Bristol is top of the class for PBSA investment

Bristol is top of the class for PBSA investment

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  • The University of Bristol has over 22,000 students yet provides just over 6,000 beds (The University of Bristol)
  • Latest UCAS data reveals that whilst applications might be down nationally, the University of Bristol remains a popular choice (Pro Vice-chancellor, University of Bristol)
  • ‘Perfectly situated next to the new university campus, The Grosvenor is the ideal PBSA investment’ (CEO, Properties of the World)

Bristol is a thriving city, situated just 120 miles from London and home to over 22,000 students studying at the University of Bristol (2016/17). However, just over 6,000 beds, just 27%, are available to these students via the university according to their website.

It is clear that demand for student accommodation in the city is high not only from the booming student population but also with investors looking for a cheaper way to enter the buoyant market. With property prices rising faster than London (Hometrack) and around 16,000 students not being offered accommodation by the University itself, investment into PBSA (purpose built student accommodation) In Bristol is an attractive proposition.

The Grosvenor, available through Properties of the World is the ideal student accommodation investment option within the city, offering 144 studios located next to the new £300 million University of Bristol campus set to open in 2020.

The University of Bristol is one of the most popular and successful institutions in the UK according to the QS World University Rankings for 2016-2017. It is firmly in 9th place and according to Dr Erik Lithander, Pro vice-chancellor, the latest UCAS data has revealed that applications might be down nationally yet the University of Bristol remains a popular choice.

Dr Lithander explains that the total student numbers attending for the 2016-17 academic year were 22,427 and that the university’s aspiration was to grow their student body by around 3% for the 2017-18 academic year.

Indeed, with the University of Bristol so determined to grow its population so too is the local student property market.

Jean Liggett, CEO of visionary property investment consultancy Properties of the World explains further why the Bristol market is a great opportunity for those looking at student property as an investment choice,

‘Perfectly situated next to the new University of Bristol campus for 2020, The Grosvenor is the ideal investment. Demand for student flats in this area is expected to be high as the convenience of being able to access campus quickly and easily will be a top priority for students.

“The site is also opposite Temple Meads train station so if you are looking for a promising investment in this booming city where the average price per student bed is over £10,000 more than the Grosvenor (Knight Frank), then now is the time to act as units are selling fast.”

The comfortably sized student apartments offer a modern living space in Bristol Temple Meads. The apartments consist of a single bed with en-suite bathroom facilities, a kitchenette finished to the highest standard and facilities such as a laundry room, gym, secure storage, communal lounge areas with pool tables and ample study spaces.

From £99,000 per studio, the 6-floor block, with 144 apartments are a unique investment opportunity that provides a passive property investment that delivers 7.5% NET return for 5 years with an option to extend. For more information, visit or call +44 (0)20 7624 5555.

EXCLUSIVE: British students outnumber Chinese students in UK PBSA sites for the first time

EXCLUSIVE: British students outnumber Chinese students in UK PBSA sites for the first time

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  • Exclusive data from leading student accommodation operator reveals top 5 resident nationalities
  • British students lead the way for the first time, with Chinese students following close behind (Collegiate AC)
  • “More and more British students actively seek out higher quality living accommodation for their university years” (CEO, Collegiate AC)

Collegiate AC is leading the way in luxury purpose built student accommodation in the UK. New data reveals the demographics of their residents and exactly who is enjoying the superb facilities that the operator provides.

With first class sites located in 23 towns and cities across the UK, Collegiate AC is well established and according to new data collected by the company, UK residents, for the first time, are the number one occupants.

In the 2016/17 academic year 25% of all Collegiate AC student residents are British with Chinese and Thai students in second and third position respectively.

In comparison to Collegiate’s 2015 student nationality statistics, there has been a notable increase in British residents, from 23% to 26%.

Greek students have interestingly entered the top 5 for the first time in 2016/17, accounting for 3% of all Collegiate residents.

The top 5 resident nationalities at Collegiate AC for 2016/17 are as follows:

  1. British – 25.77%
  2. Chinese – 25.62%
  3. Thai – 4.08%
  4. Greek – 3.44%
  5. Malaysian – 3.41%

  “Collegiate’s doors are open to students of every nationality and we are committed to ensuring that each and every student feels at home. For many years, Chinese students have been our most prolific residents but this is now changing as more and more British students actively seek out higher quality living accommodation for their university years.”

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO of Collegiate AC


A perfect example of a friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Collegiate AC, is the site in Newcastle. Plummer House is part of the Fusion Collection, this offers breath-taking facilities at the heart of the city such as a private on-site cinema, gym, games room and VIP bar.

From £140 per week, the fantastic location is just 10-minute walk from Newcastle University and the exclusive design-led apartments, with high speed broadband and Wi-Fi throughout, are thriving with likeminded students.

For more information, visit or contact Collegiate AC on 01235 250 140.

Stylish inside and out: Exclusive interview with Taylor Wimpey España’s interior designer

Stylish inside and out: Exclusive interview with Taylor Wimpey España’s interior designer


It’s not a property’s location or indeed what it looks like from the outside, interior design is just as vital when choosing a perfect holiday home abroad to relax in style.

Ana Garcia Maldonado is leading Spanish developer Taylor Wimpey España’s highly experienced head of interior design who has worked independently with developers for almost 15 years.

Forget dated wicker furniture and terracotta colour palettes, the design of Taylor Wimpey España’s abodes are very much on trend and well thought out. Ana frequently attends all furniture and decoration fairs to maintain a creative flow of ideas and to keep up to date with Spanish design.

Working alongside Taylor Wimpey España’s head architect, Pablo Live Sanchez and also her husband, Ana shares her trade secrets and what is it about interior design that she enjoys so much:

What is your vision for the interior design of Taylor Wimpey España homes?

In all Taylor Wimpey España homes the first premise is quality, comfort, and an aesthetic mix of modernity and elegance that pleases a wide range of buyers. Our goal through decorating is to offer not a house, but a home.

What influences you in your design choices?

I try to follow and respect the line drawn by the Architecture Studio, which since the landmark Avalon development on the Costa del Sol, has been modern lines without leaving aside comfort and warmth of a home. When choosing colours and furniture, we usually take into account factors such as the name, location and even logo of the development, as each of them have their own identity.

What are the key materials / pieces of furniture / brands / colour palettes that you are using for Taylor Wimpey España interiors at the moment?

We always look for functional furniture with light lines that does not detract from the spacious feel of each property. We like wood or matte finishes, natural tones and textures such as linen and cotton. For the walls we prefer a large canvases or mirrors, wallpapers with personality but still discreet, and playing around with the same colour tones in a single environment. We use an endless number of national and international brands in furniture, fabrics, papers, carpets, lighting, and choose brand depending on the budget we are allocated.

What should owners avoid interiors wise when furnishing their holiday homes?

From experience I know that many clients give much more importance to furnishing the terrace than to the rest of the house, without taking into account the inclement weather. So my only advice is to equip the house with the same degree of comfort on the inside as the outside.

Finally, how do you find working so closely with your husband on the architectural side? 

It is a true privilege. We help and complement each other whilst enjoying our work. Can you ask for more?!

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit for more information. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Collegiate AC continue 2017 expansion launching new division with Rob Clothier at the helm

Collegiate AC continue 2017 expansion launching new division with Rob Clothier at the helm


With Collegiate AC’s extensive expansion plans set for Europe in 2017, the leading provider of luxury student accommodation in the UK has announced the appointment of Rob Clothier as Development Director.

Set to manage a newly launched division, Acquisitions & Development Management, we spoke with Rob to discuss his role and the future for Collegiate AC;


What does your new role entail?  


“As part of our continued strategic expansion, Collegiate AC have launched a brand new division; Collegiate Acquisitions & Development Management. Our core objectives will be on supporting our clients through the following stages of new projects to ensure they achieve the Collegiate AC standards for consumer quality, branding and investment sustainability;


  1. Evaluation, appraisal and acquisition
  2. Layout, room mix, detailed design and specification
  3. Tendering support, branding and construction phases


The team will focus on delivering class-leading stock for our clients and our students, as we enter into longer and stronger partnerships.”



What is it about this new role that excites you?


“Collegiate AC have an outstanding reputation for the delivery and operation of superior student accommodation, whilst delivering the best value for their clients and their students. Working with one of the markets leading providers, establishing an acquisition and development management team – providing more support to a strategic number of clients and investors – and being part of a successful team to grow this incredibly strong brand, both here in the UK and overseas – is very exciting indeed.”



How does your experience from previous positions prepare you for this role?


“I have over 16 years’ experience in the Property / Construction industry.  Starting as QS with a main contractor, responsible for ensuring a high-quality build, within budget and to programme – provided me with essential delivery experience.


Within the last 8 years, I have worked for the property development arm of Bouygues UK and specifically their student accommodation brand Uliving, developing over 5,000 purpose built student accommodation beds across the country. This role gave me vital experience in structuring development transactions from the very outset, working with universities and landowners to meet their objectives in full.


The combination of roles allowed me to secure a skill set which completes the development cycle, from acquisition through to delivery.”


What do you see as being the greatest challenges?


“The student accommodation sector is a highly competitive one. Ensuring that we listen to the needs of our students, clients and investors in this time of expansion, whilst continuing to focus on the Collegiate AC brand principals and core values, will be critical in maintaining success and achieving our business plan going forward.”


What can the industry expect from Collegiate in 2017?


“From a project perspective – a continued focus on the UK market, ensuring that all projects due for completion in time for the start of the 2017 / 2018 academic year, are handed over to the operational team successfully. In addition to this, we are very excited to have launched the first of our European schemes, Collegiate Marquês Pombal, a flagship project in Lisbon, also due for completion later this year.


The Acquisition and Development team will be strengthening our activity in the UK and Europe, continuing to work with key clients and investors. Excitingly other transactions across the continent are due for financial close throughout the calendar year.”


For more information, contact Collegiate on +44 1235 250 140 or visit

The art of interior design – creating the picture-perfect home

The art of interior design – creating the picture-perfect home

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  • “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” (Edgar Degas)
  • “Art plays a fundamental role in interior design – no scheme is complete without it” (Alexander James Interior Design)
  • Use art to echo a room’s theme and balance it perfectly with lighting for maximum impact (Alexander James)
  • Damien Hirst print featured in London’s Landmark Place show home (Alexander James)


Art lovers are in for a treat this year, with London’s Lisson Gallery celebrating its 50th birthday with a magnificent series of exhibitions and events. The National Gallery – the UK’s most visited gallery, with well over 6.2 million visitors in 2016, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions – is also offering something special, with Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene, the Michelangelo and Sebastiano exhibition and a Rubens and Rembrandt feature all running concurrently.


However, if we are to believe the words of Edgar Degas, then “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” It is a concept that is familiar to every successful interior designer – those with the powers to make others see an overall vision that is greater than the sum of its parts.


 “Art plays a fundamental role in interior design. Paintings, prints and sculptures are essential to completing a decorative scheme and have to be planned in as part of the overall look and feel of a property. These are not things to be left to chance and then picked out at the last minute.”


Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design


Having worked in interior design for 24 years, Alexander James’ Stacey Sibley is well versed in finding the right artwork to tie together all the elements of a room, from fabrics to colour palette to furniture.


Art can both echo the theme of the room and inspire it. This Beaconsfield family home, dressed by the Alexander James team, displays the concept beautifully, with artworks reflecting the colours, textures and themes of the rooms in which they feature.


For those looking for a uniquely artistic home, engaging the services of a local artist can be a wonderful way to obtain bespoke artwork. Furnishing the artist with a swatch of cushion fabric, key colour samples or a mood board can allow him or her to draw together all aspects of the design.


In the Beaconsfield home, for example, the open plan living room features beautiful, bespoke artwork designed to fade from bold to light and inspired by the accent cushions, which feature a bold oil painting inspired fabric designed by artist Jessica Zoob for Romo.


Nor is it just private homes in which art plays an important role. Working closely with developers has emphasised to the Alexander James team how essential artworks are when dressing show homes. At Landmark Place in London, their interior designers embraced the use of art by purchasing a limited edition Damien Hirst print for the show home.


‘The Souls III’ is one of a 15-piece signed edition purchased by Alexander James Interior Design as part of their dressing of the stunning new show home. The print is currently on loan to Landmark Place’s developer, Barratt Homes, enabling art to be taken to the next level in show home design.


Whether it’s a Damien Hirst print or the work of a talented, up-and-coming local artist, placing art perfectly is almost as important a skill as choosing the right pieces, according to Alexander James’ Stacey Sibley. She recommends balancing art and furniture by aligning artwork with a sideboard or console table and bordering it with side lamps to highlight it. The right framing is also essential, as is balancing the frame with the lamps and other furniture around it.


Hanging artwork at the right level is also essential. The centre of the image should ideally be at eye level. However, for informal seating areas, hanging the artwork low will make the space feel more cosy and intimate. Hanging artwork in clusters can also work well.


 “Gallery walls are a great way to occupy vast and open wall spaces, especially stairwells which are usually quite bare. Grouping several frames in various sizes, styles and orientations gives a really creative look and allows you to add more whenever you like.


“You can also take inspiration from the environment around your home. If you live in a rural area, seek inspiration from the surrounding trees and greenery, with botanical prints or natural paintings. Likewise, if your home has an interesting history, this can inspire the artwork. If the house has been rejuvenated, perhaps use old architectural drawings to accessorise the scheme.”


Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design



For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design at, email or call 020 7887 7604.

US interest in Spanish property surges, while UK buyers keep calm and carry on

US interest in Spanish property surges, while UK buyers keep calm and carry on

  • US visitors to up 75% year on year
  • UK interest remains steady for now but will be hostage to Brexit negotiations
  • Chiclana De La Frontera races up ranks to become 9th most popular location

The official March report from has, as ever, revealed some interesting insights into the Spanish property market.

The portal received 65,473 property enquiries during the month, up 19.55% year on year, while visitor numbers reached 594,917, up 41.7%.

From this wealth of data, reports that UK buyers remain steadfast in their love for Spanish property, despite the triggering of Article 50 towards the end of March.

“With Prime Minister May emphasizing how slow the Brexit process is going to be, with the UK being hostage to the negotiation cycle, it seems that Brits are happy to take a ‘keep calm and carry on’ approach to buying homes in Spain. Interest has slowed, but is far from going into reverse – in fact, British visitors to have increased by 30.2% over the past year.”

Richard Speigal, Head of Research at Spanish property portal


While Theresa May seems to be keeping British buyers calm, President Trump’s countrymen seem to have found a fresh desire to pick up properties in Spain.

US visitors to have surged, up 75.3% year on year. US buyers are now firmly in the site’s top ten list of nationalities interested in buying in Spain, as life far away from Donald Trump’s America takes on added appeal.

Meanwhile, prices across Spain are growing steadily. The median asking price across’s 200,000+ listed properties now stands at €244,000, an increase of 5.9% over the past year.

“When it comes to location, Gran Canaria’s Playa Del Ingles has reclaimed the top spot, knocking Torrevieja down into second place once again. Other traditional favourites like Playa De Las Americas in Tenerife and Alicante continue to rank among the most popular destinations for those buying in Spain.”

Richard Speigal,


The biggest mover in terms of the top ten locations is Chiclana De La Frontera in Cadiz, which shot up six places to become the ninth most popular location in March.

With a rich history of sherry production (it’s just 40 km from the sherry heartland of Jerez De La Frontera), Chiclana offers visitors easy access to the ‘real Spain’ – away from the vast hordes of tourists flocking to the beaches of the southern coastline.

As well as its own architectural and culinary charms, the town offers easy access to Cadiz (for outstanding tapas and beautiful beaches), Gibraltar, Portugal and Morocco, all of which can be reached easily in under three hours, making Chiclana De La Frontera an excellent base for those wanting to use their base in Spain for exploring other locations.

As political instability continues to rock the foundations of both the UK and the US, it will be interesting to see how this is reflected in the Spanish property market. Home to the largest British expat population in Europe and to a somewhat smaller but still sizeable population of American expats (estimates put the figures at around 300,000 and 41,000 people respectively), Spain’s second home market stands to be singularly affected by political happenings in both countries. Needless to say, the folk at will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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What to look out for in the new financial year – 3 predictions from easyMarkets

What to look out for in the new financial year – 3 predictions from easyMarkets

  • EUR/GBP could the currency pair to pay close attention to
  • Political instability could have a notable impact on gold
  • Sugar needs watching, with prices down 14.1% in Q1 2017


The new financial year is the perfect time to take stock of your finances and make some changes to ensure that the year ahead is even more profitable than the one before.

While the government uses April to increase taxes and cut spending, savvy investors are using the month to their own advantage.

“Many investors use the start of the new financial year to reassess their portfolio, with traders looking for new opportunities resulting from economic changes introduced by the UK government. April is the perfect time to look ahead and see what prospects the new financial year holds.”

James Trescothick, Chief Global Strategist, easyMarkets


According to the experts at easyMarkets, those opportunities are likely to be plentiful as the 2017/18 financial year unfolds. One currency pairing to watch closely right now is the EUR/GBP.

For the euro, the coming election in France is a major key. 23rd April is the first round and the expectation is that Marine Le Pen could win this round. She is very anti-EU and has said if she does win, then she will implement France’s own EU Referendum. The second round of the election is on 7th May. Le Pen is expected to lose this round, but the race is tight. EUR/GBP bulls and bears will be watching this outcome very closely.

Gibraltar is British territory and has been since 1713, though Spain disputes this and has asked on many occasions for joint sovereignty. Michael Howard’s comments on comparing Gibraltar to the Falkland Islands have not helped and goes to show that divorce proceedings will not be easy. Negotiations between the EU and the UK are expected to start in June.

The MPC official bank rate vote for the UK on 11 May could also impact on the EUR/GBP. The previous MPC vote (in March) caused a stir, as one-member voted for a rate hike. If other members join the call for a rate hike – or indeed if that member withdraws his vote to raise interest rates – it could give an indication as to if and when the UK could raise interest rates. Many believe the BOE is likely to raise rates before the ECB.

Bearing all of this in mind, the EUR/GBP is the pair to be mindful of over the next three months, as there will be a lot that could impact on its direction. The euro started to gain momentum against the sterling in December 2015, with the build-up to the UK referendum, and then picked up the pace after the shock result, spiking to the highest level against the sterling on October 2016 (the highest level since 1 January 2009). It has dropped back slightly since then, but is still trading at levels not seen since 2013.

The French elections are likely to cause volatility but the anticipation of Marine Le Pen actually winning is slowly dying down. Only a shock win for Le Pen could really put the EUR/GBP under pressure. As for the sterling, the ongoing political spat between the UK and the EU could cause movements, but the market is pretty much expecting this not to be an easy separation. For the pound, it will really be about economic data and hints of future rate hikes by the Bank of England that could give it support against the EURO.

When it comes to market predictions, the easyMarkets team has also flagged gold as the precious metal of the moment.

“Trump trade is losing momentum. On the back of Trump’s failed attempt to pass his healthcare reform through the Senate, there is now general consensus that he will also fail to pass some key fiscal policies such as tax cuts and infrastructure spending. The so called “Trump trade” relied heavily on Trump passing such policies. With hope on this waning, gold is showing signs of gaining strength.”

James Trescothick, easyMarkets


Gold is also showing resilience despite the fact that the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates twice within the last three months. 14th June will see another interest rate decision by the Federal Reserve, and though there was talk of two further interest rate hikes this year, with inflation currently holding where it is, there is now trepidation slipping in that there will only be one further rate rise in 2017. If this is the case, gold could benefit, so June could point us in the direction gold may go.

Political unease in Europe is also helping gold shine, with the likes of the Brexit negotiations and the French elections firmly in the headlines. There is also political unrest developing further in South Africa.

Gold survived a huge test in March, where it dipped below the key $1200 oz. level before bouncing back. With so much political instability at present, there is definitely enough uncertainty for gold to be attractive for investors. However, though it is trading (at the time of writing) at a five-month high, it could be all about whether the Fed will be aggressive and raise rates twice this year. Thus the outcome of the 14th June rate decision could be pivotal for gold.

As the new financial year unfolds, the easyMarkets team will also be keeping a close eye on sugar. Sugar had a bumper year in 2016, hitting highs of 24.05 cents per pound in September 2016 (a level it hasn’t reached since 2012). Since then it has fallen back and in Q1 sugar declined around 14.1%.

Brazil is the largest producer of the sweet commodity and production has increased due to the higher prices in 2016. Droughts caused by El Nino were largely responsible for the rising prices, having caused a production deficit by affecting several major sugar-producing nations in Asia.

“Now there are signs that, with increased production, there is a surplus of sugar, which could indicate why we are currently seeing a decline. There is talk from some analysts that the price could fall down to 15 cents per pound in the coming months. Looking at a weekly chart, there looks like there could be a potential Elliot wave developing, where sugar is currently in the middle of wave three on the downside. Sugar needs to be watched very closely over the coming months.”

James Trescothick, easyMarkets


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Liverpool lights the way as savvy investors head to the north of the city

Liverpool lights the way as savvy investors head to the north of the city

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  • Top tip for investors looking to Liverpool in 2017/8 is to head north of the city centre, around the Vauxhall area (Aspen Woolf)
  • One to watch is L3 postcode, it will be very different in 5-10 years’ time (Aspen Woolf)
  • New Eldon Grove carefully designed to preserve the heritage of the site while serving the needs of a new generation (Aspen Woolf)


As momentum for the Northern Powerhouse builds, more and more investors are looking to the north of the country. However, Oliver Ramsden, Founder & Director of Aspen Woolf, leaders in providing wealth building opportunities for investors through property, believes investors should take it one step further, looking to the north of Liverpool’s bustling city centre to uncover hidden gems of its property market.

We spoke with Oliver after his most recent visit to Liverpool in relation to the changes taking place throughout the city, and which postcodes are showing the most promise to investors.

“What makes Liverpool unique is its young population, nearly 45% of the city is under 30, and many are young professionals and renters looking for quality accommodation that is still lacking in many of the city’s central postcodes.

“For investors, the trick is to spot the next hotspots early. While in Liverpool I spent a significant amount of time walking around the dock area, checking on different builds and their progress, and even for someone that travels to and from Liverpool often, the change I’ve seen in such a short time is simply astounding. The Baltic Triangle, The Georgian Quarter, The Docks, all these areas that stagnated in the past are all thriving now. It was really exciting to see.

Our top tip for investors looking to Liverpool in 2017/8 is to head north of the city centre, around the Vauxhall area. The area is benefitting from a wealth of investment with road expansions, new train stations, a brand new football ground and new cruise terminal to boot. We’ve witnessed a huge spike in planning applications granted in the area, which is always a good indication.

The L3 postcode will be very different in 5-10 years’ time. Prices are still low but that won’t last long if we’re to go by what’s happened in other parts of Liverpool in the past 5 years.”

One property set to benefit from its L3 postcode is Aspen Woolf’s Eldon Grove. Having provided some of the best pre-war social housing built by Liverpool city council, Eldon Grove set a new standard for the whole country and was officially opened by the Countess of Derby in 1912.

The layout, with its central square, well-maintained garden and bandstand, along with the chocolate-box look, helped create a vibrant community, lifting up some of Liverpool’s poorest residents.

Incorporating three original Grade II-listed blocks alongside three new blocks of stylish and contemporary apartments, New Eldon Grove has been carefully designed to preserve the heritage of the site while serving the needs of a new generation. Comprised of 45 apartments including 1,2 and 3 bedroom units, New Eldon Grove is Set within peaceful surroundings, yet on the edge of the vibrant Liverpool city centre.

Apartments situated in the original blocks have been re-imagined for 21st century living, with fully modernised fitted kitchens and bathrooms, while benefiting from the character of the Tudor buildings, with mullioned bay windows and their own front doors leading from the external walkways.

New Eldon Grove residents will also benefit from a community garden and shared landscaping, as well as parking, bicycle storage and secured entrance hallways. From just £94,950, with ready to rent furniture packs available, New Eldon Grove provides investors with an assured 2-year NET rental of 7%.

For more information, visit or contact Aspen Woolf on +44 203 176 0060.

Brits choose the Balearic isle of Mallorca for an Easter getaway

Brits choose the Balearic isle of Mallorca for an Easter getaway

  • Spain most popular holiday destination this Easter with Mallorca topping the list (On the Beach)
  • Sunshine and temperatures of 20C and upward for Easter on Mallorca (Weather .com)
  • Taylor Wimpey España launch two new residential developments in Mallorca’s growing property market

Easter in the UK is usually a mixed bag of time off work, hyperactive children, threatening rainclouds and an overwhelming amount of chocolate. Though this combo does have a certain British charm, increasingly the temptation to spend the Easter break overseas is winning over the hearts of those looking for some springtime sunshine. And Spain is set to be the destination of choice in 2017.

According to the most recent data from beach holiday specialist On the Beach, Spain is the most popular destination for Brits during the Easter period this year. The beautiful island of Mallorca tops the list of holiday hotspots, with the sun-kissed province of Alicante also celebrating a place in the top five.

With Mallorca just a couple of hours’ flight from the UK, long weekends there are now easily achievable, allowing the island to be more than simply a summer destination. Long-term resident Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, observes,

“No longer considered a one season destination, Mallorca’s popularity throughout the year is growing. With such a short flight time, spending Easter there is easy for those living in the UK and with temperatures predicted to stay firmly in the 20s over the course of the long weekend, the Balearics are definitely a tempting prospect for a short coastal getaway.”

Easter in Mallorca is a big event, with processions, feasting and celebrations held across the island. The processions have their origins in the 16th century, when the Christian church set out to present the story of the Passion of the Christ to laypeople through street processions. While the religious element is still strong today, the festival atmosphere is one that those of all denominations can enjoy and the food that accompanies it is something that everyone should experience at least once!

But why experience Mallorca just once this year? Coastal properties on the island are becoming increasingly popular with holiday home owners and Taylor Wimpey España have just launched two new developments to the growing market. Both already attracting the attention of buyers who are keen to make Mallorca’s coastline a more regular feature of their lives.

The new Cala Vinyes Hills residential complex offers 15 exclusive and spacious three bedroom apartments and duplexes within a modern, gated community comprised of 5 independent buildings. From €380,000+VAT residents will benefit from private terraces, a communal swimming pool with landscaped gardens and private parking.

Cala Vinyes Hills is located in the prestigious area of Cala Vinyes, in the south west of Mallorca, just 15 minutes from the island’s vibrant capital city, Palma. The exclusive marinas Puerto Portals and Port Adriano are also close by, providing a wide variety of elegant bars and restaurants such as the most exclusive designer stores.

Less than a 30-minute drive from Palma’s international airport, Serenity is located next to the Santa Ponsa II Golf Club in Nova Santa Ponsa, one of the most exclusive and highly sought-after areas on the island. This new residential complex offers beautiful 3 bedroom homes from apartments to top floor penthouses.

All units benefit from private terraces, with those on the ground floor enjoying spacious garden areas which are also private. From €545,000 +VAT for an apartment and €790,000 +VAT for a penthouse, residents will enjoy the private use of two swimming pools, surrounded by a solarium area, and luscious communal gardens.

With Spanish Easter celebrations lasting for around 10 days, Mallorca and many other parts of Spain may already be in full celebratory mode. Why not leave the chocolate at home and hop on a plane to see for yourself?

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit for more information. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Golf abodes worthy of green jacket glory

Golf abodes worthy of green jacket glory

  • The Masters Tournament begins on 6th April, the first of 2017’s major championships
  • Spain provides ideal climate for those keen to walk the fairways in every season (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Start the season in the perfect golfing retreat from the Costa Blanca to the isle of Mallorca (Taylor Wimpey España)

The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf. The competition is scheduled to begin on Thursday 6th April and continues to be the first of the majors to be played each year.

Last year’s green jacket was awarded to Danny Willett and the suspense is building as to who will receive the honour next. With golfing mania building, get swept up in the atmosphere and check out this round up of golfing homes in Spain, perfectly located to practice your swing and give Tiger Woods’ tournament record score a run for its money.

“For fans of the sport, golf properties provide the idyllic base for any holiday or retirement plans with high quality facilities right on the doorstep. Buyers should consider properties near a golf course that is also considered a resort offering an array of additional facilities to keep the non-golf players in the party equally as happy. Spain’s plentiful sunshine and dry, warm days allow for visits throughout every season for exciting weekends away playing golf and a very popular rental opportunity.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España


Horizon Golf, Costa del Sol

Situated in the beautiful valley of Mijas, in the ‘Costa del Golf’, Horizon Golf is Taylor Wimpey de España’s second development at La Cala Resort within the complex’s famous Campo Asia golf course. With prices starting from €275,000 +VAT, all properties benefit from three 18-hole golf courses, a hydrotherapy centre and spa, La Cala Golf Academy School and an array of sports facilities all close by.

Residents will enjoy stunning panoramic views over the golf course and La Cala de Mijas with each property; the private gated development offers 55 terraced homes, all with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a cloakroom, as well as 48 2 or 3 bedroom apartments.

Residents can reach the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol in just 10 minutes, with Malaga airport only 30 minutes away.

Serenity, Nova Santa Ponsa, Mallorca

The brand-new Serenity residential complex is located next to the Santa Ponsa III Golf Club. The properties have a modern design, with three spacious bedrooms and private terraces, with the ground floor properties enjoying large private gardens.

It is in a superb location, surrounded by some of Mallorca’s top golf clubs including Golf Santa Ponsa I, II and III, Golf de Andratx, Golf de Poniente and Bendinat Golf. It is also close to the coast, in an area dotted with beautiful coves and beaches and some of the island’s most exclusive marinas such as Puerto Adriano, which is only a few minutes’ walk from Serenity, Puerto Portals and Puerto de Andratx.

From €545,000 +VAT, Serenity is accessible within just a 25 minute drive from Palma de Mallorca airport and just 20 kilometres from Palma city centre.

Brisas de Alenda Golf, Costa Blanca

Brisas de Alenda Golf, is located in the peaceful area adjacent to the Alenda Golf Course while the wonderful beaches of the Costa Blanca are just a 15 minute drive away. There are currently 15 golf courses on the Costa Blanca, all in close proximity to one another. Many of the properties will have access to the Alenda Golf Club, with residents able to use all facilities available.

The complex consists of 3 bedroom townhouses boasting generous private gardens, a communal swimming pool and a club house as well as a gym, bar and restaurant costing from just €150,000 +VAT.

With the warm climate, together with the proximity of the beaches, allows sailing and water sports to be enjoyed throughout most of the year.

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit for more information. If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.