Freshen up your home for summer!

Freshen up your home for summer!

The warm weather has started and summer is upon us, so why not give your home a refresh for the upcoming summer months!

Brighten up

Adding bright colours to your home will instantly put you into a summery mood. Swap your current cushions and home accessories for something more colourful. Hanging up vibrant art work will help to brighten up your home, as will using floral and leafy patterns. Make your home even brighter by strategically placing mirrors around your home, which creates the illusion of a more open space.

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Bring the outside inside

A great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Greenery in your home not only looks nice, it helps to improve your wellbeing. Read our previous blog for loads of indoor garden tips. If you don’t fancy having real plants indoors, opt for fake ones or decorate with floral patterned accessories.

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Garden makeover

Summer is the perfect time to get out in your garden or balcony. If you haven’t grown your garden already, you can buy potted plants and flowers to scatter around your garden or hang off your balcony. If you have grass areas, now is the time to make sure they are neat and mowed, as you’ll be wanting to sit outside more in the warm weather! Create a relaxing outdoor space with seating, and hang up fairy lights to create the perfect mood for evenings outside.

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Defrost and a clear-out your freezer ready for more delicious summer treats. Stock up on summer necessities including sunscreen and after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Be ready for spontaneous days out by keeping picnic blankets, beach towels and sports equipment/games in your storage cupboards. 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.

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Top summer 2017 decor trends

Bright green was named the colour of 2017, and its the perfect colour for summer! Butterfly prints are also a big thing this summer, so get in on the trend by purchasing some butterfly print accessories for your home. Along with butterflies, any kind of tropical prints are a must have this season. Don’t be afraid to mix clashing prints either, its one of the top looks of the year! Rose gold was the big thing of last year, but this year its all about bronze.

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And when you’ve done all this hard work, why not treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party in your newly refreshed home!

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Living in Rawdon, Leeds

Living in Rawdon, Leeds

Do you enjoy the peace and quiet of rural living, but don’t want to live in the middle of nowhere? Then the beautiful village of Rawdon in north Leeds is the perfect location!

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Property

This quaint garden apartment boasts a spacious lounge, fitted with stylish laminate flooring and featuring a fantastic fireplace. This living area is large enough to also have a dining table and chairs. The separate kitchen has been professionally re-modelled kitchen, and is fitted with a new integrated fridge/freezer, oven/hob and washer/dryer.

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The roomy double bedroom is fitted with carpet, blinds, curtain and storage cupboard, whilst the modern tiled bathroom features a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, complete with vinyl flooring, mirror and towel rail. The apartment benefits from on-site parking, a lovely front garden and external storage shed.

Location

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Lakeside Walk is nestled in a quiet and private walkway off Larkfield Road, located in the beautiful village of Rawdon in north Leeds, between Yeadon and Horsforth. The apartment is close to the main A65 Leeds road, with Leeds and Bradford both just a 25 minutes drive away, giving you the best of both rural and city life. Rawdon village centre is just half a mile from the apartment, and the vibrant suburb of Horsforth is only 10 minutes away. Rawdon is a desirable residential village with excellent views of Aire valley, and within easy reach of Leeds Bradford International Airport.

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Just a short walk from the property is the Larkfield Dam from which Lakeside Walk derives its name. The village of Rawdon, whilst small, has plenty of local amenities including independent shops, pubs and eateries, the Rawdon Golf & Lawn Tennis Club, Micklefield Park, a surgery and community library.

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Just a ten minute drive away is the vibrant suburb of Horsforth which boasts a thriving restaurant and bar scene, and nature hotspots including Horsforth Hall Park and Cragg Hill. A few minutes north of Rawdon is the village of Yeadon, best known as being the home of Leeds Bradford Airport. Yeadon also boasts a busy high street, Yeadon Tarn and Nunroyd Park, perfect for a day out.

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How to: Beat the January blues!

How to: Beat the January blues!

January can be a bit of a dreary month; Christmas is over, your back to work and the weather is cold and dark. But January is also a chance for a fresh start and to make a few positive changes to your life. So try a few of our mood boosting tips to brighten up your January!

New home – are you looking for a new home this new year? We can help! We have lots of properties available to rent from stylish city centres apartment to suburban family homes, unique converted buildings to brand new builds. Find your dream home on our website!

Redecorate – want to revamp your home this year but haven’t got much money left after Christmas? Not to worry, we have some great ways you can redecorate your home on a budget! 

Declutter your home – use the new year as a chance to freshen up your home and have a serious declutter; our blog post has some great tips to simplify your home and life.Decor1

Get growing – being around nature is a proven mood booster, and whether you have little or no outdoor space, you can still create your own garden!

Max your space – your home can feel over crowded at times,  especially after Christmas, so try this tricks to make your space feel bigger.

Plan a trip – Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a trip. Keep costs low after the Christmas period by booking a holiday in one of Yorkshire’s stunning locations; find some ideas on our blog!

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Discover something new – Yorkshire is full of hidden treasures from incredible art galleries to grand castles; discover the art and heritage it has to offer on our blog.

Have a relaxation day – sometimes the best thing to do on a miserable winter day is to treat yourself to some relaxation time, it’ll definitely get rid of your January blues!

More relaxation – after you’ve got into a relaxing mood, why not make your home more relaxing too; there are loads of ways you can de-stress your home and create a calmer space.energy8

Self care – looking after yourself can have a massive impact on your mood! Creating good morning and night time routines can work wonders for your mood and energy levels.

Be healthier – you start your healthy eating regime with good intentions, but a week into the new year and your back to your old ways. These quick and affordable meal ideas will make being healthy much easier!

Venture outside – have a go at one of these lovely Yorkshire pub walks; being in the great outdoors and getting some fresh air can seriously improve your mood, and stopping at the pub along the way can’t hurt!

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Try some DIY – January is a great time to start a new project, and it’ll give you something to focus on. Try your hand at upcycling to not only give you something to focus on, but to create something nice for your home too.

Organise your finances – have a fresh start with your finances and get budgeting and saving! Whatever you’re trying to save for, our tips are a must read!

Be happy – the dark winter days and cold weather can make us feel down, so use these tips to stay positive and happy!

 

 

 

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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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

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!
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  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
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  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

 

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!