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Family Fun At Home This Easter

With Easter just around the corner, we’re sure you’ll be looking for ways to keep the children entertained and add some of your family’s personality to your home. We’ve come up with a few activities for around your home these Easter holidays.

Easter egg rolling and hunt

This is a great way to get the family outside, whilst enjoying your garden. It might also give you the opportunity to get to know your neighbours better. 

To prepare for the hunt, ensure there are some flowers and plants in your garden and perhaps also some planters to help hide the clues and eggs. Go for a variety of egg from mini eggs to larger eggs, foil wrapped eggs will be easier for your children to find. You could also get your child to decorate a couple of hard boiled eggs. If you are leaving written clues for your children you might need craft materials and a pen and paper.

Now all of the preparation is complete, let the hunt begin, give your child a bowl, basket or pot for them to collect their eggs in.

Once all the eggs have been hunted, it’s time to get rolling! 

There are egg rolling events across the UK for Easter 2015. Our tradition of rolling decorated eggs on grass goes back hundreds of years, so why not find an event nearby and make a day of Easter egg fun.

East Midlands and the surrounding areas

You and your family could follow the Easter Egg Trail at Woolsthorpe Manor near Colsterworth. There will be clues distributed around the grounds and you must answer the questions to find the eggs. To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend click here.

North East of England

Gibside, in Newcastle have arranged an eggcellent egg hunt for you and the family. Gibside is also a great place to get a glimpse of some rare animals, including red kites and red squirrels. Home to large gardens and parklands we’re sure you will find this to be a fun day out for the family. To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend click here.

North West of England

Come along to Dunham Massey Hall, in Altrincham, and find the Easter egg trail clues. There will also be all sorts of games and family fun to enjoy. To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend click here.


Pollok House, in Glasgow, is a grand country house that will gives you a real taste of upstairs/downstairs life in the 1930s. Above stairs, the extravagant family rooms are packed full of period furniture and furnishings. Below stairs the vast servants’ accommodations show the truths of running a country house. A family day out here will enjoyable, educational and entertaining day out. To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend click here.

South East of England

Ightham Mote, in Sevenoaks, is a house built on an island and is perfect for an Easter egg hunt, come along and go through the gardens and woods for clues. To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend click here.

South West of England

Calke Abbey, in Derbyshire, is great family day out with a vast collection of hidden treasures and an Easter egg hunt. To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend click here.

West Midlands and the surrounding areas

Packwood House, in Warwickshire, is full of unexpected hiding places ideal for an Easter egg hunt, you can explore the Inside Out house or the Pottering Shed. To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend click here.

Yorkshire and the surrounding areas

There is a lot going on at Nostell Priory and Park Land, in Wakefield, this Easter from trails and games to going round the Georgian mansion and gardens. To find out more about this location and opening times outside of the Easter Weekend click here.

We are sure will all these suggestions you will find something nearby, if you could host your own Easter game and activities with a mini sports day, obviously you would have to include egg and spoon race. 

For some Easter inspiration be sure to check out our Pinterest board.

For more information on our developments, please visit our website.

Image by Roswell UMC, shared under a Creative Commons Licence

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Four Years of Five Stars for Customer Satisfaction

We are delighted to announce that for the fourth consecutive year we have retained our five star rating for customer satisfaction in the Home Builders Federation (HBF) National New Home Customer Satisfaction Survey.

We are very pleased to have retained our five star rating for customer satisfaction in the HBF’s survey once again.  It is a fantastic achievement for our teams, particularly during a period in which demand and completions have increased significantly.  Despite this additional pressure we have continued to go to great measures to ensure that we are continuously exceeding our customers’ expectations with the quality of our product and the levels of service we provide.

Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of the Home Builders Federation said: “The Customer Satisfaction survey is an excellent way of measuring the level of customer service house builders achieve.  The scheme is an independently monitored survey of the people who really matter to our industry, our customers.   To achieve such a high level of customer satisfaction requires commitment from board room to site, and is a fantastic achievement.”

Additionally, in our own independent customer satisfaction surveys, 95% of our customers said they would recommend us to their best friend.  We have been undertaking customer satisfaction surveys since 1999.  Carried out by an independent research agency, the survey is completed by customers once they have settled into their new home to evaluate their overall satisfaction before, during and after the home-buying process.

We have consistently achieved exceptionally high scores from our own survey results and are very proud of our innovative homes, quality workmanship and excellent levels of customer service, which together demonstrate ‘the Miller Difference’ – our business philosophy which is at the very heart of everything we do.

This latest recognition from the purchasers of our homes provides further evidence of our commitment to delighting our customers throughout their home-buying journey with us and their experience of living in a Miller home.

Chris Endsor
Chief Executive
Miller Homes

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Budget 2015

Chris Endsor

We are pleased the Chancellor is providing another welcome boost for homebuyers following his announcement about the launch of a Help to Buy ISA later this year.  Whilst the operational details still need to be finalised, in principle the scheme will provide an important financial incentive for first time buyers, helping many achieve the goal of owning their own home.

Combined with the extension of Help to Buy and measures introduced in the Autumn statement to reform Stamp Duty Land Tax with a fairer system, this should provide further positive stimulus for the wider housing market.

While this will help stimulate demand, it remains imperative that the planning process must effectively support the supply side through efficient decision making enabling developers to get on site quickly and build the new homes needed.

Chris Endsor
Chief Executive of Miller Homes

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Location, Location, Location - Bearsden

With springtime well and truly in the air, St Andrews Brae is the ideal location for putting a spring in your family’s step too!

Located next to Bearsden Academy in East Dunbartonshire and just six miles out of Glasgow city centre, St Andrews Brae offers a wealth of activities to choose from and families of all ages will be spoilt for choice.

Starting with a leisurely pace, locals seek out the latest designer ranges with a spot of retail therapy on the high street and surrounding areas.  Bearsden boasts an eclectic mix of shops and boutiques as well as all the high street favourites.

For foodies, there is a host of quality cafes, bistros and restaurants to enjoy a quick coffee and a sandwich, through to a memorable fine dining experience to mark a special occasion.

For those looking to up the pace a little, don the walking boots and join The Bearsden & Milngavie Ramblers and Hillwalkers.  The club runs a busy calendar of activities, with over a dozen organised walks, catering for all levels of fitness, taking place each month.

For those seeking the thrill of skiing and snowboarding, Bearsden Ski & Board Club offers an array of lessons to help the novice through to competent skiers to hone their techniques and build their skills.  Boasting over 50 years in the local community, the club continually introduces new opportunities for family fun and their tubing parties are proving to be a particular hit.

Allander Leisure Centre on Milngavie Road has an extensive gym, fitness classes, health suite, and with indoor and outdoor courts and pitches, it is the perfect place for the whole family to get into shape in 2015.

For armchair sports fans, there’s a selection of family friendly bars offering live sports providing a great way to keep up to date with the Rugby World Cup, F1 and Wimbledon over the summer.

Looking for a less sports focussed activity, then check out Brookwood Library, which as well as being home to a wide range of novels and factual books, holds regular events and activities. The library also hires out CDs, DVDs and console games and is a fantastic archive resource for those looking to trace back people and events from years gone by.

When it comes to keeping the whole family entertained, springtime in Bearsden certainly offers a variety of things to enjoy.

St Andrews Brae is a joint venture with Muse Developments and Miller Homes.

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Restful Palettes and Natural Settings

Following on from our last blog, we have some fresh inspiration for decorating your home.  For those looking for some top tips, Rob Burton of Dapa Interiors who designs the show homes on some of our developments, shares his thoughts as to what is set to be on trend this year.

Geometric elements will hold a strong presence throughout 2015. This bold design is great for adding edge to any room through fabrics, accessories and furniture, creating a stylish living space with simple shapes that are intriguing and captivating. Up-cycling and breathing life into pre-loved items is also popular and will help bring an eclectic feel to a room whilst injecting character into furniture.

Natural settings, botanical gardens and leafy greens are set to be a strong influence in the next 12 months, bringing floral and fauna into any room. Whilst copper burnished metals and rose coppers are adorning everything in the kitchen from lighting to cutlery.

Soft coral, mint green and lemonade colours are essential this year. These restful palettes lend themselves perfectly to simple and individual accessories that can bring real character and personality to a room. To add depth, accent a room with bronze, gold and dark greys for a deeper more intense palette.

To help all of our home owners create their dream home and stay on trend, we have launched a new Choices Centre at our new Barley Green development in Warrington. Here we have  experts on hand who are able to give you the best advice on the range of fixtures and fittings that can help make your house a stylish new home.

Our Choices Centres help new home owners select all the finishing touches for their new home, from kitchen cabinets and tiles to carpets and window dressings. To visit one of our Choices Centres, book an appointment through www.miller.co.uk but if you can’t wait until then to get some inspiration for your new home, take a look on our Pinterest page where we have a whole host of interior inspiration. 

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