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Live in a beautiful designer house and protect the environment
We’re hearing a great deal these days about climate change, dwindling oil resources, and the urgent need for millions of new houses. But while many mainstream developers merely pay lip service to government guidelines on eco-building, award-winning Living Villages has been busy creating beautiful, environmentally-friendly houses in the delightful Shropshire countryside.
The Wintles
With this unique development, Living Villages has brought eco-houses out of the woods and into the vanguard of modern architecture and innovative design. Each of the forty houses on The Wintles is different. They range from two-bedroom houses at £305,000 to six-bedroom houses at £500,000-plus.
All of them far exceed the new national standard for energy efficiency. Built to an exceptionally high specification, every house has solar panels and high performance double-glazing. Heat generated by kitchen and bathroom use is recycled, maintaining a constant temperature throughout the house. For cold snaps a flue for a wood-burning stove has been installed, and under-floor heating is also provided using an LPG gas boiler. So these homes are not only kind to the environment – they’re also kind to your pocket, with electricity bills totalling as little as £3 a month.

The houses also feature an internal vacuum cleaning system (a huge benefit for allergy sufferers), a broadband connection for home-workers, and a private garden.
The village green
In an era where soulless housing estates contribute to the breakdown of our communities, Living Villages developments are designed to promote conviviality and a sense of neighbourliness. Clusters of twelve houses are centred around a village green, so that people can easily get to know each other. Car ports are positioned behind the houses so there is no traffic in the village itself. It is very safe for children - they are in no danger from cars, and are never out of sight when they’re playing on the green. Elderly neighbours are often happy to act as surrogate grandparents, while the community as a whole pools its resources to everyone’s benefit.

The residents enjoy the landscaping of the eighteen-acre Wintles site with its pleasant woods, orchards and garden allotments. Scenic pedestrian and cycle routes connect the neighbourhood to the centre of Bishop’s Castle and other local amenities.
Bishop’s Castle
The Wintles is set in unspoilt countryside with spectacular views, and is only a short stroll away from Bishop’s Castle. This lovely old town is crammed with interesting shops and award-winning pubs. There are good primary and secondary schools nearby, and excellent sports and leisure facilities for children and adults alike. Ludlow is only a 20-minute drive away, and Telford can be reached in an hour.
The philosophy
Bob Tomlinson, director of Living Villages, explains the philosophy at the heart of its developments:
‘People want to live in a place like The Wintles not just because the houses are energy-efficient, beautiful and built to an exceptionally high standard – they also love the friendly atmosphere. We design places where people feel safe, and are part of the community. I believe that we’ve succeeded in combining ultra-modern, energy-efficient building techniques with the feel of an established traditional village.’
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