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We’ve discovered The Willows by Story Homes – a new development in Darlington that we know you’re gonna love…

…and the homes are hella luxury.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 17.07.2021

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If scoring yourself one of only 59 luxurious homes within an exclusive development in the prestigious West End of Darlington sounds like a dream, then isn’t this your lucky day…

Our friends over at Story Homes have given us the heads up about its premium new development, The Willows, and it’s safe to say we’re impressed. Offering a variety of high-quality 4- and 5-bedroom homes – each strong in both their build and their character and each one with a unique exterior – the development brings together charming street scenes and intelligent design, all set within the enviable location of a leafy, nature corridor…

It’s pretty tough to imagine living anywhere more serene, to be honest.

That’s not to say it’s all countryside chill and no urban play here, though. Just a couple of miles from the vibrancy of central Darlington, The Willows is set within the renowned suburb of Blackwell, which has plenty going on in its own right. And with excellent transport links, at The Willows you’re only ever going to be a short drive away from wherever you need to go.

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A hidden gem nestled within the prestigious suburb of Blackwell, The Willows is an exclusive development in every sense of the word.

Only two short miles away from Darlington and everything the town offers in abundance, Blackwell has excellent road links – being closely located to the A66 and the A1 motorway. What does this mean? Well, quite aside from being able to get anywhere in the country by road easily enough, residents are only ever just a five-minute drive from Darlington Train Station, too. Oh, and jet setters can take a 10-minute car journey to Teesside International Airport. Handy, eh?

Speaking of Darlington, the town is practically bursting with cafés, shops, pubs, bars, and restaurants, so a top day out or night on the tiles is always only ever a hop, skip and a jump away. Our pick of the bunch? It has to be Maxine’s Restaurant at the Bannatyne Hotel. Tucked within a spectacularly converted Grade-II listed townhouse, the restaurant has gained an enviable reputation for superb food, a great seasonal variety of dishes, and truly excellent service.

If you do fancy staying a little closer to home, though, you won’t be disappointed with The Willows as your base. Blackwell and its surrounds are home to their fair share of top-class drink and dining destinations, too – including HLN fave The Bridge Inn.


Golfers can rejoice, as just around the corner from The Willows is the state-of-the-art Blackwell Grange Golf Club: a par 71, parkland course with 18 holes, a driving range, a junior academy and a clubhouse that plays host to an extensive social calendar. Meanwhile, the neighbouring South Park has everything you could need to keep all ages busy – be that in the form of sports facilities or a café, free outdoor concerts or simply just plenty of open space. They even have an aviary that plays host to a family of parrots, for the animal aficionados out there!

If you can spot the start of family life on the horizon – or if you already can’t remember a time before Lego Star Wars sets and Baby Shark on repeat – then you’ll be pleased to know that there are a wide choice of educational facilities nearby too, the closest being Abbey Primary School and Mowden School




In a word? Luxury. If an enviable natural landscape isn’t enough to tempt you to take a closer look at The Willows, then the premium specification throughout this exclusive collection of properties is guaranteed to bowl you over.

Take The Fairhaven, for example – after all, it is Story’s Home of the Week. Walk up the block-paved driveway and step into this exceptional 5-bedroom home and you’ll find 2,707 square feet of living space across two floors, as well as a detached double garage. So you already know you’ll have ample room to spread out and do your own thing.

The spacious lounge (honestly, there’s no other word for it!) spans the full length of the property, featuring a bay window to the front and at the back, French doors that open out to the garden – which is also accessible through the bi-fold doors in the open-plan kitchen and family area, too.

Speaking of the kitchen – or as we like to call it in The Fairhaven, the pièce de resistance – the fully-integrated, contemporary space in which you’ll find yourself cooking (or dishing out takeaways) here is the ultimate entertaining space, centred around a stylish island and spilling out into the neighbouring family area. An adjoining utility and boot room will help keep everything looking ship-shape, while to the front of the property is a separate dining room with its own feature bay window for those big family dinners.

Also on the ground floor is a cloakroom toilet and a storage cupboard, while up the stairs you’ll find all five of your exquisitely sized bedrooms, as well as a storage cupboard and the family bathroom, which has a separate shower and bath. Score dibs on the master bedroom and you’ll have your own dressing area and ensuite, although the second bedroom also has an ensuite and both come with a walk-in shower and high-end sanitaryware.

Outside to the rear of the property, a fully turfed, fully fenced, West-facing garden is the prime entertaining space for all those Summer BBQs you have planned. Need space for the kids to run off a little steam? For the pups to stretch their legs? To get a little landscaping underway? Or simply for you to kick back on those sun loungers? Whatever you use your outside space for, each of the gardens in The Willows development has just what you need.



Love the look of The Willows development, but concerned it may be out of your budget? Don’t sweat it – whether you’re a first-time buyer or moving home, you’re downsizing or investing in property, Story Homes has a range of incentives that can be structured to meet your individual requirements.

Look, don’t mention it guys – we’ve always got your back when it comes to the hottest finds in the North East, and property is no exception. Just remember to invite us to the housewarming, yeah?

Keen to find out more about The Willows development? Visit the Story Homes website for more information, or give them a call on 0191 432 8832

The Willows, Carmel Road South, Blackwell, Darlington DL3 8QN

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