Focus On: Hull

Focus On: Hull

If you want to live in Hull, the St James Court development on Victoria Dock is one of the most sought after locations. We have a stunning two bedroom apartment ready to move in this Summer!

The Property

The apartment boasts a stunning, spacious living area with laminate flooring and French doors that open up onto a Juliet balcony, creating a bright, open space. Round the corner is the stylish kitchen, fitted with white high gloss units and wooden worktops, complete with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.

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The property comprises two bedrooms, one double and one single, both with fitted with carpet and curtains. The modern bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. You’ll also benefit from an allocated space in the communal parking area. All of this could be yours for the low price of £475pcm!

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The Location

 

Highlights

  • Victoria Park
  • The Humber and Hull Marina
  • Humber Bridge
  • The Deep and Hull Maritime Museum
  • Streetlife Museum
  • Hull’s Old Town
  • Hull New Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre
  • Ferens Art Gallery and Myton Gallery
  • Fruit entertainment venue
  • Shopping: Princes Quay, Kingston Retail Park
  • Food: 1884, Leonardos, The Lion & Key, Cerutti’s, Al Porto, The Sailmakers Arms
  • Drinks: The Minerva, Ye Old Bluebell, Bar 82, 1884 Wine Bar, Hop & Vine

 

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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!

Leeds & Sheffield Bank Holiday Weekend!

Leeds & Sheffield Bank Holiday Weekend!

The August Bank Holiday is made for a long weekend of live music, food and drink. The holiday marks the ending of summer, so make the most of it with these great events in two of Yorkshire’s major cities; Leeds and Sheffield, both famed for their great music events and excellent bars!

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Leeds 

Leeds Festival 26-28th: One of the country’s biggest music festival, with headline acts this year including Biffo Clyro, Fall Out Boy, Foals, Disclosure, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Imagine Dragons.

Temple Newsam Beer Festival 26-29th: Temple Newsam Park’s first ever beer festival, offering an excellent selection of beers and ciders, as well as delicious food and children’s activities within it’s beautiful park.

Soak & Up Yer Ronson, Mint Warehouse, 27th: Spice up your bank holiday with Mint’s end of summer day and night party, with a line up full of the best house acts around.

Chebfest, The Library, 27th: Celebrating women in heavy metal with a line up of female-fronted metal bands and burlesque acts.

Merrion Street Festival, 28th: A long weekend of fun activities and events where all the bars along the strip open their doors for a proper street festival.

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The Garden Party, The Faversham, 28th: It’s not a bank holiday in Leeds without a Garden Party. The Faversham’s famous day and night party will return with Alan Fitzpatrick, Denis Sulta and Dusky.

Insomnifest, Beaverworks, 28th: For their 5th birthday, Insomnifest have loads of top DJs and six different areas to party in.

Northern Soul Bank Holiday Special, Smokestack, 28th: A more chilled way to spend your bank holiday with good old soul music you can really dance to.

Black Music Festival, Potternewton Park, 28th: An open air concert hosting the best reggae, hip-hop, grime, gospel, afrobeat and r&b artists. The perfect warm up for…

Leeds West Indian Carnival, Potternewton Park, 29th: A day of live music, entertainment, fantastic costumes, food and drink, along with the colourful parade through Chapeltown.

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Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival, Barnsley, 25-29th: If you’re a foodie you’ll love this festival; as well as delicious food stalls there will be demonstrations, workshops, live music and activities for children.

The Velvet Burlesque, Library Theatre, 25-28th: A fantastic and flamboyant burlesque and cabaret festival with excellent shows as well as workshops and classes!

Bank Holiday Pimm’s Cocktail Weekender, Malin Bridge Inn, 26-28th: End the summer with a weekend full of cocktails, live DJs and a BBQ at this three day party.

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August Bank Holiday Beer Festival, West Street Ale House, 27-29th: A weekend full of the best craft beers, cask ales and live music; perfect for real beer lovers.

Dirty House Party, The Harley, 27th: What The Harley does best; an epic night of the best house music with DJ ej and Ste Haley.

Big Soul Night, Sheffield City Hall, 27th: A fantastic night of the best soul music, with three rooms hosting northern soul, Motown hits and modern soul anthems.

Live music @ Leopold Square, 27-28th: Two evenings of chilled live music, with Danny Maddocks’ soulful sound on Saturday, and a jazzy Sunday afternoon with The Big Swing.

The Charged Garden Party, Dam House, 28th: An all day and night party celebrating the Dam House 10th birthday, with a special after party until 6am.

Roger Sanchez & Late Nite Tuff Guy, Area, 28th: A bank holiday special with these two top artists and other great DJs, set to be an amazing night of house and techno.

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Best holiday destinations in Yorkshire, England & Europe!

Best holiday destinations in Yorkshire, England & Europe!

Even though its nearing the end of summer, there’s still plenty of time for a holiday! September can be one of the best times as there are less tourists, children have gone back to school and prices are much lower. So whether you’re wanting to stay in Yorkshire, discover a new part of England, or find a cheap European break, we’ve found the best places to go!

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North York Moors – 1400 miles of natural beauty including heather moorland, pine forests rolling hills and wildlife, there’s plenty to discover in the picturesque and tranquil moors! Explore historic abbeys, castles, priories and traditional pubs nestled in hidden villages. Perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding. Best towns: Guisborough, Helmsley, Pickering and Rosedale Abbey.

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Yorkshire Dales – If you haven’t been to the beautiful Dales, you need to go now! The Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are full of breath-taking scenery. Southern Dales is less remote, whilst the north is rich in rugged scenery, perfect for hiking, and the West Dales are known for pretty villages and small towns. Best towns: Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Malham, Richmond, Settle and Ingleton.

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Yorkshire Coast – whether you want a traditional seaside resort, or something more peaceful or quirky, Yorkshire’s coastline has it all. Head to Robin Hood’s Bay for a ‘lost in time’ getaway, with its raw coastline, staggering cliffs and quaint fishingcottages. For a more traditional feel, Filey is the place to be, with sandy beaches, bustling promenades and the best fish and chips. Flamborough is the best for wildlife with rugged white cliffs and clear seas, perfect for bird watching, hiking and sea canoeing, along with a scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses. Whitby is one of the classic Yorkshire seasides, with windswept beaches, cobbles lanes, vampire legends along with cosy taverns and lively bars. If you want something a little different, you’ll love the quirky vibe of Bridlington, with kitsch seaside entertainment, elegant promenades and a fascinating Old Town.Holiday3

Peak District – Be enchanted by the Peaks moorland, rolling hills, scented meadows and leafy forests. The perfect active holiday with climbing, walking, mountain biking and horse riding all on offer. For some culture and history, visit Chatsworth House, Renishaw Hall Gardens and Bolsover Castle. Best towns: Ashbourne, Matlock Bath, Chesterfield and Buxton.

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England

  • Bath – World Heritage Site, Georgian crescents and terraces, theatres, museums and culture, cosy B&Bs, a thriving, ever-growing restaurant scene
  • Cornwall – 300 miles of dune and cliffs, unspoilt coastline, medieval harbours, wildflowers and remote beaches, rock pools and marine life, surfing and bodyboarding
  • Brighton – Eccentric city, lovely beaches, 98 stunning parks and gardens, unique museums, boho North Laine with quirky shops and sleek restaurants
  • Norfolk – Perfect for relaxation, clear coastline, nature reserves and wildlife, market towns, magnificent castles and churches, little rainfall
  • Devon – Caves, cliffs and cream teas, good food and great outdoors, surf breaks, strolls and picnics, artisan farmers’ markets
  • Lake District – Britain’s finest scenery, incredible views, glistening lakes, towering valleys, fascinating woodlands, perfect for walkers

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Europe

  • Budapest – the top budget city break in Europe, mix of neoclassical, baroque and art nouveua architecture, rich Jewish heritage, fantastic food scene
  • Prague – bustling city with a dark past, reflected in storied churches, looming Prague Castle and statue-lined bridges, a hidden gem to visit before prices start rising
  • Lisbon – Portugal’s capital set on 7 hills, coastal city, laid-back charm, colourful old buildings, cafe culture
  • Barcelona – sea and city, culture-rich, museums, markets, breath-taking gothic churches and cathedrals, beautiful architecture, lively nightclub scene
  • Amsterdam – a network of canals, house-boats, bustling cafes, intriguing museums, cute buildings, Red Light District, leisurely bike and boat rides, renowned art galleries

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Living in Barnsley

Living in Barnsley

If you’re passionate about sustainable living, this stunning two bedroom home in Barnsley is perfect for you!

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This lovely home comprises a bright and spacious lounge with fitted carpet, creating the perfect space for the whole family to relax. The contemporary kitchen is finished to a high standard with beautiful cream units and integrated oven and hob. An under the stairs pantry provides extra storage space. The two double bedrooms are fully carpeted, and the spacious layouts provide plenty of storage opportunities. A beautifully finished bathroom is located upstairs, with a white three-piece suite including bath and shower facilities. A separate W.C is located on the ground floor, helping to ease the morning rush.

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Standhill Crescent propertiesare constructed to an extremely high standard and are built to promote sustainable living. The houses are extremely energy efficient and feature PV roof panels, which generate energy even on a cloudy day to run household appliances and lighting. On a summer’s day this property becomes a bright sun trap, and features an enclosed garden to the rear and turfed area to the front, as well as off-road parking.

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Location

This lovely home is located in Athersley North, just 10 minutes from Barnsley town centre. The excellent transport links to major cities such as Wakefield, Leeds and Sheffield make it ideal for commuters. The property is also located just a short drive from the Peak District National Park, which provides stunning scenery, nature and a day out for the whole family to enjoy.

In the suburb of Athersley, there are many great schools, as well as eateries, friendly pubs, convenience stores and green spaces, the perfect place to raise your family! You can travel easily into Barnsley town centre by bus or car, where you’ll find even more shops including the Alhambra shopping centre, sports clubs and facilities, the Metrodome, great bars and restaurants, the train station and Parkway Cinema. Other great sites and attractions in Barnsley include Wentworth Castle Gardens, Cannon Hall Farm, Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre and Locke Park.

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Food & Drink

  • Beatson House Restaurant – top quality British cuisine, perfect for an occasion
  • Elephant and Castle – family friendly restaurant with amazing food
  • Royal Spice – delicious Indian food with top service
  • Bistro Romanos – one of the best Italian’s in Barnsley
  • Not Just Coffee – homely and welcoming family run cafe
  • Lemon Tree – excellent Turkish cuisine
  • Tandoori Hut – a local favourite serving Indian food
  • Aroma Cafe Bar – great for afternoon tea and gluten-free dishes
  • The Ash Inn – well priced, homemade food in a lovely atmosphere
  • White Bear – one of the most popular pubs in Barnsley
  • Chill – sophisticated champagne bar

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Living in Newton Kyme, Tadcaster

Living in Newton Kyme, Tadcaster

This stunning new build, four bedroom home is perfect for larger families, and ideally located on the modern Burden Mews development in the beautiful village of Newton Kyme, just half an hour from York, Leeds and Harrogate.

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0 (4)The living room of this property is bright and spacious due to a set of patio doors that lead out into the large, private garden,making this property ideal for entertaining family and friends, especially in the summer months. The beautiful, contemporary kitchen is finished to a high standard with wood-effect worktops and white gloss units, fitted with oven/hob and extractor fan. There is plenty of space for a dining table and chairs, ideal for enjoying sit down family meals. The property also boasts off-road parking and a large rear garden.

The long entrance hall to the stairs is where a storage cupboard providing extra 0 (5)space and the separate W.C, which helps to ease the morning rush, are located. The large family home comprises four spacious bedrooms, two doubles and two singles, all fully carpeted and with plenty of space for storage. The master bedrooms enjoys the whole of the top floor, and additionally benefits from en-suite with shower. There is also a modern family bathroom with cream marble-effect tiling, complete with a white three-piece suite including over-the-bath shower.

Location

The Burden Mews development is set in Newton Kyme, a delightful village near Tadcaster. Boston Spa is on the door step, with Leeds, Harrogate and York all just half an hour away, and easily accessible from the A1 and A64. The development is located next to Newton Kyme Hall and St Andrew’s Church, and close to the River Wharfe with stunning countryside views. The village has OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAa great community spirit and is the perfect place to raise your family.

The closest towns to Newton Kyme are Tadcaster and Boston Spa, offering local amenities such as good schools, shops, restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities. Tadcaster is just a 5 minute drive away or 20 minutes by bus, and Boston Spa 10 minutes by car or bus. There are also many sporting opportunities in the area including the Toulston Polo Ground, Lordswood Cricket School and even the Leeds United training ground, with Bramham Park also situated close by. This lovely location gives you the best of everything; the quiet village life, amenities in local towns, and easy access to the great cities of Yorkshire!

For a fun family day out or weekend away, the Howardian Hills (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is a 50 minute drive, Yorkshire Dales National Park 90 minutes, and the seaside town of Bridlington just 1 hour 20 minutes! Newton Kyme also has good transport links with regular bus services to nearby towns and cities, and just 10 minutes away from the nearest train station in Ulleskelf.

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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.

 

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