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Staying in is the new going out with more of us preferring to entertain at home. According to the ‘Art of Entertaining’ report by Denby Pottery, a massive 87% of Brits regularly host friends and family in the comfort of their own home.

After the importance of location, it is often a high priority for homebuyers to choose a property where they can comfortably entertain and impress their guests. For example, at Millgate’s Highfield development in Lingfield, the houses have both a separate dining room and a drawing room in addition to the spacious open plan kitchen/ dining/ family area.

All of the properties have a timeless style to their architecture, while interiors offer a very 21st century luxury. Finished with meticulous attention to detail and Millgate’s signature craftsmanship, the houses at Highfield come in a range of sizes and include three-bedroom semi-detached homes alongside four and five bedroom detached properties.

craftsmanshipThe Highfield scheme offers a collection of 20 high specification new homes in a peaceful rural location, carefully designed to tick the boxes for those interested in a premium new build property to suit their lifestyle. Whilst formal dinner parties are not always the order of the day, buyers are more often leaning towards flexibility, with different spaces to use dependent upon the occasion. The larger four and five-bedroom detached houses have multiple entertainment choices, with a formal dining room, a spacious drawing room and Millgate’s signature ‘super room’ which gives home owners ample selection when it comes to entertaining.

Jonathan Cranley, Sales and Marketing Director at Millgate comments: “Our purchasers appreciate the finer things in life and want a home that impresses when entertaining guests, as well as being a comfortable family space. Open plan living spaces have become the norm in modern homes, but while the kitchen might be the hub of family life, we find that buyers are also looking for a separate, smarter reception room away from the hubbub of daily life where they can spend time with guests, eat in a smarter setting or just relax. We have certainly noticed a resurgence in demand for separate dining rooms as people place more emphasis on entertaining at home.  Sharing good food with friends and family is often at the heart of this trend, either to show off their own culinary skills or with the help of professional caterers.”

Plot 11 is an example of one of the exquisite four-bedroom homes available at Highfield offering an expansive kitchen and family area to the rear of the ground floor. A stylish, bespoke hand painted kitchen, complete with breakfast bar and premium quality integrated appliances provide everything that even the most ambitious home chef could need. In addition, the space is flooded with natural light thanks to the terrace doors opening onto the enclosed rear garden.

The large drawing room also has doors opening to the garden, as well as a feature fireplace with gas fire and limestone surround for a cosy atmosphere. To the front of the property, the dining room has a large bay window, an elegant light filled space ideal for sophisticated dinner parties. On the first floor the master bedroom has a dressing area and en suite, the second bedroom also has its own shower room, while the two further bedrooms share the family bathroom.

Located close to the charming village of Lingfield, there is already a warm and welcoming community spirit in the area with a number of pubs and restaurants, meaning there is plenty of opportunity for socialising outside of the home too.

Just two miles from Lingfield station, Highfield is well situated for access to central London with direct services to Victoria and London Bridge in under 60 minutes. It is also extremely convenient for travel connections by road with the M25 just seven miles away.

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