Where luxury is made lovingly: Foundry Field in Burnham Market
PUBLISHED: 09:32 14 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:32 14 August 2016
Foundry Field in Burnham Market is taking shape as a pretty “village within a village” as property editor Caroline Culot found out when she took a visit to see the progress one year on.
What a difference a year makes! I remember arriving at Foundry Field as a building site a year ago and having to be aided through the front area cordoned off by builders and gingerly stepping across a muddy track to see the showhouse where the last interiors touches were being given the day before the launch.
One year on and I drive off the main street running through Burnham into...hey presto, a large car park meandering up past Foundry Field.
I know it’s only a car park but as anyone visiting Burnham Market will know, this location really did need somewhere as in the summer, you ended up parked up on a verge about a mile away!
Giving Burnham its own car park was part of the agreement for Fleur Hill (a joint venture between Fleur Development and house builders Hill) but of course, this is no ordinary car park. Only in Burnham can you find quite such a beautiful area in which to leave your car - the penthouse suite of car parks with smartly gravelled walkways adjoining parking bays with planted trees and lawns all making it quite an experience before you’ve even done anything!
And then there’s Foundry Field - no longer one gorgeous showhouse in the midst of cement mixers, diggers and mud but suddenly a new little community has been created with streets, pavements, houses and life.
It really does feel like its own little village and the proof of its success can be seen as glaringly obvious when you enter the showhouse. On the wall is the large site plan with stickers showing which houses have sold and out of 27 being built, already they have sold more than 70% with one being snapped up the day I was there by a cash buyer.
Two more houses are now almost completed and available for sale and to aid buyers, Fleur Hill will take on the second home owners’ extra 3% stamp duty. Both homes are also part of the Assisted Move Scheme, which means Fleur Hill will take on the sale of your first home, so buyers don’t lose out on purchasing.
Plot 18 is a four bedroom attached house with a double garage and 19 is also a four bedroom attached but with a single garage, for sale for £899,000 and £895,000 respectively.
I was taken on a little tour by the man himself, Joff Brooker, half of the Fleur Development duo, who designs the houses and every single one is different - no two housetypes are the same.
On the hot day I was there, the open space really came into their own - the houses boast large open plan kitchen/dining/entertaining rooms with bi-fold doors which open right out to stone terraces leading into gardens.
The finish is exceptional; beautifully crafted staircases and little added touches such as dressing areas with big open wardrobe and storage spaces. What is evident is that Mr Brooker and his wife Juliette really ‘live’ these houses - they understand what you need and what you don’t so for example, in the dressing areas, they chose not to put doors on the areas for hanging clothes because they felt it was a lot easier to use without and being tucked away, not visible from the main master bedroom, it doesn’t matter if it gets a little messy!
These houses do, by their location, lend themselves as second homes for those who can afford it but they are designed with everyday family living in mind so you have a shower room downstairs ideal for muddy children or dogs or in my case, a farmer! And the attention to detail is what sets these houses apart. You only have to look at the beautiful sales brochure which depicts the houses to be built by using artist’s watercolours to know that, yes, indeed, it’s luxury being made lovingly in one of the most picturesque prime property turfs of them all.
•The homes are for sale at Foundry Field through selling agents Sowerbys in Burnham Market on 01328 730340.