A True Shopper's Paradise at Novo, Cambridge


Cambridge has been revealed as the number one retail centre in Britain, in a ranking of one thousand commercial centres in the UK[1]. In their 2017 Vitality Index, Harper Dennis Hobbs compares shopping areas on their ‘health’, measuring the quality of their shops, the percentage of local ‘undesirable’ businesses, and the retail suitability to the local consumer. Just three miles south of the city centre, with access to all the shopping facilities Cambridge has to offer, keen shoppers will be perfectly placed at Countryside’s Novo development at Great Kneighton.

Cambridge city centre is steeped in history, and a range of shops are available, including a market which has been trading since the middle ages, a mix of boutiques, independent retailers and well-known high street brands. All of these can be found within the attractive central cobbled market square, along the high street or in a number of shopping centres which serve the surrounding area.

Benefitting from easy access into Cambridge, either by road or regular public transport services, Novo is a contemporary collection of two-bedroom apartments, and four-bedroom homes overlooking the beautifully landscaped square, Roseum Gardens.

David Everett, Managing Director of Countryside’s New Homes & Communities Central Region, comments: “There’s no wonder that Cambridge has been rated as the very best retail destination in the UK, as shoppers are able to enjoy a wide range of shops, from traditional market stalls selling local crafts, up to high end retailers. Cambridge has shops for all types of buyers, and has created a true shopaholic’s paradise. The homes at Novo are ideal for those who are searching for a stylish new-build property, all ideally located near to the renowned city of Cambridge, and its excellent amenities.”


The Castello is an example of one of the homes available at Novo. This striking four-bedroom family home is spread over three floors, and has been designed with modern families in mind. The ground floor features a double bedroom and en suite, a home office and a practical double garage, complete with additional cycle storage. Upstairs, the first floor features another double bedroom, and a large kitchen/dining/living area, which wraps around a central terrace, ensuring that the entire space is flooded with natural light. The second floor is home to the master bedroom, which features fitted wardrobes, and private access to an outdoor terrace. The final double bedroom can also be found on this floor, with an en suite, as well as the third outdoor terrace. 

All of the homes at Novo feature the high-quality specification for which Countryside is renowned. Kitchens benefit from contemporary fitted gloss white units, stone worktops, and a range of integrated appliances throughout. Whilst the bathrooms feature stylish white sanitary ware, cream tiling and contemporary chrome detailing throughout.

Novo is ideally located to benefit from excellent transport connections. The homes are just a short walk away from the Great Kneighton access point for the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, which provides a five-minute journey to Cambridge train station, and then on into the city centre. Commuters are well served, with frequent services running from the train station into London King’s Cross station, taking as little as 49 minutes. The development is also just a few minutes from the M11 for London, Stansted Airport and the nearby towns of Newmarket, Huntingdon and Norwich.