About Anwyl Homes

Founded in the 1930s, Anwyl began as a joinery and woodworking contractor, expanding into house building in the 1940s. Since then Anwyl has grown from building 250 homes a year to approximately 800, operating within two regions, Anwyl Homes Cheshire & North Wales and Anwyl Lancashire.

Number of Developments

6

Ratings

3.79 Rating

Rating (based on 50 reviews)

Excellent

30.00%

Very Good

38.00%

Average

22.00%

Disappointing

2.00%

Very Poor

8.00%

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A lovely community but beware of Anwyl.

There’s a good range of house styles available to choose from and all of them are really nice. Each house has big patio doors making the most of allowing in as much day light as possible, just like the large sized windows throughout the properties too.

Unfortunately, the final quality finish of the houses isn’t great. Houses are signed off with obvious issues and no intentions of fixing the issues. No care, time or attention is taken with the houses and everything has clearly been done as a quick rush job to get them finished and get the sale completed.

There’s a fair few green spaces dotted throughout the development which is really nice. So many new developments exclude green spaces in an attempt to build on as much of the land as possible, but Anwyl haven’t done that. Lots of really old, really big, trees remain dotted throughout the development too which again is a really nice touch.

The plans we were shown had a couple of play areas on them. So far, the development has completed in one of the areas where one of the play areas should be but there are no signs of any children’s play area or play equipment. Anwyl haven’t told the homeowners if the plans for this are going ahead or if they’ve changed their mind.

Building/site management, and also after sales customer care team, is absolutely shocking to say the least. Nobody wants to take ownership of issues and nobody has any pride in the houses.

There’s a real sense of community between residents on the development and this is so nice. Everyone is more than happy to share ideas, recommendations and answer questions. People are so friendly! The community that’s developing here is the saving grace of the development considering all the issues that come with the houses.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Grand Junction retail park is a short drive from the development with a range of stores including Boots, Next, and M&S to name a few. In the same direction, there is also Tesco Extra, Dunelm and Home Bargains. Crewe town centre leaves a fair bit to be desired and does need some investment and redevelopment, however hopefully there are some good signs in that the old market hall has recently undergone a refurbishment and is looking really good with lots of new eateries. For a really good shopping spree though Manchester seems to be the best option. The Sydney Arms is just a short walk down the road and is a really lovely local pub, which has also recently refurbed all of their outdoor space (plus a little garden centre quietly hidden away behind the pub).

The M6 is about a ten minute drive away, close enough to be handy but equally far enough that you don’t feel like you live on top of it. Crewe train station is just over five minutes away (by car) and is really well connected to most places. HS2 also appears to be on the cards.

Each house has 2 parking spaces which is great. However, there is very little in terms of parking options for visitors or any additional cars. Doesn’t seem to be an issue at the moment but could potentially be one in the future as the development grows and more cars are here, either homeowners or visitors, especially when you consider the houses are all three and four bedrooms and lots of growing families.

We don’t notice any traffic noise and although we were initially slightly worried about the noise of the nearby trainline, we’ve actually been pleasantly surprised at how little we notice it.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Personally, I wouldn’t have purchased an Anwyl home and if we ever move in the future there is no way I would consider another Anwyl property. Yes, the design of the house is lovely but the finish is poor and the amount of stress Anwyl cause is awful. Be prepared for a ‘very’ long list of snags and be prepared to fight for them to be fixed. This wasn’t our first new build purchase so we weren’t blind to the issues that come with new builds, we knew there would be snags, but I wish we’d known just how bad the list would be and how bad Anwyl would be at resolving them, or refusing to resolve them as the case appears to be.

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A lovely community but beware of Anwyl.

There’s a good range of house styles available to choose from and all of them are really nice. Each house has big patio doors making the most of allowing in as much day light as possible, just like the large sized windows throughout the properties too.

Unfortunately, the final quality finish of the houses isn’t great. Houses are signed off with obvious issues and no intentions of fixing the issues. No care, time or attention is taken with the houses, and everything has clearly been done as a quick rush job to get them finished and get the sale completed.

There’s a fair few green spaces dotted throughout the development which is really nice. So many new developments exclude green spaces in an attempt to build on as much of the land as possible, but Anwyl haven’t done that. Lots of old, large trees remain dotted throughout the development too which again is a really nice touch.

The plans we were shown had a couple of play areas on them. So far, the development has completed in one of the areas where one of the play areas should be but there are no signs of any children’s play area or play equipment. Anwyl haven’t told the homeowners if the plans for this are going ahead or if they’ve changed their mind.

Building/site management, and after sales customer care team, is absolutely shocking to say the least. Nobody wants to take ownership of issues, and nobody has any pride in the houses.

There’s a real sense of community between residents on the development and this is so nice. Everyone is more than happy to share ideas, recommendations, and answer questions. People are so friendly! The community that’s developing here is the saving grace of the development considering all the issues that come with the houses.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Grand Junction retail park is a short drive from the development with a range of stores including Boots, Next, and M&S to name a few. In the same direction, there is also Tesco Extra, Dunelm and Home Bargains. Crewe town center leaves a fair bit to be desired and does need some investment and redevelopment, however hopefully there are some good signs in that the old market hall has recently undergone a refurbishment and is looking good with lots of new eateries. For a good shopping spree though Manchester seems to be the best option. The Sydney Arms is just a short walk down the road and is a really lovely local pub, which has also recently refurbed all of their outdoor space (plus a little garden center quietly hidden away behind the pub).

The M6 is about a ten-minute drive away, close enough to be handy but equally far enough that you don’t feel like you live on top of it. Crewe train station is just over five minutes away (by car) and is well connected to most places. HS2 also appears to be on the cards.

Each house has 2 parking spaces which is great. However, there is very little in terms of parking options for visitors or any additional cars. Doesn’t seem to be an issue now but could potentially be one in the future as the development grows and more cars are here, either homeowners or visitors, especially when you consider the houses are all three and four bedrooms and lots of growing families.

We don’t notice any traffic noise and although we were initially slightly worried about the noise of the nearby trainline, we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how little we notice it.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Personally, I wouldn’t have purchased an Anwyl home and if we ever move in the future there is no way I would consider another Anwyl property. Yes, the design of the house is lovely but the finish is poor and the amount of stress Anwyl cause is awful. Be prepared for a ‘very’ long list of snags and be prepared to fight for them to be fixed. This wasn’t our first new build purchase so we weren’t blind to the issues that come with new builds, we knew there would be snags, but I wish we’d known just how bad the list would be and how bad Anwyl would be at resolving them, or refusing to resolve them as the case appears to be.

What is the best feature of your home:

The large windows and patio doors let so much light into the house which is fantastic. The green spaces around the development are also brilliant. And finally, the community that is growing is lovely.

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We got a fair amount thrown in for the price, including carpets, turf and fencing

We chose our property based on value for the size available and are really happy with the layout. There is a good choice of layouts across the house type options – something for everyone.

We got a fair amount thrown in for the price, including carpets, turf and fencing.

However the house builder’s business expansion coincided with COVID-19 which made the growing pains quite obvious – robustness of supply chain and material availability impacted our experience. They did manage to meet our expected move date in spite of this but not without 2 leaks and a pretty long snagging list, which remains incomplete 8 months later.

We’ve seen early signs that the landscaping of the development will be nice once complete but this does tend to lag behind each new set of houses released. The site layout shows play areas which have not yet materialised. The developer has at least responded to feedback in one area and instructed the landscapers to improve it.
Every house has a drive big enough for 2 mid sized cars which minimises on-street parking

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The estate has attracted a really good group of people and we’re happy living here. You can walk to Crewe town centre and the station in about 25-30 mins. Shopping for the essentials you have pretty much every store possible available to you. Shopping for clothing and leisure there is very little. Eating out is dominated by takeaways rather than restaurants. The neighbouring town Nantwich corrects the balance, however, and has a good farmers market each month.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Your waste and recycling bins don’t come with the property – you have to buy from Cheshire East and they take 4-6 weeks to arrive.
Also pick your optional extras carefully. The standard carpets aren’t great quality. Having wired ethernet in rooms is a great future proofing measure.

What is the best feature of your home:

The layout – feels like they really prioritised the amount of space in rooms you actually spend time in (kitchen and living room). Being a detached house is fab.

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Overall fair location and good house design

The houses are designed very thoughtfully. Rooms are large enough with provisions for the future. A lot of items are included whereas other development companies would charge for. eg fences, out door tap, fridge freezer, half tiled bathroom, sockets etc…

The issue with many new builds including this developer are the snags with the quality of the workmanship. There could be better quality control to ensure trades people complete their work to an acceptable quality. Each house is built differently depending on the contractor/team. They have an overall similar design but the quality and finish are different. Some may have nicer items/finishes whereas others do not. I found a random live exposed cable coming out from under the sink.

The most time consuming and frustrating part is dealing with the customer care team (including the customer care manager) after you have purchased the house. The tone of the response, the lack of response or the time taken to acknowledge a response is poor. The team should go though a customer service training course before they speak to customers. There is no communication for prior agreed schedules. Rooms have been unoccupied/unused for months due to cancelled work, no shows and delayed responses.

After this experience, I would not purchase a new build property again. With existing housing, at least you know what you are getting.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The estate is located in a residential area with 2 roads in. It is generally quiet as no through road. A small row of general shops within walking distance (1 mile). No restaurants or takeaway shops within walking distance making the place very quiet. The next closest location is Bellevale shopping centre. Parking in the new housing estate is fine. Most of the residents park on their own drive way. Roads and streets in the housing estate are very quiet. Only home owners and delivery vehicles pass by. Train station is approx 1.5 to 2 miles away. Bus stop is a 5 minute walk to Childwall valley road.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish i knew more about the developer before purchasing from them. I had researched but could not find many reviews online.

What is the best feature of your home:

The best feature of the house is the design. The space and layout of the rooms.

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