Thursday, 14 June 2012 00:00

TV Star Raves About Naturally Woodlands

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DIY SOS' and award-winning designer Oliver Heath said that "the people behind this project are to be congratulated for creating such a high-spec, eco-friendly residential development encapsulating the best of stylish country living.”

TV presenter Oliver Heath visited the “pioneering” Naturally Woodlands development in Brynna last week.

The Changing Rooms and DIY SOS star viewed the £20million development and its "ultra-contemporary" interiors.

Heath, an award-winning designer and self-confessed ‘eco-warrior’, also discussed the buildings’ "impressive" green credentials and its ancient Welsh woodland.

His visit on Thursday, June 14, followed a personal invitation from Peter Mills, the project’s development director.

It comes just weeks after Naturally Woodlands was named as one of the UK’s Top Ten property hotspots in a special report by the Daily Telegraph.

Speaking about the visit, Heath said: “Developments like Naturally Woodlands are testament to the extraordinary talents of British architects and designers.

“I greatly enjoyed my visit to Brynna on Thursday. It's a beautiful village perfectly complemented by the exceptional properties at Naturally Woodlands.

“The people behind it are to be congratulated for creating such a high-spec, eco-friendly residential development encapsulating the best of stylish country living.”

Heath, 42, is best known for his work on DIY SOS, Dream Homes, and BBC’s Changing Rooms – where he appeared alongside Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

He runs the award-winning Heath Design agency in his home town of Brighton, is a regular speaker at events such as the National Home Improvement Show, EcoBuild and Grand Designs Live, and writes for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and House Beautiful magazine.

Peter Mills, of Wynndel Property Management, the developer behind Naturally Woodlands, said: “I’m delighted and grateful that Mr Heath chose to visit us.

“We have enjoyed widespread publicity to date, so were keen to personally show Mr Heath what all the fuss is about.”

James Freeman

Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:00

Wire oh why...

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Six members of Naturally Woodlands’ marketing team braved ‘The Wire’, a 200ft-high ride at the National Diving & Activity Centre. Secured by special harnesses, they reached speeds of 40mph over a flooded quarry in Chepstow...

The team at Wynndel Property Management have taken the plunge for charity – literally. Six members of Naturally Woodlands’ marketing team braved ‘The Wire’, a 200ft-high ride to the National Diving & Activity Centre. Secured by special harnesses, they reached speeds of 40mph over a flooded quarry in Chepstow.

The Wire, which is 700m long, is considered to be one of Britain’s fastest – and most terrifying – zip wire rides. But development director Peter Mills said last week’s “utterly scary” experience, which raised much-needed funds for The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) was worth it. “SARA does vital work saving lives, but as a voluntary-run charity is entirely dependent on donations to continue. “Speeding down a zip wire suspended above a flooded quarry was definitely a hair-raising experience, yet worth it to help support such a worthy cause.” He added: “The Wynndel Property Management marking suite is based on the River Wye, and it’s good to know that SARA is on patrol.”SARA, the largest independent lifeboat service in the UK, is second only to the RNLI,

with nine operational boats, nine Mobile Response Units, four stations and 150 personnel

covering the Severn Estuary, upper reaches of the River Severn, and the rivers Wye,

Bristol Avon, Tewkesbury Avon and Usk.

The rescue organisation — made up entirely from volunteers — deals with emergencies

ranging from boats and people in distress to searches for missing persons, animal rescue

and flood support.

As a registered charity, all funding for SARA is raised by way of donations.

To see the Wynndel ‘Wire Challenge’, go to: http://youtu.be/HgEognT2QTk

And http://youtu.be/BM4nC4H959A

For more information about SARA visit sara-rescue.org.uk.

Melissa Spright

 

Thursday, 25 October 2012 00:00

On McCloud Nine

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A Grand Designs-style housing development in Rhonnda Cynon Taf looks set to scoop one of the UK’s most prestigious property awards, it emerged yesterday.

Naturally Woodlands, a £30million collection of limited-edition homes, was nominated for ‘Best House’ in this year’s What House Awards.

The awards – known as the Oscars of the property industry - reward developers for delivering “exciting, dynamic and pioneering projects” in local communities.

A panel of experts believe Naturally Woodlands, in Brynna, represents an “exceptional standard” of high-quality home which combines “comfortable family living at a realistic price, but with the edge to lift it above its competitors”.

It is, they believe, “not too big and not too small, (and is) both affordable and aspirational”.

The announcement last week comes less than three months after Naturally Woodlands was named as one of the UK’s Top 10 Property Hotspots.

A spokesman for developer Wynndel Property Management said he was “utterly delighted” about the news.

Peter Mills, the firm’s Development Director, said: ““Brynna, and the county generally, are gems in Wales’ property crown and we are delighted that these wonderful places have finally received the recognition they deserve.

“Naturally Woodlands is among a new breed of bespoke, luxury developments that will put this little-known part of Wales firmly on the property map.”

Mr Mills added: “This incredible county rivals anywhere in the UK for stunning scenery, tranquillity, employment and communication links, and its shortlisted status with these awards should be seen as a major coup for the country.”

According to its website, the What House Awards are considered to be a “respected symbol of prestige and excellence”.

Winners in each of the 21 categories will receive a gold, silver or bronze plaque at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London, in November.

A spokesman for Rio Architects, which designed the development, said: “Being shortlisted for this award is an incredible achievement in itself, however we are obviously keeping our fingers crossed for the top prize.”

For more information about Naturally Woodlands, go to www.naturallywoodlands.co.uk

Anthony Harvison

Call: 01291 418 061   E-mail:  info@naturallywoodlands.co.uk

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