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Beautiful new show homes now open


Leading house buiLder LoveLL homes has unveiled two stunning new show homes at its recently-launched St Mary’s View development in the Suffolk village of Gislingham. The three-bedroom Ash and four-bedroom Elm show homes, both of which have unique interior designs created by the experts at Edward Thomas Interiors, recently opened their doors to would-be buyers at the select development.

the bedford swan is CurrentLy in the seCond phase of a £5 miLLion refurbishment following the purchase of the hotel by Distinct Group, who also own The Hotel Cromwell in Old Stevenage, as well as Rump and Wade British Brasserie, which has become a fabulous addition to the High Street.

Whether you are looking for a place to stay, dine, meet or party, this stunning venue is perfect for any special occasion. Steeped in history and full of character, The Swan’s function room on the first floor, The State Room has been beautifully refurbished and the hotel has seen the introduction of a brand-new British Brasserie, Pen & Cob. Overlooking the River Great Ouse, Pen & Cob is a new art-deco inspired brasserie with a signature cocktail list, exclusive British menu and an exciting wine and drinks list, all served in a unique, contemporary boutique style. With floor-to-ceiling windows you’ll want to have pride of place at the poseur tables overlooking the river and with the living-wall inspired prints and luxury fabric chairs and stools, Pen & Cob’s seasonal dishes won’t be the only thing you’ll be admiring. The Bedford Swan refurbishment continues with plans including a new Spa atrium with a sauna, steam room and food and beverage areas and new tea rooms. Their outdoor embankment dining space is currently being refurbished. They’ll also be doubling the size of the residents’ lounge and refurbishing the remaining function spaces and all 113 guest bedrooms. If you would like to book a table at Pen and Cob visit or if you would like to enquire about The Bedford Swan hotel, function or meeting rooms, email or call 01234 346565

St Mary’s View, Thornham Road, is a stunning collection of three, four and five-bedrooms detached homes with a tranquil yet well-connected setting that’s bursting with rural charm. Adrian Garrood, regional sales manager for Lovell, said: “We were delighted to reveal the Ash and Elm show homes to would-be buyers at St Mary’s View.

“Around 40 people attended the opening of the show homes and we received lots of positive feedback as well as three reservations plus two early bird reservations.” What’s more, quick-off-the-mark purchasers will be rewarded for getting in early with a wide range of colour choices, including inspiration items, allowing them to completely personalise their new home (subject to build stage). St Mary’s View currently has a variety of homes to reserve from £300,000. For further information contact the sales team on 01379 953 496, or visit


CQC inspeCtors visited the care home in February and following a long wait, the report was finally published in May. Belmont View is managed by not for profit care provider Quantum Care and is home for up to 85 residents at any one time, some of whom are living with dementia. Throughout the report, the inspectors noted the commitment and dedication shown by the staff at the home and were so impressed that they gave them three Outstanding stars. They stated, “All staff went out of their way to respect people as individuals and provided exceptionally compassionate care to all”. The whole report is glowing and reflects the excellent care delivered by staff throughout the home. Quantum Care Chief Executive, Maria Ball, and the Chair of the Board, David Priseman, welcomed Iain MacBeath, Director of Adult Care Services from Hertfordshire County Council, and County Councillor Mark

Mills-Bishop to the home to celebrate the fantastic achievement.

Iain McBeath said; “I am delighted that Quantum Care have become one of the select few to receive an Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission. This only comes with hard work, dedication and genuine care from the staff and the Manager. Congratulations to Sharon and her team”.

County Councillor Mark Mills- Bishop said “As a Councillor in the Borough of Broxbourne, I am very proud of the achievement of Belmont View. To Sharon and the staff, I am sure I speak on behalf of all my colleagues when I offer my hearty congratulations, and long may Quantum Care and their team keep up the good work”. Tel: 01992 450304 email: County Life 9

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