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John Elliott, Managing Director of Millwood Designer Homes discusses the appeal of quintessential village homes and how Millwood creates character.

Typically, homebuyers looking to upsize to have children or downsize to wave them off, turn to village or countryside locations for a quieter pace of life. According to Strutt & Parker, the most popular home location is a quintessential English village. To meet this demand, it is very important housebuilders are providing these types of homes.

There is certainly something very special about building a practical yet authentic hamlet of homes, which blends seamlessly with its surroundings and provides a natural extension to an already thriving village. At Millwood, we pride ourselves on creating beautiful new homes combining period charm and the latest advances in modern construction and energy-efficient technology.

At Lavender Fields in Isfield, the authentic and bespoke new homes and community spirit is fantastic. To give the scheme a sense a purpose, the development has been meticulously and carefully designed to look like it has evolved as a natural extension of the village over 200 years. We prepared a series of detailed historical concept diagrams of the previously contaminated brownfield site, to represent and replicate the evolution of local residential dwellings in the area.

This beautiful new community, which once thrived around its corn mill and pond, is made of a grand central manor house, large farmhouses, barn conversions, Oast houses, smaller farm workers’ cottages, plus a Meeting House and Smithy. The scheme was strongly welcomed by the local community from the outset and has been extremely popular with buyers, with just two homes left for sale.

This proven formula was also extremely well received at The Vale in Southfleet, Kent. This similar hamlet style development included a selection of converted oast houses, merchants’ houses and Cape Cod-style reclaimed brick cottages, set around streams and ponds. The homes sold very quickly off-plan, without a show home, to local families who dreamed of living in a modern village setting with a sense of the past.

We have a number of new developments coming soon which will boast similar features including bespoke house designs, reclaimed materials for authenticity and quintessential village settings. For more information on our current and forthcoming sites, please visit