Mark Hazell NHBC Award

Deanfield Site Manager Recognised as one of Best in the UK

Mark Hazell NHBC Award


June 21, 2024In News3 Minutes

Mark Hazell, site manager at Deanfield Orchard in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, has been recognised as one of the best in the UK after winning a top housing industry award. Mark is celebrating after receiving a Pride in the Job 2024 Quality Award from NHBC, the UK’s largest provider of new home warranties and insurance.

Now in its 44th year and widely considered the ‘Oscars’ of the house-building industry, Pride in the Job has become the benchmark for exceptional site managers. Judging is rigorous, with assessment across six key areas: consistency, attention to detail, leadership, interpretation of drawings and specifications, technical expertise and health and safety. Thousands of inspections, with meticulous scoring and detailed verifications, have taken place to determine the 449 winners from a field of more than 8,000 sites, representing the top 5% of UK site managers.

Peter Blades, managing director of Deanfield Homes, comments: “This is an incredible achievement for Mark and everyone in the team at Deanfield Orchard who supports him. Mark is extremely passionate about what he does, has exacting standards and always goes the extra mile for customers. We’re delighted that he has been recognised on a national stage in this way.”

Commenting on the awards, Steve Wood, CEO at NHBC said: “For more than four decades, Pride in the Job has underpinned NHBC’s purpose of raising standards in house building. The competition recognises the UK’s top site managers, showcasing best practice and rewarding excellence.

“Winning site managers demonstrate dedication, passion and leadership to ensure new homes are delivered to exacting construction quality standards. While house building is a team effort, we believe the greatest influence on the quality of a finished home is the calibre of the site manager and the way they inspire their team. Congratulations to all the winners.”

The Quality Award winners will now go on to compete for Seal of Excellence and Regional Awards in the autumn, with the national Supreme Award winners unveiled in January 2025.

Deanfield Orchard is a collection of 20 two, three, four and five-bedroom homes and one and two-bedroom apartments set in an enviable position on the outskirts of the Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, just two miles from the historic market town of Wallingford. Homes are set against a backdrop of mature trees, wildlife areas, public open space and a children’s playground.


A New Showcase of Village Homes



May 22, 2024In News4 Minutes

Deanfield Homes has officially opened the doors of a new show home at its Deanfield Orchard development in the picturesque village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell. The exquisitely finished property offers prospective buyers the first glimpse of the high-quality character homes now released for sale.

With an enviable position on the outskirts of the village, and just two miles from the historic market town of Wallingford, Deanfield Orchard is set against a backdrop of mature trees and incorporates wildlife areas, public open space and a children’s playground.

The development of 20 two three and four-bedroom homes and one and two-bedroom apartments is traditional in design, blending seamlessly with its surroundings, but offers all the benefits of modern, sustainable living. Properties come with air source heat pumps and have thermally-efficient glazing, superior levels of insulation and EV charging points.

Properties currently available include a two-bedroom first-floor apartment priced at  £450,000 and three, four and five bedroom semi- and detached homes from £625,000.

The three-bedroom detached Culham show home has been beautifully styled  in neutral tones and accent colours, creating a stylish and tranquil property. It also demonstrates the flexible and practical living space on offer including a spacious lounge, separate dining room, bright kitchen leading to a patio and landscaped garden, utility room and handy downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs, there are fitted wardrobes to two of the bedrooms, plus a large ensuite to the main bedroom. The third room has been designed as a charming children’s bedroom inspired by woodland animals.

Annette Gaskell, sales and marketing manager, for Deanfield Homes, said: “Deanfield Orchard is a real jewel in our crown, offering homes of traditional design and finish yet incorporating energy efficient and low carbon technology. The development offers a lovely position, tucked away in a peaceful setting surrounded by mature trees and shrubs.  Homes have already proved extremely popular with prospective buyers and, now that our stunning show home is available to view, we’re expecting a further peak of interest.”

The village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell is known for its sense of community, with a primary school and pre-school, an award-winning pub, a village hall and a thriving volunteer-run village shop.

Nearby Wallingford has a weekly farmers’ market, independent and brand name stores and supermarkets, including a Waitrose. There are also plenty of cafés, pubs and restaurants giving the town an unmistakable buzz.

A little further to the west is Didcot with The Orchards Shopping Centre, a cinema and the Cornerstone arts, culture and entertainment venue. Oxford is the closest city to Deanfield Orchard, just a 12 mile drive away or under 15 minutes on the train from Didcot Parkway.

The marketing suite and show home at Orchard Grange is open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm. To arrange a viewing contact selling agents Allen & Harris on 01491 835135 or, for further information, visit

Sibford Ferris Landscape

Luxurious Living in the Oxfordshire Countryside

Sibford Ferris Landscape


May 21, 2024In News6 Minutes

The village of Sibford Ferris, standing on a hilltop surrounded by Oxfordshire countryside, has long been an oasis for those looking for a more relaxed pace of life. The undeniable village charm, breathtaking views, and close-knit community has made it the ideal location for those looking to add some tranquillity into their daily routine.

The villages of Sibford Ferris, Sibford Gower and Burdrop, collectively referred to as the Sibfords, sit either side of the picturesque Sib Valley and offer a rural lifestyle surrounded by the warmth of the local community. A village hall hosts clubs and events, or you can join the community-run pub quiz at the Wykham Arms. With such stunning countryside in all directions, there are numerous walks to explore.

With the first homes at our Deanfield Heights development in the village now released for sale, we take a look at what new residents can look forward to.

Discover a new tipple  

In the area surrounding Deanfield Heights there are several regional breweries and distilleries for locals to sample. Nearby  is the traditional and award winning Victorian Hook Norton Brewery where visitors can learn about the long history of the brewery, which started operating commercially in 1856.

Also in the area is the Cotswold Distillery, which is one of only a few that produces both English whisky and gin. Working to emphasise the rich agriculture of the Cotswolds, all barley is grown nearby on the Blenheim Estate and local fruits and grains make up the flavour profiles used in the spirits.

Luxuriate at Soho Farmhouse

Less than ten miles away in Chipping Norton is the ultimate sanctuary for pampering, relaxation and that all-important ‘me time’. Soho Farmhouse is an exclusive, members-only hotel and spa hidden in 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside.

Members can enjoy horse-riding, clay-pigeon shooting and tennis in the elegant grounds, as well as the Cowshed spa, gym and Wellness Barn specialising in holistic experiences. It’s the perfect escape from a busy life into the zen of the natural world.

Go Organic at Daylesford Farm

People come from far and wide to visit Daylesford Organic near Moreton-in-Marsh, but for residents of Sibford Ferris it can be a regular day out. The farm has plenty to offer with a beautiful farm shop selling local produce, flowers and homeware, a restaurant, wine stall and a garden and antiques area.

The venue also hosts a cookery school, inspired by what’s in season and growing well on the farm. The culinary team offers a range of courses ranging from ‘Pizza from Scratch’ to ‘Flavours From the Middle East’ and ‘Eat Well, Live Better’. Daylesford Farm is the perfect place to take visiting friends and family who want to experience a real taste of the Cotswolds.

Step back in time at Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle is one of only 20 homes awarded five stars in Simon Jenkins’ England’s Thousand Best Houses. Just a ten-minute drive from Sibford Ferris, the 14th century castle was the centre of the opposition to Charles I. Visitors can explore the rich history, both within the castle itself and throughout the beautiful gardens.

This summer, Broughton Castle is providing the backdrop for a performance of Shakespeare’s comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, where audiences will be transported to the magical Athenian forest.

Enjoy a spot of retail therapy

The Lanes of nearby Banbury are packed with independent retailers offering a range of goods and services from local artwork to artisan food and drink. The streets of the old town are often lined with stalls from local businesses, making the choice to shop local an easy and inviting one.

Banbury is located just over seven miles from Sibford Ferris and trains from the main line station run to Oxford in around 18 minutes and to London Marylebone in just over an hour.  There is also regular bus route (line 75) servicing The Sibfords and Banbury, as well as connecting to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon.

A timeless location with contemporary living

Deanfield Heights is a collection of 25 luxury homes with expansive views of the Oxfordshire countryside. With properties providing perfect blend of modern living and timeless architecture, an idyllic lifestyle is on offer in Sibford Ferris. Each home boasts beautifully appointed kitchens and contemporary white Laufen bathroom suites with Hansgrohe brassware. Energy-efficiency is paramount and each property features sustainable heating via air source heat pump, superior levels of insulation and electric vehicle charging points as standard.

Find out more about our current availability and register your interest for news and updates on our show home launch.

Deanfield Heights Plot 22

New Village Homes Launched Off-Plan in Sibford Ferris

Deanfield Heights Plot 22


April 24, 2024In News3 Minutes

Deanfield Homes has released the first selection of properties at its Deanfield Heights development, a new collection of character properties in the sought-after village of Sibford Ferris.

The development of 25 two to five-bedroom homes combines old-world charm with the very latest in sustainable building practices. In keeping with the local architectural style, many of the homes will be constructed in ironstone, with sash windows, stone cills and slate roofs. Yet properties will focus on energy efficiency, with high levels of insulation, air source heat pumps, water saving appliances and electric vehicle charging points.

Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, Deanfield Heights will offer beautiful views across open countryside. The development also boasts a large open meadow, perfect for encouraging wildlife and enhancing biodiversity. There will also be a children’s play area in the central green.

The first homes to be released are a collection of four-bedroom designs, priced from £995,000. They include the Enstone, a striking property with both a detached and semi-detached variant; the Eynsham and the Harris.

The Harris features an impressive and beautifully appointed kitchen/family/dining room and a formal living room with feature fireplace providing a sumptuous entertaining space. The ground floor also benefits from a separate utility room and stylish cloakroom. Upstairs, two of the four spacious bedrooms are ensuite and the principal bedroom has the luxury of a dressing room. With a detached double garage, this property has the added benefit of a shower room and additional accommodation over the garage, ideal for use as a home gym, gaming room or home office.

The aspirational rural village of Sibford Ferris is one of three neighbouring villages which make up ‘The Sibfords’. Together they benefit from a host of local amenities, including a village hall, the Wykham Arms pub, a village shop and post office and the historic Holy Trinity church. For families with school age children, there are a number of highly-rated schools including Sibford Gower Primary School and the independent Sibford School.

Despite its rural location, Sibford Ferris offers good transport links, with easy access to the M40 putting, Oxford, Birmingham and London within easy reach.

Annette Gaskell, sales and marketing manager for Deanfield Homes, comments: “We are delighted to release for sale this beautiful collection of character new homes in Sibford Ferris.  This stunning village location offers a peaceful rural setting with great local amenities. We would urge interested parties to get in touch soon, as these homes are sure to generate a great deal of interest from prospective buyers.”

A superb 5-bedroom show home launches in June 2024 and to find out more about Deanfield Heights, contact selling agents Breckon and Breckon on 01865 831243.

Michael Graham team at Deanfield Mead

Local Agents Appointed on Exclusive Development in Little Kimble

Michael Graham team at Deanfield Mead


April 11, 2024In News2 Minutes

Deanfield Homes has announced the appointment of Michael Graham as selling agents for Deanfield Mead, a new collection of 14 properties in the Buckinghamshire village of Little Kimble.

With over 50 years’ industry experience and a network of branches across the county, Michael Graham brings first-hand local knowledge and considerable expertise in marketing quality homes in aspirational village locations.

Deanfield Mead is a collection of three and four-bedroom detached properties. All are traditional in design and finish, with a superior specification and a whole host of green features including high levels of energy efficiency, air source heat pumps and EV charging points.

Little Kimble is a popular village set at the foot of The Chilterns, just five miles south of Aylesbury. The village benefits from a host of local amenities including a pub, church, good transport links and nearby primary and secondary schools.

Stephen Fairfax, senior partner for land and new homes at Michael Graham, comments: “We’re delighted to be working with Deanfield Homes to bring to market this wonderful collection in Little Kimble. There has been a great deal of early interest in these properties from buyers looking for a modern, eco-friendly home with all the character and style you’d expect in such a desirable rural location. With just 14 homes available, we’d encourage interested buyers to get in touch now to avoid missing out.”

Annette Gaskell, sales and marketing manager at Deanfield Homes, said: “Deanfield has become renowned for sensitive development in village locations, and Deanfield Mead in Little Kimble is a real jewel in our crown. Partnering with Michael Graham means our purchasers will have the benefit of local knowledge, expert advice and a professional and friendly service throughout their house buying journey.”

A four-bedroom show home is due to launch in the summer.  Meanwhile, for more information on Deanfield Mead, visit or call Michael Graham on 01844 850036.

Deanfield Orchard Plots

Deanfield Homes launches ‘First Homes’ at Deanfield Orchard

Deanfield Orchard Plots


February 29, 2024In News2 Minutes

Deanfield Homes is supporting first time buyers by offering two apartments at Deanfield Orchard in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, under the ‘First Homes’ scheme.

This new scheme has been designed to help local first-time buyers onto the property ladder by offering homes at a discount of 30% compared to the market price, with the first sale price of the property capped at £250,000 after the discount has been applied. The discounts will apply to the homes forever, meaning that generations of new buyers and the local community will continue to benefit every time the property is sold.

The First Homes scheme is now available for two new apartments at Deanfield Orchard, a one-bedroom ground floor apartment and a two-bedroom first floor apartment, both of which have been designed to the same modern specification and superior energy efficiency as the rest of the homes on the development. Deanfield Homes has designed with sustainability in mind and these apartments are heated via air source heat pumps and have thermally-efficient glazing, superior levels of insulation and EV charging points, all contributing to the cost-efficiency of the home.

Annette Gaskell, Sales and Marketing Manager, Deanfield Homes, said: “We are so pleased to be supporting first time buyers with these new apartments. Deanfield Orchard is a stunning development in a thriving village and the apartments themselves are a welcome addition, widening our offering to homebuyers. We would love to attract local purchasers, benefitting the first time buyers who the scheme has been designed for.”

Located just two miles from the historic market town of Wallingford, Deanfield Orchard is set within a backdrop of mature trees, incorporating wildlife areas, public open space and a children’s play area and blending seamlessly with its surroundings.

The village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell is known for its sense of community, with a primary school and pre-school, an award-winning pub, and a village hall with a thriving volunteer-run village shop adjacent.

To check your eligibility for this scheme and to view the apartments available, visit

New Homes

Embracing the benefits of a new-build home

New Homes


February 27, 2024In News4 Minutes

This week we are celebrating New Homes Week by shining a light on the many benefits of new-build homes. There are many considerations when making the decision to move; perhaps you’re considering moving to a rural location for a more relaxed pace of life, maybe upsizing to accommodate a growing family or finally securing your dream home. Here we explore the significant advantages of opting for a brand new property in the ever-evolving UK housing market.

Enhanced Energy Efficiency

Deanfield Homes properties are built to a high specification, with the fabric of our homes already designed to outperform current building regulations. From the high levels of cavity wall and roof insulation to the double-glazed, thermally efficient windows, your home will not only feel warm in the winter and cooler in the summer but will also be vastly more energy efficient than most older homes. With a new build you could save an average of £184 a month on energy, which equates to a massive £2,200 a year, compared to an older property according to recent studies by the Home Builders Federation.

At Deanfield Homes, all properties now under construction will be heated via air source heat pumps and come with EV charging as standard, enabling you to move to a greener way of living.

Simple buying process

Moving home is known to be a stressful experience as there are many things that can delay or jeopardise a sale. Buying a new-build helps to ease this uncertainty, with no onward chain to manage.

Sales advisors act as a single point of contact, helping to guide buyers through the purchase process and managing relationships with experts such as solicitors and mortgage brokers.

At Deanfield, we offer a free, fully managed assisted sale service to help you sell your existing property more quickly, we will even cover estate agent fees.

Complete peace of mind

One of the joys of buying a new home is that everything is fresh and untouched, so no need for renovation or DIY dramas. With sparkling new kitchens and modern bathrooms, newly installed plumbing and electrics there are no nasty surprises.

And for even greater reassurance, all Deanfield homes come with a 10-year NHBC warranty, we are registered with the New Homes Quality Board, a new Consumer Code, and our Customer Service team are on hand to provide extra peace of mind for two years from completion of purchase.

Uniquely you

You can look forward to being spoilt for choice with new builds. Purchasing off-plan means you can choose a property in the perfect location for you and select from many different house types.

Depending on the build stage of your home at reservation, you can even custom finish your home, from flooring and carpets to kitchen colours, worktop finishes and even door handles.

A community like no other

When you’re moving into a new-build home, you’ll be joining a brand-new community. New developments quickly establish group chats, regular meet ups and community events.  Additionally, at Deanfield Homes, we build in village locations with a good range of local amenities nearby, so our homeowners become part of an established wider community.

Deanfield Gate Show Home

New Show Home at Deanfield Gate, Bledlow

Deanfield Gate Show Home


February 26, 2024In News3 Minutes

Deanfield Homes has officially launched its show home at Deanfield Gate, in the Buckinghamshire village of Bledlow, providing house hunters with interior design inspiration and the opportunity to see first-hand the quality of properties on this delightful development.

This traditional collection of three- and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached homes, set on the outskirts of this popular village, has been sensitively designed, incorporating features such as brick and flint exteriors, dormer windows and feature bay windows, in keeping with local architecture.

The show home is a spacious four-bedroom detached Danesfield home. From the moment you step inside you are struck by a sense of light and space.  A spectacular kitchen/family room is flooded with natural light and boasts French doors to the patio and private garden, with a separate utility which keeps everything tidy and also benefits from direct access to the garden. This home is ideal for hosting with a separate living room which is ideal for family and friends to congregate.

The principal bedroom provides a touch of luxury, with a contemporary ensuite and fitted wardrobes. In addition, the family bathroom benefits from high quality brassware, with all the touches necessary for a busy household. Each home comes with a garage, parking space and electric vehicle charging point.

The show home has been designed tastefully, with mixed textures, modern art and pops of colour to draw the eye. Both luxurious and homely, Deanfield Homes have created the perfect show home for prospective house buyers to envisage living in.

Annette Gaskell, Sales and Marketing Manager Deanfield Homes, said: “We are delighted to open our new show home, giving prospective purchasers an opportunity to experience these beautiful homes and to clearly see the inspiration we have taken from the local area. The development is ideally located for access to nearby Prices Risborough and Thame, while the village offers an established and friendly community.”

Bledlow is a charming village, offering fabulous walking routes and stunning views over the Chiltern Hills. The village boasts a cricket club, a pub, village hall and the beautiful 12th century Holy Trinity Church.

For families, there is a good choice of schools in nearby Longwick, Chinnor, Great Kimble and Princes Risborough and the location is ideal for commuters with easy access to Oxford via the M40 or to Aylesbury, less than 10 miles away.  Princes Risborough station is just over two miles away, providing direct rail services to London Marylebone in under 40 minutes.

The remaining properties available at Deanfield Gate are priced from £715,000.

For further information, or to arrange a viewing, contact our selling agents, Michael Graham on 01844 850036 or

Character properties ready for a new year move at Deanfield Gate, Bledlow


January 8, 2024In News2 Minutes

Deanfield Homes’ latest collection of character properties, in the Buckinghamshire village of Bledlow are nearing completion and purchasers seeking a new year move should get in touch today to find out more and arrange a viewing of these exceptional properties. 

Deanfield Gate is an exquisite development of three detached four-bedroom homes and two semi-detached three-bedroom cottages in a mix of brick and traditional flint elevations, in keeping with the local architectural style. 

The homes come in two signature Deanfield styles, The Danesfield and The Davenport both of which benefit from high-quality fixtures and fittings throughout, a spectacular kitchen/family room, flooded with natural light, a spacious living room and a separate utility. The principal bedroom provides a touch of luxury, with a contemporary ensuite and fitted wardrobes. Each home comes with a garage, parking space and electric vehicle charging point.

Bledlow is a charming village, offering stunning walks, with views of the Chiltern Hills AONB. The village boasts a village hall, cricket club, a pub, and the beautiful 12th century Holy Trinity Church.

For families, there is a good choice of schools in near-by Longwick, Chinnor and Princes Risborough and the location is ideal for commuters with easy access to the M40 or to Aylesbury, less than 10 miles away.  Princes Risborough station is just over two miles away, providing direct rail services to London Marylebone in under 40 minutes.

Annette Gaskell, Sales and Marketing Manager, Deanfield Homes, said: “We are delighted to be offering these stunning homes in such a sought-after village location. We have adopted our usual sensitive approach to this development and prospective buyers will be able to clearly see the inspiration we have taken from the local area. We urge interested parties to get in touch soon to secure their dream move in 2024.”

Properties are priced between £750,000 and £785,000.

To find out more about Deanfield Gate, visit

Christmas Trees

Merry & Bright: The Ultimate Festive Calendar for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire

Christmas Trees


December 13, 2023In News5 Minutes

Merry & Bright: The Ultimate Festive Calendar for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire


The countdown to Christmas is officially on. And with the festive clock ticking, we have collated a list of the best activities and days out across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. If you aren’t in the spirit yet, these glittering events will definitely help you to step into Christmas. Read on and start making some festive season plans.




Enjoy the festive season like a royal

Blenheim Palace is known for going all out during the Christmas season and this year is no exception. With a Christmas Market in The Great Court running until December 17th and a new Christmas light trail around the stunning grounds, the decorations will have you starstruck. Father Christmas will also be in attendance, so be sure to book a visit to Blenheim this year.

If Blenheim Palace isn’t enough to make you feel like a royal, book a day out at Oxford Castle. Meet Santa and his elves along the Christmas trail and discover the history of the Castle and Prison on a lantern-led tour. The trail includes stops for crafty activities, a wishing tree, samples of mead for the adults, one on one time with Father Christmas and plenty more festive fun.


Christmas time is showtime

For many of us, attending the Pantomime is a Christmas tradition we honour year on year, and 2023 should be no exception. This year, The Theatre Chipping Norton are putting on a dazzling rendition of Cinderella, perfect for the whole family. Be sure to book your tickets soon, as these are sure to sell out fast.


Take to the ice this white Christmas

Don your skates at Bicester Avenue Garden Centre at their ice rink, open until the 7th of January. Whether you’re a pro on the ice or a bit more Bambi, this is the perfect activity for couples or family looking to get into the festive spirit.

Warm up in Santas Grotto where younger members of your party will receive a gift from the hardworking elves. Santa Claus will be on hand until Christmas Eve to hear whether you’ve been naughty or nice.




Skating with a view

For Buckinghamshire locals, Willen Lake in Milton Keynes are welcoming a brand-new ice rink just in time for Christmas which will stay open until January 9th. The ice rink will be made of real ice and will overlook Willen Lake. Don’t worry if you’re not an accomplished skater, you’ll be able to enjoy the other selection of rides, food stalls and fully stocked bar.


All I want for Christmas is…

The perfect place for stocking fillers and unique Christmas gifts, Waddesdon Manor once again opens up their annual Christmas fair. With charming independent stalls, a food village and a stunning backdrop, Waddesdon Manor never fails to disappoint, with 20ft twinkling trees and all the sights and smells of Christmas, you are sure to get in the festive spirit.


Shop local this Christmas

Support small businesses by buying your stocking fillers from independent sellers. Chiltern Open Air Museum will be holding a Christmas market with hundreds of goodies handmade by local people. The market will have jewellery, candles, preserves, alcohol and much more, all of which will make great Christmas presents.

For aspiring Christmas elves, there will also be craft activities, so you can handmake gifts for your loved ones.


Give yourself the gift of a dream home this Christmas

There are these, and many more festive activities in and around the delightful counties of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire which are home to many of our charming developments. See more information on our collection of available and upcoming properties here.