The Tuning Fork
Serving locally sourced and seasonally inspired dishes, their menu will leave you spoilt for choice. Run by a local family, The Tuning Fork sits at the heart of Dollman Farm and welcomes the locals of Houlton as well as those travelling from around and about to sample the delicious menu.
The Tuning Fork is licensed and is also open for evening meals two nights per week. Visit their website for menus and opening times.
Create the perfect office space a stone’s throw from your home with The Exchange.
The Exchange is a co-working space that provides Houlton residents, local entrepreneurs, students and professionals with more flexibility to work in a safe, comfortable environment. Why commute to the office or work from home? Discover more about how The Exchange can meet your daily or monthly needs, with various work spaces and meeting rooms available.
Whether you’re into yoga, crafts, knitting, pilates or salsa, The Barn will have something to take your fancy. Also a haven for parents and toddlers at the Dollman Dots session or mother and baby pilates, the venue has classes on five days a week and some weekends and is Houlton’s very own community venue. For more information on the classes or to book the venue, please get in touch.
(Please note the venue is not available for hire for private functions)
The Co-operative Food
Every new community needs a convenience store and, by stocking all the essentials and much more, the Co-operative Food store at Houlton is perfect for our residents. Located just one minute from The Tuning Fork in the newly developed Orchard House building, you’ll find everything you need to top up the store cupboard or whip up a culinary masterpiece.
For more information and to check on opening times, visit the Co-op website.
There is over a mile of walkways and cycleways already created at Houlton weaving through the land, play park and homes. These walkways contain over 65 acres of natural habitat for our wildlife and are rich in ecological features including ponds, wildflowers and hibernacular. The walkways are all interlinked into our nature trail, taking you out into the open space of Normandy Hill with its rolling ridge and furrow land.
From day one of living in Houlton you can enjoy the benefits of community life at Dollman Farm. You’ll find our Visitor Centre in the beautifully renovated farm house, next door to The Barn community centre and delicious Tuning Fork café.
Our award winning eatery The Tuning Fork is a busy hive of community life, serving breakfasts, lunches and delicious coffee and cakes. Our community centre, The Barn is always busy with yoga, pilates, zumba, sewing and singing groups all signed-up and The Visitor Centre offering the vision for the future of Houlton.
With 17 types of trees, natural play and a recreational pond, Dollman Common is the perfect place to relax or play. Its wispy willows, beech and oak trees are nestled amongst native Warwickshire trees including the ‘Wild Wood’ and ‘Wykin Pippin’ and they offer an attractive and familiar presence on arrival into Houlton.
Houlton Play Park
Commonly regarded amongst five-year-olds as “the bestest park ever”, Houlton’s adventure playground is going down a storm with our young residents. Featuring a showpiece tower, a bridge loop and sandpit area, as well as swings, slides and climbing equipment, the space has been designed to cater for team games and picnics as well as feature a nature trail.
The Old Station Nursery
With a firm belief that all children are unique, and with true dedication to family support, The Old Station Nursery is Houlton’s very first provider of full- and part-time care for zero- to five-year-old. Our local nursey for local kids, is located at the heart of our flourishing community with the purpose-built setting, conveniently located at Dollman Farm, offering a spacious, stimulating and engaging learning environment with 93% of pupils attending living in the Houlton area. The nursey has a plot at our local allotments to grow fresh produce to serve to the kids.
You’ll never be more than a mile to the school gate at Houlton, whether your little one is four or fourteen. The specially designed civic space around our schools means that even the school gate has been crafted with you in mind.
There’s an array of walkways and cycleways at Houlton, all of which make getting to school on foot or bicycle very easy.
St Gabriel's School
Our first primary school, St Gabriel’s CofE Academy, opened in 2018 and is run through an Academy Trust, co-sponsored by the Diocese of Coventry and developer Urban&Civic.
The school was named after the Patron Saint of Communication, a name reflective of Houlton’s fascinating history and is part of a wider masterplan to enable the children of Houlton to be educated from nursery right through to A-Level, all within a mile or two of their home.
More To Come
We are continually working to create Houlton in line with our Masterplan, delivering new homes, infrastructure and community provision. There is so much more to come, and you’ll soon be able to find out more about Phases two, three and four of the development of Houlton right here.
David Lloyd, Rugby opened in Summer 2023 offering ‘more than just a gym’ it’s a community destination, a place for the entire family to meet, play, exercise and enjoy leisure time.