The Cathedral View apartment that’s won our hearts

The Cathedral View apartment that’s won our hearts

After scouring the West Country for their dream retirement pad, London couple Edward and Angela Kalfayan have found period perfection in the heart of Exeter – a luxury apartment redeveloped by Burrington Estates.

Their three-year property search for the ideal place to retire to has criss-crossed the South West, with the couple staying in 28 different cities, towns and villages, ending slap-bang in the centre of Exeter, and Edward and Angela Kalfayan couldn’t be happier with the outcome. They’re on the verge of moving into a luxury development by Burrington Estates of a Grade II listed building with stunning views of Exeter Cathedral.

Bristol has the headlines but is very sprawling and in our opinion lacks the heart which beats in Exeter. You may be interested to know that our fascination with your City has emerged over eight years of looking  to downsize and after 2-4 day stays in 28 different Cities, towns and villages, seven of them for more than four times.

Edward says, “We’re moving from a very fine Victorian property in Wimbledon to be closer to my wife’s family. Over the last few years, we have explored every location west of London which people have recommended to us, and we’ve found Exeter to be head and shoulders above the rest. It ticks all the boxes for our particular tastes and lifestyle – being right here, with wonderful views of the Cathedral and the Green and with all the city centre has to offer.”

Angela adds, “Edward stayed at the Royal Clarence a few years ago and loved the area. He noticed a sign saying this building was up for sale so we arranged to view it. It was a complete shell at the time, but as we walked in we could see its amazing potential. We could immediately envisage how it could be the most beautiful apartment. Edward was taken by it first and when I came in, I was doubly taken! I thought, ‘Gosh, this would just be superb for us!”

Having found the right property, the couple put complete trust in Burrington Estates to carry out a successful renovation of the landmark building. Burrington Estates and their architects had their work cut out to carry out a sensitive conversion into seven luxury apartments, which perfectly blend old and new. Edward and Angela recall it being in an atrocious state without a single right angle anywhere!

Angela says, “We went to look at Burrington Estates’ renovation of Dean Clarke House in Southernhay and could tell by the quality of the materials they’d used that they don’t cut corners on their developments. We had total confidence in them that they would do Cathedral View justice. As we committed to buy the apartment early on, we were able to choose exactly what we wanted in terms of the lay-out and fixtures and fittings, right down to the dust extraction system, which Edward – as a retired engineer – considered essential. We were impressed, above all, by the fact that Burrington Estates was driven by an ambition to achieve excellence.”

They experienced the same level of customer service from Wilkinson Grant, the agents who patiently steered them through their search for the right home in the South West. Edward says, “Like Burrington Estates, Wilkinson Grant impressed us with their integrity, placing great emphasis on us as clients and giving us satisfaction.”

Now just weeks away from moving in, Edward and Angela are excited about their new future in Devon, where they are already starting to feel at home. “Whenever we’ve stopped to talk to people or asked them a question they’ve been very open and friendly,” says Edward. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the welcome we’ve had here.”

“We feel incredibly lucky. It really is a privilege to be able to live in a building and a city like this,” adds Angela. “Buying our new home through Burrington Estates has been a fantastic experience.”

Edward has the closing word: “The fire at the Royal Clarence has had such an enormous impact on the city centre. This development is helping to give the area back its confidence and restoring people’s civic pride. Exeter is a great undiscovered haven but we don’t want to tell too many people, in case we spoil the gem that we’ve found here!”

Local housebuilder placed in top 3% of property developers across the country

Local housebuilder placed in top 3% of property developers across the country

Following a standout year of success, Exeter-based luxury house builder, Burrington Estates New Homes, has announced site manager at Trispen Meadows in Truro, Shaun Marsden, has been awarded the prestigious Seal of Excellence award by the National House Building Council (NHBC).


Awarded to only 450 site managers across the UK, the awards put Burrington Estates New Homes in the top 3% of house builders in the country. The National House Building Council recognises the industry’s best site managers across the UK and has been driving quality in house-building for 38 years.

At an exclusive event on Friday, Shaun and fellow site manager, Gary O’Gorman, who has been working on a luxury development in Plymouth, Notre Dame, were awarded the prestigious Pride in the Job awards. The Pride in the Job awards are one of the industry’s highest recognised accolades, given to a small handful of the 16,000 site managers across the country registered with NHBC.


The Seal of Excellence award marks the second time the house builder has received such a standard, following Site Manager Marinko Tomic’s success last year for his work at Seaward Park, Clyst St George in Exeter.


Shaun Marsden received the award following his exceptionally high standards of build at Trispen Meadows in Truro. The collection of 85 two, three and four bedroom homes have been well received in the region, offering high quality living with both country and coastal access.

Colin Palmer, Managing Director for Burrington Estates New Homes, said; ‘We are hugely proud of Shaun for his Seal of Excellence award and both Shaun and Gary for their Pride in the Job awards earlier this summer. Their dedication to high quality and exacting standards shines through on everything they work on. We are immensely proud of their achievements and thank the NHBC for their recognition.’


Shaun Marsden said; ‘To be recognised both a Pride in the Job and Seal Of Excellence award is incredible. As with all of our developments, myself and my team are absolutely committed to ensuring high quality in each and every one of our new homes at Trispen Meadows. I cannot thank the judges at the NHBC enough and the support I have received from Burrington Estates New Homes.’

£1.2m affordable homes scheme completed at high quality development in Cornwall

£1.2m affordable homes scheme completed at high quality development in Cornwall

A new collection of 10 one, two and three bedroom affordable homes have been specially created at our development, Penrose View, Truro in a bid to tackle the current UK housing crisis.

We have worked  in partnership with a leading Cornish social housing provider, Ocean Housing. the homes have been completed and handed over to Ocean Housing, who have begun moving tenants in to a mix of rent and shared ownership homes.

With an average of 30% affordable homes on our developments, we are committed to providing affordable housing within the region and are currently developing further affordable homes at our nearby development, Trispen Meadows, in Trispen, Truro alongside our sites in Plymouth, Exeter and upcoming site in Dorset.

We are aiming to deliver more rural homes throughout the South West and are actively seeking suitable sites in local communities where there is a need for affordable housing.

Burrington Estates New Homes enjoys close working relationships with a number of social housing providers, including Liverty, formerly known as Devon and Cornwall Housing.

Penrose View is a collection of 28 new homes within the delightful village of Shortlanesend. With nearby access to Truro, popular seaside towns and the Cornish countryside, the new homes were hotly anticipated on the open market with the 18 new properties now fully sold out. Each of the homes, including the affordable properties, have been designed to be in keeping with the local surroundings and make use of local materials.


Work on the £1.2 million scheme began in September 2017 with the new affordable homes completed and handed over in August 2018. Taylor Lewis, a local property agent, have been working alongside Ocean Housing throughout the transfer of the new homes.

David Matthews, Development Director at Burrington Estates New Homes, said: “Developing affordable housing on our schemes is absolutely vital in order to meet the demand for new homes in the South West. There are so many different types of buyer to consider when creating a new housing development and Penrose View is no different. Penrose View is a great example of how we can provide well designed, quality affordable homes for local people. Working with Ocean Housing has been a brilliant experience and allows us to respond to a need for more affordable housing within the local area.”

The scheme, a combination of rent and shared ownership housing, has been officially handed over Ocean Housing – and its tenants have already started moving in to their new homes.

Tracey Daniels, resident at Penrose View, said:

“I am in love with my new home! I have lived in Shortlanesend for a while, previously in a much older estate which was looking a little tired. The new homes at Penrose View really do stand out for their design and quality, the overall feel it that of a small and quaint community. My son attends Richard Lander School so it’s in a great location for us too.”

Daniel Fisher, Site Manager at Penrose View, said:

“It’s been a real pleasure working on the new homes at Penrose View, both the private and affordable units. It’s so important to consider all types of homeowner when building our developments and that’s why we have created a range of affordable house types. The one bedroom homes are ideal for young couples and the larger three bedroom homes are great for growing families.”

Ocean’s chief executive, Mark Gardner, said the Penrose View scheme demonstrated a joint commitment to addressing Cornwall’s housing shortage.

“We’re very pleased to be working with Burrington Estates to provide much-needed affordable homes for local people,” said Mr Gardner. “I look forward to developing a strong relationship with Burrington Estates so that we can provide many more new homes together in the future. The most important thing is that our new residents are absolutely delighted with their new homes.”

We currently have properties on the open market available at Trispen Meadows, Trispen, Truro. The collection of two, three and four bedroom new homes are available from £210,000. Help to buy, part exchange and a range of assisted purchase schemes are available. 26 affordable new homes will be available at Trispen Meadows.

Council grants planning permission for 14 new homes in Colebrook, Plympton

Council grants planning permission for 14 new homes in Colebrook, Plympton

Plymouth City Council has granted South West property developer, Burrington Estates New Homes, planning permission for the creation of 14 new luxury homes on the former site of Colebrook House in Plympton.

Following discussions with the planning committee, a recommendation to approve from officers of Plymouth City Council and local councillors, and input from ward members and the general public, planning permission was awarded for the collection of four bed family homes and the award-winning property developer will begin work on its latest development in the city – called Mayhew Gardens – this Autumn.

The name of the new development takes its inspiration from the Mayhew family who were responsible for the expansion of Colebrook village in the 19th century.

The intimate housing development will have a mix of exterior slate and stone work. Burrington Estates states its premium fixtures and fittings will feature throughout the new homes, which includes British-designed kitchens with integrated appliances, luxury fitted carpets and oak veneer doors. The new homes will also have the provision for Solar PV.

Burrington Estates emphasises their commitment to sensitive re-development of the site and will be providing ecological enhancements, such as planting and landscape management, bird and bat boxes and opportunities for bat roosting.

The developer is committed to ensuring minimum disruption to the community throughout the build programme, Burrington Estates will create an pedestrian access walkway from Colebrook Lane to Newnham Road. Part of the existing wall surrounding the site will be removed to allow for a road access point from Colebrook Lane.

As part of the planning permission, the derelict Colebrook House, which currently stands on the site, will be removed. Colebrook House, which was built in the mid-19th century, no longer retains any of its original external features, such as the bay windows and turrets, and has fallen into disrepair with damp, decay and roofing issues. The house was rendered uninhabitable following the complete collapse of the landing ceiling in 2013. Burrington Estates will aim to capture the essence of the house and flower garden in the new homes.

Colin Palmer, Managing Director of Burrington Estates New Homes, said: “Mayhew Gardens will be our third new homes site in the city, following the success of Notre Dame on Looseleigh Lane and The Quarters at Manadon Park. Colebrook is such an ideal location as its close enough to the city but benefitting from a great community feel. We have already received a huge amount of interest in the site and can’t wait to get started with our plans.”

David Matthews, Development Director at Burrington Estates New Homes, said: “I’ve been involved with this site from the beginning and hearing from the local residents has really helped to shape this scheme. Engaging with the community is a cornerstone of what we do and we are positive that our new homes will enhance the area and breathe new life into the grounds of Colebrook House.”

Burrington Estates New Homes have partnered with Maitlands to assist with sales for the new homes. Work will begin on site this summer with the properties set to be on sale by the end of the year. The build programme is expected to be completed in 2019.

Register an interest in the new homes at Mayhew Gardens via or call 01752 344322. Visit for more information.

Trispen Meadows. With so much to do on your doorstep… Where will you go?

Trispen Meadows. With so much to do on your doorstep… Where will you go?

From the rugged cornish countryside to the stunning sights at The Eden Project, there’s a whole host of activities within 30 minutes drive of our new homes at Trispen Meadows, Trispen.


Whether it’s surfing the waves at Newquay or exploring the fantastic history of this southern county, there’s something everyone can enjoy in less than 30 minutes drive time. Take a look at a few of our recommendations;

1. Trispen – 1 minute

This small, friendly, village community is the perfect place to set up home, with a good primary school, local shop, post office and village hall. The village pub, the Clock and Key, is the perfect way to end a day, serving fine ales and Sunday roasts. Emma and Gary, the Landlady and Landlord, are also the perfect pair who are always happy to recommend a few of their favourite spots to visit in the area.


2. A charming Georgian city – Truro, 11 minutes

Visitors to the charming Georgian city of Truro can find a wealth of independent and high street names providing the ideal place to find something new. At Lemon Street Market, you’ll discover Baker Tom’s irresistible range of croissants and sourdough bread, and Cliffside Clothing, a boutique Italian clothing store. On the cobbled high street you can find popular names such as Joules and The White Company. Mannings Bar & Restaurant has a range of tempting tipples to enjoy on any occasion while Bustopher Jones is a lovely wine bar in a beautiful listed building in the heart of the city. The towers of Truro Cathedral stand proud in the city centre, overlooking the many visitors come to see the beauty of this gothic revival building.


3. Discover the coastline – Newquay & Perranporth, 16 minutes

With over 600 miles of coastline to discover, what better way to spend a weekend than enjoying the sandy beaches and turquoise blue seas of Perranporth and Newquay’s Fistral. Surfing novices and experts alike will love riding the waves at the popular Cornish town, Newquay. Whether you want to learn as a family or allow the kids to spread their wings on the waves, Fistral Beach Surfing School provides a great opportunity to hone those skills. Boardmasters, an annual festival combining live music and surfing competitions, returns in August and is a great event couples and families will enjoy.


4. Walking through wildlife – Malpas to Tresillian, 16 minutes

Along the calming banks of the beautiful Fal River, you can enjoy a scenic walk from the quaint village of Malpas to Tresillian. This 3 mile walk has plenty of birds and wildlife to discover as well as some popular stops along the way. The Heron Inn, serving freshly prepared seafood, has lovely views of the Truro and Tresillian rivers while the church of St Clement has stunning hand painted windows and is home to one of only three listed lychgates in the country.


5. Life as a Cornish prisoner – Bodmin Jail, 25 minutes

Dating back over 200 years, this historic jail in the heart of Cornwall shows what life was really like for an 18th century prisoner. Visitors to the jail can find the cold dank pits where prisoners were kept, the luxury guards quarters and over six levels of cells. During the War, it was home to two national treasures: the Doomsday book and Crown Jewels. Its unique design makes it one of the county’s most famous buildings and something not to be missed.


6. Green fingers and thumbs – The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 29 minutes

25 years ago, the lost gardens were a tangle of weeds, but through love and care they are now transformed into one of the finest gardens in Cornwall. The 200 acre estate hosts regular events that everyone will love – like the Daffodil Fair and Heligan Feast Night which showcases the unique flavours produced in their iconic gardens. It’s good news for our four legged friends – they can enjoy exploring the sights and smells of the flowers too.


7. A piece of history – The National Trust, Trelissick, 20 minutes

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of National Trust locations to find in Cornwall. At Trelissick, you will find a welcoming country estate and garden with stunning maritime views and a picturesque woodland walk. There are panoramic views over the Fal estuary to enjoy as well as garden full with exotic plants. The house itself has a diverse history, with hidden rooms and secret passageways, and regularly hosts exhibitions – you can even find a specialised Cornish art gallery.


8. Wildlife in abundance – The Eden Project, 28 minutes

At the Eden Project, you can discover the outdoor gardens, rainforest biome, giant bee, climbing frames and more. The kids will love the soft play area while adults can enjoy sensational food at the Mediterranean Terrace restaurant. From a working china clay pit in 1995 to the launch of the international venture in 2017, this fantastic location provides a great day out for the whole family.


9. Explore the world – Cornwall Airport, 18 minutes, Truro railway station 12 minutes

While there’s so much to discover near our new homes, if you’re looking to travel a little further afield, Cornwall Airport is the perfect destination. Located on the outskirts of Newquay, you can visit a whole host of locations for both business and pleasure. For commuters, London is only an hour away or if you want to sun yourself in Spain, you can arrive in Alicante in just over two hours. There are two mainline road links, the A39 and A30, just a minutes drive from the homes, providing easy access to the rest of Cornwall, Devon and beyond.

From Truro train station you can enjoy a scenic journey along the cornish and devon coastlines. Plymouth is just an hour away or you can reach Exeter in two, two excellent destinations for both commuters and shoppers. There are also mainline links to London, accessible in under five hours.


Enjoy all this and more from our new homes at Trispen Meadows, Trispen. This collection of traditionally designed two, three and four bedroom homes are available from £218,000. With high quality finishes, stunning designs and spacious interiors, our new homes are in the perfect location to enjoy both country and city life. We are proud to offer Help to Buy and Part Exchange on these homes, contact our sales representative to find out more.

Our show home is open Monday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm.

Trispen Meadows,
Trispen Hill
Truro TR4 9BU
01872 890033