Potton’s Self Build Show Home Re Opens after Extensive Renovation

Our Milchester show home has reopened!


After six months of renovation and refurbishment, we have unveiled the all-new Milchester, the latest show home to benefit from a major revamp at our Self Build Show Centre in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

The Milchester, which is the largest of the five show homes at the Show Centre, has been completely transformed to create an inspirational space that better reflects the tastes of today’s discerning self builders and satisfies the essential requirements for modern family living.

Whilst the show home’s original Georgian façade has been largely retained, albeit with the addition of a cast iron porch in keeping with the tradition of the house, there have been some major structural alterations that have significantly changed the look and feel of the popular show home.

Potton’s design team has combined the old kitchen, conservatory and TV room by removing the existing dividing walls and refiguring the layout. This has created one central family living area which brings together the kitchen, dining area and an informal seating space. The original outdated footprint has now made way for a light and bright, social living space which is more suited to current lifestyle trends.  

Complemented by sympathetic interior design, which pays homage to the show home’s origins, the all new Milchester has been designed to inspire ‘wannabe’ self builders to push the boundaries of home design and demonstrate what can be achieved with a little vision and creativity.

Fae Perkins, Potton’s Marketing Manager said: “We are delighted with The Milchester’s makeover. By creating an eclectic mix of styles, using new and old furniture and incorporating different textures and colours, we wanted to stir the imagination of our customers and show that every taste… traditional, contemporary or anything in between is entirely achievable.

Potton Milchester Show Home 2018

Kitchen in Potton's Milchester show home

“We have knocked down internal walls, reconfigured a number of rooms and installed features like the Shaker style kitchen, free standing baths and cast iron feature radiators that are very traditional yet have a modern twist.  The Milchester is one of our most popular show homes and so it was important that we retained its integrity whilst recreating a show home that can be appreciated by all.

“As the only facility of this type in the country, our Self Build Show Centre is a ‘must see’ for anyone thinking about self-building.  With over 5,000 visitors per year, it is essential that our self build show centre is current, relevant and inspirational. The makeover of The Milchester demonstrates our innovation, our pioneering spirit and allows us to continue to be at the forefront of the self build market.”

Fae continued: “Our collaboration with former Potton self builder and interior design enthusiast Gill Deeks has been fantastic, her creativity and vision have been excellent.  The stylish interior that Gill has created through upcycling key pieces of existing furniture like the dining table and chairs, and utilising reclaimed timber fireplace surrounds and other fixtures & fittings to create feature pieces, will no doubt become talking points for visitors, and we hope will start their creative juices flowing.

By working with a number of tried and trusted suppliers, Potton has also created an opportunity for them to showcase their own products and allows customers to see, first hand, the quality of products and their workmanship.

Potton’s Contract Supervisor, James Webster has overseen the transformation of the Milchester and by keeping the project on time and to schedule has enabled the show home to open bang on time!

Opening Times:

The Milchester, along with the other four stunning show homes at Potton’s Self Build Show Centre is open Tuesday – Friday, 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm (last admission 30 minutes prior to closing). Visit the show centre page here