speak to your vet or other professional to check your them if needed. Moving is ranked one of the most stressful events in our lives, so it’s no wonder that after that rollercoaster you and your pet might feel slightly out of sorts. The most important this is to stay relaxed and in your routine. Some pets need space, where as some like extra attention; following their lead is best and once you have all settled in, you will be happy families again!

Find your dream two bed apartment in Yorkshire!

Find your dream two bed apartment in Yorkshire!

Whether you’re moving in with a friend, or are a couple who want a little extra room, we have a range of two bedroom apartments available, from new builds to quirky character properties, located in the best cities in Yorkshire; Leeds, York, Sheffield and Wakefield. Bonus: all have on site parking!

Allerton Croft, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

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Enjoy loft-style living in this gorgeous top floor apartment located in the vibrant suburb of Chapel Allerton, just 10 minutes from Leeds city centre. The unique apartment features a spacious lounge with laminate flooring, sloping ceilings and velux/circular windows. Round the corner is the fully equipped kitchen with oven/hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave. The apartment has two spacious bedrooms, both fitted with carpet and built in wardrobes. The house bathroom features a white three-piece suite including shower over bath.

Price: £600pcm | £300pcm each

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Mansion Gate Mews, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

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Also located in the buzzing suburb of Chapel Allerton, this spacious apartment is truly stunning! The separate lounge is bright and spacious, fitted with laminate flooring, and a door leads through to the beautiful dining area, complete with French door and a Juliet balcony. Through an arch way is the newly refurbished kitchen, finished with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. The two double bedrooms are spacious and carpeted, with the master bedroom benefitting from an ensuite shower room, which along with the house bathroom, have both been recently refurbished.

Price: £775pcm | £387.50pcm each

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Papyrus Works, Newton Kyme, Selby

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If you’re looking for a new build apartment located within half an hour of both Leeds and York city centres, then these just-completed apartments are perfect for you! Situated in the peaceful village of Newton Kyme near Tadcaster, you’ll get the best of city-style living in a beautiful rural location. The apartments have a large open plan living are and gorgeous kitchen fitted with oven and hob, offering plenty of room for dining table and chairs. As well as the two bedroom apartments, there is also one self-contained coach house which benefits from all the same features, as well as having its own private entrance!

Price: £600pcm | £300pcm each

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Maplehurst Avenue, Clifton/Heworth, York

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Want to have easy access to the beautiful York city centre, but want to be away from the hustle and bustle? Located just 10 minutes from the centre, this modern apartment gives you the best of both worlds, situated between the suburbs of Clifton and Heworth. The apartment boasts a beautiful separate lounge, and fully equipped kitchen with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. The two bedrooms are fitted with carpet, and the house bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath.

Price: £550pcm | £275pcm each

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Foster, Millsands, Sheffield city centre

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Live within walking distance of Sheffield city centre in this fully furnished apartment, overlooking the River Don. Enjoy an open plan living area with newly refurbished kitchen, complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer, as well as 2 sofas, coffee table, dining table and chairs in the lounge area. The bedrooms come with double beds and set of drawers, whilst the bathroom has shower over bath. The rent includes £26pcm for water, and on site parking is available!

Price: £586pcm | £293pcm each

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Vaughan Way, Chapelthorpe, Wakefield

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If you’re looking for a peaceful, more secluded place to live, this self-contained apartment located in the suburb of Chapelthorpe, just 15 minutes from Wakefield city centre, and 10 minutes from the renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park! The apartment has its own entrance, leading up to a separate lounge and kitchen fully fitted with white goods. There are two double bedrooms and a house bathroom with white three-piece suite. The cul de sac position means this apartment enjoys the peace and quiet, whilst still being within easy reach of local amenities.

Price: £380pcm | £190pcm each

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Easter activities in Yorkshire!

Easter activities in Yorkshire!

Cadbury Egg Hunt at Nostell Priory, Wakefield

April 1 – 20 

Head down to Nostell Priory and take part in Cadburys Easter Egg Hunt! Cadburys have partnered with the National Trust to create a series of action-packed family days out.

To claim your Cadbury chocolate prize, you will need to wind your way through the wild woodlands and alongside lakes to find the clues and puzzles left behind!

Nostell Priory and Park is an 18th century architectural masterpiece with landscaped park and gardens. Take a walk around the kitchen garden and follow the winding paths through the pleasure grounds.

The Easter Egg hunt is open 10:00am – 4:00pm and admission only costs £2!

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Eggstrodinary Science Show at Thwaite Mills Watermill

April 6

Every Thursday afternoon in the school holidays, Thwaite Mills will be running fun science and experiment sessions suitable for all the family. This week they are exploring eggs in the Eggstrordinary Science Show.

Admission is free to the museum and no booking is required. The show starts at 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

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Easter Adventure at Stockeld Park

April 8 – 24

There are all sort of fun events happening at Stockeld Park this Easter, from giant egg hunts through the Enchanted Forest, to meet and greets with the Easter Bunny and Little Bo Beep. Visitors can also design their own chocolate bar, get lost in a giant maze, have a go on some Bumper Boats, visit the Stockeld Park Ponies, and catch the Doris the Dragon Easter Show.

Day pass from £12.50

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Easter Extravaganza at Stirley Farm

April 12

Hunt for eggs (of the chocolate variety) at Stirley Community Farm in Huddersfield, and enjoy lots of Easter themed fun. The farm, leased from Kirklees Council since 2011, is an exciting rural adventure into the world of food and farming covering 240 acres. Expect to get up close and personal with shorthorn cattle and find out more about food-growing, apples and beehives.

Admission fee £3 to £4.

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York Chocolate Festival

April 14 – 17

The city of York has had a long and distinguished history with the confectionery and chocolate industry. Even back in 1781 the city boasted 8 confectioners for its 17,000 inhabitants. The annual York Chocolate Festival celebrates the industry, chocolate lovers, artisan chocolatiers, museums and attraction and shares a piece of York’s chocolate history. To complete the chocolate experience, local chefs and chocolatiers will be demonstrating how to make chocolate and how to use chocolate in sweet and savoury dishes. Admission is free!

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Living in the suburbs of Wakefield

Living in the suburbs of Wakefield

Come and experience the serene lifestyle at our self-contained, two bedroom first floor flat at Vaughan Way in Wakefield.

The Property

We are offering a two bedroom, first floor apartment, providing modern living in a scenic village location. The self-contained flat has it’s own entrance and stairs which lead up into the hallway. The separate lounge is bright and spacious with three windows, creating the perfect space to both eat and relax. The stylish kitchen comes fully fitted with white goods including oven/hob, a fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.

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The bathroom features a white three piece suite including shower over bath. The property comprises of two double bedrooms, both with plenty of space for double bed and storage. In addition, the property is located in a cul-de-sac, comes with gas central heating, and readily available parking.

The Location

Located in the peaceful suburb of Chapelthorpe near Crigglestone, you’ll be just 15 minutes away from Wakefield City Centre, and 25 minutes away from Leeds City Centre. Chapelthorpe offers a combination of both a peaceful, scenic village with a great local community, whilst being within easy reach of great Yorkshire towns and cities. The area offers great transport links, and is just a short distance from the M1.

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Vaughan Way is within easy reach of a number of local amenities including shops, pubs, eateries and green spaces. There are many great attractions nearby including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park just 15 minutes away, and Pugneys Watersport Centre & Country Park less than 10 minutes drive.

What To Do

Live at Leeds 2017 – April 29 – various venues across Leeds

Peter Kay Live – May 6 – First Direct Arena Leeds

Wakefield Pretty Muddy – May 13 – Thornes Park Wakefield

Wakefield Race For Life – May 14 – Thornes Park, Wakefield

Leeds Indie Food – 11 to 28 May – Leeds city centre

Museums at Night – May 19 – Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ossett Fake Festival – July 1 – Ossett

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