Cotswold Homes creates a better place to play


The homebuilder has re-energised a play space in Chippenham

A play area for small children at a Children’s Centre in Chippenham, in need of refurbishment so children can play outside in wet weather, has taken on a new lease of life with a year-round surface of timber decking, thanks to a local housebuilder.

Cotswold Homes Ltd, which is building 12 exclusively private new homes on its Chandlers Mews development in a semi-rural location close to Chippenham’s Birds Marsh Wood, has contributed towards the upgrade. Now it is being enjoyed by two- to four-year-olds at The Rise Children’s Centre in The Oaks area of Chippenham.

‘This is a huge improvement and the children love their new play area,’ says Elaine Stewart, The Rise Trust’s children’s services lead for Chippenham and Corsham. ‘Our aim is to encourage children to “learn through play.” The Rise Trust supports, empowers and enables parents and children to overcome their challenges making life better for the whole family.’

Chandlers Mews, convenient for local amenities and junction 17 of the M4 motorway, has local appeal, too. 

‘Interest in the homes has surged since we opened a fully-furnished showhome on-site a few weeks ago so most of the three- and four-bedroom homes now have been sold off-plan,’ reports Terri Hayes-Pugh, Cotswold Homes’ head of sales and marketing. 

The showhome – the Burford – is the fastest-selling on Cotswold Homes’ most recent developments designed to meet the needs of young families. 

‘That is one reason why only a few homes are still available,’ adds Terri who says  the message to would-be buyers is ‘Don’t delay; act now!’

Several buyers have been attracted by the proximity of Birds Marsh Wood which is home to many kinds of wildlife and a popular place for walkers.  

  • Prices of the new homes still available at Chandlers Mews start at £320,000. For more details call Strakers Estate Agents on 01249 652717.  Alternatively visit

A tour of the showhome

At the heart of this impressive double-fronted home a spacious entrance hall links the lounge – which has French windows opening on to a patio and lawned garden – with a generous dual-aspect open-plan kitchen and dining suite. The adjacent utility room also provides access to the garden.

Visitors to Chandlers Mews can see how Cotswold Homes puts its no-hidden-extras policy into practice. The purchase price includes the ‘big five’ fully-integrated Smeg appliances – oven, hob with a feature hood, fridge/freezer, washer/drier and dishwasher – as well as a range of other standard features. 

Just inside the front door a study planned to suit those who work at home could instead be used as a playroom by a family with small children. Ample under-stairs storage means that toys can be tidied away. The adjacent cloakroom has plenty of space as well.

Upstairs the four bedrooms – each big enough for a double bed – include a master-suite with its own en-suite as well as built-in wardrobes and cupboards.

The historic market town of Chippenham, which offers a wide variety of schools and sports facilities, is within commuting distance of Bath, Bristol, Swindon, South Wales and London.

In addition to popular brands among its high street shops, the town has regular street markets and farmers’ markets. The Hathaway Retail Park of large superstores and fast-food outlets is on the edge of the town.

Image credits: Terri Hayes-Pugh of Cotswold Homes (top left) joins The Rise Trust’s deputy CEO Sharon Hughes to help youngsters at The Rise Children’s Centre enjoy their new play area. The children, all three-year-olds, are (left to right) Lataiyah, Freddie, Ethan, Jorge and Demi  

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