First home owner moves into stunning eco development

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The first of six bespoke eco homes from first time residential housing developer Chiselwood has been occupied as their first buyer moves in.

The homes, which make up the new and exclusive Fossdyke Paddock development, are located on the canal side in Saxilby and are surrounded by woodland.

Fossdyke Paddock is Chiselwood’s first development and the project recently won the Residential Property of the Year award at the Greater Lincolnshire Construction and Property Awards as well as being highly commended in the Sustainable Project of the Year category.

L-R Martin Holliday, Darren Bradford and Mel Holliday

Cofounded by Martin and Mel Holliday more than 30 years ago, Chiselwood is well-known nationally and internationally for their design and manufacture of bespoke kitchens and handmade furniture.

Their journey to residential development came from a passion for sustainable living and high quality design.

The beautiful four-double bedroom homes feature first-floor open-plan living spaces – which look out to the surrounding tree canopies, 5.5 metre-high ceilings, a 36 square metre balcony and high specification finishes. Two of the bedrooms have an ensuite and there is a family bathroom.

The many eco features of the homes include timber framing, air source heat pumps and full insulation, with an impressive 1.84 airtight certification – which results in low CO2 emissions. High-end appliances include Sub-zero refrigeration with an active vacuum seal to preserve heat, Wolf cooking with its triple glazed ovens, Bora hobs and Quooker taps – each known for their specialist energy efficient features.

All plots have private gardens with timber fencing, patio areas and block paved driveways.

The first property has been secured by Darren Bradford who has now moved into his new home having previously lived in Boston.

Mr Bradford said: “The individual style of the houses was the first thing that attracted me to Fossdyke Paddock – because I was on the hunt for something completely different.

“I viewed the house multiple times before making my decision and each time I visited, I fell more in love with the property and the village of Saxilby too.

“Martin and Mel, who have cleverly developed this serene living space, are very friendly, supportive and you can feel the love and hard work that has gone into it. The quality of the building, the fixtures and fittings are high spec and blend together perfectly.

“It is important to me to live in an eco-friendly way and the great British outdoors is not something that should be taken for granted, so the sustainable elements to the development and surrounding green space were huge factors in my decision making when I bought the property. The design and technology that has been used in the house also makes for a cost-effective way of living.

“The feeling of freedom, space and peace is amazing, and I am very excited about living in the house through all seasons and many years of happiness.”

Conceptually designed by SGA Architects with detailed designs and interiors by Chiselwood, construction of the homes began in early 2020 by local contractor Daniel Charles and are due to complete in the summer.

Craig Stones, Lincoln branch manager at Pygott & Crone, said: “This is a really special place to live. Being close to the water, in a woodland setting and so close to local amenities and Lincoln city centre, creates the ideal place to call home. Surrounded by nature and tranquillity and with the much in-demand eco credentials, Fossdyke Paddock is highly desirable.

“Chiselwood is known for its quality and distinction and they have taken that expertise and ethos into its homes and the properties really reflect that. The thoughtful design and implementation of the latest energy efficiency installations have all contributed to delivering a highly stylish home, and special attention has also been paid to the landscaping of Fossdyke Paddock to ensure privacy for homeowners.

Fossdyke Paddock is close to a wide range of amenities including a Coop, school, pub, church and takeaway restaurants. Transport links to Lincoln, Gainsborough and Scunthorpe are also close by.

At the development, plots 1, 2, 4 and 5 are £689,950 and plot 3 is £709,950.

Interested buyers can find out more about the remaining plots by contacting Pygott & Crone on 01522 568822 or