Settling Into The Acres

Miller Homes sales adviser at The Acres Kayleigh Roberts and home owner at The Acres Colin Douglas

A Northhumberland couple have made their dream of finding their retirement home a reality with the help of Miller HomesPart Exchange* scheme.

Having lived in their previous home for 31 years, Colin and Diane Douglas spent almost two years searching for a new home offering rural living whilst still being close to local amenities, and found just that at The Acres in Bedlington.  

After seeing their children grow up and move out of the family home into places of their own, Colin and Diane were looking to upgrade their home and take advantage of the low maintenance that comes with owning a new build home, so were delighted to secure a spacious four-bedroom Esk. 

The couple took advantage of Part Exchange* which allowed them to swap their old home for a brand new Miller home, without the stress of having to sell.

For existing home owners, Part Exchange* allows buyers to swap their old home for a new Miller home, enabling them to upsize, downsize or swap like-for-like without the stress of having to sell their current home. If a property qualifies for Part Exchange* Miller Homes will guarantee to buy at a price based on independent valuations. This eliminates advertising costs and estate agent’s fees and also allows buyers to continue living in their current property until their new home is ready for them to move into.

Colin said: “Our old home held so many fond memories as we lived there for such a long time, so when we began considering a move, we knew it was going to take something special for us to give that up.

“After searching for almost two years with little success, we visited The Acres and immediately knew it was the place we wanted to call home. We were taken with the exclusive feel of the development, its rural location and being so close to nature, as we enjoy going for long walks with our Border Collie Kimmy.

“We viewed the development’s showhome, The Esk, and loved the design of this housetype. We spoke to the sales adviser Kayleigh who was very helpful and talked us through the different options available to us, including the Part Exchange* scheme, which was such a straightforward process and really took the uncertainty and stress out of moving.

“My favourite feature in our home is the kitchen/diner as it is very spacious and great for entertaining, especially when family and friends come to visit. We are already seeing the benefits of living in a new build home as it is very energy efficient and our maintenance costs are low. I also have more time to do the things I enjoy rather than having to spend time on continuous DIY jobs.

“We are so happy in our new home and would recommend Miller Homes to anyone looking for a new build - a friend of ours has already bought a Miller home at Wheatfields in Seaton Delaval on our recommendation!”

Andrew Somerville, regional sales manager at Miller Homes North East, added: “Colin and Diane were keen to find a home surrounded by the beautiful Northumberland countryside which they could enjoy during their retirement. I’m really pleased that our Acres development has offered them exactly what they were looking for.

“By taking advantage of our Part Exchange* scheme, they were able to avoid any stress which comes with selling a property, as well as the security of knowing they could carry on living in their old home until their new Miller home was ready.

“We are delighted to have been able to help Colin and Diane with their home buying experience which has allowed them to find the perfect setting for this exciting new stage in their lives.”

The Acres is a development of 60 homes, with prices currently starting from £228,950**. For more information on The Acres call the development on 03331 307 864 or visit


As well as The Acres in Bedlington, homebuyers can also choose from Wheatfields in Seaton Delaval, Portland Wynd in Blyth, Heritage Green in Backworth, Park View in Gateshead, Scholars Gate in Houghton-le-Spring, Wheatlands Chase in Redcar, Acklam Woods in Acklam and Clairville Grange in Middlesbrough.

Disclaimer: *Part Exchange is subject to availability, status and eligibility. All offers are plot specific and subject to Miller Homes’ standard terms and conditions. These are limited offers and may be withdrawn without notice. Estate Agent’s fees paid for following instruction made by or on behalf of Miller Homes. No reimbursement will be made for marketing fees or Energy Performance Certificate or Home Report instructed prior to reservation. This offer is subject to a satisfactory homebuyers report. Your present home must meet certain basic qualifying criteria to be eligible for Part Exchange. Customers’ move in date is subject to build programme and completion. Part Exchange does not guarantee a like for like exchange. There may be a cap on the value of property we can accept under this scheme.

**Upgrades available at an additional cost.

Type: Consumer

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