Children create 'a surprise for the future'


School children from Cadbury Heath put finishing touches on Cotswold Homes new development

As work nears completion on Cotswold Homes’ Charlotte Mews development in Cadbury Heath, children from a nearby school have helped to add the finishing touches by creating ‘a surprise for the future.’ 

Assisted by the firm’s sales consultant Cherie Hill, they have buried a time-capsule in the hope that home-owners living there in the next century might discover and open it to learn about today’s lifestyles.

Almost 30 pupils at Parkwall Primary School filled the capsule with items representing their school today and the area in which they live. In addition to letters addressed to children of the future, the pupils packed a variety of items ranging from present-day coins to a DVD featuring the television series Top Gear. Others included examples of pupils’ work, a school jumper and bottles of drinks.

Charlotte Mews has been one of Cotswold Homes’ most successful developments in the area reports the firm’s head of sales and marketing, Terri Hayes-Pugh.

‘Within a matter of months we sold all but one of these homes, mainly to local buyers looking for attractive homes with thoughtful designs as well as energy-efficiency and low maintenance,’ she said.

Terri expects the remaining property, a three-bedroom family home for sale at £289,000, to be snapped up very soon.

She said: ‘It comes with our no hidden extras policy whereby the purchase price includes the big five fully-integrated Smeg appliances – oven, hob with a feature hood, fridge/freezer, washer/drier and dishwasher.

‘Other standard features range from semi-pedestal basins to maximise floor space in bathrooms, chrome towel rails and contemporary vinyl flooring to ample built-in wardrobes in some bedrooms and stylish fixtures and fittings.’

The buyer of this property – which features an open-plan kitchen-dining suite and a lounge with French windows opening into the turfed-and-fenced garden  –  can benefit from Cotswold Homes’ recently-launched new GameChanger package which, subject to terms and conditions, offers help with moving costs – notably paying estate agency fees or for carpets. 

Cadbury Heath is an ideal location for commuters working in Bristol and Bath, says Terri who explains that nearby shops and the Longwell Green leisure and retail parks are just minutes away by car. 

Popular with runners, dog-walkers, naturalists and cyclists is the 15-mile tarmac-surfaced wildlife corridor of the nearby Bristol and Bath Railway Path.

Train buffs can enjoy steam train rides from nearby Bitton Station, home of the restored Avon Valley Railway linking Oldland Common and Keynsham’s Avon Riverside station.

  • For details of the home available to buy at Charlotte Mews, call estate agent Andrews Land and New Homes on 0117 946 1799. The agents can advise on use of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme whereby purchasers could benefit by paying a deposit of just five per cent, subject to Government terms and conditions – visit

Image caption: Pictured on Cotswold Homes’ Charlotte Mews development in Cadbury Heath, the firm’s sales consultant Cherie Hill helps pupils from Parkwall Primary School bury their time capsule. From left to right the children are Evan Rogers (10), Max Ravenscroft (8), Sofia Baker (10), Spencer Alford (10), Zuzanna Rusiecka (9) and Freddie Tonkin (10)

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