Situated on the cusp of the stunning Chiltern hills area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) is the vibrant market town of Wallingford, recently voted one of the best places to live in the South East by The Sunday Times. 

Surrounded by peaceful countryside, Wallingford enjoys a traditional village lifestyle with plenty of modern amenities whilst being well-positioned for connections by rail or road to Oxford, Reading and London and a high-standard of local education.

Crossing the River Thames from Wallingford’s bustling town centre into the Chiltern Hills AONB sits a new development of 73 stylish four-bedroom homes from five-star housebuilder, CALA Homes. Offering the best of both worlds, the Carmel Meadows development is just a stone’s throw from local amenities and transport links, whilst being surrounded by stunning wooded areas. 

Walking into Wallingford is an easy 15 minute stroll along the beautiful Thames Path. Once in the town, residents of Carmel Meadows have convenient access to the various local producers’ markets and a host of independent businesses including the Wallingford Tea and Coffee Co and Branching Out Florists. A delightful array of cafes and pubs are also dotted around the town, providing ample opportunity to meet up with family and friends, and the Corn Exchange offers a nightly schedule of films, musical theatre and comedy performances.

Designed with growing families in mind, Carmel Meadows features a collection of four-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes – all part of CALA’s Light and Space collection – many of which feature spacious open plan layouts with three floors and generous gardens. The cleverly executed architectural design that goes into a CALA home means that there is plenty of space for every family member, whilst the clever layouts maximise natural light through the likes of French doors and roof lighting, depending on the house type. 

Three-storey living is ideal for older or growing families as parents, teenagers or older relatives (or whomever you decide) can retreat to the top floor en-suite bedroom, away from the hustle and bustle of a busy household, whilst the whole family can congregate and enjoy mealtime together in the expanse of the open plan kitchen and dining room. Other design benefits include well-proportioned guest bedrooms and a private study, ideal for parents who commute to locations such as London or Oxford and will need a designated space for home working.

In addition to these design benefits, opting for a new-build home has a wealth of other advantages. The homes at Carmel Meadows offer the freedom to personalise your space and remove the inconvenience and displeasure of having to contend with any questionable décor choices that a previous owner may have made. 

With a new home, you can put your own stamp on it right at the point of purchase. Before even thinking about soft furnishings and paint or wall coverings, CALA Homes will invite you to a design consultation, enabling you to specify your preferred  kitchen, bathroom and flooring choices.* 

Regardless of whether you have a penchant for minimalist greys or eclectic bold colours, your interior style can be easily achieved in a brand new home; and what better way to get inspiration than from CALA’s professionally-designed showhomes which feature all of the latest interior design trends?

And if the stunning homes, idyllic surroundings and convenient location are not tempting enough for families seeking that perfect combination of commuting and countryside living, buying a new-build home can also offer peace of mind, value for money and a more efficient way of living:

 1. A new build home requires lower maintenance compared to an old house, meaning you can spend less time doing DIY and more time enjoying family walks along the Thames, or trips to the local Sunday market

2. Enjoy reduced gas and electricity bills and a better insulated, more energy-efficient home**

3. CALA’s new builds feature all the mod cons including new built-in, high-specification kitchen appliances covered by manufacturers’ warranties, the latest water-efficient bathroom fittings and a boiler and heating system, complete with at least a two year warranty

4. Built with safety in mind, CALA’s homes comply with the latest Health and Safety standards, including modern consumer units and ample, well-positioned sockets, multi-point locks and mains powered smoke alarms

5. CALA is a five-star housebuilder accredited by the NHBC, which means it offers a 10-year NHBC Buildmark Warranty, 24-hour response service for emergency calls and after-sales service for two years following all purchases

In addition to this, by purchasing a new-build property you will have the option to take advantage of a host of incentives including its new ‘Mortgage Pay’ scheme. By providing CALA with details of your mortgage outlay, they may be able to discount your home by the equivalent of up to 12 monthly payments.

CALA’s 100% Part Exchange Service*** is also available on selected plots at Carmel Meadows. The scheme works by CALA effectively acting as a cash buyer for your existing property, offering peace of mind and saving much of the time, hassle and stress involved in selling a property. As well as potentially reducing legal costs, no estate agents’ fees will be incurred, meaning buyers could also save thousands of pounds on the overall cost of the move.

With current available plots priced from £699,950 to £735,000, call 01491 818398 or visit the Carmel Meadows development page for further information on availability and the incentives available. You can also book an appointment to visit the marketing suite and take a tour of the beautifully-designed showhomes.

* Choices subject to build stage.
** Source: The NHBC Foundation 2016.
*** CALA will obtain two independent valuations based on achieving a sale in a 4-6 week period, part exchange considered subject to CALA’s purchasing criteria, terms and conditions. Up to 100% part exchange available on selected plots, subject to terms and conditions and not in conjunction with any other offer. Incentives are available at selected developments on selected homes. 

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