National Parks Week – new homes in Britain’s most beautiful areas

Posted 27 July 2016 by Keith Osborne

We pick some of the new homes available within or next to some of the UK's 15 National Parks, providing beautiful and adventurous landscapes for buyers...

This is National Parks Week, running from 25 to 31 July to celebrate the UK’s 15 National Parks and the sense of adventure they inspire in visitors and residents. As a place to live, they are perfect for those who enjoy making the most of our beautiful and often dramatic countryside and if you’re looking for a new build home, there’s no reason for you to miss out.

Our National Parks are dotted across the entire country, from the south-west corner and South Coast, through East Anglia, the Midlands, Wales and northern England and into Scotland.

In England, there are ten National Parks: The Norfolk Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, and South Downs. In Wales, there are a further three: the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, and Snowdonia. Scotland completes the picture with two such areas: The Cairngorms, and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

While the protection of these areas is one of the paramount responsibilities of the authorities looking after them, it is still possible for new homes hunters to find a brand new property within easy reach of the beauty and adventure our National Parks offer. Here’s a selection:

Peak District - Woodford Heights, Buxton, Derbyshire

From Frank Murray Developments comes this collection of 14 two- and three-bedroom homes at the ‘Gateway to the Peak District’. These apartments have an impressive specification and are located on the northern edge of this charming town, within easy reach of its station and other amenities. It is a short drive into the Peaks themselves.Prices: £POA. Find out more at

Woodford Heights

New Forest - Torreyana Pines, Pennington, Hampshire

Award-winning Pennyfarthing  Homes is renowned for its quality new builds in this area and this current development is right next to the borders of the New Forest, with a range of detached and semi-detached houses and bungalows. The Georgian market town and marinas of Lymington are also on the doorstep. Help to Buy is available for buyers here. Prices: From £385,000. Find out more at

Torreyana Pines

Cairngorms – Sluggan Drive, Aviemore, Highland

Scotland’s best-known skiing resort is in the north of the Cairngorms and these new homes – available with the revised Help to Buy Scotland scheme – are ideally situated to make the most of the town’s varied amenities. A show home to these ‘cottage flats’ is open at weekends from noon to 4.00pm and by appointment at other times. Prices: From £158,000. Find out more at

Sluggan Drive

Exmoor - Ellicombe Gardens, Minehead, Somerset

This town is at the north-east edge of this dramatic landscape, with residents enjoying good shopping and leisure facilities. WhatHouse? Award-winning Strongvox is building 37 three- and four-bedroom homes here, a mix of houses and bungalows, with a specification that has many excellent brands such as Smeg, Porcelanosa and Hansgrohe. The town is a delightful based for those working in Taunton, Exeter and Bristol too. Prices: From £225,000. Find out more from Strongvox.

Ellicombe Gardens

North Yorks Moors – Phoenix Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire

The current WhatHouse? Sustainable Developer of the Year, Barratt Homes, is building 73 family homes at this characterful harbour town, right on the edge of one of the UK’s most popular landscapes. There are two show homes for house-hunters to look at, showing off the build quality and some inspirational interior design. Help to Buy and Part Exchange are offered here.Prices: From £213,995. Find out more about Phoenix Park from Barratt Homes 

Phoenix Park

Lake District – Viver  Green, Kendal, Cumbria

These luxury, contemporary eco-homes are within ten minutes’ drive of Oxenholme and Kendal stations, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, with six different designs available, set on generous plots. The properties are so energy efficient that they are close to zero-cost for energy use, and they are perfectly located for access to the peaks and valleys of this much-loved park. Prices:From £445,950. Find out more at 

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