Finding the right location is crucial when house-hunting, whether you’re considering a period property or a new build. From the ease of accessibility in terms of transport links to the local amenities and lifestyle benefits, there’s no denying that a great location can help sell a property, even before you get to the specifics of the house itself.
Robertson Homes has been building houses for 50 years and this Scottish company has created successful communities of homes in some of the country’s most desirable locations.
The company designs and builds properties that combine traditional skills with contemporary materials, creating homes that are thoughtfully designed and beautifully finished, and their latest developments highlight both this commitment to quality and the importance of a great location.
Abbey Park has a wonderful setting in St Andrews in Fife. This is one of those locations that sells itself: famed as the home of golf and also home to Scotland’s oldest university, St Andrews has some of the country’s finest examples of medieval architecture, and these historic buildings help give this town its distinctive character.
St Andrews is also renowned for its beautiful long beach, and the development at Abbey Park is located close to the seafront, within strolling distance of East Sands Beach. Set within the mature grounds of Abbey Park, the development features a combination of elegant Georgian-style townhouses, two and three bedrooms apartments, and two main-door cottage apartments.
The townhouses have large rooms and the layouts have been designed to flow seamlessly through the three floors of accommodation. Each property has five bedrooms, with large kitchen and dining spaces opening on to landscaped rear gardens, and each home also has its own double garage mews to the rear. The apartments have bright and spacious rooms, while externally the building features crow-stepped gables with traditional dormers and stone-and-render turrets – details that reflect the architecture of the wider historic setting.
The attention to detail is obvious, from the Leicht kitchens with quartz worktops and fully integrated Siemens appliances, to the bathrooms featuring Villeroy & Boch and Hansgrohe fittings and Porcelanosa tiling. The apartments available at Abbey Park are priced at £425,000, with the available townhouses priced at £799,995.
Chatelherault Mill is located in the hamlet of Ferniegair near Hamilton, and offers buyers a peaceful spot surrounded by ancient woodland. Deeply rooted in history, the name is derived from the French town of Châtellerault – the title of Duc de Châtellerault is held by the Duke of Hamilton – and the River Avon runs nearby. This is the setting of Chatelherault Country Park, a five-star visitor attraction with formal gardens surrounding a restored hunting lodge and summerhouse, and there are more than ten miles of walks and cycle trails that wind through the park.
Robertson Homes has used this fantastic location as a backdrop for a development of 79 three, four and five-bedroom detached homes, which are set within the grounds of Chatelherault Country Park adjacent to Hamilton Golf Club. The development is within walking distance of Chatelherault railway station and the M74 is less than three miles away.
The Chatelherault development offers a selection of homes from the company’s award-winning Boutique range. The houses feature open-plan kitchen and dining or family rooms and some house types feature garden rooms. The kitchens are Impuls by ALNO, with integrated Siemens appliances, and again the bathrooms include fittings by Villeroy & Boch with Porcelanosa tiling, and with taps, mixers and Raindance showers by Hansgrohe. Prices for the homes currently available at Chatelherault Mill range from £340,000 to £485,995.
Strathearn Gardens is a development of 111 three, four and five-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes by Townhead Farm at Auchterarder in Perthshire. This development is positioned to offer buyers the best of both worlds: a rural lifestyle surrounded by the Perthshire countryside, combined with excellent commuting links, whether by road – the A9 is nearby – or by rail via Gleneagles train station. In addition to the world famous Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder has its own golf club, and there are good schools both locally in the town itself and close by in Perth and Crieff.
Again, Strathearn Gardens offers a selection of house types from the Boutique range, with prices starting at £169,995 for a three-bedroom home, and from £280,000 for a four-bedroom home. Each house type offers spacious rooms with very practical layouts designed for modern family life, including spacious kitchens and social zones.
Located in the farmland on the banks of the River Lossie, the 18th century writer Daniel Defoe described Elgin as “a very agreeable place to live in”, and Robertson Homes chose this thriving market town in Moray as the location for their development Hamilton Gardens on Kintrae Crescent. Already an established upmarket community situated just a mile and a half from the town centre, Hamilton Gardens offers buyers a choice of three, four and five-bedroom detached homes from the Boutique range.
With Inverness to the west and Aberdeen to the east, Elgin is well connected via road, rail and air. The town is situated on the A96, while Inverness Airport is only a 40-minute drive away. Meanwhile, the nearby fishing town of Lossiemouth is known for its beautiful beaches and is a great spot for sailing. Again, as with Strathearn Gardens and Chatelherault Mill, these homes have a high specification with refined interior detailing. Prices for the homes available at Hamilton Gardens range from £221,995 to £295,000.
Robertson Homes also have two forthcoming developments: Almondell, in the conservation village of Mid Calder in the West Lothian countryside, and Colinhill Grange, at the historic market town of Strathaven in South Lanarkshire. The Almondell development will offer 49 properties with a selection of three-bedroom semi-detached homes and four and five-bedroom detached homes. Again, the location is key here: while Mid Calder is surrounded by beautiful countryside overlooking the River Almond and Calder Wood, it’s also close to Livingston and only six miles from Edinburgh Airport.
Colinhill Grange will offer 72 four and five-bedroom detached houses from the Boutique range, and the development is situated just a mile from the village centre and local high school, with easy commuting options to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Both these developments will be released soon.
For more information on Almondell tel 0333 005 0427; for Colinhill Grange tel 0333 005 0428.
Abbey Park opening hours Thursday to Monday 10.30am-5.30pm; tel 0845 890 9440.
Chatelherault Mill opening hours all week 10.30am-5.30pm; tel 0845 890 9459.
Strathearn Gardens opening hours Thursday to Monday, 10.30am-5.30pm; tel 0845 890 9466.
Hamilton Gardens opening hours Thursday to Monday, 10.30am-5.30pm; tel 0845 890 9448.
For information on all developments visit www.robertsonhomes.co.uk