Acorn Life 2023/2024

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The Liner, Falmouth - Photo Credit: Beach Retreats



Cross Farm, Wedmore, Somerset


Welcome to the latest edition of Acorn Life.

I am pleased to say that the South West and Acorn have continued to flourish despite events of the last few years thanks to the professionalism and skills of the Acorn team.

Acorn continues to be driven by our ‘different by design’ ethos and we take pride in delivering thoughtfully designed homes and communities. The environment and sustainability also continue to be at the forefront of our design and build process, as you will see demonstrated by Acorn Green features in this issue of Acorn Life. We are now delivering more homes that are EPC rated A and continuing the move away from using gas reliant heating and hot water systems where possible.

We have continued to grow our presence across the South West and have acquired further sites in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, the Cotswolds, Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and South Wales. Our portfolio demonstrates an exceptional range of homes offering something for every lifestyle - from a coastal escape, an urban or rural haven, space for a growing family or a dream retirement home, we’re sure to have a property for you.

This issue is packed full of information on new developments, area spotlights and enlightening features, so we hope you enjoy the read and look forward to welcoming you to your new home or as an investor in the future.




Introduction from our founder and chairman, Romy Summerskill.


Cornwall Living

Cornwall offers fresh coastal air and an abundance of world-renowned beaches and eateries, explore a relaxed pace of life.


Devon Living

Sandwiched between Somerset and Cornwall, Devon has so much to offer whether you choose to move to the North or South – discover our favourite spots.


Somerset Living

Somerset, the county with the trendiest reputation in the South West - discover some hidden corners of the countryside.


South Wales Living Picturesque countryside stretches for miles - South Wales is known for its beautiful landscape and much more.


Wiltshire Living

A treasure trove of historic sites and a fantastic foodie scene, Wiltshire is now a top choice for those looking for a countryside move.


Bristol Living

Bristol, the city in the South West that has it all; it’s not hard to see why it has become such a popular choice in recent years.

London Living

London offers rich history, iconic landmarks and diverse cultures, it is no wonder people from all over the globe flock to its bustling metropolis.

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Women in Construction

Meet Jacqui and Denise – two women who have forged great careers in the construction industry.


EPC Ratings Explained

EPC is the acronym frequently mentioned when moving home, find out more about what it means and how you could improve your rating.






Energy Efficient New Homes

New build homes are becoming more energy efficient than ever, resulting in energy usage that is considerably less than older properties - find out why.

Our Green Partners

Discover our green partners Internorm and Worcester Bosch and their latest engineering design solutions to make homes more energy efficient.

Construction Challenges

From the refurbishment of a Grade II listed building to an incredible new development, Steve Bradley speaks about embracing the challenges of delivering new homes.


A New Lease of Life

Julian Hampson, our Group Design Director, talks about our individual approach to design, sustainability and creating a sense of place.



Discover our diverse commercial portfolio that includes office buildings, retail spaces, industrial units, and mixed-use developments.


Invest in Acorn

Find out how you can invest in Acorn through a range of redeemable share investment products.


Meet the Team

Meet our sales team at The Old Printworks to find out what they love about Frome and the benefits of a new build home.


A New Life in Frome

Meet Ali and Sophie, our new residents at The Old Printworks –read about how they fell in love with Frome.


Buying with Acorn

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, upsizing, downsizing or buying for investment, we’re here to help.


Charities & Sponsorships

Communities are at the heart of what we do, read about some of the charities we support.



Don’t just take our word for it, our homes are award-winning.

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Labelled ‘the most fashionable place to live in the UK’ by The Times – read our spotlight to find out why.


Rich in history and culture, Exeter offers a satisfying balance of city convenience, countryside and coast, with gorgeous views, miles of rolling countryside, winding footpaths and areas of outstanding beauty.


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Nestled in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, sits Urchfont, a picturesque village exuding quintessential English charm.


Greet is a charming small village located in the county of Gloucestershire, in the heart of the Cotswolds – find out about why we think it’s a great place to make a home.


Cornwall Living

Cornwall offers an unrivalled lifestyle in idyllic locations, filled with fresh coastal air and an abundance of world-renowned beaches and eateries. From countryside cliffs to hidden coves, traditional fishing villages to historical sites, you’ll be sure to leave dreaming of a charming Cornish life. Here are some of our favourite spots for a holiday home or a new life by the sea.

Cornwall’s most northerly coastal town, Bude, is a bustling seaside town with a lively atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a variety of water sports, such as surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, or take a stroll along the sandy beaches and clifftop paths.

Take the scenic route 35 miles south of Bude and you’ll find yourself in the celebrated town of Padstow. Famed for its outstanding array of foodie offerings for one small fishing village, Padstow is just a short ride across the estuary from Rock – the upmarket village popular with celebrities and boating enthusiasts.

Just next door to Padstow is Constantine Bay –this rugged coastline is a popular spot for surfing and swimming, and is known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, with its clear turquoise waters and soft golden sand, it's the perfect place to relax and become mesmerised by the roar of the Atlantic waves.

Twenty minutes further south, via some winding country lanes, you will come across Trevarrian, situated between Watergate Bay and Mawgan

Porth on the beautifully rugged North Cornwall Coast, this quaint hamlet is set among stunning coastline of golden beaches and sand dunes.

On the south coast, the sea becomes softer, calmer and the climate is that little bit warmer. Here you’ll find Falmouth – with streets lined with palm trees, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere further afield! Falmouth is cosmopolitan and creative, it has an annual festival rooted in the town’s maritime heritage, outstanding beaches, glistening water and glorious green spaces, as well as numerous little galleries along steep cobbled streets - this fishing town with a creative flair is perfect for a daytrip, a holiday or a home.

Around 11 miles north of Falmouth is Cornwall’s capital of Truro – a foodie and shopping destination, filled with cobbled streets and historic architecture including a beautiful gothic cathedral.

Alternatively, a further half an hour cross country will take you to Duporth – situated within walking distance of the unspoilt Georgian port of Charlestown, Duporth offers a secluded beach only accessible via the South West Coast Path –the blue of the sea is enchanting and guaranteed to make you want to stay.

Escapism at its best; from the glorious coastline, to the history and fabulous foodie scene, whether you plan to visit Cornwall for a holiday or make a home, there is so much to choose from!

Falmouth - Photo Credit - Beach Retreats
Constantine Bay Duporth


Market Quay is an exclusive collection of fourteen 1 to 4 bedroom houses, duplexes and apartments, along with three commercial units.

Each home will be finished to a luxurious specification, with open plan living and benefit from allocated parking, boat storage and private outdoor space. Situated in a prime location, Falmouth offers everything from superb, Blue Flag beaches to sailing, cliff walking and a bustling town centre with a wide range of high-quality cafés, shops, galleries and restaurants.

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Contemporary seaside living

The Courtyard at Duporth

FINAL 2 BEDS FROM £360,000

Manor Farm Road, Duporth PL26 6AH

Centered around a Grade II listed clock tower and landscaped courtyard, these new homes are in an enviable location near the picturesque village of Charlestown overlooking St Austell Bay.

• A collection of thirty-eight 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, bungalows and houses – with only a few remaining

• Private access to woodland and a sheltered beach

• Southerly aspect and sea views

• Exclusively for those over 55

The Courtyard at Duporth

Old County Hall, Truro


Old County Hall, Truro TR1 3HA

Situated in Cornwall’s capital city, a refurbishment and sympathetic conversion of a Grade II listed stone building, together with carefully-designed new build apartments to offer relaxed urban living.

• 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and townhouses

• Built around historic courtyards and grounds

• Accessible location

• A 2-minute walk from the railway station

Market Quay, Falmouth


Market Street, Falmouth TR11 3AB

Situated in a prime location in Falmouth, with direct water access and views to St Mawes. Falmouth offers everything from superb, Blue Flag beaches to sailing, cliff walking and a bustling town centre.

• Fourteen, 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses, duplexes and apartments

• Private outdoor space and allocated parking

• Boat storage

Old County Hall, Truro
The Padstow Collection - Sold off plan 2022 The Liner - Completed 2022 Treglos - Sold off plan 2022

Devon Living

Two coastlines – one wild, one calm – two National Parks – one dramatic and vast, one tranquil and soft. Granite-topped peaks, turquoise bays and soft, sandy beaches. Dolphins and seals can be found around its shores while salmon and trout also swim in pristine rivers and butterflies float through wildflower meadows. This is Devon.

Sandwiched between Somerset and Cornwall, Devon has so much to offer whether you choose to move to the North or South, but the common element across the whole of Devon is the beautiful scenic views - with over a third of the county classed as a protected Area Of Natural Beauty, we’re here to share some of our favourite areas across the county if you’re thinking of making the move to the South West.

In the choppy north shores, you’ll find Lee Bay, Ilfracombe – a secluded beach regarded by many as the ‘jewel in the crown of Lee.’ The picturesque village of Lee enjoys a maritime climate and offers some stunning local walks. During the flowering season many of the village hedgerows are ablaze with the scarlet flowers causing Lee to be locally referred to as 'Fuchsia Valley.' Surfing aficionados will enjoy being close to Saunton Sands and Croyde and slightly further south are the popular towns of Woolacombe and Barnstaple.

If you move to the south of the county, you’ll find the cosmopolitan and historic University town of

Exeter. A fantastic hub of culture, eateries, shops and architecture – a beautiful city to sit and watch the world go by and soak up the atmosphere. St. Leonards is a particularly sought-after area of Exeter – close to the city centre, with its own community of independent shops, delis and cafés.

Moving south to Exmouth, with two miles of golden sand and a South West facing shoreline. Exmouth Beach is the perfect place to try your hand at a variety of water sports. For a one-of-a-kind experience on the water, River Exe Café ticks all the boxes – it’s a floating café, so only accessible by boat or water taxi – a great experience!

Further south is the vibrant and quirky town of Totnes – a creative and bustling market town at the head of the River Dart, you’ll find plenty of surprises and delights as you wander the streets, markets and independent boutiques.

Half an hour south of Totnes is Chillington – just 10 miles from the upmarket and beautiful sailing town of Salcombe, Chillington is a pretty village straddling the scenic route between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.

So depending on whether you prefer rolling countryside hills, surfing beaches, sailing estuaries, or city living, Devon offers something for everyone.

River Dart, Totnes East Portlemouth Exmouth
Lee Bay, Ilfracombe Exeter

Rolle Gardens is an exclusive collection of thirty-three 1 to 4 bedroom houses and apartments, in the idyllic coastal town of Exmouth.

The new homes feature a low maintenance modern design, with open plan spaces, floor to ceiling windows, and high-quality specification. Located less than a 10-minute walk from Exmouth waterfront, and within easy access of the Jurassic Coast, the development is set amidst leafy surroundings.

DOUGLAS AVENUE, EXMOUTH EX8 2FA For further information:
Call 01392 799 255
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St. Leonards Quarter, Exeter

FROM £245,000

Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 3NF

A stunning collection of one-hundred and forty-six energy-efficient 1 to 5 bedroom houses and apartments, located in the highly sought-after St. Leonards neighbourhood.

• Within walking distance of the city centre, the quayside and renowned schools

• Perfectly positioned to explore the South West and the rest of the of the country

• Close to the busy Magdalen Road, with its array of independent shops and restaurants

Lee Bay, North Devon


Lee, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 8LR

Lee Bay will offer a stunning collection of twenty-one 2 to 4 bedroom coastal properties. Surrounded by rugged cliffs, picturesque beaches and stunning natural scenery, these homes are perfectly situated for those seeking a tranquil and relaxed lifestyle.

• Prime North Devon position with far-reaching coastal views

• Communal garden and parking for residents

• Designed to a high-quality specification featuring sustainable elements

Exeter Quay, Exeter

Green Park, Chillington COMING SOON

Off Green Park Way, Chillington, South Hams TQ7 2HY

Located five miles from the bustling estuary town of Kingsbridge and just two miles from the coast and South West Coast Path at Torcross, Green Park is ideally located to explore both land and sea.

• Phase 1 - Seventeen bespoke 3 & 4 bedroom houses

• Within walking distance of Chillington’s village amenities

• Contemporary living designed to a high-quality specification

Oliver Buildings, Barnstaple COMING SOON

Taw Wharf, Barnstaple EX31 2AA

A mixed-use scheme, the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Oliver Buildings will feature forty-seven new 1 to 3 bedroom apartments along with shops, restaurants and commercial space becoming a destination for people to live, work and relax.

• Adjacent to the River Taw

• Known as the ‘social heart of North Devon’ due to its central location

• Exmoor National Park nearby

Green Park, Chillington

The View at Woolacombe


Beach Road, Woolacombe EX34 7AB

This former hotel is set to deliver a new collection of apartments and houses. Situated within a prominent location on the entrance to the town, Woolacombe boasts a three-mile-long stretch of golden sands.

• Situated within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

• Excellent links to the award-winning beach and local amenities

• Contemporary high-quality finish

The View at Woolacombe

Riverside at Baltic Wharf


St Peter’s Quay, Totnes TQ9 5EW

Located in the heart of the historic town of Totnes, Devon, the redevelopment of Baltic Wharf is an exciting opportunity to deliver a dynamic mixed-use scheme on the banks of the River Dart, to suit the current and future needs of the local community.

• Regeneration of a brownfield site, creating a vibrant new community

• Mixed-use development including co-working premises

• Creating new employment opportunities in the area

Rolle Gardens

FROM £245,000

Douglas Avenue, Exmouth EX8 2FA

Located on the picturesque east coast of Devon, Rolle Gardens offers the very best in modern living, just a stone's throw away from the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

• A bespoke collection of thirty-three 1 to 4 bedroom houses and apartments

• Featuring the conversion of a Grade II listed building

• Less than a 10-minute walk from Exmouth waterfront and the town centre

River Dart, Totnes
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Somerset Living

Somerset is rapidly becoming one of the most desirable counties in the country. Not only is it popular for a rural escape, it’s a food lovers paradise, a bohemian bolthole and a cultural sanctuary. Regular transport links to London in under two hours make commuting an option for hybrid working, whilst you also have the convenience of being within easy reach of Bath and Bristol, not to mention being accessible to the rest of the South West for weekends by the coast – Somerset is the county that provides the best of town and country living.

The reputation of Bruton and Frome lead the Somerset charge, but the county is littered with similarly wonderful but less known villages.

Frome - one of the most sought-after towns in the West Country, is a quirky and artistic market town boasting a creative artisan atmosphere and vibrant independent spirit. The first Sunday of every month the town hosts ‘The Frome Independent’, when the steep, cobbled, boutiquelined-streets become filled with stalls belonging to independent traders with stylish crafted goods, antiques and street food – you can easily spend a day getting lost here.

Equally desirable Bruton is 10 miles from Frome and is a hub for art, design and food. Full of character and charm, the high street has a Michelin-starred restaurant alongside traditional, albeit award winning, cheese shops and delis. A short walk from the centre and you’ll find worldrenowned contemporary art gallery, Hauser & Wirth – with other locations such as New York, LA, Zurich, Hong Kong and London, visiting Bruton will certainly make you forget you’re in a corner of the Somerset countryside. A couple of miles out of

town and you’ll discover The Newt – a spectacular converted stately home, that is now a hotel and spa with amazing gardens, restaurants and much more. Impeccable is the only way to describe The Newt - ideal for garden enthusiasts, for a weekend of luxury, or a delicious lunch with spectacular views across the rolling Mendip Hills.

Meanwhile the bustling village of Wedmore, a little further into the Somerset countryside, has a rich Anglo-Saxon history set in the Somerset Levels with the Mendip Hills as a picturesque backdrop. In classic English village style, Wedmore has a deli, cheese shop and a butchers – all family owned with produce coming from a farm in the village.

If you’d prefer to experience suburban Somerset that balances town living with beautiful unspoilt surrounding woodlands, whilst being just 20-minutes outside of Bristol, then North Somerset’s Nailsea is perfect - with good schools and a bustling town centre.

We also love Wrington, situated south of Bristol and beautifully positioned to enjoy expansive green open space and lakes. Take a walk around Blagdon Lake and enjoy the varied wildlife and calm gentle sounds of the water, followed by a lunch at the Ethicurean – a restaurant that promises to wow the senses and ensure you are connected with nature with its expanse of gardens for home grown produce and views for miles.

Somerset was once the county most famous for cider, it is now the county that everyone wants to move to – it’s accessible whilst still feeling like you’ve escaped and yet it’s cool without being pretentious. The ideal combination.

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Cheddar Gorge Catherine Hill, Frome
Ashton Windmill, Wedmore

The Old Printworks is an award-winning collection of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes located within walking distance of Frome's popular town centre.

These beautiful new homes offer modern living inspired by nature, with sustainable features, high-quality specification and bespoke design. Explore open green space, links to riverside walks and a children’s play area.

The development is well-served by schools and is within walking distance of the town centre, Frome train station and adjacent to the River Frome.

FROM £270,000 CAXTON ROAD, FROME BA11 1NE For further information: Call 01373 888 303 Visit ACORN BRISTOL
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Modern homes designed with sustainability & wellbeing in mind

Longcroft at Cubis Bruton

FROM £445,000

Cuckoo Hill, Bruton BA10 0AF

A collection of highly contemporary and energy-efficient new homes set within the stunning Somerset countryside, yet within easy reach of larger towns and cities.

• Twenty-eight 3 & 4 bedroom houses

• EPC rated A

• Beautiful landscaping to blend nature and design in harmony

• Easy access to Bruton’s trendy high street, declared ‘most fashionable place to live in the UK’ by The Times

Saxonvale, Frome COMING SOON

Saxonvale, Frome BA11 1PS

An exciting new sustainable town centre neighbourhood along the banks of the River Frome, delivering a characterful and vibrant, residential-led mixed-use community.

• The regeneration of a prime brownfield site and delivery of 300 new energy-efficient homes

• Flexible commercial space, riverside café, park and green open space

• Sustainable lifestyle where residents can live, work and relax

Gatcombe Orchard, Wrington COMING SOON

West Hay Road, Wrington BS40 5NW

Stunning new homes surrounded on all sides by open countryside and within easy access of village amenities and great transport links.

• Thirty-four, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes

• EPC rated A

• Beautiful communal orchard and new children’s play area

• Under 5 miles from the airport and 13 miles from Bristol city centre


Bucklands Place, Nailsea


Trendlewood Way, Nailsea BS48 4PQ

Situated in one of the most desirable spots in the thriving town of Nailsea, these carefully curated modern new homes offer the best of both worlds – countryside on your doorstep and excellent travel links to larger towns and cities, and only a 10-minute walk to the train station.

• Seventeen 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses

• Well served by a range of schools

• EPC rated A

• Easy access to the M5

The Close at Cross Farm


Cross Farm, Wedmore BS28 4ED

Perfectly positioned in the picturesque Somerset village of Wedmore, adjacent to our previous highly successful scheme, Cross Farm. The Close will offer beautifully designed new homes, ideal for enjoying a modern rural lifestyle.

• Nine, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes

• Idyllic countryside views

• A short walk away from the village amenities

• EPC rated A

The Old Printworks, Frome

FROM £270,000

Caxton Road, Frome BA11 1NE

Award-winning contemporary new homes located in the vibrant town of Frome. Built with wellbeing in mind, the homes enjoy access to open green space, a new link to riverside walks and walking distance to the train station.

• 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses and apartments

• Access to 1.5 acres of green open space

• Less than 1 mile to Frome town centre

• Triple glazing, superior insulation and access to EV charging


A collection of thirty-one 2 to 4 bedroom homes, in the picturesque village of Wedmore, carefully designed to blend with nature

WEDMORE, SOMERSET - PHASE 1 COMPLETED 2021 Cowbridge Rest Bay Bute Park, Cardiff
Gower Penninsula Rest Bay Beach, Porthcawl

South WalesLiving

Picturesque countryside stretches for miles across hills and wooded valleys, whilst rolling waves crash on shifting sands, South Wales is known for its beautiful landscape. Home to major cities like Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, as well as numerous villages, the region is characterised by a vibrant culture with a thriving music scene, many museums and galleries, and a strong Welsh heritage.

Nestled between Cardiff, the countryside and an idyllic coastline is the Vale of Glamorgan, famous for its beauty and historic landmarks, such as the medieval ruins of the Castle of St Donat and the 12th century Ewenny Priory. The region features a traditional pier and promenade, as well as long, sandy and dog-friendly beaches. It also offers dynamic cliff walks, with incredible views across the Bristol Channel.

Located at the centre of the Vale of Glamorgan, are Bonvilston and the vibrant market town of Cowbridge. Dating back to Norman times, historic Bonvilston is full of character and offers a selection of traditional pubs, a much loved community hall with a busy events calendar, a village shop and is known for its natural beauty, with many walking and cycling routes. The village is also well served by highly regarded schools, such as St Nicholas, Peterson-super-Ely and Cowbridge Comprehensive.

Less than a 10-minute drive from Bonvilston, is the lively town of Cowbridge. A haven of independent

retailers blended with high street favourites, and a town rich in coffee shop culture, restaurants, bars and pubs with offerings of the highest quality and diversity. It has a number of notable buildings, including the 13th century Church of the Holy Cross, and the Cowbridge Physic Garden, a beautiful restored 18th century medicinal herb garden.

Not far from Newport is Caerleon, famous for its renowned significance as a former Roman fortress and a medieval centre of learning. Today, the town is a popular destination, with attractions such as the National Roman Legion Museum, the Roman amphitheatre and the Caerleon Roman Baths. It is also known for its picturesque setting on the River Usk and its proximity to the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Moving towards the beautiful coast, Porthcawl is situated on the Bristol Channel. The town is known for its beaches and promenade, as well as a number of parks and gardens, but also benefits from a variety of amenities including the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. Considered the number one golf course in Wales, it features an impeccable course and a spectacular coastal setting with sensational views. One of the main attractions is the incredible Rest Bay beach, a Blue Flag-awarded beach popular all year round. The magnificent sea conditions and the marine wildlife attract surfers and sports enthusiasts who seek for the perfect swell, together with walkers and bathers in the summer months.

28 BONVILSTON - VALE OF GLAMORGAN 4 & 5 BEDS FROM £685,000 BONVILSTON, CARDIFF CF5 6TR For further information: Call 01446 489 407 Visit ACORN CARDIFF
an incredible collection of 2 to 5 bedroom homes, perfectly positioned in the tranquil village of Bonvilston.
designed with a modern lifestyle in mind,
and spacious living spaces
development. Countryside living enhanced by bespoke design IN BONVILSTON, VALE OF GLAMORGAN
offers open
coupled with a sophisticated specification. Complementing its surroundings, green open space and private gardens are prominent through the
Final homes remaining in Phase 1!

Tempus at Parc y Coleg, Caerleon COMING SOON

Lodge Rd, Caerleon, Newport NP18 3QT

An exciting new collection of homes located in a historic location and featuring the conversion of a Grade II listed building. Enjoy the beauty of Caerleon while being ideally situated close to cities like Newport and Cardiff.

• Forty-six new 1 to 4 bedroom homes

• Refurbishment and conversion of a Grade II listed building

• Exceptional location ideal for commuters and walking distance to the town centre

The Links, Rest Bay

FINAL 2 & 3 BEDS FROM £445,000

Rest Bay, Porthcawl CF36 3UP

Sympathetically designed to blend old with new, The Links features the refurbishment and conversion of a Victorian Grade II listed building set standing proudly overlooking Rest Bay. In addition, The 18th presents a carefully curated collection of contemporary new build apartments.

• Final few 2 & 3 bedroom apartments remaining

• Overlooking the top surfing beach in South Wales

• Next to the world renowned Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

• Make your coastal dream a reality

The Links, Rest Bay

Cottrell Gardens, Bonvilston

4 & 5 BEDS FROM £685,000


Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff CF5 6FU

Ideally situated in one of the Vale of Glamorgan’s most sought-after areas, and within a 5 miles of the desirable market town of Cowbridge and 9 miles of Cardiff. These bespoke homes are perfectly positioned to enjoy the best of village life, modern living and access to the city.

• Final 4 & 5 bedroom houses on Phase 1

• Modern layout and high-quality specification

• Overlooking the award-winning Cottrell Park Golf Course

• Sustainable features throughout and EPC rated B


The Vale Resort, Hensol CF72 8JX

A stunning collection of carefully designed new homes uniquely located within the extensive grounds of the illustrious and historic Hensol Estate. Enjoy the tranquillity of waking up within a parkland setting whilst being within easy access of excellent schools and transport links.

• Two spectacular phases offering sixteen 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom houses

• Countryside and parkland surroundings

• Conveniently positioned 1 mile from the M4 and 11 miles from Cardiff city centre

Vale of Glamorgan
The Links, Rest Bay - Interior ACORNLIFE

Wiltshire Living

Landlocked between Somerset, Dorset, Berkshire and Gloucestershire and making up a large part of the Cotswolds, Wiltshire is the county that has been the South West’s best kept secret. However with its magnificent countryside, idyllic villages and fantastic transport links to London and Bristol Wiltshire is now a top choice for those looking for a countryside move.

Wiltshire is a treasure trove of historic sites and with views that combine the honey hues of the Cotswold stone with cornflower blue skies and sprawling green countryside, it’s no wonder that it’s a regular filming destination for period TV dramas, as well a regularly frequented by celebrities

Here are our favourite spots in Wiltshire if you’re thinking of making a move.

Sherston is a picture-perfect village, situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, it is known for its quaint, historic charm. Sherston's high street is lined with beautiful, traditional buildings, including a 14th-century church and several old coaching inns. The village is surrounded by rolling hills and scenic countryside, making it a popular destination for walkers and hikers. Sherston also has a thriving community spirit, with several local events and festivals throughout the year including an annual carnival and a Big Picnic and Boules tournament - a delightful village that offers a glimpse into traditional English village life.

Thirty miles south of Sherston is the equally pretty village of Urchfont. With a similar quintessentially English village feel, Urchfont is well-known for its annual summer Scarecrow Festival. The festival attracts thousands of visitors each year and is a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate their creativity and sense of fun. Urchfont also has the benefit of being

around 12 miles west of Marlborough – a charming market town, famed mainly for its top independent school, however shopping enthusiasts should also not miss Marlborough, with its lovely old buildings and fantastic antiques shops.

Neighbouring Gloucestershire has many equally pretty villages and towns – including Fairford, a desirable Cotswold market town filled with beautiful stone houses. Plus Greet, just outside of the Cotswolds, is close to both Cheltenham and the popular town of Winchcombe – it’s great for families with many highly regarded schools in the area.

Wiltshire’s public gardens are beautiful, with those at Stourhead, Bowood House, Abbey House Gardens and Larmer Tree all well worth a visit. Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury, combines historic buildings (including the ruins of a striking 12th-century abbey) with appealing countryside walks; as does Lacock, a village owned by the National Trust with quiet lanes of medieval, halftimbered houses that are the setting for many films and popular TV series, Downton Abbey.

Food lovers should visit Castle Combe and Malmesbury – The Dining Room in Malmesbury offers a Michelin Starred experience with a 7 course set menu of creative cuisine, while Bybrook in Castle Combe is one of the last true country house hotels, a manor house that sits within 365 acres of manicured gardens – dining here, with its Michelin Star, is a very formal yet unforgettable experience.

History, food, countryside – Wiltshire ticks all the boxes in our opinion, so if you’re thinking of making the move – don’t hesitate, Wiltshire is a goldmine of great places to stay, see and enjoy!

Steam Railway
Local Market Bowood House and Gardens Caen Locks
Palladian Bridge

Hazel Green, Urchfont

FROM £550,000

Off Crookwood Lane, Urchfont, Wiltshire SN10 4SL

Located in the idyllic village of Urchfont, Hazel Green offers an exclusive collection of nine 3 & 4 bedroom detached houses boasting scenic countryside views. These bespoke properties will offer a high-quality specification with an energy-efficient design.

• Neighbouring open green space and picturesque surroundings

• Award-winning village offering a range of amenities and famous for their Scarecrow festival

• EPC rated A, including Air Source Heat Pumps

Pickwick, Corsham


Bath Road, Pickwick, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 0BT

Located in the rural Wiltshire countryside, Pickwick will offer an exclusive collection of houses. Offering the very best in sustainable contemporary living with great access to the picturesque village and charming country delights.

• A short walk into Corsham

• Designed to a high-quality specification with bespoke features

• Ample outdoor space

Hazel Green, Urchfont


Sopworth Road, Sherston, Wiltshire SN16 0QB

Stanbridge Park will bring together a bespoke collection of forty-five 2 to 5 bedroom homes along with plans to provide a new doctors surgery to further enhance this rural community in the sought-after village of Sherston.

• Idyllic Cotswold village with local amenities

• A 10-minute drive away from the motorway and connections to Bristol, Swindon, Bath, and London

• Based within an active and close community regularly hosting festivals, plays, and art events

Manor Court, Greet

FROM £795,000

Market Lane, Greet, Gloucestershire GL54 5BJ

Nestled in the tranquil village of Greet, Manor Court offers just six luxury 4 & 5 bedroom detached houses. With the historic town of Winchcombe on the doorstep, this outstanding rural location is well served by amenities and excellent schools.

• Village location tucked away in the Cotswold Hills

• Within easy access of the thriving market town of Winchcombe

• A short drive from both Broadway and Cheltenham

Coln House School, Fairford COMING SOON

Horcott Rd, Fairford, Gloucestershire GL7 4DB

The regeneration of a former school site in the desirable Cotswold market town of Fairford will see the delivery of thirty-three beautiful new homes. Featuring the careful conversion of Coln House, a Grade II listed school house and other historic buildings along with meticulously designed new build homes.

• A quintessential Cotswolds village location within close walking distance of the High Street

• Contemporary living designed to a high-quality sustainable specification


Bristol Living

Bristol, the city in the South West that has it all – great history and great modern culture, it’s well connected, diverse and interesting. In recent years, more and more people have chosen to relocate from larger cities to the South West, particularly Bristol, and given that Bristol is known for its independent spirit, employment opportunities, and vibrant world class street art; with the likes of Banksy cropping up in weird and wonderful places all over the city, it’s not hard to see why it has become such a popular choice.

When it comes to trendy communities and dynamic neighbourhoods, the area of St. Werburghs is the place to be. Home to our previous scheme Brooks Dye Works, here you will find urban green space offering a peaceful escape and community led initiatives promoting sustainability. One of the most iconic features is no doubt the street art, decorating the area with its unique character gaining international recognition.

On the west side of Bristol lies Clifton, one of the most beautiful areas of the city with streets lined with majestic Georgian architecture and featuring one of the most recognisable landmarks in Bristol; The Clifton Suspension Bridge. Sauntering through Clifton you will find picturesque streets, galleries and an abundance of cafes and independent boutiques.

Positioned in the heart of Bristol, is an enchanting location; the harbourside – an attractive, modern dockside district filled with restaurants, bars and hotels, and home to Brandon Yard – a completed Acorn development, offering an exclusive collection of fifty-eight 1,2- & 3-bedroom homes.

A short walk from Brandon Yard you will find Wapping Wharf on Spike Island – a flourishing

neighbourhood in the heart of the harbourside where people can live, shop, eat and relax by the city’s glistening waterfront. Featuring numerous fantastic food spots, weather whether you fancy Spanish Tapas in a converted cargo container from Gambas or tacos inspired by Mexico City from Cargo Cantina, there are options to satisfy all tastebuds. Also on Spike Island is the location of our new homes located in this area - Cumberland Road, which will feature a bespoke collection of twenty-two 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and duplexes, perfect for the urban lifestyle.

Also in the heart of Bristol you will find Alliance House – an Acorn development completed in 2022 – a mixed-use development comprising forty-four studio and 1 bedroom apartments with commercial units on the ground and basement floors – the perfect starter homes for Bristol’s many young professionals.

Bristol is known to have one of the most exciting food scenes in the UK right now – there is abundance of charming little restaurants with big reputations, including Little French in Westbury Park, serving classic French dishes with a modern twist, or a new addition to the Michelin guide is Cor - a vibrant and stylish restaurant located in the heart of Bedminster. With an eclectic ‘casual fine dining’ menu and scandi-style décor, Cor has quickly become a go-to destination for foodies and locals alike.

Bristol offers everything you’d expect from a big city yet is only a stone’s throw from the South West’s beautiful coastline and green countryside. If you like cities that are forward-thinking with a relaxed, liberal feel to them then Bristol is definitely for you.

Brooks Dye Works, Bristol
Alliance House - Completed 2022 Brandon Yard - Completed 2019 Brooks Dye Works - Completed 2022

London Living

London is no doubt, one of the most attractive cities in Europe, in fact, the world. Offering rich history, iconic landmarks and diverse cultures, it is no wonder people from all over the globe flock to its bustling metropolis. With an abundance of varying neighbourhoods, there’s plenty to explore. Let's dive deeper into South East London, an area in which we are extremely familiar with, having developed over 40 schemes in this location.

London’s South Bank is an eclectic blend of old-world charm with modern amenities. From its historic landmarks to its trendy cafes and boutiques. Once home to many factory and dock workers in the early 20th century, the area has undergone significant transformation over the years.

Drawing visitors from all over, this corridor of South East London is famous for its well known markets. Taking place every Friday morning is the Bermondsey Antiques market. Here, visitors can browse a vast selection of antiques and collectibles. Known for its bustling atmosphere and diverse range of offerings is the renowned Maltby Street market. A popular food and drink market open on Saturdays and Sundays, offering a wide selection of high-quality food and beverages from a range of independent traders.

Throughout its recent regeneration, this part of Southwark has managed to retain its unique character and charm. The neighbourhood is home to several artisan cafés, boutiques and galleries. One of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, White Cube resides here, making it a popular destination for artists, designers and creatives alike and it is steeped in history, with many historical buildings and landmarks to see, such as the renowned Tower Bridge. It’s easy to

find inspiration in the local architecture and cultural heritage.

Bermondsey, the home of our forthcoming Steel Yard House development has the upper hand, being well connected to the rest of London. There are excellent transport links, including several underground stations and bus routes. Not only that but an array of resources are available too. Such as co-working spaces, libraries and community centres, all providing the opportunity to collaborate with others and for Bermondsey’s creative network to thrive.

Despite being located in the heart of London, there are the many parks and green spaces, offering a welcoming respite from the hustle and bustle. Namely, Southwark Park and Bermondsey Spa Gardens all providing the chance to relax, unwind and find inspiration in nature.

What really makes Bermondsey stand out is that it is home to a diverse and vibrant community, with residents from many different backgrounds and cultures. Such is reflected in the local food scene, with many independent restaurants and cafés offering a range of international cuisine. Home to many community events, Bermondsey celebrates social connection through live music, food and entertainment, bringing the neighbourhood together.

Overall, Bermondsey is a true hidden gem waiting to be discovered. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and abundance of amenities, it is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for an authentic South London experience. So why not take a stroll through the streets of Bermondsey and discover all that this charming neighbourhood has to offer!

Bermondsey SE16
Trilogy SE1 - Completed 2020 Hepple & White - Completed 2018 Newham's Yard - Completed 2022

Steel Yard House, SE16


Bombay Street, Bermondsey SE16 3UX

A boutique development of nine 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. Situated in the heart of Bermondsey, these homes offer the best in contemporary city living.

• Featuring a high-quality specification with sustainable elements such as underfloor heating and triple glazing

• An 8 minute walk to Southwark Park, with sports facilities and a boating lake

• A short walk from the Jubilee line offering excellent connections throughout London

St Katharine's Court, Limehouse


E14 8DS

Featuring a selection of apartments in this historic location close to the River Thames, Canary Wharf and the City of London. This beautifully designed development is situated around a courtyard and directly adjacent to a Grade II listed retreat and church.

• High-quality and energy-efficient apartments

• Next to Limehouse station

Steel Yard House, SE16



See what else Jacqui has to say Amy Proctor MRICS on site at Brooks Dye Works An interview with Jacqui Macqueen & Denise Fleming Brooks Dye Works, Bristol
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It’s good to see the landscape changing. With more women and people from diverse backgrounds entering the industry, inequality and the gender pay gap is starting to be tackled, however, there is still a long way to go.

Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Acorn?

My role involves working closely with the land team on a variety of projects in London and across the other regions acting as both Architectural Designer and Development Manager depending on the project.

What’s your background, how long have you been at Acorn and what was your route to getting into your current role?

I graduated as an Architectural Technologist from CIT in Cork, Ireland and moved to London in the mid-eighties. I studied for my part one at Greenwich University and gained experience in a variety of architectural practices, focusing on housing, master planning and place making.

I joined Acorn in September 2021. I admire the approach to sustainability and commitment to delivering high-quality homes and enjoy the variety of projects I’ve been involved with so far.

Can you describe what a typical day looks like?

It varies quite a bit, from working on detailed feasibility schemes for potential new sites under tight timescale pressures, to reviewing existing projects, working through challenges, liaising with external architects and the consultant team to help drive schemes forward towards planning submission or consulting with key stakeholders and neighbours in the places that we work to share our vision and hopefully secure their support.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your role and how did you overcome this?

The ever more complex and rapidly changing landscape that is our planning system. The system feels broken for everyone. Planners struggle being understaffed and underfunded, while small and medium-sized developers in particular battle with the impact on timescales and costs. Stability and clarity are urgently required from the Government to unlock the current situation so much needed housing can be delivered across the country.

How does it feel to be a female in a typically male dominated industry?

I was lucky to grow up in a family that didn’t have gender stereotypes. I played Gaelic football on an all-boys team and chopped wood while my brother baked amazing cakes. So, when I started out in the construction industry and found myself the only woman around a meeting table or on site, it never occurred to me that it might be an issue. I had great support from my husband who is an architect and friends in the industry and apart from the odd out-dated joke or comment my experience overall has been a positive one, but I am acutely aware that mine isn’t every woman’s experience.

What are your top tips for any other women wanting to get into the construction industry?

New career paths and opportunities in the construction industry are emerging to meet the challenges we face in delivering homes and addressing the impact on climate change. The next ten years will see huge shifts in the way we work and how we learn, creating opportunities for those with skills in complex problem solving, creativity, emotional intelligence and working collaboratively.

My advice is to find your passion, do your research, and talk to as many people in your area of interest as possible. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, be curious, ask questions, get the help and support you need for a stimulating and fulfilling career.


Can you tell us a little more about your background and career path to your current role?

I started my career in Civil Engineering – I worked for the Highways Department at Cornwall Council for seven years with a two-year break where I went to work as a Highways and Drainage Engineer for a Civil Engineering company.

I have worked for Acorn for nine years and initially started off as a Construction Facilitator helping the construction team with orders, utility searches and applications, planning history information and generally assisting the Construction Director and Project Managers. I then moved into aftercare and the role of Finishing Foreman.

In 2017, I was asked if I would like to become a Project Manager – excited at this opportunity, I undertook a Master's degree in Construction Project Management. Since then, I have worked as a Project Manager working on the commercial

unit at The Liner in Falmouth, getting the project to completion. I then moved onto The Courtyard at Duporth, where we are in the process of completing the site.

Can you describe what a typical day on site looks like?

A typical day on site is busy – when I’m not liaising with sub-contractors, clients, sales teams and the management team, I’m ordering materials and scheduling work, determining labour requirements for each part of the project and chasing the relevant parties for dates and information.

I review the project everyday, which involves monitoring the progress and overcoming any problems that arise from a design or build perspective, as well as carrying out site inductions, toolbox talks and meetings.

There are limited companies in Cornwall so everyone is extremely busy - demand is high and resources are stretched.

How does it feel to be a female in a typically male dominated role?

Whilst there are more and more women coming into construction, it’s still a very male dominated profession –especially on site. It would be great to see more women coming into the profession – many professional sectors in the industry are trying to address the issues around the gender pay gap and inequality, whilst supporting women to progress within the industry and introducing flexible working solutions. It’s especially positive that women who already work in construction are helping to share their own personal experiences, knowledge and advice on social media platforms to encourage more woman to get on board.

My own personal experience has at times been challenging as I don’t come from a trade background. Some people feel that you should have a trade background and work your way up as a Site Manager and then progress to be a Project Manager. I disagree, academically I am qualified, and every day is a learning day, obviously I don’t know everything but who does! Some days are more challenging than others, finding solutions and overcoming problems is all part of the job and that’s what I really enjoy.

What are your top tips for any other women wanting to get into the construction industry?

My top tips would be – do your research and speak to as many people as possible in the industry to gain an insight into what is involved.

More and more companies are introducing flexible working patterns to help women with children work in construction, sometimes long hours are involved so that is something to be aware of.

Denise Fleming HNC Civil Engineering PROJECT MANAGER, ACORN BLUE Construction - Rolle Gardens, Exmouth


St Mary’s Church, Bruton At The Chapel, Bruton


Settled on the River Brue, with charming narrow alleys linking the high street to a picturesque riverside walk, the town features iconic historical places such as the Dovecote in Jubilee Park, a former 18th century Watchtower, and King Alfred’s Tower. It boasts a vibrant high street, with an electric mix of boutiques and shops, selling everything from contemporary to vintage interiors, clothes and organic produce.

There are several restaurants and eateries, all known for their delicious food and locally sourced products. The Michelin-starred restaurant, Osip, is located on the high street and is famous for being a farm-to-table restaurant, where guests can go knowing the ingredients used have been cultivated by them. You can also enjoy a meal at The Chapel, a converted listed chapel serving modern classics that also hosts regular events and live music.

What really puts Bruton on the map is the famous Hauser & Wirth, a world class contemporary art gallery. Located in a stunning rural setting on the site of a former farm, it has now been transformed into a destination for experiencing art, architecture and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of

contemporary art. Visitors can enjoy the on-site restaurant; Roth Bar & Grilla site-specific bar created by Bjorn and Oddur Roth, serving seasonal, locally sourced produce.

Bruton also features great transport links, offering a vast selection of nearby great places to visit. Located just off the A303, it is well connected to the South West, being less than 30 miles from both Bristol and Bath, and the railway station offers direct trains to London in under two hours.

A few miles outside of Bruton, near Castle Cary, lies The Newt - a luxury estate nestled within 300 acres of rolling hills featuring a beautifully restored Georgian mansion and extensive gardens. A true retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, it offers its guests a chance to unwind and connect with nature.

Bruton offers a unique blend of rural charm and high quality of life, the perfect location to escape to the countryside and make your home.

A small town which packs a punch - often referred to as ‘the new Notting Hill’ and previously declared ‘the most fashionable place to live in the UK’ by The Times.
Hauser & Wirth King's Bruton School

Rural Living at its best

Longcroft at Cubis Bruton features twenty-eight beautiful 3 & 4 bedroom houses.

The new homes are contemporary and uniquely designed to be highly sustainable. Achieving an EPC rating of A, they feature PV Panels, a Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery system and triple glazed windows. Set in a natural amphitheatre overlooking Bruton, Longcroft is within easy access of Bruton high street, with village stores, famous restaurants, and the renowned art gallery Hauser & Wirth close by.

45 BRUTON - SOMERSET PRICE FROM £445,000 CUCKOO HILL, BRUTON, SOMERSET BA10 0AF For further information: Call 01749 598 088 Visit ACORN BRISTOL
Bruton Phase 1 Images for illustrative purposes only.




EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate.

The EPC rating is a review of a property’s energyefficiency, and apart from listed buildings, every home needs to have a valid EPC before it can be sold or rented out. This is then used by prospective buyers or tenants to see how energy efficient the home will be and ultimately how much their energy bill would cost in their new home.

The cost-of-living crisis coupled with becoming more aware of our carbon emissions has meant that the energyefficiency of our buildings has never been more important.

Why are EPC’s beneficial?

With rising energy costs, they are a useful tool to see where the property is lacking in energy efficiency and how you can make improvements.

What does the EPC scale mean?

Energy Performance Certificates are rated from ‘A’ to ‘G’, with ‘A’ being the most energy-efficient, and ‘G’ being the least. The certificate will show what the current rating is and which letter category it falls into as well as showing the potential rating if you make some recommended changes.

The more energy-efficient a property is, the lower the energy bills are likely to be. For example, a property with a high energy-efficiency rating is likely to be well insulated, have high performance windows and may feature renewable energy features like a ground source heat pump or solar panels.

What happens in an EPC assessment?

• Your home’s EPC rating will depend on the amount of energy used per metre square.

• The level of carbon dioxide emissions.

The energy assessor will look at these areas:

• The age, construction and size of your property.

• Insulation – whether there is cavity wall insulation or loft insulation installed.

• Lighting – whether any energy saving light bulbs or low energy light bulbs are in use.

• Primary heating systems – including the boiler and heating controls.

• Any secondary energy sources including renewable energy sources.

• Windows – if you have double or triple glazing.

Once all these areas have been assessed, then a calculation is made and you are provided with an EPC rating for your property. Alongside this certificate, the energy assessor will also provide advice on improvements that will help you improve your property’s energy rating in future – for example if you invested in adding cavity wall insulation or double glazing, this could move your EPC rating from a C to a B which could reduce your bills!

Landlord's EPC’s

Under the new landlord rules, set to become law in England and Wales in 2025, landlords of privately tenanted properties will need to ensure that their rental property scores at least an EPC C in order to let it out on a new assured tenancy.

Mortgages and EPC’s

Some mortgage companies are encouraging a good EPC rating by offering green rates to customers.

Do all new build homes have a high EPC rating?

An analysis of Government data on the energy efficiency of new build and existing homes, highlights:

• New build properties significantly reduce household energy usage, with the average new home using approximately 100 kWh per m2 per year compared with older properties which require an average of 259kWh per m2.*

• New build properties save an average of just over £2,000 per property each year, with the average annual running costs for a new build totalling £1,500 as compared to an average of £3,570 for older properties. These savings rise to £2,600 a year when looking at new and old houses alone, rather than smaller properties such as flats or bungalows.*

• 84% of new build homes were rated with an EPC of B or above, while less than 4% of existing dwellings reached the same standard.*

In simple terms, buying a new build home could save you money in the long run!

Acorn new build homes

All Acorn new build houses will be rated EPC A or B and include high performance windows and insulation and often feature renewable energy solutions like air source heat pumps, electric car charging and solar panels – designed to save you money on your energy bills.

Acorn Property Group's energy efficiency rating compared to the national average

*Data collected from the House Builders Federation’s ‘Watt a Save’ report, October 2022
ACORNLIFE A typical Acorn New Build is EPC rated A or B UK Average Home


A report by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has suggested that due to technological advancements in new homes, such as innovation of the materials used in their construction and the appliances installed, new build homes are becoming more energyefficient than ever. This results in energy usage that is considerably less than older properties, with the average new home using approximately 100 kWh per m2 per year compared with older properties which require an average of 259kWh per m2.*

Each Acorn development is individually and intelligently designed and built to the highest quality. Centred around our Acorn Green principles, we ensure that each home will have a positive impact on the environment as well as smart building technologies that will lower the cost of everyday living. All our new build houses are energyefficiency rated EPC A or B and feature high performance window systems, as well as superior wall insulation - our walls have a wider insulation cavity which means the U-value is 35% over and above building regulations to ensure limited heat loss. We regularly install underfloor heating because it distributes heat evenly around the room preventing hot and cold spots, our integrated kitchen appliances and LED lights are all energy saving, plus we’re electric car charger ready on many of our sites.

An Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) is an energy efficient, renewable solution that’s used on many of our schemes instead of gas. They work by moving

existing heat energy from outside into your home, and in doing this they deliver more heat energy than the electrical energy they consume –therefore a heat pump system can cost less to run than a traditional fossil fuel heating system. Alternatively where any of our sites do use gas, the boilers are highly efficient and in most cases are hydrogen-blend ready.

Many of our homes will benefit from solar panels; a Sunamp thermal storage system is also installed to efficiently store heat for the hot water system, replacing the traditional hot water cylinder.

Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) - these ventilation systems provide continuous extract of damper stale air from bathrooms and the kitchen which is then passed through a heat exchanger in order to pre-heat the incoming fresh air. The systems are up to 95% efficient in bringing this heat back into the building but with the bonus of a continuous supply of fresh air. This adds to comfort conditions and also prevents the build up of humidity and toxins.

New build Acorn homes are designed to save you money. So with an Acorn home you can feel safe in the knowledge that not only are the appliances as energy efficient as possible, but that our engineering design solutions are considered and as intelligent as possible to reduce your energy consumption.

*Data from the HBF 'Watt a Save' report, Oct 2022.
Brooks Dye Works, Bristol





We are thrilled to be working with some fantastic companies who care about sustainability and climate change as much as we do. In this feature, we chat to our partners at Internorm and Worcester Bosch and discuss our partnership, sharing the same values and how together, we can help make homes more energy-efficient.

Firstly we chat to Andy Sykes from the commercial team at Internorm. Internorm provide high-performance, design-led window and door systems in many of our Acorn properties, here we talk innovation, thermal efficiency and Passivhaus glazing technologies.

Can you tell us about the Internorm and Acorn relationship and how long you’ve worked with us?

Internorm have been working with Acorn for around five years, and we now have nine projects together, either complete or ongoing, across the Bristol, Exeter, Cornwall and London regions. Our first project with Acorn was Cubis Bruton in 2018, and we were brought onboard to help deliver Acorn’s ‘fabric first’ approach to building higher-performing new homes. This novel approach means that Acorn’s homebuyers can be confident that their new home will perform at the very best it can, in terms of thermal comfort, both now and in the future, with the associated benefits of a reduction in overall running costs. Internorm and Acorn make a really strong partnership, as our brand values are very well aligned. Both companies are always striving to be better, and trying to differentiate ourselves from the competition, whilst also being extremely mindful to tread lightly on the planet. It’s extremely important to me personally, and to Internorm that we work with likeminded customers.

What are the benefits to using Internorm windows in a home?

As the world-leader in Passivhaus glazing technologies, Internorm ensure that each and every window, door and sliding door within its range has the very best performance on the market in terms of being a thermal barrier. This means, that in colder climates (like ours in Northern Europe), the cold is kept where it should be - outside the building, and therefore the heating demand to keep the occupants at a comfortable temperature year-round is reduced, meaning lower bills. We use triple glazing as standard in all our products to achieve this thermal performance, we also provide the additional benefits this gives, such as better acoustic performance, which as more and more people transition to a flexible way of working from their homes, can be a huge benefit.

What’s the average U-value of Internorm double and triple glazed windows vs the minimum standard?

As much as the rest of the glazing industry is still manufacturing double glazed windows, Internorm likes to do things a bit differently. In fact, Internorm has been making triple glazed windows since 1979 and 99% of the 1 million+ windows and doors that leave our high-tech Austrian factories every year are now supplied with our standard 48mm thick triple glazed sealed unit. We have seen an enormous shift towards higher

performing glazing over the last ten years, and so the reality is that we now don’t really offer a double glazed option in the vast majority of our products. Our triple glazed products have a U-value (remember lower is better) of between 0.7 and 0.85 W/ (m²K), whereas the UK regulations (only updated in June 2022) still state that a U-value of 1.4 W/(m²K) is sufficient. With glazed areas becoming ever larger on our homes, largely to improve the quality of life that bringing additional light can deliver, and with the windows normally being the least well performing element of the building’s structure, we believe that both the UK government and the UK housing market needs to make a shift even further on minimum U-values, to below 1.0 W/(m²K).


How much can Internorm windows save in energy in an average year, over and above the minimum standard?

This is very subjective, and depends on an awful lot of different factors. When using Internorm windows as part of a fabric first or even Passivhaus approach to construction, the figures can be quite incredible. We have been lucky enough to work on some projects in the UK, for example, where the heating demand of the property is Zero. Nothing at all. Tested and verified across the course of a number of years. But, as a rule of thumb, on a new build property and in combination with some good building principles and practices, versus a standard double glazed window, we would expect over 50% energy saving by using Internorm’s Passivhaus-suitable glazing. And of course, with all these things, every little helps, and small changes in the ways in which we approach building can add up to much larger cumulative benefits.

Can you tell us about innovations you've brought to market?

Some of the innovations we’ve brought to market in the last few years include our ECLAZ® glass coating, which is standard on all Internorm windows and doors and gives the optimum combination of light transmission and solar gain. The most secure locking mechanism in the world, the patented ‘I-tec Secure’ (which is specified on windows at Rolle Gardens, Exmouth and St. Leonards Quarter, Exeter). Integrated glass Juliet balustrades (as specified on The Old Printworks, Frome), and now automatic sliding doors which open and close at the push of a button!

Internorm is passionate about innovation, meaning that when it comes to exciting new features, with real quality of life benefits for the homeowner, Internorm is always a step ahead.

Images of Internorm windows and doors installed at The Old Printworks, Frome and Cubis Bruton, Bruton

Next up we talk to Ben Conyers, New Build Sales Manager from Worcester Bosch. Worcester Bosch are pioneering manufacturers of energy efficient heating and hot water solutions, here we discuss mechanical engineering design solutions and the benefits of an Air Source Heat Pump in an Acorn home and how it can cut carbon emissions.

Can you tell us about the Worcester Bosch and Acorn Relationship?

Worcester Bosch and Acorn Property Group’s relationship has grown tremendously over the past few years, and we have both worked in conjunction to provide the best domestic hot water (DHW) and heating solution to Acorn’s homes. Our Design Team and Acorn’s Project/ Technical Team have been working collaboratively to provide the best and most innovative solutions, to allow Acorn to always make an informed decision when building their homes.

How long have Worcester Bosch and Acorn been working together, what products have been supplied?

Worcester Bosch and Acorn Property Group have been working together since 2015 and over those years we have supplied gas boilers. However, since 2022, particularly due to legislation and efforts from both

sides to provide a renewable solution to DHW and heating, we are now supplying Air Source Heat Pumps.

As part of our future commitment to gas-free developments, we have begun installing Heat Pumps, can you tell us how WB's Air Source Heat Pumps work?

Our ASHPs are a source of renewable energy that provides hot water and heating to properties up to 400% efficiency to that of a gas boiler. Our heat pumps take energy from the outside and transfer it into heat to be circulated around a heating and hot water system. Our heat pumps use electricity to run its components, comprising principally of a fan, compressor and circulating pumps; all of which contribute to transferring the energy from the heat source into the heat sink or heating system.

What are the benefits of an Air Source Heat Pump in an Acorn Home?

Installing one of our ASHPs into a new build home can save up to 3,200kg of carbon emissions and a saving of up to £400 per annum. We anticipate that the financial savings will grow each year as the price of gas will most likely continue to rise.

Acorn Property Group has acknowledged this change and have embraced our future technology, along with other considerations such

as a 'fabric first' approach and spatial design. With these adaptations, Acorn developments have a significant increase in air tightness, which will not only assist our ASHP in reaching its maximum seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) rating, but further reducing the homeowner’s bills.

What is the saving in terms of emissions and financially of an ASHP? Against a boiler in an old house.

By taking energy from the air outside and converting it into heat, which is then used for providing heating and hot water for your home, heat pumps are a low carbon, ecofriendly heating solution. However, heat pumps may not be suitable for all property types. When this is the case, hybrid heat pumps can be an alternative green solution.

A hybrid system combines a combi or system boiler with an outdoor heat pump which then work together to heat your home and hot water. A key benefit of the hybrid system is that they can be fitted with limited remedial works to the existing property’s fabric, piping, and radiators; allowing you to improve the fabric of your property over a longer period whilst delivering carbon savings immediately.

As mentioned above, the saving of 3,200kg of carbon emissions per


annum is the equivalent of driving 1,400 miles and with this reduction, it is the equivalent of planting 120 trees.

Where a gas boiler has been fitted, what does this mean for the owner in the future?

In the future, gas boilers may be required by the Government to run on hydrogen. Our boilers are already fitted with the ability to run on a hydrogen blend, so as the Government slowly greens the grid, they will continue to run as normal.

Looking towards the future, our boilers will be 100% hydrogen-ready to take on more readily available hydrogen fuel supplies, and in as little as an hour, your local installer can convert the boiler to operate for the rest of its lifetime on hydrogen.

What are the predicted annual savings of a Worcester Bosch boiler compared to a standard non-condensing boiler and vs a standard electric heater?

The running costs of a heat pump will vary between house types. A wellinsulated house built to new building regulation standards will generally be less expensive to run than a gas or oil-fired boiler system providing the heating system flow temperatures are kept relatively low, ideally around 40ºC.

A heat pump will be less efficient and more costly to run when generating higher temperatures when the house is not well insulated, the radiators are insufficiently sized for the lower temperatures, or when generating higher temperatures to produce hot water.

With electricity prices being significantly higher than gas, in most applications, an electric heat pump or gas boiler tend to be more cost effective to run than an electric boiler. For situations where it is not possible to install a gas appliance, an electric heat pump will use electricity more efficiently than a direct electric Boiler. Surprisingly, the heat pump will create more energy than it uses.

Demonstration area, Worcester Bosch, Worcester



With the iconic Exeter Cathedral, and its 900 years of history, as its backdrop, the city centre is bustling with shops and entertainment opportunities. For those who enjoy shopping, take a tour of Princesshay, home to over 70 of the best high street names and many coffee shops and restaurants or head over to Gandy Street and immerse yourself in a heaven of colourful boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Take time to explore the medieval subterranean passageways that used to transport water under Exeter city centre, visit the Northcott Theatre for your drama comedy or music fix, or perhaps wander around the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.

The city also features an incredible and picturesque riverside, with its array of quality restaurants and quaint independent shops. From the family friendly bar and pizzeria ‘On The Waterfront’ to the beautiful and characteristic ‘The Coffee Cellar’, soak up the stunning views over the canal and incredible atmosphere.

From Exeter College, one of the highest-rated in the county, to the University of Exeter, part of the Russell Group (representing the 24 leading UK universities), and outstanding schools, the city is well known throughout the country for its education system.

Voted one of the best places to live in the UK by The Sunday Times*, and rich in history and culture, Exeter offers a satisfying balance of city convenience, countryside and coast, with gorgeous views, miles of rolling countryside, winding footpaths and areas of outstanding beauty.

Exeter is also well connected to the rest of the country and the South West, with two central rail stations offering direct links to main cities like Bristol and London, and easy access to the M5.

Just a 30-minute drive away is Exmouth, the western gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The town features a wide range of independent shops, an indoor market and a recently redesigned and pedestrianised centre, filled with fresh seafood restaurants. But Exmouth is mostly renowned for its natural beauty and scenic views, with its two miles of golden sand and the longest seafront in Devon and Cornwall, is considered one of the top English holiday destinations. The suggestive mix of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, greenery and seafront all provide an idyllic setting, surrounded by unspoilt countryside.

*The Sunday Times 2017

Exeter Cathedral River Exe Exeter Quayside Cathedral Green
55 EXETER - DEVON PRICES FROM £245,000 TOPSHAM RD, EXETER EX2 4NF For further information: Call 01392 799 255 Visit ACORN EXETER St. Leonards Quarter is a bespoke collection of one hundred and forty-six 1 to 5 bedroom houses and apartments in the heart of Exeter. Located in the vibrant St. Leonards area, less than a mile from the city centre and the River Exe, you can enjoy the best of Exeter while benefitting from a suburban feeling. Each home at St. Leonards Quarter features a contemporary and sustainable design, with a high-quality specification, open plan living space and are EPC rated B. Enjoy city living IN EXETER, DEVON Computer generated image for illustrative purposes only.


From the refurbishment of a Grade II listed building in Exmouth to an incredible new development in the heart of Exeter, Steve Bradley and the Devon AHCS team are embracing the challenges of delivering high-quality new homes to the area.

Construction - Rolle Gardens, Exmouth Construction - St. Leonards Quarter, Exeter (L-R) Steve Bradley, Regional Construction Manager with Lynsey, Stephen & Tommembers of our sales team

As Regional Construction Manager of Acorn Exeter, Steve has a vast experience in overseeing the construction process. One of the first challenges he had to face was recruiting delivery teams from scratch, and then establishing a relationship with local supply chain teams capable of delivering these high-end schemes.

Between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, construction started on both St. Leonards Quarter in Exeter and Rolle Gardens in Exmouth, these two developments combined will deliver a total of almost 200 open market and affordable homes.

Our first Exeter scheme, St. Leonards Quarter, will deliver one-hundred and forty-six new homes to the heart of the city. Providing a mix of 1 to 5 bedroom apartments, townhouses and detached houses, the development will be suitable for every lifestyle, plus the advantageous location will allow future residents to reach the centre and the bustling riverside in a less than 10-minute walk.

Rolle Gardens in Exmouth, will provide thirty-three new homes, including four apartments in the refurbished Grade II listed building, Eldin House. The main feature of the whole development is the incredible landscape - a number of mature trees are being retained, which will give the future buyers a feeling of a private garden.

On both schemes, Steve has faced several challenges that have taken time and experience to solve. One of the main issues he has faced on both developments has been to manage the changes to the schemes as the design has evolved and try and keep pace with the construction rate required. Considering the differences in the design of both schemes, this was not an easy task and to help with this Steve holds weekly review meetings with commercial and

technical teams, maintaining an updated monthly report to ensure both projects are kept on track and quick solutions are found.

At St. Leonards Quarter, in Exeter, there have been a fair share of obstacles to overcome, starting with challenging ground conditions, which proved particularly difficult when groundworks started, risking slowing down the start date of construction works.

Keeping the pace and speed of building works on track has been one of the main tests for Steve and the team. Between the supply chain shortage problems faced by the whole industry and the numerous challenges with highways and adjacent contractors, they haven’t had the easiest time, but they managed to make sure the works could continue by managing expectations and timings. As of today, construction is underway on all plots in the first phase, with the apartments and the houses at the front of the development set to be ready by the end of 2023.

The design changes at Rolle Gardens have mainly been to retain a lot of the ecology on the site, including bat protection and bat boxes to be put in place. Some aspects of the houses and apartments have had changes to make sure the spaces and the environment would fit together as expected from the initial vision for the site.

One of the other main obstacles faced by the AHCS team is the refurbishment of the Grade II listed building, Eldin House. The importance of the building and the structure is clear, so the design process for four new bespoke apartments has been challenging for the team, but after time, consideration and work, the new apartments ensure the building fabric is not changed, while creating modern homes in a picturesque setting.

Computer Generated Image - Rolle Gardens, Exmouth
Computer Generated Image - St Leonards Quarter, Exeter


Giving old buildings a new lease of life is our forte at Acorn and has become our USP in the housebuilding industry – it is this uniqueness that makes us true to our ethos of ‘different by design.’ Julian Hampson, our Group Design Director, talks about our individual approach to design, sustainability and creating a sense of place.

At Acorn, we sit in a unique position between mainstream housebuilders and smaller scale developers in our approach to re-using existing buildings. It’s easy to see these buildings as a hindrance to development; the unknown condition of the structure, the non-standard works that have been done to comply with building regulations, but at the same time it’s important to recognise the positives that they can bring: character, texture, and a thread of history which brings a particular quality to the living environment. This means we always start our projects by looking carefully at what old buildings can bring to the design agenda and how they can be complemented by contemporary design. Additionally, it’s now more important than ever to recognise how retaining existing buildings can reduce construction-based carbon emissions.

Studies have suggested that it takes between 10 and 80 years for a new building that is 30 per cent more

efficient than an average-performing existing building to overcome the negative impacts of constructionbased carbon emissions. So as our buildings become more efficient in use and we move closer to the point where that energy in use can be offset by the use of renewables, it has become more important to turn our focus to re-using existing buildings to reduce emissions.

A prime example among our recent projects is The Links at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, South Wales. Originally built as a specialist convalescent hotel, “The Rest” as it was known back then, first opened its doors over 150 years ago. It’s heartening to be able to bring this impressive building back from a sad state of decay, just as it had nursed hundreds of miners back to good health through the 20th century.

It has now been given a new lease of life as contemporary coastal apartments. Carefully and



sympathetically blending old with new - careful attention has been paid to preserving its unique charm with many original features such as exposed brickwork, beams and tiling. The Victorian Grade II conversion has benefited from a replacement roof and new double glazed windows to maximize thermal efficiency and meet present day building regulations. Generous glazing and large sliding doors allow residents to enjoy the magnificent views over Rest Bay and a flow of space from inside on to spacious terraces. Energy-efficient appliances come as standard and the highly efficient heating system coupled with heat recovery ventilation keeps energy use low. There are also communal car charging ports in situ for residents with electric vehicles. The Links is the perfect example of bringing a historic building back to life with modern sustainable technology.

The design process at the Links was a joy to work on; starting with a core of such abundant architectural

heritage then layering over with contemporary design, flowing space and sustainable strategies. The fabric first approach to thermal envelope, the bio-diverse solutions to landscape and the courtyard, plus the tailored engineering solutions to reduce carbon emissions, all came together to enhance the design process and creates a rich mix of places and spaces that will allow the community to thrive for years to come.

Our passion at Acorn Property Group is to create positive change to meet the needs of our communities through innovative regeneration, exciting new sustainable architecture and to design buildings and spaces where people want to live, work and spend time. Whether an urban apartment, rural retreat, coastal or riverside residence, a new build or conversion within an existing building, our homes are intended to be a sanctuary, a design for life.

The Links, Porthcawl


Named ‘Best Kept Village’ several times in Wiltshire’s Best Kept Village Competition, Urchfont has a wonderful sense of community amongst the pretty thatched cottages, an ancient church and a tranquil pond.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Urchfont is ideal for nature lovers thanks to its many walking and cycling trails that take you through the rolling hills, lush valleys and mature woodland.

Urchfont’s main attractions include the stunning St. Michael and All Angels Church, dating back to the 13th century and the village pond, dating back to the 17th century and fed by natural spring bubbles.

The village is also home to a number of welcoming pubs, including the popular Lamb Inn, serving up delicious pub food and locally brewed ale. Or for those with a sweet tooth, the village shop and Post Office offer an array of homemade cakes as well as artisanal cheeses and other local produce.

The village is home to a number of local events and festivals throughout the year including the renowned annual Urchfont Scarecrow Festival. Taking place every year

Nestled in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, sits Urchfont, a picturesque village exuding quintessential English charm.

over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the scarecrow festival transforms the village into a colourful display, with dozens of creative and quirky creations dotted about the village. These events bring together locals and visitors alike, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Less than 6 miles away sits the medieval market town of Devizes, here you can explore a wide range of traditional independent shops and the weekly Thursday market, there is lots to discover.

Located just 4 miles east of Devizes, you will find Planks Farm Shop; an emporium of fresh local produce and tasty treats, all prepared on the farm itself. Or in Urchfont itself you'll find the smaller Edington Farm Shop for all your needs

Whether you’re interested in history, culture, nature or just looking for a peaceful escape, this village has something for everyone.

Village Duck Pond, Urchfont Oakfrith Woods St Michael & All Angels Church Edington Farm Shop, Urchfont

Hazel Green features an exclusive collection of nine 3 & 4 bedroom detached houses set in the sought-after village of Urchfont.

Beautifully designed with modern and sustainable living in mind, these EPC A rated homes are finished to a luxurious specification and benefit from energy-saving features, such as air source heat pumps, high performance window systems and solar panels.


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Are you a landowner or an agent who has land or buildings suitable for development? Aside from our proven track record as a successful development partner creating multi-awardwinning residential-led developments, we also develop and purchase mixed-use and commercial sites and investments.

Our diverse portfolio includes office buildings, retail spaces, industrial units, and mixed-use developments and Acorn has proven expertise in delivering successful commercial projects that meet the needs of modern businesses. Whether it's through adaptive reuse of historic buildings or new construction in emerging areas and sectors, Acorn is committed to creating sustainable and community-focused spaces that drive economic growth, regeneration and add value through development and enhancing the built environment.

We are actively looking for commercial development and investment opportunities across the South West of the UK, as we believe there is considerable scope for profitable asset management and commercial investment throughout the region. For more information visit our website.

Examples of current mixed-use schemes and commercial assets within our portfolio:

Emery Gate Shopping Centre, Chippenham

In 2022 we made our largest commercial acquisition to date – the 90,000 sq ft Emery Gate Shopping Centre in the heart of Chippenham town centre. Home to many well-known national brands as well as a number of much loved independent retailers. The popular centre is almost fully occupied, and we have a number of exciting plans to revitalise the centre which include improving the link with the adjacent park, providing co-working space and creating more multi-user space for leisure and dining options.


Manor Court, Exeter

At the beginning of 2023 Acorn acquired 31,504 sq ft of office space in Exeter city centre. Located at Dix’s Field, within the heart of the Central Business District, 1-3 Manor Court comprises a terrace of three office buildings with parking for 78 cars. The site benefits from easy access to city centre shopping and leisure amenities, and has excellent transport links. Purchased part vacant, we are refurbishing the vacant buildings which will then be marketed to rent.

Alliance House, Bristol

Located in a prominent position in the heart of Bristol city centre, Alliance House is the regeneration of an historic Victorian building. Featuring a collection of studios and 1 bedroom apartments on the upper floors, the ground and basement levels offer a range of retail units ranging from 800 sq ft to 4,000 sq ft. With all the units agreed, among the newly appointed tenants are coffee specialists Society Café, who chose Alliance House as the destination for their second Bristol branch.

The Liner, Falmouth

Set opposite Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, the commercial unit at The Liner offer a rare opportunity to be part of a landmark development on one of Cornwall’s most beautiful coastlines. The unit which has been occupied by the Co-op Group is set in a prime position on the ground floor and ideally located for business being among a popular tourist destination with fantastic sea views.

Saxonvale, Frome

Situated in the heart of Frome’s creative town centre, this 10-acre brownfield regeneration site will see the delivery of a high-quality bespoke residential-led mixed-use development, offering 300 new homes and at least 45,000 sq ft of commercial space. Yet to be designed in detail, the buildings allow flexibility for the end-user allowing for a truly mixed-use environment by including workspaces for the social, creative, digital, and high-tech industries.



For over 27 years Acorn Property Group has successfully developed a wide range of unique sites by virtue of bespoke and often complex Joint Venture arrangements.

We understand the importance of innovative collaboration and how this can transform an area in turn creating communities where people and enterprises can thrive.

Working in partnership with Funders, Landowners, Charities, Local Authorities, Architects and Hotel and Business Owners, Acorn has a proven track record of being a first-class development partner.

Our primary objective is to work with our partner's brief to drive maximum value for both parties whilst carefully managing risk. Our Partners receive the highest levels of service and communication throughout the process, while our team avidly investigate every opportunity presented within the partnership.

Our ability to deal with land assembly, planning, construction, sales and marketing, finance, and tax planning means that we can create the most mutually beneficial and successful business relationships possible.

Boasting uninterrupted south-facing sea views over the award-winning Gyllyngvase Beach, The Liner is a collection of fifty-two beachfront apartments and penthouses. In partnership with the local owner of the renowned St. Michaels Resort, which sits adjacent to the site, The Liner offers the very best in contemporary coastal living thanks to its striking design and high specification.

Acorn has a wealth of experience in selling unique properties across Cornwall, in a manner that maximises values and with an extensive database of interested parties, the homes at The Liner were in extremely high-demand and sold out off-plan.

Brooks Dye Works, Bristol

This Joint Venture with Landowner London & County, an experienced property investor, is an excellent example of how working in partnership with Acorn allowed the Landowner to maximise their return from the land.

In this case, the Landowner had obtained planning permission and wished to sell the site but couldn’t obtain what they believed was fair value. They entered into a development agreement with us where we guaranteed a minimum land price, which matched their expectations as well as a share of the profit.

A successful regeneration project that was completed in Partnership with Galliard Homes and investment company, Folland Ltd. Together we provided one-hundred-and-five much needed 1 to 4 bedroom contemporary new homes centred around the factory’s iconic nineteenth century chimney in the vibrant Bristol neighbourhood of St Werburghs. The historic site which was formerly a laundry and dye works had lay vacant and closed off for more than 10 years due to the complexity of the scheme.

Brooks Dye Works, Bristol The Old Printworks The Liner


We are always keen to hear from Landowners and Agents who have land or buildings suitable for development.

Opportunities we consider include:

Greenfield and brownfield sites

• Urban or rural locations

• Sites with or without planning permission

• Commercial premises/hotels suitable for redevelopment

Mixed-use residential/commercial developments

• Medium and long-term strategic land opportunities

• Joint ventures

Agents and introducers are always rewarded or retained.

Visit our website for more information:

The Liner, Falmouth

Invest in the South West with Acorn

Acorn Property Invest presents a range of redeemable shares tailored for Sophisticated Investors and High Net Worth Individuals. Our investment products are designed to provide regular income or capital growth over a fixed term, catering to the diverse financial goals and preferences of our esteemed clients. With Acorn, you can expect a seamless investment experience that has the potential to be immensely rewarding.

What are we offering?

Acorn invites investors to explore its exciting redeemable share investment products, which include the option of regular income or capital growth. Accordingly, investors can select investment opportunities based on their investment goals.

Where does my money go?

Investing in Acorn supports our business expansion and we plan to use the funds raised, in combination with our borrowing and equity, to invest in existing and new sites across the South West of England and South Wales. Our sights are set on growth and innovation.

How do our redeemable shares work?

Acorn offers investors fixed-term, fixed-rate shares in individual development projects with a share of profits upon completion. Alternatively, investors can invest in a variety of portfolio products at a fixed-term, fixed-rate investment with income distributed quarterly or on completion.

Why invest with us?

• Simple and transparent way to diversify into property

• 27-year track record of award-winning designs

• Be part of the movement towards sustainable housing

Capital is at risk and not all investments will be suitable for all investors.

The content of the financial promotion in this document has not been approved by an authorised person within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Reliance on this promotion for the purpose of engaging in investment activity may expose an individual to a significant risk of losing all of the property or assets invested.

Did you know?

Acorn Property Group has repaid over £380m to our lenders over the past 10 years

Let’s Get Started

1. Create an account on our online platform or request an application form from

2. Navigate to “Investments” to view our current portfolio of investment options. Read the documentation, paying special attention to the FAQs and Key Risks.

3. Complete your Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Appropriateness Tests, which we use to ensure you are suitable for the selected investment.

4. Enter the value of your investment, and click “Invest Now”.


We will process your application and our receiving agent will send you an email with payment instructions. If at any point you require further information or would like to speak to someone, please email

We look forward to having you on board.

Capital is at risk and not all investments will be suitable for all investors.




Greet is a charming small village located in the county of Gloucestershire. It is situated in the picturesque Cotswolds region and is known for its breath-taking countryside and magical honey coloured architecture.

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Greet offers plenty of options - the village is located near several hiking and cycling trails that wind through the beautiful Cotswold countryside. Horseback riding, fishing, and golfing are also popular sports in the area.

Greet is within easy access of the market town of Winchcombe – traditionally famous as a centre for walkers, Winchcombe has a wonderful timeless quality about it, with Cotswold stone cottages standing side by side with distinctive black and white halftimbered buildings. Independent shops fill the town, you’re spoilt for choice with clothing boutiques, interiors and antiques, delis and traditional English village shops. It’s easy to while away a day getting lost in the narrow alleyways with the dreamy shops and galleries.

An incredibly easy 9 mile drive away is the beautiful regency town of Cheltenham. In 2020, Cheltenham was voted ‘the best place

Surrounded by rolling hills and open fields, Greet is a popular destination for walkers and hikers who enjoy exploring the natural beauty of the area and the quintessentially English green and pleasant land.

to live in the South West’ by The Sunday Times, with education, culture and connectivity highlighted as its best attributes. It’s easy to see why – hosting over thirty significant festivals a year including the Cheltenham Literature Festival and The Cheltenham Music Festival, an exciting foodie destination with the Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage as one of the many outstanding dining options, as well as a number of great school options – Cheltenham is a fantastic place to live or have on your doorstep.

Greet is the ideal place to call home if you want to explore what the rest of Gloucestershire has to offer - whether you are interested in the outdoors, literature, music, history or simply relaxing in a lovely setting, it is well connected and simply – very, very beautiful.

Aerial view over Winchcombe Winchcombe Steam Railway Line Sudeley Castle
69 GREET - GLOUCESTERSHIRE PRICES FROM £795,000 MARKET LANE, GREET GL54 5BJ For further information: Call 029 2010 0650 Visit ACORN CARDIFF Manor Court offers an exclusive collection of just six 4 & 5 bedroom detached houses in the picturesque Cotswolds. With energy efficiency at the forefront of design, these homes are built to be highly sustainable. Offering scenic farmland views and beautiful landscaping, Manor Court is the ideal location for country living. Exceptional rural living IN THE CHARMING VILLAGE OF GREET, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Interior images shown are of a different Acorn development



Quirky independent shops, picturesque Somerset countryside and a strong sense of community –are just some of the reasons that make Frome such an attractive destination.

Named by The Times as the ‘South West’s Best Place to Live 2021’, we caught up with sales team at The Old Printworks about their favourite features of the new homes and what makes this thriving Somerset town such a great place to live.

Helyn Diana


What do you like about working at The Old Printworks?

Diana: The site has so much history, having been the former Butler, Tanner & Dennis Printers, so many locals have a positive affiliation towards it. The development has transformed the site into a range of high-quality homes which is a wonderful progression that I am proud to be part of.

Helyn: The location is brilliant - we love showing customers what we have to offer here. It’s great that the development appeals to so many different people whatever their reason for moving, there is something to suit everyone.

What do you like most about the homes being built?

Diana: I like that so much thought has gone into the fabric of the buildingsthe materials used reduce our carbon footprint and ensure the homes are energy-efficient. As well as the sustainable aspect, the buildings sit so comfortably in the local community and the homes have an incredible sense of light open space and luxury.

Helyn: I notice the difference in the Acorn build, the extra height in the ceilings, the oversized windows and sliding doors, the high-quality bathrooms etc. All the homes and landscaping feel above and beyond most new build developments.

What’s your favourite home and why?

Helyn: It has to be our 4-bedroom T8 style. The open plan kitchen/living is beautifully designed – and having the separate living space on the first floor gives plenty of options to relax and can double up to a fifth bedroom if needed.

Diana: I love the T9 4-bedroom detached style. The huge glass window on the first floor is a showstopper and maximises the light into the room and onto the landing. Every room is a good

size and the principal bedroom has a door with a glass Juliette balcony overlooking the garden area.

What are the benefits of a new build home?

Diana: There is a lot of clever design to the fabric of the building to ensure it is as energy-efficient as possible - because of these features, every house achieves an EPC rating of B.

Helyn: It has to be the insulation. Our homes are so warm which means lower bills and the low maintenance on a new property is such an advantage to having everything brand new. Our fabulous specification is top quality so appliances will outlast cheaper brands.

Why do you think this is a great place to live?

Helyn: Frome is such a vibrant place to live and The Old Printworks sits perfectly within the town. With many residents already moved in, there is a close community forming which is wonderful to see.

Diana: You are also so close to Frome train station and the town should you wish to walk into the centre. The fact that the development has 1.5 acres of public open space and a new boardwalk to link to the River Frome is an added benefit.

Best things to do in Frome and nearby?

Helyn: Browse around the beautiful independent shops and local businesses, Frome has so much to offer. Frome has the only independent town council in the UK, and this shows with all the independent shops on offer. The theatres are also very appealing, and The Cheese & Grain is a great venue for live music which I love.

Diana: For me, it has to be the Frome Independent Market. The roads close and the streets are buzzing with live

music, you can wander through the independent local food and drink producers, vintage clothing and eclectic furniture stalls and then pop into the Archangel for a delicious lunch.

If someone is interested in purchasing, how can you help?

Helyn: We are here to help and guide our customers without pressure. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what you want, and moving house can feel overwhelming, but we’re here to make the process as stress-free as possible.

If you have a property to sell, our Assisted Move scheme is in place so you can reserve your new home with us and we will help sell your current property – making it as stress-free as possible.

Diana: We can show customers around our beautiful Show Home, which speaks for itself and the excellent standard that sets The Old Printworks apart. We get to know our customers to understand how they live and what they’re looking for, guiding them through the process, and making them feel confident that they are buying a very special home here.

The Old Printworks, Caxton Road, Frome BA11 1NE

01373 888 303

Open daily 10am - 5pm

We have a fabulous Show Home which demonstrates the high-quality specification on offer.


It seems particularly fitting that behind every new resident’s move to The Old Printworks in Frome - where Penguin first started publishing books - there is a fascinating personal story to be told.

That is certainly the case with Sophie and Ali, who both moved to their new homes at the historic site recently after discovering how special Frome is.

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Sophie, a Bath-born mother-of-two has revealed that she was inspired to relocate from the Midlands to Frome when on a visit to the town she witnessed a nearby spectacular starling murmuration – a huge shape-shifting black cloud of countless birds swooping and diving together. While health coach, Ali, fell in love with the town while visiting the notorious ‘Frome Independent’ Market and then soon fell for her new two-bedroom home at The Old Printworks in Frome.

Ali and her husband headed from Rutland to the South West to look for a new home before being won over by the delights of Frome and The Old Printworks.

“We checked out a fair few places but ultimately the vibrant street market confirmed Frome was THE place for us,” Ali said.

“We didn’t really know what we were letting ourselves in for - we just felt an incredible vibe around the market which epitomises Frome.

“It’s a place for people from all walks of life. It suited us as we felt a real passion locally for a greener, more holistic way of life.

“Seeing the murmuration was an absolutely stunning sight and confirmed to me that it was hightime I came back home to Somerset,” Sophie said.

“It was beautiful, powerful and so profound that it honestly felt as if I was being called back to the South West of England.

“I’d always loved life here when I was growing up in nearby Bath, but this felt like irrefutable proof that the time was right to return to the area from Nottingham where we’d been living.

For Sophie it has certainly proved to be a successful move and has brought her own thriving yoga teaching business to the picturesque market town and business is booming.

“We quickly figured out Frome would be the perfect place to call home and that’s proved to be the case because since we arrived, we’ve been blown away by the area.”
“I believe it’s been one of the best decisions of my life. It’s amazing for my young children and fantastic to know that we live in a place which has such a special niche in Britain’s rich publishing history as well.”

Sophie had high expectations of Frome but admits that they have all been exceeded since she moved into her new-build home at The Old Printworks.

“I had a feeling it would be a great place, but it’s been even better than I imagined,” Sophie said.

Ali goes on to say, “plus, as a former garden and interior designer, I appreciated how well the architect had maximised the space to give each room a workable layout and lovely flow through the house.”

Sophie says her new home will provide the platform for her yoga business to prosper.

“Our home works well as a base for my yoga work because it’s a relaxing, spacious and airy environment which benefits from enjoying plenty of natural light.

“There’s even a pathway leading down to the picturesque banks of the River Frome if we want a change of scenery.

“The site has been converted beautifully. As well as lovely new homes, it’s reassuring to know our new community has the same access to local nature they enjoyed when printing books was in full swing.”

Ali is also relishing the new chapter in her life and her work-life balance saying “I’m able to work from home in an office that I’ve set up in our garden which means my commute to work in the morning lasts all of 20 seconds.

Ali is also equally impressed with the quality, design and biodiversity of the homes at The Old Printworks. “It’s a quality, contemporary home, but it also boasts impressive sustainability credentials; from use of eco-stock bricks and triple-glazing to the consideration of biodiversity across the site,” Ali said.

“And it felt right to be buying a home at a site being brought back into use and regenerated, rather than a greenfield site. It ticks all the important boxes for us.

“I was also won over by the styling of the houses and the big windows that mean every room is filled with light.

“There’s lots of like-minded people here who are open to exploring new ways to live life to the full.

“And I’m delighted to be a member of that community where there’s a real feeling of togetherness.

“That’s what makes Somerset a special county and Frome an extraordinary market town.”

“The outdoor surroundings are stunning but we’ve also got a super place we call home, with a contemporary style and impressive ecocredentials which are important to us.
“As well as big windows and light flooding into our home, there are eco-stock bricks and triple-glazing. There’s such a big emphasis on biodiversity here”
“It is a real sanctuary and fits in perfectly with the magical atmosphere of Frome and the surrounding area.
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Buying a house is an exciting milestone. Buying a new build house is a slightly different process to go through but we’re here to help guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible.

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Buying a property is a big step often involving a substantial long-term commitment. If you need a mortgage, make sure you get one agreed in principle before starting your search. Many banks or independent mortgage advisors will be able to help –we can put you in touch with some if you would like.


Think about where you see yourself living - do you want to live in the heart of a big city or have the best of city/rural living in a country town, do you see yourself on the coast or among the sprawling countryside? We have a range of properties to suit city, coast or countryside, you can search our properties by development or location on our website, or call to speak to one of our sales team.


You can book a viewing with one of our sales team, or, because we sell homes off plan too, then you will be able to see computer generated images of the home and what we plan it to look like. Once you have decided which house you’d like to buy, you will complete the reservation paperwork with the sales team. At this stage, you will need to pay the reservation fee which forms part of your deposit and takes the property off the market.



Let your bank or mortgage advisor know that you would like to proceed with the full mortgage application.


Once your new property is build complete we’ll invite you to come and have a look at it. The sales and site team will help you get an understanding of how your property has been built and how things work.


You will need a solicitor to oversee the legal conveyancing process of the sale so that ownership is lawfully transferred through to you.


Once everything is in place for completion, your solicitor will advise your mortgage lender to release the funds. Or if you are not having a mortgage, your solicitor will request that you transfer the monies to them. Your solicitor will then transfer the funds to our solicitor and once the funds have been received, our solicitor will confirm that legal completion can take place.


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Once the legal work is complete and, if applicable, you have received your mortgage offer, it’s time to exchange contracts. This is required to take place within 28 days from the date your solicitor received the contract pack from our solicitor. As you approach the time to exchange contracts your solicitor will go through the contract papers with you, request you to sign them and ask you for the balance of your 10% exchange deposit. If your new home is already built and finished you will exchange with a fixed completion date, or if your new home is currently being constructed you will exchange for completion on notice.


We will call you to confirm when you are able to pick up your keys from the sales team. At this stage, you will be given a homeowner’s manual. This manual will have detailed information about your property including appliance serial numbers, instructions and guides.


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Once you move in, our aftercare team will ensure that you are happy with everything in your new property and address any issues or answer any questions that may arise.

ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME! The Old Printworks, Frome


Romy Summerskill, Executive Chairman of Acorn Property Group believes working within local communities is key to the ethos of Acorn and we are proud to have so many team members take part in charitable endeavours to help raise vital funds for these worthy causes.

Acorn Blue embarked on a ‘£50 challenge’ where they were given £50 and 50 days to raise as much as possible for Children’s Hospice South West. With various challenges across four locations; Duporth, Padstow, Treglos and Newquay plus Grand National and FA Cup sweepstakes, the team are delighted to have raised over £1,000 for the charity.

Following a two-year delay due to Covid-19, Christina Massos and Mette Blackmore were finally able to go on their Cambodian adventure with ActionAid. Following the huge impact of their work and fundraising from their 2018 trip to Rwanda, this time they travelled to Pursat in Western Cambodia for 10 days where they worked with local people to help build a muchneeded classroom block at Put Tream Primary School. They managed to beat their fundraising target of £6,400 and have raised a fantastic total of £8,811.

A date in the calendar looked forward to by many is the Acorn Charity Dinner hosted by the Bristol team. Uniting the wider Acorn team and external partners from across the regions, in 2021 the event raised almost £15,000. We donated £2,000 to ActionAid and the rest of the proceeds were split between the Nicola Corry Support Foundation, who help support families when a parent is suffering from cancer, and

One25, a Bristol women's charity who work with some of the city's most marginalised women.

Other notable events that have taken place include a beach blitz in support of the Great British Beach Clean, where some of the marketing team headed to Trecco Bay to complete a beach clean-up. As well as charity golf tournaments, 27 teams attended and raised £4,000 for Children's Hospice South West. Acorn Blue raised £195 and donated their lottery fund of £150 to purchase and send supplies to Ukraine, aiding the support of civilians and soldiers.

We have also had the pleasure of sponsoring the Bolingey Barbarians rugby club based in Penryn, Cornwall. The team support several local children’s charities through their matches. The club often raise money by different means, such as impressive raffles and auctions. As one of the proud sponsors of the club, we are delighted to have provided 44 pairs of shorts that have been offered to the players to purchase, with all proceeds raised for charity.

We are proud to say we are now supporting London-based Toshi Karate Club. Specialising in sport karate, the club offers students quality tuition from children aged 5 years old to adults. Making the sponsorship even more special, a dedicated mentor of the club is Alina Paun, who is part of Acorn’s finance team. We love to contribute to local sports teams where we can, in the past we have also sponsored community races, cycling events and even a professional surfer.

As a mindful developer focused on meeting the needs of local communities, Acorn fully embraces charity initiatives, supporting employees who wish to undertake fundraising and volunteer work.

01 Acorn Bristol's Charity Dinner helping raise £14,735 for ActionAid, Nicola Corry Foundation and One25

02 Proudly sponsoring Toshi Karate Club, London

03 £1,005.46 raised by Acorn Blue with the '£50 challenge' for Children's Hospice South West

04 Christina and Mette supporting ActionAid helping raise to date £8,811

05 Cheque totalling £5,707.30 presented to the Children's Hospice South West

06 Proudly sponsoring Bolingey Barbarians Rugby Club, Penryn, Cornwall

07 The marketing team take part in a Great British Beach Clean at Trecco Bay

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WhatHouse? Awards 2021, Bronze Winner of the Best Renovation Category

Hope House, Bath

Cardiff Property Awards 2021, Winner of the Residential Development Category

The Links, Rest Bay


South West Insider Awards. Residential Development of the Year 2020 Brandon Yard, Bristol

WhatHouse? National Awards. Bronze Winner Medium

Size Housebuilder 2019 Acorn Property Group

South West Insider Awards. Residential Development of the Year 2019 The Dunes, Perranporth

RICS Awards winner of the South West Residential category 2019 The Dunes, Perranporth

RESI Award 2018 Highly Commended for Development of the Year Brandon Yard, Bristol

Bristol Life Award Winner of the Property category 2018

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Bath Life Awards Finalist in the Property category 2018 Hope House, Bath

LABC Building Excellence Awards for the South West 2018 Old Station Master’s House, Fowey

UK Property Awards Residential Development for South East Wales 2017 Horizon, Ogmore-by-See

UK Property Awards Residential Development 2017-2018

Old Station Master’s House, Fowey

5 Star Gold Best Residential Development

Cornwall 2016-2017 One Lusty Glaze, Newquay

5 Star Gold for Best Development, Multiple Units

Cornwall 2012-2013 Crantock Vale, Newquay

UK Property Awards 5 Star Best Property

Cornwall 2011 The Retreat, Watergate Bay

UK Residential Property Awards Best Development

Cornwall 2010 Cribbar, Newquay

UK Residential Property Awards Best Development

Cornwall 2010 Azure, Newquay

UK Property Awards 5-star Gold Award for Best Development, Cornwall 2008 Zinc, Newquay

Bristol Property Awards 2021, Winner of the Residential Development Category

Brooks Dye Works, Bristol

Bath Property Awards 2021, Winner of the Residential Development Category

The Old Printworks, Frome

Bath Property Awards. Winner of the Best Residential Development 2019 Hope House, Bath

LABC South West Building Excellence Awards. Best High Volume New Housing Development 2019

The Dunes, Perranporth

Bristol Property Awards. Developer of the year 2019

Acorn Property Group

Bristol Property Awards. Development of the year 2019 Brandon Yard, Bristol

RICS Awards Shortlisted in the Residential category 2018

Old Station Master’s House, Fowey

Horizon, Ogmore-by-Sea

Marine Place, Clevedon

UK Property Awards Winner of the Best Residential Property Category 2018-19 The Gardens, Hope House, Bath

UK Property Awards winner of the Best Development Property Category 2018-19 Loft House, Bristol

LABC Building in Excellence Awards for the Vale of Glamorgan 2017 Horizon, Ogmore-by-Sea

Shortlisted for the 2017 RICS Awards – Regeneration Old Station Master’s House, Fowey

5 Star Gold for Best Development, Multiple Units Cornwall 2012-2013 Salcombe

UK Property Awards

5 Star Best Development Cornwall 2011 Rocket, Newquay

UK Residential Property Awards Best Apartment Cornwall 2010 Apartment 14, Pearl, Newquay

Mail on Sunday British Home Awards Winner Housing Project of the Year 2009 Pearl, Newquay

Premier Guarantee Awards Highly Commended Medium Development of the Year 2008 Zinc, Newquay

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