Finding a heavenly home near Southport

Buying a home in its early build stages means the fixtures and fittings can be personalised but sometimes even rooms can be tailor made too, as Stewart and Sheila Reid found out.

The couple bought a new home at The Coppice, a Redrow development of new homes near to Southport, in Banks, and found that as well as the usual specification choices, they could add more into the bargain.

Stewart is vicar of Christ Church, with a parish in the centre of Southport. He and Sheila moved from their 1930s vicarage in Birkdale and were keen to have the space to work from home. They asked Redrow if they would create a door from the kitchen/dining area into the garage so that the garage could then be converted into a study for Stewart.

Stewart, 69, said: “We were so pleased that an internal conversion could be arranged. I’m due to retire next year so we wanted to find a suitable home for us to relax in but we still required good access to Southport. And, in the meantime, it was important that I had plenty of space to be able to work and store all my paperwork.”

After living in a five-bedroom Tudor-style vicarage for 20 years, the three-bedroom ‘Worcester’ home really caught their eye because of its classic 1930s’ styling. Sheila, who works as a deputy head teacher in Bolton, would pass the development every day on the way to work and as soon as the showhouse opened they went to have a look around.


“We loved the Worcester home because it has a beautiful exterior but a modern interior. After living in an older property, we also liked the energy efficiency and the warranty,” Stewart added. “Additionally, we have a delightful outlook as we overlook a large pond. The whole place will be a fabulous place to live.”

For those looking for a home that covers all bases and is located in a perfect position to be within reach of Southport, there are still homes available with prices for three and four bedroom homes ranging from £199,995 to £289,995. The Coppice is also convenient for those who commute to Preston but perhaps wish to live somewhere more rural.

Claire Jarvis, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire) said: “It’s usual for customers to be able to personalise their homes by choosing items from our standard specification and also a range of optional upgrades and extras. It’s less common for us to adapt the layout of the home itself but it can be done in special circumstances if someone reserves at the very early stages of the build process. We were happy to assist Reverend Reid to make sure that his new home could accommodate his lifestyle.”

Find out more about the homes at The Coppice, off Guinea Hall Lane, in Banks, by visiting or by calling 01704 808171. The marketing suite is open from 10am until 5.30pm every day.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2014, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Redrow also collected the award for best marketing initiative at the 2014 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.