Staff at Gloucestershire housebuilder Stonewood Partnerships have celebrated the opening of its first show home at the prestigious Somerbrook development on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border.
The 38-home neighbourhood in Great Somerford, which features a mix of two, three, four and five bedroomed homes is its debut scheme and has already had reservations on four homes.
The opening is a milestone for the Tormarton-based housebuilding arm of the Stonewood Group, formed just two years ago. It already has two developments under way, at Holt in Wiltshire as well as Somerbrook. It is awaiting full planning permission for an 88-home green development in Siddington, Gloucestershire, and has several more projects in the pipeline.
“The opening has been a big day for us,” said Stonewood Land Director Gavin Calthrop. “For months we’ve been looking at the plans and painstakingly choosing the fixtures and fittings. These designs are brand new so to open the door of our first completed home and to see how light and spacious it is, that’s a huge thrill for all of us.”
Staff from the company’s office in Tormarton and parent firm Stonewood in Castle Combe were at the site, which was once home to a dairy herd on the edge of the village, to mark the opening of the home in a socially distanced ceremony. “It was just a lovely moment to share with everyone and we also invited some of our partners and contractors to be with us to celebrate. It has been a huge team effort and we wanted to reflect that.
“After the ceremony everyone joined us for a lunch at The Volunteer Inn in the village because we wanted to reinforce the fact this new neighbourhood is an important part of the village. The families who will make their homes at Somerbrook will be contributing to the life of the community, supporting the pub, the village shop and dozens of other local businesses and sending their children to the school.”
The farm that neighbours the development, first established in the 1500s, is still working and the entrance to the site is bordered by some of its historic stone and timber buildings.