Arts and Crafts homes for Ashbury Village

Arts and Crafts homes for Ashbury Village

Work is now underway at Walnut Trees Hill, the new Redcliffe Homes development in the village of Ashbury, halfway between Swindon and Wantage.

Occupying a very scenic position - looking north over the Vale of the White Horse and south over the Berkshire Downs (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) - this exclusive scheme will comprise just 10 four- and five-bedroom detached houses, plus a shop for the community with a self-contained apartment.

Lorraine Kendrick, Redcliffe’s sales and marketing manager said the brief that Redcliffe gave the architects, BBA Architects of Bath, was for a development that would be in keeping with its beautiful location, and would be sympathetic to the needs and concerns of the community.

The house designs selected are modelled on the Arts & Crafts Movement, one of the UK’s most enduringly popular styles of housebuilding.  Arts & Crafts architecture is characterised by traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, local building materials and classic, understated decorative motifs.  

Lorraine Kendrick said: “The Arts & Crafts Movement - whose leader William Morris lived and worked just 15 miles away in Kelmscott - influenced architects to produce houses that would mellow into their surroundings.  Their style was honest and unpretentious. The team at BBA has been faithful to our vision and we’re over the moon with the designs they’ve produced.”  

Each of the new homes at Walnut Trees Hill will have its own character, tailored to suit different purchasers’ needs.  The self-employed or home-worker can choose a design with a home office, while those aspiring to something different may opt for a home with a sun lounge or orangery leading directly off the kitchen and into the garden.

Lorraine said: “Preserving and emphasising the natural qualities of the building materials is something Redcliffe Homes is really good at.  We want purchasers to know that buying a new home from us means they are guaranteed great build quality, good designs and a desirable location.”

Homes in the village of Ashbury are much sought-after, offering the perfect location to enjoy rural living in south-west Oxfordshire, yet only four miles from the outskirts of Swindon, and convenient for access to the M4. There is an excellent school in the village, and for golf enthusiasts a wide choice of golf courses.

The development will provide a new village shop and a new playing field, both of which should be of great benefit to the community.

The first homes are expected to be on the market in March.  Further information is available from Sarah Benson at Perry Bishop & Chambers in Faringdon, tel: 01367 240356 or email

The Arts & Crafts movement, which flourished from the second half of the 19th century until the Second World War, was one of the most inspiring and influential art movements to develop in Britain and had an international impact.  

It was made up of English designers who wanted a return to well-made, handcrafted goods instead of mass-produced, poor quality machine-made items.  Their designs featured simple forms without extravagant or superfluous decoration.  

Those wishing to learn more can visit Cheltenham’s newly renovated Art Gallery and Museum where four new floors now house a re-interpreted Arts & Crafts Movement gallery and furniture store showing a nationally-important collection.

Posted by Thyme Morris