Hundreds of Parbold locals get a first glimpse at The Retreat

July, 2024

Parbold locals get a first glimpse

We had a fantastic day at the Parbold Village Show last weekend

We had a fantastic day at the Parbold Village Show – an annual village fixture that sees hundreds of families come together for a day of fun!

Our team were there for the first time since we announced our plans for The Retreat, the repurposing of the Lancaster House former convent site into a stunning community of bespoke conversions and beautiful new homes.

From brass bands and artisan stalls, to musical performances and local worthy causes, the whole community came together (and even the rain stayed away!)

We had such a warm welcome the organisers, stall neighbours and visitors – whether young, old or our four-legged friends.

A massive thank you to everyone who took the time to visit us. We had so many conversations about our plans for The Retreat, with great interest in the historic site’s next chapter. We also met locals who had fascinating personal connections and memories of Lancaster House.

There’s still time to sign up to be the first to get detailed information about the homes at The Retreat. We will be hosting an exclusive VIP first look event later this month. Sign up here to get your invitation: Click Here >

Our sales Negotiator Mark Small will be based at The Retreat in Parbold from this summer, as work gets started on site. He said: “The community really came out in force for the packed out show and it’s a pleasure to be able to be a part of the village annual fixture. Sincere thanks to the organisers and all the volunteers that made everything run like clockwork. We’re already looking forward to next year!

“We’ve been blown away by such significant early interest in the new homes planned for The Retreat and can’t wait to be able to reveal more details on the 23 bespoke, individual homes that we’ll be delivering. Work is ramping up on site in the coming weeks and the first residents will be able to reserve off plan this summer.”

We’ll be announcing the winner of our luxury hamper soon!

First look | Parbold Redevelopment

June, 2024

First Look | Parbold Redevelopment

First look at the planned redevelopment of Lancashire’s historic former convent revealed

We’ve unveiled a first look at the plans to restore Lancaster House, a Victorian former convent in Parbold village, into a community of 23 exemplary homes.

The first artist impression of what the stunning restored historic villa will look like once complete has now been revealed for this stunning development now rebranded as, The Retreat.

First built in 1845 for local industrialist Hugh Ainscough, Lancaster House later became the home of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, being used as a convent from 1929 for over 90 years.

Plans to transform the historic site were unanimously approved last year. Now, enabling work has started to ready the walled 6.5 acre plot for its transformation.

Set to be available for buyers to reserve off-plan this summer, The Retreat will see the main house sensitively refurbished and repurposed into four grand heritage homes, with original retained features including a sweeping staircase and ornate ceilings. Other historic properties, including an adjoining cottage and stables, will also be reimagined into homes.

Elsewhere, energy efficient new homes will sit sensitively alongside the old. They’ll be built to the highest energy-efficiency ratings and feature extensive insulation, solar panels, EV charging facilities, triple glazing, underfloor heating and mechanical ventilation systems. To further upgrade the property the company also offers the option to purchase a solar battery storage unit.

The extensive walled gardens are set to become a major selling point.

Mature trees, hedged walkways, quiet seating spots and tranquil formal gardens will surround the properties, with re-opened paths creating a new trail for people to soak up the surrounding nature.

Georgina Lynch, Managing Director at PJ Livesey Group, said:

“Lancaster House and the surrounding historic buildings have beautiful bones, but they’re in need of care and attention. We’re proud to be starting work to restore and repurpose the site, writing the next chapter in a way that preserves and celebrates its lengthy past.

“Once done, The Retreat will be a truly special place to live. Whether people go for the historic homes or the neighbouring energy efficient new homes, all will enjoy the unique setting of the peaceful walled gardens within walking distance of the bustling village centre. We’re excited to get going on site and reveal more.”

Set in rural West Lancashire but with good rail links to Manchester and Liverpool, Parbold is fast becoming a desirable village. Homes at The Retreat will be available to reserve off-plan from summer 2024 and are expected to be completed in 2025.

Those wanting to be the first to receive information on the homes can register using the button below.

Jamie’s Testimonial | Kings Gate Macclesfield

June, 2024

Making new Memories at King’s Gate Macclesfield

Jamie and his son are also totally smitten with Macclesfield

Jamie and his teenage son swapped a period property for a contemporary, energy efficient home at our King’s Gate development in Macclesfield and could not be happier.

After 20 years in Alderley, Cheshire, he realised it would be better to be part of a busy community rather than in a semi-rural location which involved driving everywhere and he wanted a new build property that would not need maintenance and so began his search around the Cheshire hot spots of Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Prestbury.

He said: “We looked at several new build developments but they were actually not very nice! Not much character or distinction and all very samey. I was looking for a company that was doing something that little bit different, with that added extra something.”

When he heard that PJ Livesey had acquired the former King’s School site he took a closer look.

Jamie said: “My son goes to school in Macclesfield but in all honestly had not considered moving here. But the more I researched about PJ Livesey the more I liked. Their back catalogue of projects is fascinating and I really like the mix between heritage and new build and every site is totally different.

“We went to look at what they had built in Didsbury and loved the contemporary properties so I registered for King’s Gate and when the show home opened we went to look and both went Wow! We want one!”

He reserved a Wilmot house type which is spread over two floors with private garden and a set-back balcony on the top floor overlooking the large green open space and across to the historic school buildings.

He said: “It’s like having our own Grand Design house! The rooms are really big, big spaces with high ceilings and flooded with light.

“And with the solar panels and power storage it is also incredibly energy efficient with basically free electricity! The boiler tells you how much you are using and how much power is left in the battery which makes you feel in control.”

Jamie and his son are also totally smitten with Macclesfield.

He said: “It has a large and really thriving centre with great places to meet and eat like The Picture Dome and BoHotel and we love the Treacle Market once a month. It has an independent cinema and pubs like The Castle playing live music.

“My son can be independent and walk into town to meet friends for a coffee or walk to the train station and catch the train into Manchester at the weekend.

“It is more eclectic with a bigger mix of people than some other places which seem to have quite a sterile mono-culture. We wanted something more interesting and with its Joy Division music legacy it does have quite a creative vibe.”

Such is the appeal that his elderly parents have already reserved a one-bedroom garden apartment in The Residence.

Jamie said: “My parents are in their 80’s and live in north Wales and having visited me a couple of times absolutely love it here! Fortunately, the apartments were just being released so they have reserved one on the ground floor and it has a large garden.

“It means that we will be able to just pop across to see them or Mum can come to me for a couple of hours while Dad explores or goes for a pint! It will be lovely having them here.”

He also praised the on-site team at King’s, especially sales consultant Keith. He said: “He is absolutely incredible. Great communication all the way through and he really could not be kinder to me or my Mum and Dad. I am really glad I met him on day one and he made this all possible. He is a really lovely face of the company.”

Seven reasons why Parbold village is a fantastic place to live

June, 2024

Seven reasons why Parbold village is a fantastic place to live

Nestled in the heart of West Lancashire, Parbold is a charming village that offers a perfect blend of rural tranquillity and convenient amenities.

It’s the location for The Retreat, our bespoke collection of 23 heritage properties and energy efficient new homes set within beautiful walled grounds and a series of tranquil gardens.

Whether you’re just considering a move or you have already taken the plunge, here are seven great reasons to make Parbold your home.

1. Stunning surroundings
Parbold is known for its picturesque landscapes. The village is surrounded by rolling hills, lush countryside and the serene Leeds-Liverpool canal.

The village offers breathtaking views over the West Lancashire Plain and, on a clear day, you can even get a view of the Welsh mountains, making it the perfect place for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. If you like leisurely walks, picnics or cycling, the Fairy Glen is a fantastic woodland walk. Located on the side of Parbold Hill, it is home to cliff edges and spectacular waterfalls.

2. Community spirit
One of the standout features of Parbold is its strong sense of community.

The village hosts various events throughout the year, including the popular Parbold Street Festival, local farmers’ markets and its annual Christmas festival. These events foster a sense of belonging and offer residents a chance to connect and celebrate their shared heritage.

The active village hall plays host to numerous classes and societies such as the Wildlife Club, WI, U3A as well as holding coffee mornings, movie screenings and concerts. There is always something happening and a welcoming atmosphere for newcomers.

3. A bustling village centre
Despite its intimate village atmosphere, Parbold offers a wealth of amenities. The bustling village centre features a variety of independent shops, cafes and traditional pubs, such as The Windmill and The Stocks Tavern, where visitors can enjoy a warm meal and a friendly chat.

Enjoy an artisan lunch overlooking the canal at Yours Is The Earth or explore a collection of curated wines at the Margot Wine Bar & Eatery, before taking a stroll around the Mill House Gallery.

Elsewhere, local services such as the library, medical centre and sports facilities cater to the needs of the community, ensuring everything you need is right on the doorstep.

4. Excellent local schools
Parbold boasts some outstanding educational institutions. Both Our Lady & All Saints Catholic Primary School and Parbold Douglas CofE Academy (within a short walk of The Retreat) are rated Outstanding by Ofsted and have excellent reputations for their community involvement. This makes Parbold an ideal choice for families with children.

5. Convenient transport links
Despite its rural charm, Parbold is well-connected. The village’s train station offers regular services to major cities like Liverpool or Manchester, meaning you can go door-to-door to either within an hour … ideal for commuters. Also, the M6 motorway is just a few miles down the road, allowing easy access to other parts of the UK. For those who prefer to stay local, a good network of buses and cycle paths makes getting around the area straightforward and convenient.

6. A rich history
Parbold is steeped in history, with roots dating back to medieval times. The village’s historic buildings, such as the iconic Parbold Windmill and the old St Peter’s Church, add a unique charm to the area. Exploring the village’s heritage through local museums and historical sites provides residents with a deep connection to the past.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lancashire village without a nod to the history of hard-won rights. On the far side of Parbold Hill is the Parbold Bottle, a monument commemorating the passing of the Great Reform Act, which started the process of giving ordinary people the right to vote.

7. Parks and Recreation
Parbold is surrounded by several natural reserves and parks, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The nearby Beacon Country Park offers extensive walking paths, picnic areas and a golf course, making it a favourite place for locals to unwind and enjoy nature.

Living in Parbold means enjoying the best of both worlds: the peace and beauty of the countryside with the convenience of urban amenities. Its strong community spirit, excellent schools, rich history and vibrant social scene make it an ideal place to call home.

Whether you’re drawn to its scenic landscapes or its friendly atmosphere, Parbold has something for everyone.

Register an interest now for early VIP access to The Retreat details when they’re released.

First Apartments released at Kings Gate, Macclesfield

April, 2024

First Apartments released

Beautifully converted homes at our latest development King’s Gate, Macclesfield

Work has begun on the conversion of the largest building within our King’s Gate development in Macclesfield into a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses.

In response to customer demand we are releasing preview information for the first six apartments to be made available within The Residence. These details are being given out exclusively to registered buyers who will also be given the opportunity to attend our VIP preview event, to discuss the release with our dedicated sales team.

The iconic school building now to be known as The Residence, will host a total of 24 apartments and penthouses. Each plot will feature spacious living areas, bespoke kitchens, outside spaces and dedicated parking – Prices starting from £229,950.

Group sales manager Gavin Pearce, said: “The first phases of new build houses at King’s Gate have been incredibly well received with only three mews properties now available.

“Three of the six unique houses converted from the original Grade 2 listed Library building have been sold and we wanted to try and meet the demand of other buyers who want to be part of the development by releasing apartments in the main building.

“Buyers will be guided through the detailed plans of the building and individual layouts and will be able to see examples of fixtures and specification.”

King’s Gate is set around a central green area with the original commemorative gates now restored and reinstalled at the entrance to the development.

For more information or to receive The Residence preview information, please register your interest in the King’s Gate, Macclesfield development.

First Awards from our Community Green Fund

April, 2024

First Awards from our Community Green Fund

We are delighted to announce the first recipients of funding

We are delighted to announce the first recipients of funding from the Ralph Brocklehurst Legacy Fund helping communities improve and maintain their green spaces.

Both projects are in Parbold, close to our latest development, and will enable volunteer residents to brighten their local area this spring and summer.

The first award of £500 will let the Friends of Parbold Station buy a new tiered planter and the plants to fill it for the Southport-bound side of the station.

John Sloane, from the Group said: “Following the removal of a passenger shelter we need a new focal point for the platform and this award will help us provide that.

“We are all incredibly proud of our station in Parbold which is well used by the local community and we want to keep it a bright and colourful place. We are delighted to have the support of the PJ Livesey Group, through the Ralph Brocklehurst Fund, to help us do that.”

The second award of £200 will allow a small but dedicated group of volunteers buy materials and tools for the maintenance of public gardens in Parbold.

The Parbold Tree Warden Group regularly take part in weeding, planting, pruning and litter-picking to make sure the village’s gardens and verges, particularly around protected trees, are looking their best.

The Group needs funds to buy more equipment for their volunteers.

Managing director Georgina Lynch said: “We are really pleased to announce the first recipients and I am sure Ralph would have been delighted to know of the work being done in his name.

“We look forward to receiving more applications to the Fund from charitable groups within five miles of our current developments in Sheffield, Portsmouth and Stroud as well as Parbold.”

Lancaster House on Lancaster Lane was built in 1845 for local industrialist Hugh Ainscough, it was used by the family up until 1929 when it was first rented, then purchased, by The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur UK, who occupied the 6.5-acre site up until 2021.

The main house is being converted into four grand apartments, while the stable block will become five new homes. Thirteen new build properties are being built within the grounds.

Georgina added: “The gardens of Lancaster House are just as important as the buildings and are being restored and improved to create a place of peace and tranquillity which residents will be able to enjoy.”

To learn more about the Ralph Brocklehurst Fund and how to apply please CLICK HERE