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Avenel's homes have been designed by Hugh Petter of Adam Architecture, in a classical Arts and Crafts style which has retained its appeal throughout the last hundred years.  Modern surveys show it remains synonymous with quality and high-value homes.

Solid timber external doors, extensive real stone detailing around windows and entrances and intricate lead work around roofs all abound at Avenel. In the early stages of construction, five craftsmen masons were on site, fashioning by hand the blocks of Stanton Moor sandstone used in each house.

The appeal of Petter's designs comes from the use of solid and imposing exteriors, generous public rooms and the use of high quality natural finishing materials. These are traditional values, but unlike established homes, Avenel's interiors also suit how modern families now live.

Open plan living, dining and kitchen areas bring informality to family life. En-suite bathrooms for every bedroom are the rule. Technology is installed to control heating, lighting, music, computers and video throughout the house. Underfloor heating banishes chills in every room and hallway. Integral garages make car trips bearable on wet or snowy days.