Category: Our homes & developments

  • New Show Home in Haworth

    Join us for our newest Show Home Opening at The Bridge, Haworth this Saturday from 10am.

    We’ve styled our three bedroom, three-storey Elliot house style to show you the space our homes have to offer. Expect beautiful kitchens, bathrooms and our high quality specification.

    Our Sales, Marketing & Design Assistant, Adele will be on hand to answer any questions you have on your new home and the development. We’ll be open this week as normal Thursday – Monday 10am – 5pm. However the Show Home will be ready to view Saturday morning.

    We have just a few of these three bedroom house styles remaining, come and see us before you miss out.

    If you’d like to find out more. Email us at [email protected] or call 01535 288000.

    (Please note the image is a sneaky peek inside the Show Home – join us to see the finished look!)

  • The Green Show Home Launch

    In a months time we will be opening our next Show Home at The Green in Glusburn, North Yorkshire.

    The Green is a development of just 37 homes in the heart of the beautiful village of Glusburn. Due to the sites elevated position you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Cowling Pinnacle and beyond. We’re building a selection of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes, all built out of natural random stone with traditional stone detailing.

    The Show Home will be in Plot 1 – The Whittaker home. You’ll be able to walk around this four bedroom home to really to get a feel for the inclusive specification. Highlights of the specification on our larger homes include: Range Cookers and Extractors by Stoves, wooden handrail staircases, large garages, underfloor heating on the ground floor and landscaped gardens. Our smaller homes also have a comprehensive specification and some are built for you to walk around.

    There is limited availability at The Green, being only a development of 37 homes. If you have your heart set on a particular plot we recommend you speak to our recommended financial advisor at the Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) before coming to the development so we know you are in a position to proceed. You can find out more about this process by emailing us here or calling 01535 288000.

    We still have a few appointments on our PREVIEW day on the 31st August, these one on one appointments enable you to take a look around the Show Home undisturbed. However we do ask that you are qualified by the MAB before you make one.  If you can’t attend the preview day we open for all on the 1st September from 10am.

    For more information on the Green click here or follow us on Instagram and watch our stories where we upload progress of the Show Home’s build. (You must have the app installed on your phone in order to view the stories!)

    We look forward to welcoming you to the Green.

  • Now OPEN – The Exchange, Shipley

    A selection of one bedroom apartments and two and three- bedroom contemporary homes are now available in Shipley with the launch of The Exchange development.

    The Marketing Suite and Show Home is now open Thursday – Monday 10 am – 5pm. These stylish homes have proved popular with first time buyers, with 5 reservations being taken on opening weekend.

    Sales, Marketing and Design Director, Caroline Verity has said ‘It’s always a delight to open a new Show Home to receive feedback from prospective purchasers. Thus far the reception has been fantastic -all those who have visited The Exchange have been really impressed with our homes’

    The development is situated close to Shipley train station on Crag Road making it the ideal location for commuters to Leeds and Bradford.

    Homes have been thoughtfully designed inside and out and incorporate both traditional and modern internal designs. All homes benefit from private gardens and parking.

    Prospective homeowners are able to take advantage of Help to Buy across all homes. Enabling buyers to buy their new home with only a 5% deposit.

    With prices starting from just £122,950 for a two-bedroom home and £85,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, The Exchange, Shipley offers our quality craftmanship at a price within reach. Prospective purchasers can visit The Exchange development Thursday – Monday to take a look around the two bedroom ‘Royd’ Show Home or call 01274 987844/ email [email protected].  For further information please click here. Find the development on the Crag Road, Shipley, BD18 2JR.

  • The Exchange, Shipley: Show Home Launch

    Guest blog: Emma Gordon, Eye Candy Interior Design

    This exciting new development for Skipton Properties is in Shipley, a popular commuter suburb in between Bradford & Leeds. The Exchange is a beautiful development of contemporary homes. With this in mind we wanted to create a modern, stylish, cutting edge show home that reflects the younger demographic that might purchase one of these two bedroom properties.

    We have added more colour to the interiors on this occasion with a striking palette of dark green, mustard ,navy & greys and have introduced a subtle 1950’s retro/scandi feel, both of which are very ‘on trend’ right now. Together with brass light fittings and striking feature tiles we think you will love this latest show home which opens this Saturday at 10am.

    The bottle green sofa & mustard chairs you will find in the living room are made by our upholsterer/furniture maker and were chosen to add colour and depth to the overall scheme, we also love the texture of the velvet fabrics. They are a striking focal point in the room and add a bold splash of colour. The black & white chevron rug is another striking piece from Modern Rugs that grounds the scheme & zones the room.

    The navy bed in the master bedroom is from Made and has a simple scandi/retro look to it. Once again we have gone for the velvet fabric so it links to downstairs and adds texture to the room. The Dressing Table and chair from Swoon are another example of clean simple scandi style furniture , we loved the compact shape and size which doesn’t overpower the room but looks very stylish.

    The dining table and chairs are also from Made and were chosen because of the lovely grey tones and simple retro looks that worked with the rest of the furniture , the round shape works well and softens the squareness of the room.

    Like to see our designs in the flesh? Visit Skipton Properties this Saturday from 10am. After the launch, their usual opening hours will be Thursday – Monday 1a0am – 5pm. For further information on Shipley Exchange please click here.

    Alternatively, check back next week for the official photos of our designs….

  • Panoramic photography at The Bridge, Haworth

    This beautiful weather has given us the opportunity to photograph progress at The Bridge in Haworth. We sent our drone operator to show you exactly what we’re doing and help you to understand the development’s position in this historic village.

    The development is starting to take shape and our vision is coming to life. The Bridge is already home to over 15 families and will soon see more move in. It offers a range of different styles to suit all needs, from our three bedroom three-storey homes, which give our homeowners more space and all feature an integrated garage, to our larger four bedroom homes in both traditional and contemporary designs.

    Pictured above in the foreground are the three bedroom Elliot and Holt house styles. Each home features a master ensuite bedroom, integrated garage and laundry room. The rear gardens you see in the photo have all been designed by a landscape architect to create a peaceful oasis that takes advantage of the open countryside these homes look out onto.

    We’ll shortly be releasing The Bridgehouse, a new luxury four bedroom home benefitting from one of the best positions on the development. It will overlook the landscaped parkland at the rear of the development. If you would like to be the first to know more information please get in touch.

    At the front of the development we are painstakingly restoring the original Bridge House Mills. This part of the development will eventually be home to one and two bedroom apartments. We believe the restoration will transform the centre of Haworth.

    The Bridge is part of the V&F Homes Collection, our superior collection of homes. Each home has been carefully styled, using natural materials such as coursed stone and natural slate roofs. Dry stone walls to the beck have been carefully restored to give the development the character it deserves. Elevations also benefit from trespa panels, a material that is practically maintenance free, to give our homes a contemporary twist.

    Like to find out more about The Bridge? We’re open Thursday – Monday 10am – 5pm. Drop by and say hello 🙂

    You can reach the development by emailing us here or calling 01535 288009.


  • Open Day: The Green

    We’re delighted to invite you to the launch of our newest View Home

    Still waiting for your dream home? Visit us at The Green in Glusburn on Saturday 7th July for the opening of the highly anticipated View Home.

    We will be opening the doors to the two bedroom ‘Dawson‘ which our Design Director has styled with a country cottage feel. It will feature a beautiful light grey shaker kitchen with a full range of AEG appliances, beautiful oak karndean flooring, fitted mirror wardrobes and a range of ceramic tiling.

    The Green is part of our superior collection of Verity & Family Homes. Designed to blend traditional design with convenient modern day living. Nestled in an elevated position in Glusburn the development enjoys wonderful sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Each home is built out of natural stone giving our homes an enduring beauty. Great attention to detail has been given to natural stone detailing, elevations includes corbels and mullion windows and natural dry stone walls frame the development.

    The Dawson will showcase the quality our homes at the Green.  We hope you’ll be impressed by the inclusive specification: inside you’ll find A rated appliances from AEG and showers by Hansgrohe, in some homes there are traditional log burning stoves, stone hearths and wood beams, each and every garden is turfed and you’ll find downlight in all kitchens and bathrooms.  We always go one step further when building our homes, putting our heart and soul into every development we build.

    As well as exploring the View Home our Sales, Marketing and Design Assistant, Adele, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Those visiting the View Home on open day will also benefit from a selection of upgrades.

    Visit us any time on the 7th July between 10am and 5pm. The development is accessed via the Black Abbey Lane, Glusburn.

    For further information in advance of the opening day please call Adele on 01535 281827 or email [email protected].

    **Please be aware that between the hours of 10 and 12 we will be an operational site so please be careful when walking to the view home.**



  • Extremely proud winners

    If you’e not a fan of ours on Facebook you may not have seen that we won an LABC Award for ‘Best Small New Housing Development’ at the weekend. The award has been given to our development Kearns Village in Cowpe, Rossendale and we’re absolutely delighted.

    The event saw a huge turn out with around 800 people from our industry gathering to celebrate what we all do best, creating homes. We were entered into the category by our local building assessor, who commended us for our excellence and our ability to go the extra mile. Judges consider vital elements of a scheme including: high levels of compliance with building regulations, outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability and high performance and use of innovative products and the skills to overcome difficult site conditions. In other words winning is no small feat! We were competing against 15 other developments in our category across Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire and we’re absolutely delighted to take the top spot.

    We were founded on the principle that we could build better homes by inspiring our people, striving for excellence and creatively re-imagining new homes. We’re proud to be different. Awards such as these give further support to these claims.

    The story of Kearns Village

    Kearns Village sits on the former site of Kearns of Waterfoot, an old mill dating back to 1875. We set out to retain the look and feel of the mill by designing our homes in a similar courtyard formation. The massing of the new Irwell homes in the new Old Mill Court mimics that of the mill that stood in the very same location.

    Inspired by the site’s industrial heritage we used natural stone, much of it being reclaimed from the demolition, but paired this with sleek wood-aluminium windows by Velfac to update the look and feel, and give our homeowners a high performance product. We added handcrafted wooden porches to key elevations and used varying types of natural slate to create a development that looked as if it had always been there.

    The result? A charming development that instantly feels like home. Every single homeowner has commended us on our efforts and are delighted with their homes – this is the type of feedback we strive for… without our homeowners we’d be nothing.

    What is the LABC? 

    The LABC or local authority building control is a not for profit organisation offering impartial advice and support on building regulations and other crucial services for housing developers. They also assist you, as the homeowner, on any structural issues that may arise from years 2 to 10 in your new home. They ensure buildings are safe, healthy and efficient to meet the standards set by the government.

    Every single one of our homes benefits from the LABC Warranty which gives our homeowners complete peace of mind.

    Want to find out more about Kearns Village, Rossendale? 

    We have just three, four bedroom homes available to reserve off plan. Find out more here.

  • Kearns Village: Phase Two

    Wonderful news at Kearns Village…

    We’re delighted to announce that our plans for the second phase of Kearns Village in Cowpe, Rossendale, have received unanimous support from Rossendale Council and associated bodies. This means that we’ll soon be able to complete the build of a further 6 homes on the development.

    We hope to be able to launch full details of our homes this week. However to wet your appetite in the meantime….

    There will be two styles of home built in the lower courtyard; The Tyrell – a large five bedroom family home with a bespoke oak porch, the site’s signature Scandinavian windows and plenty of outside space and the Irwell, a four bedroom family home that reinvents the design of the old Kearns Mill and benefits from a double garage.

    Kearns Village is designed around two courtyards, the first of which is fully occupied. We expect to start building again in the next two months, with a view to have the first homes available either later this year or at the beginning of 2019. Early bird reservations are being accepted, which carry a £500 reservation fee. You do not need to have sold your home at this stage if you would like to reserve.

    Before we go, did you know that the development has been nominated for an LABC award. To find out what that means for the quality of our homes you can click here.

    Would you like to find out more? Call t he office on 01535 639620, email [email protected] or watch this space and check the website over the Easter weekend!


  • Introducing two new homes at The Green, Glusburn

    Have you had your eye on our new homes in Glusburn, North Yorkshire?

    The wait is over; we’re delighted to announce that, in addition to the two and bedroom cottages, we have released two larger house styles: The Bryant and The Hartford.

    Looking for a large detached three bedroom home? Look no further than the Bryant. Uniquely laid out, this home has a large open plan living space. There’s plenty of space for a casual sitting area or home office, in addition to your dining table. It also benefits from a separate, formal living room with stone hearth, log burning stove and wood beam. Upstairs, on the ground floor, there is a master bedroom with en-suite shower, further large double bedroom, single bedroom and house bathroom. Outside you’ll benefit a patio that spans the width of your house and south facing rear garden. Features of your specification to look forward to? We’ll be installing AEG appliances, including not one but two AEG ovens. Choose from a range of contemporary or traditional styles in your kitchen. You’ll find chrome towel radiators in all your bathrooms alongside Hansgrohe showers and taps.

    Need a fourth bedroom and a garage? The Hartford might be for you. This home is traditional in design and features a log burning stove forming the focal point to the open plan living area. You’ll have direct access from your attached garage into your laundry. You’ll benefit from a beautiful kitchen in a contemporary or traditional style; the choice is yours. A full range of AEG appliances will be included – for the keen cooks, there will also be two ovens.  Upstairs you’ll benefit from three double bedrooms, the master bedroom featuring an en-suite, and further single bedroom. You’ll find chrome towel radiators in all your bathrooms, complementing the white pottery and Hansgrohe showers and taps. Outside you’ll also find a large patio that spans the full width of the house and lawn.

    The Green has been designed traditionally to complement the local architecture. Both homes will be built out of our signature natural stone, with stone mullions and corbels, paved driveways and will feature natural dry stone walls to the fronts.

    Both homes will be built this Winter 2018. We aren’t accepting part exchange at this time, however we are taking reservations from clients who still need to sell their home (you have a little time to sell). If you need financial advice please let us know and we’ll introduce you to our recommended financial advisor at the Mortgage Advice Bureau. The government backed scheme, Help to Buy, where you can buy your new home with a 5% deposit, is available at this development.

    Would you like to find out more? Arrange an appointment with our sales team by emailing [email protected] or call us on 01535 288000 during office hours, Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5pm.


  • Mortgage interest rates explained

    A guide to the different options available brought to you by the Mortgage Advice Bureau at Manning Stainton

    Fixed Rate

    If you choose a fixed rate mortgage, your monthly payment will stay the same for a set period, usually 2, 3 or 5 years. At the end of your fixed rate, your lender will usually change your interest rate to their standard variable (SVR). It’s a good idea to talk to your adviser at this stage because the lenders SVR may not be the most suitable deal for your circumstances.


    You know the exact amount you’ll need to pay each month, making budgeting easier. Your monthly amount doesn’t change in the fixed period, even if interest rates increase.


    Your monthly payment will stay the same during the fixed period, even if interest rates decrease. If you want to repay your loan early, there could be an early repayment charge.

    Discounted rate

    These mortgages start with an initial interest rate set lower than the standard variable rate for a period of time. At the end of this period the lender will change the interest rate to the standard variable rate. It’s a good idea to talk to your adviser at this stage because the lenders SVR may not be the most suitable deal for your circumstances.


    Your payment could cost you less in the early years, when money may be tight. But you must be confident you can afford the payments when the discount ends.


    Your monthly payments can go up or down which can make budgeting difficult. If you want to repay the early, there could be an early repayment charge.

    Tracker mortgage

    With a tracker mortgage, the interest rate charged by a lender is usually linked to a rate such as the Bank of England bank rate. This means your payments can go up or down.


    The rate you pay tracks and interest rate. If the rates goes up or down, the track rate changes by the same amount.


    Some lenders impose a ‘collar’ which means the interest rate won’t fall below a certain level, even if the rate it’s tracking reduces. Your monthly payments can go up or down which can making budgeting difficult. Lastly, if you want to repay the loan early, there could be an early repayment charge.

    Offset mortgages

    Here your savings will be offset against your outstanding mortgage. Your current account, savings account or both are linked to your mortgage before working out the interest you owe. It’s unlikely you’ll earn interest, as rates are offset against your mortgage.


    Mortgage payments can be reduced as the level of savings increase, or you may be able to maintain higher payments to repay your mortgage off early. Additionally, you usually pay tax on your savings. However if your savings are automatically used to offset your mortgage, you won’t pay income tax on these savings – this is particularly beneficial for higher tax payers.


    All accounts have to be with one lender/bank and you need a substantial level of savings.

    Capped Rate or Capped and Collared Rate

    The interest rate is linked to a lender’s standard variable rate with a guarantee that it won’t go above a set level (‘cap’) for a set period. Equally it won’t go below a set level (‘collar’) for an agreed period of time. It’s possible to have a capped rate without a collar.


    You know the maximum and minimum you’ll pay for a set period of time making budgeting easier. These products are useful if you want the security of knowing your payments can’t rise above the set level (the cap), but could still benefit if rates fall during the set period.


    Even if other rates fall, your interest rate for the set period will not go below the ‘collar’ and if you want to repay the loan early there could be an early repayment charge.

    Confused about the products out there?

    Contact Jo Murgatroyd by emailing [email protected] or call 0113 252 2290. Alternatively, our Sales Advisors can introduce you!

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