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Tonbridge-based luxury residential developer Millwood Designer Homes has won one of the property industry’s biggest accolades at the ‘Oscars’ of the housebuilding industry, the What House? Awards 2015. The company, which currently has nine sites across Kent, Surrey and East Sussex, won Bronze for Best Small Housebuilder.

Judges commented: “Millwood is now about more than large detached houses and has mixed up its portfolio to include larger developments of smaller-sized properties in response to the market, such as its Orchard Gate scheme in Ditton, Kent. Here Millwood created what it calls “a small hamlet that has evolved over time”. This is a look more developers should strive to achieve, not pastiche, but realising that complementary architecture is often a local winner.”

The awards, presented by comedian David Walliams and held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 20 November, are the largest and most prestigious awards event in UK housebuilding, and now in their 34th year.

Millwood is renowned for its large properties modelled on the traditional 15th and 16th century Yeoman-style farmhouses, once common in the Kent and Sussex Weald. However, in response to changing market conditions, Millwood is now building a broad range of individually designed homes from contemporary styled apartments to more traditional two and three storey homes; offering a range ideal for first time buyers, families, downsizers and investors alike.

Just one of Millwood’s new developments is The Vale, located in the charming village of Southfleet, only three miles southwest of Ebbsfleet in Kent, the Garden of England. The development will consist of an eclectic mix of 32 detached, semi-detached and terraced homes including the stunning conversion of a traditional Oast House. Set in a tranquil hamlet, The Vale offers traditionally styled homes with a number of different facades to ensure individuality, as well as contemporary interiors, each home has been designed to offer superior living space, with Millwood’s trademark high specification and attention to detail.

Millwood takes pride in the communities surrounding their projects by getting involved where they can to support the local areas. They are running an Encouragement Pack initiative with a number of schools in Kent and East Sussex including Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar that they have supported for the last eight years. Millwood also award four gifted students with: the Encouragement Prize for Creativity, the Achievement Award in Construction, the Geography A Level Prize and the Prize for Excellence in Science.

Philip Brown, Sales Director of Millwood, said: “We are delighted to receive this excellent recognition for our dedicated and passionate family-run business. Our Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director, are proud to live in their own Millwood Designer homes – convincing testimony of our total commitment to the Millwood product. We currently have six sites underway across the south east and we are dedicated to combining all that is best in local architecture with the very latest in contemporary living.”

Millwood currently has a range of homes available, including Bell Orchard in Platt, an exclusive new development of three individually designed country houses. These detached new homes blend traditional Kentish vernacular with a first-class specification and the latest trends in modern-day living. Their Woodlands View development is set in a superb location lying less than three miles away from quaint Hastings Old Town and offers an eclectic mix of houses and apartments.

They will also be launching new developments in Ardingly, Crowborough and Isfield in 2016. All of Millwood’s developments have the trademark of using reclaimed materials, giving them the appearance of a quintessential English village.