New homes in Leicestershire mark historic date
Home-hunters searching for a dream new home that benefits from elegant period features are being urged to discover Taylor Wimpey’s Terracotta Gardens development of new properties in Hathern, Leicestershire.
Hathern has a long and proud association with the terracotta industry and this fascinating heritage is being celebrated at the exclusive development of apartments and houses for sale in Hathern, off Shepshed Road.
Genuine Hathern Terracotta plaques bearing an attractive horse chestnut leaf motif have been commissioned for the development to reflect the distinctive character of the new homes in Hathern. The leaf design of the terracotta plaques makes reference to the planting of a horse chestnut tree in the village in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
Prices start at just £169,995 for the first selection of brand new three, four and five-bedroom houses in Hathern, which are now on sale at Terracotta Gardens.
Carolyne Watkinson, Regional Sales Manager for Taylor Wimpey, says: “As a local housebuilder we are delighted to celebrate the heritage of Hathern in the design of our high-quality new homes at Terracotta Gardens, offering property-seekers a wonderful opportunity to snap up a beautiful new home echoing the attractive architectural features of homes in this lovely neighbourhood.
“However, these elegant new homes for sale in Hathern are already shaping up to be incredibly popular, so I would urge anyone hoping to choose their favourite plot to contact us without delay.”
Terracotta Gardens is a select development of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes which enjoys a beautiful location bordered by open fields and mature trees.
Three-bedroom houses are priced from just £169,995 at the development and four-bedroom homes from only £209,995, while five-bedroom detached properties are available from £319,995.
Nine of the properties will feature a terracotta plaque, with a larger design to be sited on a prominent gable in the heart of the development.
Hathern Station Brick & Terra Cotta Co was established in 1874 opposite the railway station close to neighbouring Sutton Bonington and remained there until the factory was closed in 2004 – reopening in 2009 as Hathern Terra Cotta, part of Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC, at their Charnwood Factory just down the road in Shepshed.
Geoff Hollis, General Manager of Hathern Terra Cotta, explains: “A great many people who lived in Hathern worked at the factory. In its heyday there would have been about 150 people employed there – it was a major local employer.
“If you drive through Hathern village today there are quite a few buildings with terracotta features which were produced at Hathern Station factory, as well as terracotta headstones in local graveyards, but Hathern products were also sent all over the world. It was a very busy factory.”
Mr Hollis has spent his career involved with the company, starting out in the drawing office in 1980 at a point when restoration work started to become necessary on buildings featuring terracotta from the turn of the century.
Employees at Hathern had the necessary skills and experience to respond to this demand and their craft, handed down through the generations before them, survives today. Restoration work features highly in the company’s work today, with high profile contracts at the V&A museum, Harrods and the Savoy Hotel.
The residents of the new homes in Terracotta Gardens will find everything they need for day-to-day living in this picturesque Leicestershire village, including a post office and general store and a bakery, while there’s a thriving social scene with a choice of pubs, a community centre, and a village hall.
Families will appreciate there’s a well-regarded primary school in the village, while schools for older children are found in Loughborough, just three miles away.
Loughborough is a prestigious university town with a proud sporting tradition whose graduates include Lord Coe and Paula Radcliffe, and boasts a superb range of sports facilities.
The bustling town centre includes a wide mix of national and independent shops, a selection of pubs and restaurants and a host of leisure opportunities including a theatre and an art deco cinema.
Hathern is well placed to access major transport routes, with the M1 just a few miles away, and Loughborough railway station offering direct links to London St Pancras. The cities of Nottingham to the north and Leicester to the south are both within 15 miles of the new homes.
There’s a host of leisure opportunities and days out within easy reach of home, including Bradgate Country Park, the National Space Centre in Leicester, Snibston Discovery Park in Coalville, and Twycross Zoo, near Market Bosworth.
For further information, visit taylorwimpey.co.uk.