And breathe… as Miller opens its new eco-friendly show home
An eco-friendly North East home has opened its doors to buyers who are keen to be green.

An eco-friendly North East home has opened its doors to buyers who are keen to be green.

The four-bedroom detached Skywood, at Miller Homes North East’s Longridge Farm development, at Bedlington, is packed with features – from solar panels to a state-of -the-art ventilation system – designed to save energy.

And the green theme has been echoed in its interior – with curtain fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and locally handcrafted china and ceramics.

The Skywood – which opened at the end of January – showcases the second phase of the Miller Homes development and is its most environmentally-friendly build to date.

Designed to maximise natural light, its lounge leads directly to a spacious kitchen diner with French windows to the garden, while an adjoining laundry room helps separate household management from leisure space.

The upstairs layout has also been designed to offer versatility with space for home working – and interior designer, Becki McClurry, has used a calming colour scheme of soft green, blue and teal, alongside neutrals, throughout.

She and her team from Q Interiors, which provides an interior design service at Blagdon Hall Estate, also sourced furniture made from reclaimed wood and utilised a variety of natural materials to complement the overall aesthetic of the house. 

“We have tried to keep the entire house as natural as possible,” said Becki. “We’ve used pendant lights made of rattan while windows are simply dressed with cotton voiles – which filter the light beautifully – on natural wooden poles.

“The aim throughout was to create a feeling of tranquillity, said Becki, “and understated luxury.

“This isn’t about shiny, hard surfaces, it’s about mellow wood, and butter-soft fabrics that you would never guess had been manufactured from plastic bottles.

“We’ve taken great care to source furnishings that are as beautiful as they are environmentally-friendly and the lounge rug is just one example of that.

“Large, rectangular and in an antique Persian-style, in muted shades of green, blue and cream, it too, is made from recycled plastic bottles – but it is stunning to look at and to feel underfoot.”

Phase two at Longridge Farm comprises around 165 two to five-bedroom homes and Lauren Angus, sales director at Miller Homes said the location had “already proved extremely popular.

“You really have all the benefits of semi-rural living,” he/she said. “The development is surrounded by open countryside, and close to the coast while being only a very short distance from Newcastle.

“Buyers are increasingly keen to be closer to nature and these new houses have been created to the highest standard with some really fantastic features and they are also energy efficient – and that matters more than ever.”

The Skywood show home is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm between Thursday and Monday.

For further information about homes at this, or other Miller Homes North East developments, visit

Posted 6th February 2024

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