Dream Home of the month

Dream Homes

Recently I was invited to have a look around the show home of a brand new property development in Cardiff Bay called Cardiff Pointe – a 6-8 year planned development of townhouses, waterside apartments, and a plaza of mews homes, built by Figurehead Homes. This Bay side location is almost the last piece in the regeneration puzzle that has seen Cardiff Bay transformed over the last 30 years from a neglected area of empty docks and scrubland to one of the premier places to live in the UK. It is gorgeous.

From the world class Millennium Centre staging top musicals, to cafes, a fantastic range of restaurants, historic buildings, beautiful homes, and a year round calendar of events, the Bay is now transformed. It’s even the place where Captain Jack decided to set up the Torchwood Headquarters, under Roald Dahl Plaza. Doctor Who has been a regular visitor too!

Situated on a large area of land between Cardiff’s sports village and the River Taff, Cardiff Pointe’s first and second phases have now been released and it is selling fast (there are eight phases being rolled out over the next 6-8 years).

I had a snoop around the show home – a four bedroom town house called The Albacore with totally stunning interiors by the extremely talented team from Andrew Henry Interiors – want to have a peek?

Yes, I thought you might…! 

A Great Entrance

As soon as you walk in you are struck by the high quality of the construction, substantial inner glass front doors let light flood through whilst providing an impressive entrance area. Thick wooden internal doors with contemporary door furniture, is just one of the details I instantly noticed – this was going to be a home with a high and impressive spec.

The ground floor comprises a garage, a large utility room, spacious cloakroom, plus a fourth bedroom, which has a full length window over-looking the courtyard rear garden. This room is dressed as a small gym, but it could be a study, a snug or a bedroom.

Interior Design Features

Going up the impressive and solid wood staircase to the first floor, I noticed the textured high quality grey wallpaper, and this is a theme throughout the gorgeous interior design of this home.  A stunning mix of textured tiles in the bathrooms, textured wallpaper, velvet, satin and silk soft furnishings, leather furniture, chrome fittings, coloured glass kitchen splash backs, high sheen kitchen cupboard doors and floor tiles, metallics, and crystal light fittings. The beautiful mix of gloss and matt and smooth and tactile textures compliments the sophisticated colour palette of hues of grey, caramel, cream, and white with accent shades of blue.

Mixing contemporary furniture with iconic designs to stunning effect, I was very jealous of the beautiful Barcelona chairs in the living room, one of my personal favourites!

Luxury Living on the First Floor

The first floor is dedicated to living space, with a lounge, kitchen and dining area all open plan in an L-shape from back to front. The lounge area has French doors leading out to a balcony over-looking the garden.  The kitchen leads on from the lounge and is a stunning high sheen honey blonde with bespoke blue glass splash back, which was made locally. It flows effortlessly into the dining area, which is flooded with light from a floor to ceiling window and one wall totally mirrored. The table is set for a sophisticated dinner party, with the blue accent colour being picked up via the buttons of the stylish grey fabric chairs and the wine glasses.




The stunning dining area is completed to a high standard with a stunning crystal glass light fitting running almost the length of the table. The first floor is completed by a spacious study.

Light and Space on the Second Floor

The second floor is where some unique features of the property can be found – as you get to the top of the stairs, you are struck by the open and spacious feeling – the landing is actually double width and double height, right up to an apex ceiling, which is where a final staircase leads to the roof terrace (more on that in a moment). It is definitely a ‘wow’ factor!

The three bedrooms are beautifully decorated, continuing the colour palette and using a visual and tactile mix of cotton, silks, wool, velvet, satin and chenille. A very relaxing floor of the house! The master has an ensuite of course, and a floor to ceiling window and the wardrobes are built-in – but they are built-in on the very wide landing, not in the bedroom itself. Unique indeed.

Then up the final set of stairs to the roof terrace, where the views of the surrounding Bay area are worth lingering – with a glass of wine and comfortable chair of course – ah, bliss!


For further information, including show home opening hours, please go to the Cardiff Pointe website

Properties are on the market with estate agents Allen and Harris

Interior design by Andrew Henry Interiors

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Stratton Manor a new build home with stunning interior design

Check out this beautiful home, Stratton Manor – a new build home just outside London, with interior design by our friends at Quirke McNamara Consultancy… here’s the story…

Offering the privacy of a secure gated location that is surrounded by trees, Stratton Manor belies the fact that central London is less than 1 hour away, making this an ideal combination of country living with excellent city connections.


This is a brand new house, contructed by Willowside Homes and displays ideal proportions and exquisite contemporary detailing to every room, including a high degree of security incorporating wiring for externally mounted CCTV and tablet/smartphone technology, for control whilst away from the house.

We were commissioned by the Developer to come up with a scheme inkeeping with the feel of the area creating a luxurious feel for the house. We worked with a palette of chocolate and cream from the luxury carpets to the bathroom tiles and wallpapers.

The lighting is controlled by an AV system and luxury chandeliers hang throughout.

The bathrooms have been designed with an elegant, modern feel with wet room showers and feature egg baths.

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There is also a media room and library where you can relax at the end of a long day with stunning views of the landscaped lawns.

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The master bedroom is an elegant space with feature headboard and luxury dressing room attached all finished in walnut to complement the feature stairs.

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Arranged over three floors, the property boasts a magnificent kitchen and breakfast room, with a unique feature being the full width curved wall overlooking the private garden, this being mirrored in the main bedroom suite.

There are four reception rooms to choose from, ideal for entertaining, whilst to the first floor is a magnificent landing with ample space, overlooking the front and a south easterly aspect. There are 6 bedrooms on the first and second floors, all with bathrooms, as well as a media room and library.

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In summary, from the wide entrance hall to the expansive master suite, Stratton Manor is a true inspirational masterpiece, where no detail has been overlooked in the pursuit of excellence.