Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode
Quality of life is about the details of everyday living. From the little things, like knowing the nearest place to pick up a pint of milk, to more important matters like finding the right school or having a health centre nearby, you need to know that the community you’re moving to will support you and your family, as well as being a pleasant place to live. So here’s some useful information about the area around Ferrygate Meadow.
North Berwick railway station, three quarters of a mile from the development, offers trains to Edinburgh Waverley approximately once an hour, with extra services during morning and evening commuter periods. The journey takes just over half an hour. There is also an hourly bus service into Edinburgh that passes adjacent to the development and takes around 65 minutes. The centre of Edinburgh is around 40 minutes away by car.
The town is a popular destination for visitors who come to visit the beautiful harbour and the famous seabird centre, explore the long sandy beaches and sheltered boating pond, or play golf at the Glen or the North Berwick course, one of the oldest in the world. The harbour is the starting point for wildlife safaris and a seasonal ferry to Anstruther, as well as the home of the East Lothian Yacht Club, which holds prestigious international competitions. The many excellent local walks range from riverside strolls through The Glen or climbing Berwick Law to the long distance challenges of the John Muir Way.
Dirleton Castle and Tantallon Castle, the town is just five miles from the Museum of Flight at East Fortune, which hosts Scotland’s annual air show. It is also the home of the Fringe by the Sea, a weeklong offshoot of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the East Lothian Tennis Open, played just across the road from the beautiful Lodge Grounds park with its excellent children’s playgrounds.
There is a small convenience store at the service station just yards from the development. The town has a charming, traditional High Street where galleries, coffee shops and restaurants are interspersed with convenience stores, local food and drink shops, pharmacies, a post office, newsagents and ironmongers. There is a large Co-op in the town centre, and branches of Aldi and Tesco on the eastern edge of the town. Glass bottles and metal cans can be recycled at bins in the car park at the station.
The town’s nursery and primary schools have an excellent reputation, and North Berwick High School was recently identified by Tatler magazine as one of the top state schools in the UK. North Berwick Health Centre offers a choice of GPs with full nursing support, and there are two dental surgeries in the town, the nearest one just ten minutes walk from the development.
North Berwick, EH39
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode
Leave Edinburgh by the A1, and at the Bankton Junction join the A198 and follow signs for North Berwick. Pass through Longniddry then at the mini-roundabout take the second exit to join the B1377 for Drem. Pass Drem and Fenton Barns Retail Village, then at the T-junction turn right, re-joining the A198. After one and three quarter miles, the entrance to the development is on the right.
From the East
Leave the A1 at Thistly Cross Roundabout then at Kirklandhill Junction follow signs for North Berwick via the A198. In North Berwick, at the roundabout with Berwick Law straight ahead take the second exit. Quarter of a mile on, take the left turn signposted for Edinburgh via the A198. After passing the railway station, turn left at the lights. Three quarters of a mile on, the entrance to the development is on the left.
Sat Nav: EH39 5DF
We’ll keep it brief, because a lot has happened over the past seventy-five years. Around 100,000 new Miller homes, for a start. A lot of new ideas in building technology. Loads of awards, like Major Housebuilder of the Year, Large Housebuilder of the Year, Best Sustainable Development, and Private Housebuilder of the Year. That last one’s important because it’s from First Time Buyer magazine, so it’s about real people and their experiences.
Listening to you
Four times every year, we ask an independent research company to find out whether our customers would recommend us to friends. Our current rating is 97% positive (2012 average).
That’s about more than great houses. It’s about keeping in touch, helping you find what you want, helping you buy it once you’ve found it, telling you how the building’s coming along (by email, SMS, or the post). It’s about listening, and being there if you have a question or a problem. It’s about our incentives, offers and assistance schemes (please check them out), and dedicated websites that help people in a new neighbourhood to get to know each other. Yes, we get excited by new ideas and technologies, but essentially we’re just old fashioned, home loving people.
Quality homes. In quality places.
Building homes is what we do, and we do it exceptionally well. Over the past 75 years, we’ve seen what people really like about the homes we build and, well, we build on that experience.
So you know that behind the kerb appeal there’s a structure that meets the highest professional standards. You know that the beautifully proportioned rooms are impeccably finished and decorated. You know that every detail has been checked, inspected (and admired). You know all that because of the way the door feels when you open it, the crisp clean edge of the paintwork, the way your whole home just works. That’s experience.
What you may not realise, at least until you have the pleasant surprise of seeing your fuel bills, is that we are also absolutely committed to the most environmentally friendly movements in homebuilding. This means we use low-carbon construction methods (even zero carbon on occasion) but it also means that our homes are highly energy efficient in everyday life.
And finally, location location location. Some people want country quiet, some want urban convenience. All we can do is try to find the very best spot for every taste. So we try to put urban where it’s also pretty quiet and rural where it’s also pretty convenient. And the views? Well, we can’t move mountains (and wouldn’t if we could) but we will try to make sure your new home is pointing towards one if there’s one available, and something else nice if there’s not.
Service is too small a word.
We think of it as a relationship. Even if it never gets beyond the electronic stage we’ll do our very best to help you find what you’re looking for, and do it as unobtrusively as we can. You choose the channels, and we go away when you ask us to.
When you visit one of our developments, though, we have a chance to meet properly and talk. We enjoy that. We’ll show you homes we think you might like (or ones very like them if they’re not finished yet) and tell you about special offers that might interest you.
If you decide to buy, we’ll help in every way we can. We can give you information about mortgages and lawyers if you want it, although we’re careful not to become too close to anyone working on your behalf because we don’t want any conflicts of interest. Then we’ll keep you informed as your new home is being built, and invite you round at the appropriate time to choose things like kitchen worktops and bathroom tiles. If you want to measure up for carpets and curtains, we’ll do our best to arrange things.
When you get your keys, there’s a meeting to go over all the important stuff like stopcocks and thermostats, and we’ll also leave you full instructions. But here’s the best part. We don’t go away. We’ll leave you in peace, of course, but if you need help or advice we’ll be on hand for as long as you need us. That’s the kind of relationship we like.
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