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Come Dine with Me This Christmas


Our kitchen and dining areas are the perfect spaces to hold a great Christmas dinner party and with the holiday season in full swing, we’re all thinking about creating the perfect atmosphere for a festive get together. No matter who it is you are hosting, we have prepared a few tips and tricks that could help when it comes to organizing.

- Watch your numbers – be sure that you are capable of hosting your guests by keeping the numbers manageable. Make a table plan according to the size of your table and how many chairs you own. A party of six is considered the perfect number as anything above eight counts as catering. Create festive name cards with left over Christmas stationery if you would like to personalise the evening with a seating plan.

- Plan, plan, and plan – it’s crucial to plan your Christmas party as you never know what could go wrong. Think of your menu in advance and ensure that you are confident in preparing it. Stick to your favourite recipes and you won’t put a foot wrong. Once you have your menu chosen and locked in place, make a dedicated trip to the supermarket. Make a list of your ingredients and any party favours so will stick to your budget and won’t pick up any unwanted extras.

- Decide on a theme – sometimes less is more. Choose a festive theme such as reds, golds and greens and try not to incorporate too many decorations on your table. For an even more elegant touch, silver is a great choice. With all the glitz and glamour, make sure that your table doesn’t become cluttered when adding all your plates. Add some Christmas crackers for some fun and offer your guests a drink when they first arrive, they can then bring that glass to the table.

- Complementary surroundings - it is not just your dining table and kitchen that you need to decorate for the party as only decorating one space may look a little odd. Think of where your guests may go and where they might mingle before you serve your food and focus on those areas too. Hang a wreath on your front door for a lovely welcome and wrap some fairy lights around your banisters to enhance the festive atmosphere.

- A Christmas offering – It’s not compulsory but if you have some time, create a little memento of the evening for your guests. It can be simple like a small box of chocolates or bottle of wine, or you can be as creative as you feel. Those name cards would make cracking ornaments for their own trees at home.

To see a range of our kitchens and dining spaces, visit our dedicated pinterest board. We also have a board of Christmas decoration inspiration that could help you when it comes to adding the final touch.

For information on our developments, please visit our website.  

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Location, Location, Location – Kidderminster

Sutton Goldings

Having already detailed some of the most desirable places to live in the UK, our Blog series continues that theme by highlighting the benefits of living at one of our prestigious new developments at the very heart of the country. Sutton Goldings in Kidderminster, is host to a range of three, four and five-bedroom houses, skillfully crafted by our team at Miller Homes.

Sutton Goldings is within walking distance of Kidderminster, nestling in a picturesque part of Worcestershire, just 17 miles from Birmingham city centre and 15 miles from Worcester. Located in the Wyre Forest district, the town can trace its history back to the Anglo-Saxon era and appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086. By the mid-19th century Kidderminster had developed a solid reputation for carpet manufacturing, and continues to export flooring around the globe today.

A well-stocked library and college are popular contemporary features of the historic town, where boaters, cyclists and walkers take advantage of the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal towpath.

Looking further afield, Worcestershire features a favourable mix of charming villages, bustling towns and the magnificent cathedral city of Worcester, set against a backdrop of mature woodland, river valleys, fruit orchards and farmland that hosted some of the largest battles of the English Civil War.

Kidderminster is served by main rail lines to and from London, Birmingham and Worcester, making it a solid choice for commuters. It is also the starting point for day-trippers looking to enjoy the world famous Severn Valley Heritage Railway, which runs for 16 miles to Bridgnorth.

For more information on Sutton Goldings call 0808 250 2171 or visit our website.

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Make Your House A Miller Home This Christmas


What makes your house feel like a home at Christmas? Is it the years old decorations, putting the Christmas tree up with the whole family or inviting the whole street in for mulled wine and mince pies?

Whatever you like to do, here are some of our favourite tips for making sure your home oozes festive cheer this winter.

- Delightful decorations. These are a necessity come Christmas time. No home is complete without them, and whether you opt for a tasteful and sophisticated style or just plain old festive fun, decorating your home is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

- Share with the community. Christmas time is ultimately about giving, so why not invite your neighbours and friends in for a festive glass of mulled wine. Serve piping hot with an orange peel garnish and you’re sure to become the favourite neighbour! The sight and sound of your house buzzing with your nearest and dearest will instantly lift the feeling of your house, and make it feel like a warm and welcoming home ready for Christmas in no time.

- Choose the right Christmas tree. We recommend finding a suitable corner or alcove in which to carefully position your tree, allowing it to be visible and appreciated by the whole family but without being in the way. Alternatively, follow tradition and pop your tree in front of your front window and share the beauty with your neighbours.

- Seasonal smells – there’s nothing quite like the right smells in a home to remind people of Christmas, whether it’s the pine needles from the tree, mince pies in the oven or mulled wine on the stove.  Or why not try some festive potpourri or scented candles to set off the senses?

Let us know how you are preparing for Christmas or send us a picture of your fully decorated home and we’ll share it on social media.

For Christmas decoration inspiration, visit our pinterest board.

For information on our developments, please visit our website.

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2014 Autumn Statement


We are pleased to see that housebuilding continues to form a key part of the Government’s strategy for economic growth and we welcome the additional measures announced by the Chancellor today to provide greater support for the industry.  

Further reforming the planning system by accelerating the speed at which planning decisions are made will have a significant impact on developers’ ability to get on site and begin building much more quickly.   The enhanced economic benefits this will bring, particularly in terms of job creation, are unquestionable.

We have long championed reforms to Stamp Duty Land Tax and are pleased to see the Chancellor introduce a fairer system which will have a very positive impact for the vast majority of homebuyers.   This will create a strong stimulus for the market in addition to those benefits which Help to Buy is already delivering, making it much more affordable for buyers to purchase their first home or move up the property ladder.

Chris Endsor
Chief Executive
Miller Homes

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Location, Location, Location - Crawley Down

Burleigh Woods

As we continue our blog series highlighting some of the most desirable places to live in the UK, we take a look at Crawley Down, West Sussex.

Nestled neatly between London and the south coast, Crawley Down has become increasingly popular with London commuters during recent years but can trace its history all the way back to the Stone Age.

Just 18 miles north of Brighton, the town is popular with people who like to spend time at the coast and those who enjoy the convenience of being able to hop aboard a flight to the world’s major cities, as Gatwick airport is a 30-minute car journey away. In fact, Crawley Down provides excellent all-round transport links. Rail services to London Victoria run from nearby Three Bridges and East Grinstead stations, while the nearest junction of the M23 is just a couple of miles away.

After the end of World War II Crawley Down was designated as a new town by the Government and work began to develop the gaps between the villages of Crawley, Ifield and Three Bridges with the construction of semi-detached family homes and the introduction of industry needed to provide residents with employment.

Today, Crawley Down manages to maintain great provision for families, thanks to a vibrant town centre, complete with a 90-shop mall, and a traditional open-air market on Friday and Saturday. Bluewater shopping and leisure centre at Dartford is just 45 minutes away for those seeking more retail options.

There’s pretty much something for all ages in Crawley Down and entertainment comes in many guises. Popular parks, featuring ornamental gardens and landscaped lawns make the town a popular destination for young and old alike. There’s also a multi-screen cinema and the Hawth Theatre in Crawley Down. The auditorium attracts productions from London’s West End, in addition to professional drama, comedy and touring musicians.

Rolling hills and open countryside are conveniently close to the town, whose residents have ready access to the 18-hole municipal golf course at Tilgate Forest, a scenic course that is rated as one of the best municipal courses in the country. This sits within 400 acres of what was once part of the Tilgate Estate, full of trees, shrubs and natural beauty.

Education and health amenities rank highly on many family priority lists. With Crawley Down home to many well-performing primary and secondary schools and more than its share of NHS dentists, GP surgeries and nearby hospitals, it ticks another important box with many house hunters.

For more information on the Miller Homes development at Burleigh Woods, Crawley Down, please click here.

Find happy buyer testimonials and photographs on our Pinterest board.

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