Work is now nearing completion on what may possibly be the grandest housing development in the UK.
Undeniably beautiful, delightfully quaint and beloved by tourists and locals alike, the lush rolling hills, picture-postcard views and stunning Blenheim Palace confirm Woodstock as one of the Cotswolds’ most popular spots.
Set in the heart of that picturesque landscape is Blenheim Gate which is within a stone’s throw of the entrance to one of Britain’s most magnificent stately homes and is perfectly positioned to enjoy the landscaped dells and sparkling lakes of the historic Blenheim Park in Oxfordshire. A World Heritage site since 1987, the monumental Blenheim Palace is just visible at the end of the long tree-lined approach.
The Blenheim Gate development began in early 2012 with the demolition of an existing garage, showroom and office block, whilst an old station building was refurbished. Due to be complete in August this year the development will comprise 35 high end properties, with the majority new build houses.
From one bedroom apartments to three storey, four/five bedroom townhouses, each property is designed individually in harmony with the surrounding architecture. The outdoor space, dedicated parking and superb specification and finish throughout reinforce the overall sense of quality, providing a rare opportunity to live in a brand new, 21st century home with a timeless Cotswold aesthetic.
Few properties can claim such prestigious neighbours throughout history. Between 1554-5, one such neighbour was Elizabeth I, imprisoned by her sister Queen Mary before her succession to the throne; she was held at the gatehouse in what was then Woodstock Lodge, just minutes from Blenheim Gate.
It may be hard to believe, but the spectacular Baroque landmark that lends its name to Blenheim Gate is not only an imposing mausoleum and inspiring national monument, but also continues to be a much-loved family home.
Blenheim Palace, the opulent country pile of the Churchill dynasty, was originally a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Built between 1705 and 1724, it was designed by the leading architect of the time, Sir John Vanbrugh, and now houses a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture within its magnificent state rooms.
Blenheim Palace is also notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Winston loved Blenheim and, as a member of the family, was a frequent visitor during his long life.
Berkeley Homes are the main contractors on the development and speaking about the Blenheim Gate, Project Manager, Mark Trussler said:
“This accommodation is just down the road from Blenheim Palace and is really in a beautiful setting. In keeping with the area buildings have a natural stone or Cotswold stone finish, they are very high end.”
Berkeley Homes leads the field in sustainable development and is raising standards higher still with their vision2020 initiative. When you buy a new home from Berkeley you will be sharing this commitment to a more eco-friendly way of life that has benefits for you and for the whole community.
The company prides itself on quality and in addition to offering a 10 year warranty with all new homes; Berkeley operates a two year policy with dedicated Customer Service teams on hand 24 hours a day to deal with enquiries quickly and effectively.
For more information on Blenheim Gate please visit www.berkeleygroup.co.uk.