Andrew Carr has been highly commended in the Site Manager of the Year awards 2020 for our Slaley Village development.

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new Anvil Homes development in the highly sought after Slaley village in Northumberland.

We are delighted to announce the sale of the final property at the popular Briar Fields in Great Whittington.

We are delighted to announce that just 4 weeks after the launch of our fabulous show home (Tarset Lodge) at Briar Fields, the property has now sold leaving only 4 plots remaining.

Our show home open days, which ran every weekend throughout February, were extremely popular and resulted in a further two sales at our Great Whittington scheme.

The show home is still currently available for viewing, should you wish to get a taste of life at Briar Fields.

To organise a visit please contact contact Kim Harrison at Youngs RPS on 01434 608 980 or email

Please find below links to information on the final 4 plots at Briar Fields:

Plot 1 – Etal Lodge
Plot 2 – Beaufront House
Plot 5 – Aydon House
Plot 6 – Halton Lodge

Moving home is renowned for being a stressful time, but with some careful planning there is a lot you can do to reduce the stress and make it a smoother process for everyone involved.

According to data published by Lloyds Bank, the number of people moving is at a 10-year high, so here are our top 5 tips to help make your move as hassle-free as possible…

1) Budget your expenses

There are so many costs to consider when moving house it is well worth taking the time to sit down and create a list of all associated costs so you can budget properly and avoid any nasty surprises further down the line.

Do this as early as possible and allow yourself time to get comparative quotes for the various services. Some considerations include: conveyancing, surveying fees, removals, skip hire, stamp duty and estate agency fees.

2) Appoint a good conveyancer

Make sure you use a professional conveyancing solicitor to help you through the legal process of buying a house as efficiently as possible. Try and seek recommendations from friends and family who have recently moved home, as quality and speed of service can vary.

It is recommended that you use companies regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Council of Licensed Conveyancers to help make the process as stress-free as possible.

3) Get a Building Survey

Buying a house is a big decision and before you sign on the dotted line it’s a good idea to invest in a building survey to get the professional opinion of a Chartered Building Surveyor. Yes, it is another expense, but it could help you identify some costly issues or at the very least, provide you with extra peace of mind.

The type of survey required depends on the type of property you are buying – it is always best to take advice from an RICS regulated Chartered Building Surveyor.

4) Use a professional removals company

Given the importance of the task in hand, make sure the company transporting your belongings is professional and experienced. Arrange a pre-move visit to your property so they can assess your requirements and be fully prepared on moving day.

A professional removals company will also offer a packing service and whilst this is a bit more expensive it can be a huge help in the lead up to the move, saving you both time and energy.

5) Get ready for the big day

With the big day looming it’s best to be as organised as possible and create a checklist of things to do in preparation. Here’s some of our ideas you can add to your checklist:

• If you have pets, consider booking them into a kennels/cattery to make the day easier for everyone in the family.
• Order a food shop to be delivered on your first morning in your new home.
• Subject to budget you may want to book cleaning services of your old and new homes.
• Pack overnight bags and put them to one side where they can be easily found – you may want to transport these in your own car.
• Prepare a separate, easily accessible box with essentials for the day eg: kettle, tea and coffee, milk, sugar, phone chargers, house documents, contact numbers for utility companies, snacks, toilet roll, pen and scissors.
• Label all boxes according to what’s inside and which room they are to be put in. It’s a good idea to stick these labels on both the top and side of the box so you know what’s in them when they’re stacked up.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that moving into a new build home is often a lot less stressful than moving into a previously occupied property. As well as the obvious benefit of there being no upper chain, there will also be no hidden surprises when you arrive at the new property, as can so often be the case when former occupants vacate a house.

With an Anvil Homes new build property, the moving in process is very smooth from picking up your keys to walking into a clean and modern house with no maintenance issues to worry about and a 10-year LABC warranty to give you peace of mind.

For further information on our current development in Great Whittington please follow this link


We are delighted to announce that following the successful launch of our show home earlier this month, our Briar Fields development in Great Whittington is now 50% sold.

Since commencing work on site last Spring, the first home completed in November and the proud new owners of Lowick Grange (plot 9) were able to enjoy Christmas in their new home.

A further four homes (plots 3, 4, 7 & 10) have now also sold off plan, which is testimony to the quality of the development and the popularity of this sought-after location in the heart of the Tyne Valley.

Our show home open days have so far attracted a high volume of prospective buyers, leading to further interest in the remaining plots and another reservation.

House hunters are urged to come along to our last show home open days of the month, which are this Saturday & Sunday 24th & 25th February between 11am and 3pm.

Join us for a glass of fizz and a tour of the fabulous show home, Tarset Lodge. We recommend registering an interest in the remaining plots early, so we can keep you up to date.

The remaining plots at Briar Fields are as follows:

Plot 1 – Etal Lodge
Plot 2 – Beaufront House
Plot 5 – Aydon House
Plot 6 – Halton Lodge
Plot 8 – Tarset Lodge (the show home)

For further information about the remaining plots please contact Youngs RPS on 01434 608 980 or email


This month we are delighted to unveil our brand new show home at Briar Fields in Great Whittington which will be open for viewing every Saturday and Sunday in February between 11am and 3pm.

Come along and join us for a glass of fizz and a tour of the stunning Tarset Lodge!

Our beautiful show home is typical of all the properties on the development and comprises:

  • Northumbrian stone & slate built double fronted, detached 4-bedroom house
  • Two reception rooms both featuring double doors onto the garden & a useful study
  • Feature sandstone fireplace with multi-fuel stove in the lounge
  • Double garage with electrically operated doors & a boot room
  • Ensuite to master bedroom & a family bathroom
  • Handmade kitchen by Mowlem & Co with granite tops & appliances
  • Vilroy & Boch bathrooms with porcelain tiles
  • Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor
  • Sliding sash windows & internal oak doors throughout the property
  • Landscaped gardens with stunning views of rolling countryside
  • Superfast broadband

Since commencing work on site last Spring, four of the ten new homes at Briar Fields have already sold off plan.

Don’t miss out on the remaining plots – come along to one of our open days where representatives from Anvil Homes and Youngs RPS will be available to provide tours and answer questions.

For further information about Briar Fields please contact Youngs RPS on 01434 608 980 or email:

Northumberland-based Anvil Homes has reached a significant milestone at its Great Whittington housing development in the Tyne Valley.

The housebuilder has welcomed its first residents at Briar Fields, following completion of the first new home, and has also announced the sale of a further three plots, all of which have been snapped up months ahead of completion.

Briar Fields, which comprises ten individually designed, four bedroomed detached family homes, is located on the north-western side of Great Whittington village, four miles north of Corbridge. The scheme started on site in May 2017 and is supporting 20 local jobs during its 18-month construction.

Anvil Homes is a family run business established in 1993, which specialises in bespoke rural residential developments. Its Great Whittington scheme follows a number of successful developments in recent years including the award-winning Slaley Village and Orchard Gap in Hexham.

The firm has now released new CGI’s of the next phase of development at Briar Fields, which is already underway. Plot 8, Tarset Lodge, will be completed later this month and will be launched as the development’s show home in February.

Alistair Carr, director at Anvil Homes said: “We are very pleased with our progress on site at Briar Fields and particularly how well the scheme has been received. It was fantastic to see the first home in occupation before Christmas and we are pleased to have secured the sale of the next three homes.

“We will be fitting out the show home over the next few weeks which will help to showcase the fantastic quality of life that Briar Fields has to offer. The specification includes bespoke kitchens & bathrooms, internal oak doors and under floor heating throughout the ground floors, but a major attraction is also the village location in rural Northumberland.

“We hand pick local tradesmen and sub-contractors to deliver our developments, which helps us to ensure the highest quality standards whilst supporting local jobs.”

Hexham-based Youngs RPS is the appointed sales agent at Briar Fields, sales manager Kim Harrison added: “Great Whittington is such a beautiful village but also has excellent access to schools and leisure amenities in Corbridge, Matfen and Hexham. We have experienced a high level of enquiries for the scheme including a number of interested parties from outside of the region, who are attracted by the quality of life Northumberland has to offer. The show home will be open every weekend throughout February and we anticipate further sales will follow.”

Briar Fields is due to complete in Autumn 2018.

In our latest blog we look at some of the key benefits of buying a new home…

A brand new home is not always the first thought for some homebuyers when they decide to make a move.
There are many misconceptions about what a new home will offer and in some cases an assumption that new homes are only built in urban or suburban locations.

At Anvil Homes we only undertake small, bespoke developments in beautiful rural locations. We use a team of local highly skilled tradespeople and our designs incorporate materials which are chosen to complement their surroundings.

All of our homes are outwardly traditional Northumbrian homes, they are stone and slate built and feature sliding sash windows, however internally they offer the highest levels of contemporary living.

Our homes provide homebuyers with all of the benefits you would expect from a new build, whilst being markedly different to what most other housebuilders offer.

Here are some of the key benefits of buying a new build home…

Guarantees = peace of mind

New build homes come with a 10-year LABC warranty covering structural defects. The builder is responsible for the first 2 years of the warranty.

Apart from the peace of mind that you get with having a warranty, it also offers significant financial savings should any problems occur during the life of the warranty.

Our new homes offer the latest designs, security, safety and quality. They provide a care-free lifestyle so that you can enjoy your home, not work on it.

High Specification = no DIY

New homes are built to the latest specifications, so major repairs should be unnecessary for the foreseeable future. Modern homes are built to strict safety standards utilising the latest fire-resistant materials and technology linking them to smoke alarms.

Security = lower insurance premiums

New homes come with higher levels of security. The majority of builders either pre-wire for a burglar alarm system, or fit one as standard. These kinds of measures can help to bring down the cost of your buildings and contents insurance.

Energy Efficiency = cost savings

New build homes are built to a much higher standard nowadays and have to adhere to minimum standards for energy efficiency. With ever increasing energy costs, it is an important factor to consider when buying a new home as it could help save you money in the long term.

Overall, new build homes are far cheaper to run and will dramatically reduce your household carbon footprint. Although you can retrofit certain elements of an existing house to improve energy efficiency, it is often costly. In addition, new homes typically offer better air filtration which increases indoor air quality, reducing symptoms from those who have asthma or allergies.

Personalisation = choose your own finishes

If you buy an Anvil Homes property off-plan, you can choose your own fixtures and finishes to ensure it is tailored to your individual tastes. This is great if you’re attracted by the ‘blank canvas’ element of buying new build.

Ease of purchase = stress free

As there’s no upward chain to contend with when you buy a new-build home the process is significantly less stressful. This is a major attraction to a whole range of homebuyers.

For further information about our new development, Briar Fields in Great Whittington, please follow this link or do not hesitate to contact our agents, Youngs RPS on 01434 608 980.

Regularly listed as one of the best places to live in the UK, Hexham and the Tyne Valley have so much to offer families and couples…

It is no surprise that a host of Northumberland towns are regularly featured in the national press when it comes to naming the best places to live in the UK.

One such town, which has been frequently featured in these lists, is Hexham in West Northumberland. Hexham has been the choice of The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Country Life to name a few. The good news is this delightful market town is only 7 miles from our latest luxury residential development, Briar Fields in the idyllic village of Great Whittington.

But what is it that makes Hexham & its surrounding villages such a popular location and especially to people living outside of the region?

Located within the beautiful Tyne Valley, Hexham lies approximately 22 miles West of Newcastle and one of the key attractions is the ability to commute into Newcastle City Centre in under 30 mins via the A69 dual carriageway. To be able to live in such a beautiful location and make a 22-mile commute to the centre of a major UK city, is as refreshing as it is rare.

Don’t forget that the Tyne Valley also has its own rail network which provides regular services to stations at Corbridge, Wylam, Stocksfield and Hexham.

Although it is a historic market town with a beautiful 12th Century Abbey and an excellent farmers market, Hexham boasts a great range of amenities including a cinema and leisure centre. With a Waitrose, Tesco, Aldi and M&S, the town has a fantastic range of food shopping options and a choice of pubs and restaurants to match.

Such amenities help support a large number of surrounding villages and hamlets within the Tyne Valley including Great Whittington, where you will find Briar Fields, our latest development of 10 new luxury stone homes. With an excellent network of schools, the highly regarded Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham is the destination for most pupils, although the close proximity to Newcastle does open up numerous other options.

Together with access to Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District, it is difficult to imagine a better place to raise a family in the UK today.

It is therefore easy to see why the area is so appealing to those living in the south of the country, where there is more limited access to an affordable work/life balance.

Our Briar Fields development is located 4 miles from Matfen Hall Hotel, which boasts its own 27-hole golf course, luxury spa and gym as well as fine dining restaurants. It is also just 6 miles from the village of Corbridge, with a regular bus service so you can explore its fabulous pubs and shops, as well as the very popular Brocksbushes farm shop and café.

For further information about the remaining plots at Briar Fields please contact Youngs RPS on 01434 608 980 or email