Focus on: Great Preston

Focus on: Great Preston

The property

This modern three bedroom home is ideally located giving you the best of both worlds! Whilst only being 25 minutes away from the city centre of Leeds, you can still enjoy the quietness of a small rural village.

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The property has a spacious living area, perfect for entertaining family and friends, and leads into the rear garden via double French doors. The kitchen is finished to a high standard, with white gloss units and dark faux granite worktops. In the kitchen you’ll also find a fitted oven/hob and extractor fan!

Upstairs there are three spacious bedrooms – two doubles and one single, with the master bedroom benefitting from built in storage. The modern tiled bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The home also enjoys off-street parking.

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The location

 

Great Preston is a semi-rural village located in the south-east of the City of Leeds, close to the town of Castleford. Great Preston offers many great local amenities within easy reach such as schools, shops, leisure facilities, and the beautiful St Aidan’s Nature Park and Reserve.

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Being so close to Leeds, you can enjoy the incredibly diverse shopping in the city exploring Trinity Leeds, the city’s newest and largest retail destination, and home to over 120 high street favourites. Victoria Quarter, housed in beautiful arcades, is the perfect next stop for high-end designers, including Mulberry and Louis Vuitton, where lunch can also be grabbed in the stylish Harvey Nichols Café.

You can can definitely soak up some culture and art by heading to the Cultural Quarter, home to a number of museums and galleries just metres from one another. Be sure to visit the Henry Moore Institute, part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and home to the largest collection of sculpture in Europe.

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Just a short drive from Great Preston is the town of Castleford, home to the amazing Xscape centre, offering families with endless fun days out. The centre has plenty of shops and restaurants, along with a cinema, adventure golf, lazer zone, trampoline park, skiing, and many more thrilling activities!

 

Best restaurants and bars

  • Bulgogi Grill

Right up there at the top of the list is Bulgogi. It’s the city’s first Korean barbecue restaurant, and as such, it offers a completely unique experience. The first thing you’ll notice is that there’s a grill built into your table – because you’ll be cooking your dinner yourself, Korean style.

  • Mr Nobody

Mr Nobody has evolved since it first opened as a tapas restaurant. Nowadays, the downstairs restaurant offers a unique tasting experience, with five or eight courses, depending on just how extravagant you want to be – and there are some rather unusual dishes on the menu.

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  • Fazenda

When it comes to eating out in Leeds, Fazenda is right at the top of the list. Why? Five words – all you can eat steak. Before they set up shop in the city, it was a foreign concept, but now we can’t get enough of it as they bring a procession of top quality meats, served in traditional gaucho style.

  • Shears Yard

The restaurant itself is as impressive as the menu – expect high ceilings, exposed brickwork and stunning light fittings, creating a space that’s bright, open and downright beautiful to look at. It’s definitely one of the best looking restaurants in Leeds, and coupled with the food, it makes for one hell of a night out.

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Living in Sherburn in Elmet

Living in Sherburn in Elmet

Do you want a rural family home where you have access to two of the best cities in Yorkshire? This new build, three bedroom home in the village of Sherburn in Elmet is just 30 minutes from both Leeds and York.

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This stunning new build home is set over three floors, with a spacious, separate lounge on the ground floor, fitted with carpet and featuring an under the stairs storage cupboard. Through a small hallway, which features a downstairs WC, is the modern kitchen/diner, complete with oak effect units as well as oven/hob and extractor fan. This space has enough room for a dining table and chairs, and boasts a set of French doors that open out into the private rear garden.

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On the first floor are two spacious bedrooms, one double and one single, as well as the house bathroom, fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The large master bedroom is located on the second floor, and includes two built in cupboards and two stunning skylights. The property is fitted with carpets throughout, and benefits from off-street parking.

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Location

This stunning home is located on the new Ceretic Park development situated in the village of Sherburn in Elmet, just a 30 minute drive from both Leeds and York city centres, giving you the best of rural and city life. You’ll be just a short walk from the centre of the village which has its own train station, several schools and a great range of shops and eateries, making it the perfect place for families to call home.

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Sherburn in Elmet is also a short drive from the town of Selby which offers an even wider selection of local amenities, and is under 20 minutes from Castleford, home to the amazing Xscape centre. Also close to the development is the Sherburn Willows Nature Reserve, perfect for a family day out. The village is perfect for commuters, being located a short distance from the A1 and M1, and also has great train and bus links.

  • Selby – 20 mins
  • Castleford – 20 mins
  • Leeds – 30 mins
  • York – 30 mins
  • Wakefield – 30 mins
  • Harrogate – 45 mins
  • Hull – 1 hour

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Events in the area

 

Village Living in Calverley

Village Living in Calverley

Do you want to live in one of the most picturesque spots in West Yorkshire, that also offers easy access to its best cities? Then you won’t be able to resist our beautiful three bedroom home in the village of Calverley.

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This lovely three bed town house has a spacious lounge with dining area, creating the perfect space for the whole family to eat and relax. The separate fully fitted kitchen is complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine, and also has an under the stairs storage cupboard. Leading out from the kitchen is a large enclosed garden with decking area and shed, making it perfect for entertaining.

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The property comprises of three good-sized bedrooms, two doubles and one single, all fitted with carpet and offering plenty of space for storage. The modern tiled bathroom is complete with white three-piece suite including shower over bath. As well as a large rear garden, this home has a front garden, on-street parking space, gas central heating and double glazing throughout.

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Location

23 Clarke Street is located in the stunning village of Calverley, just 20 minutes from Leeds and 15 minutes from Bradford city centres via ring road links, and easily reached by bus or rail, making it ideal for commuters. The village itself has a friendly feel and a welcoming community spirit, with great schools, delicious eateries and village pubs, a beautiful park, and surrounded by local farms and golf clubs. Other great villages and suburbs nearby include Greengates, Apperley Bridge, Woodhall Hills, Pudsey, Horsforth and Yeadon, which is adjacent to Leeds-Bradford Airport. This quaint village gives you the best of both city and village living, whilst being the perfect location for families.

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Village highlights

  • Calverley Victoria Park
  • Calverley Library
  • Calverley Old Hall and Crossfield Farm
  • Calverley Golf Club
  • The Little Cake Cottage
  • Schools: Calverley C of E Primary School, Calverley Parkside Primary School and Calverley Village Day Nursery
  • Restaurants/pubs: Cafe Village, Calverley Fish Shop, The Thornhill, The Calverley Arms, The New Inn

Local amenities 

  • Greengates: Asda, Sainsbury’s, Homebase, Matalan, Argos, Laura Ashley, Core Gym
  • Apperley Bridge: Train station, marina, The Moody Cow restaurant
  • Woodhall Hills: Golf club, Priesthorpe School
  • Pudsey: Odeon cinema, Owlcotes centre, Pudsey Park
  • Horsforth: Golden Acre Park, Horsforth Hall Park, Hunger Hills Woods, Newlay Valley, Trattoria Il Forno restaurant
  • Yeadon: Yeadon Tarn, Leeds-Bradford Airport

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Upcoming events

Halloween in Yorkshire

Halloween in Yorkshire

Halloween is quickly creeping up on us, and its the perfect excuse to have some fun and dress up for a night! Here we have a round up of all the best Halloween events in Yorkshire, whether you’re looking for a fun family event or a crazy night out, there’s something for everyone!

Family-friendly fun (half term week)

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Nights Out (all 29 October)

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Film Showings

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.

 

Summer Events

What you miss/don’t miss about living at home

What you miss/don’t miss about living at home

You’ve moved out of your family home and are renting your own home; you finally have your freedom! But as much as you love having your own place, there’s still a few little things you miss about living at home. To celebrate International Day of Families this Sunday, we’re thinking about all the things we miss (and don’t miss) about living at home, and how you can make your new place feel that little bit more like home.

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  • Reliable meals- you’re still trying to get the hang of this whole cooking thing, and are seriously starting to miss your mum’s food, especially Sunday roast
  • Being looked after when you’re sick- lets face it, there’s nobody who can look after you better than your mum. Now you live alone you’re pretty sure you’re gonna die
  • No responsibilities- this paying bills thing is all a bit too much, and you’re wondering if being an adult is really for you
  • Your pets- most apartments don’t allow pets and not seeing yours every day is heart breaking, can animals FaceTime?Family blog1
  • Having clean clothes ready and waiting for you- washing and ironing is such a chore, you have better things to do with your time, you’ll just have to do them looking like a scruff
  • Your siblings- yes you used to hate them and argue all the time, but now you think you’re actually starting to miss them, just a little bit
  • Not have to make decisions- there’s so many things in life now that require making the right decision, and you have no idea what to do. You literally ring your parents for everything
  • Heating- who knew trying to stay warm was so expensive? Wearing 10 jumpers isn’t as comfy as it soundsFamily blog5
  • A full fridge- and who knew food was so expensive, 3 quid for cheese, are you kidding?!
  • Having your dad fix everything and getting rid of spiders- no matter how many times you Google it, you still can’t figure out how to fix things. And since you can’t bring yourself to go near spiders, you’re sure they’ll soon take over your house
  • Being able to spend your money on anything- no more ridiculous purchases, meals out and holidays. You now have your own place, but you literally can’t do anything else!
  • Your parents- they might have done your head in sometimes, but you’re actually sad you won’t get to see them all the time

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  • Having your parents question your every move- where are you going? Who with? What time will you be back? Why do you sleep until midday?
  • Having to be quiet when you come in- it used to be like a minefield every time you came home late to try and make it upstairs and not wake anyone up. And god forbid if you wanted to bring someone back with you… Now you can come and go as you please!
  • Your siblings stealing your stuff- your clothes and hair stuff never goes missing now!Family blog6
  • Constantly being asked what you’re doing with your life- now you’ve moved out you don’t have the constant interrogations about all your life choices
  • Your parents questionable décor taste- you have now turned into an interior designer and your apartment is painstakingly coordinated and sophisticated
  • Being asked to do chores- no you don’t want to unload the dishwasher, sitting and staring at the wall is far more entertaining
  • The area you used to live- you do kind of miss your home town, but there are definitely some people you do not miss!Family blog2
  • Not having to answer to anyone- you finally have your freedom!

 

How to make your new home a bit more like home home

  • Bring as many items as you can take/steal from home so it feels more cosy and familiar
  • Have photos everywhere is nice frames of your family and friends so you don’t forget what they look like
  • Have a housewarming party with your family will create a happy atmosphere in your new home, and you can even have family nights round at yours every so often
  • Have little trinkets from your childhood round your home to make it your own
  • If you really miss your home, and your parents home was nice, nick a few of their décor ideas
  • Play music that reminds you of home and use scents to get that home smellFamily blog4

Even though you love your new home and love the freedom, your parents’ home will still kind of always be your real home. Let us know what you miss or don’t miss about living at home!