Devonshire Gardens School Children

Devonshire Gardens School - Back to Nature

Toadstool tables and fairy doors were among the ideas dreamed up by Harrogate children when asked to help design a show home near their school.

Pupils, aged 9 and 10, from St Roberts Catholic Primary School on Ainsty Road were given the chance to let their imaginations run wild when asked by housebuilder Redrow to have input into designing a child’s bedroom.

The bedroom is a key feature of the new show home at Devonshire Gardens on Claro Road, just a few minutes’ walk from the school.

Asked to focus their ideas on the theme of ‘nature’ the children came up with some impressive designs, including a tree mural, fairy doors, toadstool tables and bedside lamps ‘disguised’ as owls. When the room was finished, they were invited along to a special event at the show home so they could see the fruits of their labour.

Year 5 teacher Ben Ibbetson said: “The kids really enjoyed their visit. They were so pleased to see the room they had helped design and the whole class felt they saw something of their individual designs in the finished bedroom. It must have been tricky to get all those ideas in there but the room looks great.”

Redrow’s group interior design manager Emma Brindley added: “The design is a combination of all of the children’s ideas put together. They had some great suggestions and we’re really pleased with the finished result.

“The tree mural design was taken directly from one of the children’s drawings, so we framed a few of the pictures that inspired us and have hung them on the walls. We also took another idea of the fairy door and added that to the tree.”

The nature-inspired children’s bedroom is an excellent addition to the Claremont style show home which has been chosen to promote Redrow’s Regent Collection at Devonshire Gardens. The rest of the professionally designed and decorated three-bedroom town house has plenty to inspire would-be owners too. Open now for a sneak preview, it will be officially launched in the New Year.

With designs inspired by Regency-period architecture, Redrow’s striking Regent Collection will make up 82 of the 126 homes planned for Devonshire Gardens. Current availability includes four and five-bedroom town houses with prices from £309,950. Already the development is attracting families, downsizers and aspiring home makers.

The new show home is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm – don’t forget to check out the children’s bedroom while you’re there. Find out about homes available now or in the future at or call 01423 203395.
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: