Perfect party pads – Homes to entertain in style this festive season

Perfect party pads – Homes to entertain in style this festive season

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  • Big kitchens, spacious lounges, cinema rooms & pools all key to festive entertaining (Bellis Homes)
  • Sparkling wine sales peaked at 600 bottles per minute on ‘Fizz Friday’ (Sainsbury’s)
  • Walk-in fridge at Mulliner House is the ultimate party pad amenity (Bellis Homes)

It’s that time of year again – Christmas adverts are all over TV and social media, Christmas trees have sprung up in supermarkets across the UK and shoppers everywhere are preparing for the festive season in earnest. With the arrival of December, the party season will get into full swing as families up and down the country get into the festive mood.

When it comes to festive entertaining, having the perfect party pad in which to host friends and family is essential to surviving the season without getting flustered.

When it comes to ideal homes for Christmas entertaining, it’s all about big kitchens, stylish lounges and added extras. Of course, an enormous fridge is also essential. Prosecco and champagne sales over the holiday season are such big business that Sainsbury’s named 23 December 2016 ‘Fizz Friday.’ It followed the supermarket reporting a spend of £5,000 per minute on sparkling wine by shoppers on 23 December the previous year – the equivalent of 600 bottles of fizz for every minute that stores were open!

When it comes to the ideal fridge to store all that fizz for Christmas, few properties can compare to Mulliner House in Hadley Wood, North London, which is available from Bellis Homes. The ultra-luxurious, six-bedroom home comes with plenty of quirky features, including a walk-in fridge that’s perfect for preparing the ultimate Christmas party. Not only that, but the property also includes its own swimming pool, cinema room, lift and staff quarters. Let the festive partying commence!

“We wanted to create a really lavish property at Mulliner House – one that was packed with entertainment options and on-trend features. Walk-in fridges are one of the most sought-after amenities in luxury properties right now and are perfect for this time of year.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


Calleva House, Mulliner’s sister property, is another detached, six-bedroom home. The property comes complete with an enormous lounge, kitchen and cinema room for entertaining. There’s also a superb steam room for unwinding in style after the festivities are over.

Meanwhile, few party pads offer as much scope for entertaining multiple generations as Eleven Trees in Mill Hill.

The stylish, contemporary home features a cinema room and games room complete with pool table for entertaining younger family members, while the grownups can enjoy milling around with their glasses of fizz in the spacious, open plan kitchen/dining/living room. A formal lounge offers an alternative space for guests to relax in and a chance for them to take a breather from the main party areas, should they so desire.

“With homes of this stature, providing flexible spaces is key. Families need to be able to enjoy their home in a range of ways. That means the property needs to be suited to everything from quiet family evenings in to extravagant entertaining. It’s about creating a whole-life experience, not just a space aimed at one kind of use.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


This ethos has certainly been reflected at Eleven Trees. The property is on the market for £4.5 million. Meanwhile, Mulliner House and Calleva House are priced at £5.5 million and £3.75 million respectively.

For more information, contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit

Brand new luxury London homes with breathtaking views: Bellis Homes launch Four5Two

Brand new luxury London homes with breathtaking views: Bellis Homes launch Four5Two

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Hampstead is where some of London’s most famous names have chosen to settle; a haven for writers, composers, ballerinas and intellectuals, actors, artists and architects over the ages.

The location, just 4 miles northwest of Charing Cross, is known for having one of the largest urban parks in the world, Hampstead Heath, and being one of the highest points in London it boasts breathtaking views of the city.

Indeed, beautiful views are one of the most desired factors when it comes to purchasing a property for many buyers, however it is not something that’s easily found especially for those seeking the best of both worlds – idyllic countryside views within a reasonable distance of the ‘big smoke’. But luxury housebuilders – Bellis Homes has now made this reality possible.

The family-run housebuilder has just launched their brand new, high-specification development in the heart of Hampstead. With a contemporary design, the apartments of Four5Two are engineered for deluxe living in Hampstead.

The rear of the apartments feature balconies with incredible Hampstead Heath views, the perfect spot to sit back and relax.

“The premium location of Four5Two is ideal for those looking for the perfect blend of rural life with strong city links. The views over Hampstead Heath from the rear balconies are a big talking point when it comes to this development with floor to ceiling windows in the living areas to maximise light and the stunning vista.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

As well as private underground parking for residents, Four5Two also boasts strong transport links being located just a 10-minute walk from Golders Green station and easily accessible from many major motorways including the A1, M1 and the M25.  The development is just 19 minutes to Kings Cross St Pancras and with several major airports all within easy reach it is undeniable that Four5Two is more than ideally situated for commuters.

Four5Two compromises of 13 apartments, with prices ranging from £1.1m – £2.2m. The living areas in Four5Two offer a large space for socialising and relaxing. The carefully designed floor plan brings in plenty of natural light enhanced with bespoke lighting for each apartment and LED lighting at plinth level through the hallway. The airy spacious area is heightened by the overall stylish and contemporary decor.

To purchase an apartment off plan or for all other enquiries please contact Bellis Homes or their sole agents Glentree 0208 731 9500.

Londoner’s scream for ice-cream as new Marine Ices apartments launch in Camden

Londoner’s scream for ice-cream as new Marine Ices apartments launch in Camden

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  • 9% increase in Camden house prices forecast by 2021 (Barclays)
  • Living near a supermarket boosts a property’s value by an average of £21,512 (Lloyds Bank)
  • Marine Ices Apartments located in Camden’s iconic former ice-cream parlour, opposite the Roundhouse (Bellis Homes) 

Camden Town has always been considered an interesting hybrid area of London. Not only does it boast one of the best markets in the capital but it is home to a diverse community from affluent young professionals, students, artists and celebrities, dead and alive, from Charles Dickens to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Whilst some may be cautious about the prime central London market, the experts at Barclays wealth and investments paint a more positive outlook forecasting that the capital’s house prices are set to rise by an average of 11.88% by 2021, almost double the national average (6.1%).

Average house prices in Camden are forecast to rise by a whopping 33.9% by 2021, second only to Richmond-Upon-Thames, reports Barclays. Indeed, the latest Zoopla data reports a 43.07% growth in house prices in Camden over the past 5 years and 3.33% over the last 6 months alone.

Boasting a highly prized NW1 postcode, you might be surprised however to know that reasonably priced, well sized property gems can still be found.

Luxury homebuilder Bellis Homes is launching this summer’s hottest development in Camden Town – Marine Ices Apartments.

Conveniently located, on Haverstock Hill, opposite Chalk farm station and within sight of the hugely popular Roundhouse complete with rooftop beach in the summer months, Marine Ices Apartments enjoy a rich heritage.

The building was once home to an ice cream parlour, founded by gelato pioneer, Gaetano Mansi in 1931 who wanted to bring the exquisite taste of real Italian gelato to discerning Londoners. His reputation for the finest gelato spread and so did his parlours with the same ice creams now enjoyed in many places including his new parlour a few steps from the new Marine Ices Apartments.

Camden is one of the most sought after places to live in London and with that in mind we set out to create a selection of vibrant new homes as vibrant and exciting as the area itself. We really loved the story behind the Marine Ices building and its connection to Camden as well as the location of the site, it’s perfectly situated between a number of landmarks, travel links and local amenities.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


Only a short walk from the fashionable Camden Market and Camden Lock, Marine Ices Apartments are currently under construction and when completed in 2018 will offer 19 apartments ranging between 566 sqft and 1221 sqft with fabulous amenity spaces. The apartments vary from one to three bedrooms with vibrant finishes, CCTV, large balconies and composite oak paneled front doors with security features.

Residents of Marine Ices Apartments will also be able to enjoy the convenience of retail stores and / or supermarket on the ground floor – perfect for those everyday essentials as well a future capital growth.

Indeed, proximity to supermarkets can positively affect house prices; known as ‘The Waitrose Effect’, research by Lloyds Bank suggests that homes within a near reach of any local supermarket are worth on average £21,512 more than others in the same area.

We know these apartments will be in great demand due to their prime location and high specification and we have already had interest in the units off-plan. London is and will remain one of the top global cities in which to live and we are proud to be able to deliver new homes of this standard to the capital.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


Marine Ices Apartments are available from £650,00 to £1.5 million, for more information, contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit

Bellis Homes offers families Much Moore from their new Hertfordshire village homes

Bellis Homes offers families Much Moore from their new Hertfordshire village homes

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  • Bellis Homes offer homebuyers lifetime family membership of the Henry Moore Foundation
  • Henry Moore Foundation celebrating 40 years in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire
  • Brand new Magna House & Millers View offer modern living experience with hints of historic flavor in keeping with the area (Bellis Homes)

Celebrating the launch of their latest new homes, family-run house builder Bellis Homes is offering buyers of either Magna House or Millers View, located in the charming English village of Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, lifetime family membership of the Henry Moore Foundation.

The Henry Moore Foundation was founded by the renowned sculptor and his family 40 years ago to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts with the Studios & Gardens located in Perry Green, Much Hadham where Moore died on 31st August 1986.

Henry Spencer Moore, born 1898, was debatably the most internationally distinguished sculptor of the twentieth century and one of the most important British artists. Moore’s work can be seen all over the world and he is renowned for his semi-abstract monumental bronzes.

Born in Castleford, Yorkshire and after serving in the British Army and training to be a teacher he decided to study at The Royal College of Art, London. This decision paid off as by the 1950’s Moore was already receiving several international commissions.

In 1977 the Henry Moore Foundation, a registered charity, was established for education and promotion of the fine arts with an Institute in Leeds for the study of sculpture and the headquarters at Moore’s former estate in Perry Green, Much Hadham which today supports a range of different artistic movement’s as well as preserving the Moore legacy.

With such a milestone anniversary being celebrated this year, Bellis Homes felt it would be fitting to offer lifetime family memberships for any buyer of their brand new Much Hadham developments – Millers View and Magna House.


“Much Hadham might be a small village in Hertfordshire but it holds a rich history appearing as far back as the Doomsday Book and has been home to a number of notable residents, not least Henry Moore. As we introduce these two beautiful new homes to the village, we want to embrace and support the past as well as enable new residents to become part of the local community through lifetime family membership of the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green.”


Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


Situated between Ware and the large market town of Bishop Stortford, in the countryside of East Hertfordshire Magna House is extremely well connected being just 23 minutes from Stanstead Airport, 13 minutes from the M11 and 37 minutes from the M25.

The single detached house has been finished to the highest specification with modern touches throughout but its external design remains in keeping with the historic nature of the area with a pitched roof, dormer windows, bay windows and traditional timber and brick elements. The ground floor boasts a large living and entertaining area whilst 6 bedrooms are set over two floors with 4 having their own en-suites. The master bed is complimented with a walk-in wardrobe and the basement area holds a fully equipped cinema and gym.


Although Magna House is a new build property, we have strived to incorporate several design features which fit with the historic village through small but effective touches such as the bay windows”.

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes



Magna House is on the market at £2.45m whilst Millers View will offer, upon completion, four semi-detached and one detached home in a similar style as Magna House from £1.3 million.


For more information, contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit





About Bellis Homes

 Bellis Homes is an upmarket luxury home builder, with over 40 years of experience in construction, developing and project managing. From London to the Home Counties, Bellis Homes specialises in selecting upmarket developments in some of the most sought-after locations.

With fantastic resources they have built up an impressive portfolio ranging from £250,000 to £16m. The exclusive developments range from luxury executive homes, revolutionary airspace developments, intimate family households and creative renovations.

A sacred conversion – Bellis Homes brings Grade II listed convent school house back to life

A sacred conversion – Bellis Homes brings Grade II listed convent school house back to life

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A recent survey undertaken by RICS and YouGov identified that 9 out of 10 British people think that historic buildings are a symbol of national heritage, with 89% believing it is of a high importance to protect them.

Mill Hill in Barnet, North London is home to several historic buildings worthy of protection. One of London’s hidden gems, oozing with historic flavor, the village-cum-suburb of Mill Hill is ideally situated between Finchley and Edgware and is said to be the London district most influenced by the Christian faith.

This Christian influence can be clearly seen in the historic Rosary Manor Estate in the heart of Mill Hill village.

An altered house of late 17th-century origin, Rosary Manor was purchased by The Sisters of Charity St Vincent in 1887 and expanded it into a convent. The neighbouring St Vincent’s Roman Catholic School opened in 1896 and was run until 2007.

Now, the abandoned schoolhouse and West Lodge (a detached property left in a dilapidated state) is set to be brought back into use by luxury housebuilder Bellis Homes through the development of 11 high quality apartments and a detached house for completion in 2018.

As well as being a Grade II Listed building, the Rosary Manor Estate is ideally located within the Green Belt, the North Barnet Area of Special Character and Mill Hill Conservation Area.

It is understood that Charles II often visited the estate in the 16th century to shoot on the grounds and on Milespit-Hill, there is the non-denominational Mill Hill cemetery which was formerly known as the ‘Paddington District Cemetery’ where the iconic 1960’s pop singer Billy Fury is buried!

“We are seeing more and more clients interested in converted historical properties and the stunning architectural qualities they carry. They want all the charm and character of an older property yet all the convenience and amenities of a new build home. Rosary Manor offers the best of both worlds and with such stunning views out across green fields to London and rich history, we know this conversion will be in high demand.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

The 11 apartments range between 1 and 3 bedrooms and between 1,800 sqft and 4,000sqft. Bellis Homes has submitted a further application to provide roof terraces on several of the units which will offer spectacular views across the Mill Hill countryside towards the City of London.

In addition to this, Rosary Manor residents will also be able to enjoy large communal grounds, architectural detail, high ceilings and allocated parking spaces. Mill Hill East underground station is close by served by the Northern Line and Mill Hill Broadway station also easily accessible making the location perfect for those who want the balance city and countryside living.

Apartments at Rosary Manor are available from £1.1 million – £4 million, for more information, contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit

Rub Shoulders with A-List Neighbours in this Super Suburb

Rub Shoulders with A-List Neighbours in this Super Suburb

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• Head to Hadley Wood, just 11 miles north of London, for A-list living
• Hadley Wood destination of choice for footballers, rugby players and recording artists
• Bellis Homes launches brand new luxury homes in Hadley Wood complete with cinema rooms, gyms, swimming pools and games rooms

For those looking for A-list living then it’s time to swap Kensington and Chelsea for the super suburb of Hadley Wood, just 11 miles north of central London.

With average house prices in Hadley Wood three times cheaper than those in Chelsea (£619,578 vs £1,980,453, Zoopla May 2017) yet situated within the coveted zone 6 boundary, with strong transport links, good schools and plenty of space courtesy of the green belt, it’s no wonder that this Greater London enclave has become so attractive.

The great and the good to call Hadley Wood home include footballers Darren Bent, Kieran Gibbs, Kanu and Robbie Keane, English rugby player Kyran Bracken, boxer Lennox Lewis, columnist and presenter Richard Littlejohn and a host of recording artists from former Spice Girl Emma Bunton to Lemar and Girl’s Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh. Even fellow former band mate Cheryl Cole owned a property here with her ex Ashley Cole.

The appeal of being ‘close but not too close’ to London has seen Hadley Wood’s popularity soar and indeed echoes research from Experian which reveals that major cities such as London are becoming increasingly segmented with commuting spreading beyond the confines of a single built-up area.

Indeed, the geography of Hadley Wood, with its mainline rail link to Moorgate in 35 minutes and Piccadilly Line from nearby Cockfosters, not to mention easy access to the M25 and A1(M), is one of its greatest assets.

One house builder star struck by the appeals of Hadley Wood is Bellis Homes.

“Hadley Wood offers something for everyone. The ideal environment to raise a family, with plenty of open space, good education options and a community feel as well easy transport links for those working in the City. This leafy, secluded London suburb combines luxury living with privacy and tranquillity.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


Bellis Homes has just completed two large and luxurious 6 bedroom houses in one of the most sought after areas of Hadley Wood – Camlet Way. Together Mulliner House and Calleva House embrace exceptional deluxe features and are unquestionably property gems.

The Georgian style Mulliner House, available at £5.5 million, covers some 8,000 sqft over four floors and affords countless aspirational features including Control 4 to manage lighting, sound, door entry, heating and air conditioning. There is also a swimming pool with swim jet and steam room on the lower ground level as well as a private cinema room including Atmos surround sound, 4k projector and 3.5m anamorphic screen along with staff accommodation and a gymnasium.

Calleva House, similar in style and available at £4 million, covers 5,560 sqft across four floors. The property holds many similar standout features to Mulliner House but also boasts a unique games room with bar area on the lower ground floor, perfect for entertaining along with the cinema, gymnasium and steam room.

“Hadley Wood remains a buoyant market with almost 50% price growth seen over the past 5 years and nearly 3% over the past 12 months according to the latest Zoopla figures. We are seeing more and more buyers priced out of central London looking to this super suburb for luxurious homes complete with everything they need under one roof from gyms to swimming pools, cinema rooms to bar and entertainment areas.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


For more information about Mulliner and Calleva House or to attend the Show Home Open Day on Saturday 10th June 2017 contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit


5 reasons to buy a new home

5 reasons to buy a new home

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New homes used to enjoy a reputation as being the province of just married couples with immediate plans to raise a young family in a homely neighbourhood of like-minded individuals. While the community appeal of new homes remains strong, the profile of those buying them has shifted dramatically in recent years.


“Several factors have impacted on the target market for new homes over the past several years. From established money saving wisdom on the energy efficiency of new homes to a swathe of influential celebrities settling into brand new mansions, we’ve seen the market for new homes change substantially.”


Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


Marking this year’s #NewHomesWeek (15th – 21st May 2017), Henry Fordham, Director of new homes builder Bellis Homes shares his top 5 reasons to buy a new build:


  1. Energy efficiency


New build homes certainly boast some outstanding cost saving and environmental credentials. In 2016, the National Association of Homebuilders survey found that 90% of people considered Energy Star appliances to be either an essential or a desirable feature.

Double and triple glazed windows, windows with inert gases between the panes, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, air filtration and contemporary ventilation systems all save homeowners money on their energy bills, while also reducing the carbon footprint of the home. Homes built 10 and even 5 years ago fall a long way short of the environmental standards and efficiency of new build homes in 2017.


  1. High tech living


Contemporary new builds (such as Calleva and Mulliner House in Hadley Wood, Greater London) have the potential to come with a dazzling array of high tech lifestyle features. It’s not just the central heating that you can control remotely from your phone these days, but also the bath taps, lights, stereo and coffee machine.


Smart home features like these have ushered in not only a new era of convenience for homeowners, but also one of enhanced safety. Garage doors, for example, can now come with infrared beams that halt their operation if something (or someone) is in the way. Meanwhile, smart toilets that sensors in order to know when to flush, have done away with the need for using germ-encrusted handles.


  1. Build warranty


Perhaps less exciting than a self-flushing toilet (although far more important in practical terms) is the fact that new homes come with a 10-year warranty as standard. That means the buyer can rest easy for an entire decade, knowing that they won’t have to deal with any expensive issues like repairing a leaky roof, replacing defective windows or fixing the central heating.


As new homes also mean new appliances, owners also won’t have to worry about the cost of a new boiler, washing machine, dishwasher and so forth, as each appliance will come with its own warranty lasting for several years. When considered across the entire spectrum of things that can go wrong within a home, this is an incredible amount of peace of mind to enjoy.


  1. Contemporary living


Another reason that new and newly converted homes have become so popular is their design. At The Chantry in Bishop’s Stortford, for example, the newly converted luxury apartments (two bed/two bath, priced from £400,000) feature spacious, open plan living areas and huge windows, to flood the homes with light. Rooms flow naturally into each other, in the ideal environment for modern living.


Open plan, shared living spaces of this nature are one of the key attractions of a new home, creating a welcoming feel that family and friends can enjoy. High ceilings are another great feature of new build homes, further enhancing the sense of space and elegance. Many new homes can also be customized to suit the individual owner’s preferences when it comes to contemporary living spaces, with personal tastes and usage requirements taken into account by the developer.


  1. The joy of brand new


The final part of the growing appeal of new homes is the joy of owning something that’s completely new.


“There’s something wonderfully exciting about opening the box of a brand new product for the first time. Owning a newly built home is just like that, but on a massive scale. It’s not just the look of the property that’s so exciting, but the feel and even the smell of it – there’s nothing quite like it.”


Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


It’s certainly a powerful argument for buying a new property. Living in a home that’s completely yours – no suspicious stains on the carpet, peeling wallpaper or chipped tiles – brings with it a certain charm that really is hard to beat.


Those looking to purchase their own slice of new home heaven can check out plans for Bellis Homes’ exciting new Marine Ices development in Camden. Prices start from £650,000.


For more information, please call +44 (0)1279 424 733, email or visit