Coastal Life Inspires Award-Winning Show Home

by Heather Peebles

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

20140611 Cala Homes - Gilsland Grange 002The quality of life in North Berwick has won the town a host of awards – now it has also landed another accolade after inspiring a beautiful show home.

Respected housebuilder CALA Homes created the sought after Gilsland Grange development in the town by transforming a former caravan park.

The elegance and creativity of its “raspberry ripple” themed Macrae property on the site saw it named Show Home of the Year at the 2014 Scottish Home Awards.

Sarah Stanger, Sales and Marketing Director at CALA Homes (East) said: “East Lothian consistently comes up as one of the finest places to live in the UK and North Berwick is the jewel in East Lothian’s crown.

“So we had no doubt that developing Gilsland Grange was a rare opportunity to create homes fitting for a town that so many people agree is an amazing place to live.

“When it came to creating a show home we were determined it should properly reflect everything that this part of the world has to offer – not just ice cream on the beach, but all the colour and character of living on this lovely stretch of the coastline.

“Working along with interior designers from Luma in South Queensferry, we are thrilled to bits that our efforts have been recognised with this award.”

Coastal Design

The design took inspiration from the coastal location, with pink and cream ‘raspberry ripple’ tones used in the living areas, coastal landscapes framed on walls and turquoise combined with sea blues and seagrass-style carpets to complete the seaside homage.

However, the garden is a truly outstanding feature with its own putting green hinting at the Links golfing heritage of the area and offering outstanding views across famous North Berwick Law.

In summing up the award, the judges stated: “This winner was chosen for delivering an excellent result on budget in a result which reflected local influences and created eye catching pictures.”

CALA Homes, the UK’s most upmarket major homebuilder which is headquartered in Scotland and employs 600 people, also sponsors the primary 3, 4 and 5 age groups in the North Berwick Colts football team.

CALA’s reputation was earned on the high quality of the homes it builds in developments which are sensitively designed to augment the areas in which they sit. The result is that its homes are not only highly sought after, but retain their value over decades and earn loyalty from owners, who often live in a series of CALA properties.

At Gilsland Grange CALA Homes created 37 4 and 5 bedroom homes which have proven hugely popular, attracting buyers from Edinburgh, West Lothian and beyond. The final six properties, on the western edge of the development are under construction and have just been released to the market.

Sarah added: “We hope many more house hunters will take this as a prompt to visit our show home and see why CALA Homes are so prized by the people who live in them and why North Berwick has such an outstanding reputation.

“The homes at Gilsland Grange are the last chance to get this size of CALA property in the town. Our next development will be homes that have a smaller footprint.”

That next CALA project in North Berwick is Priory Meadow, which is set for launch between autumn and winter later this year, comprising 53 detached homes offering 3, 4 and 5-bedrooms.

North Berwick is widely famed for its white sandy beaches, and golf courses and was dubbed “Scotland’s finest seaside town” by the London Evening Standard and recently competed in a Twitter poll for the accolade of “Best Place to Live”.

Sarah Stanger picked up the award in front of 300 industry peers at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh International Conference Centre. CALA Homes also collected the House of the Year title for The Darroch, in Woodilee Village, Lenzie.


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Based as a PR in Edinburgh, Heather Peebles is a highly-valued member of the team at Holyrood PR. Her work with the Scottish public relations consultancy sees her advising clients in healthcare, construction, renewables and logistics. As well as delivering numerous successful PR campaigns, she is also experienced in crisis PR and reputation management.

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