The MUD Story

MUD - Luxury from the ground up

Like our developments, we’re Cheshire through and through.  And like a lot of Knutsford natives we’ve remained loyal to the area.  We raised our own families here – around the unique combination of class and character that crafted our childhoods.

Each of us has fond memories of picking strawberries as children at Sudlow Fruit Farm and walking along King Street where we now take our own children. It’s fantastic to think about how well our hometown has married heritage with haute cuisine and flourished over the years.

We founded MUD in 2014 to give back to Cheshire, and to allow a new generation of families and professionals to enjoy the culture and convenience of living in one of the country’s most desirable locations.

Our developments are carefully chosen with an eye for safeguarding not only the rich history of their surroundings, but also the architectural and agricultural legacies that shape the fabric and the spirit of the buildings themselves.  We are also committed to sustainability beyond the surface level – passionate about blending traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology to create unique homes at little or no cost to the environment.

Working with family businesses and forging close partnerships within the immediate area, we build homes that simply couldn’t exist anywhere else – entrenched in luxurious local character, and finished to world class standards.

We’re proud to personally present our customers with the best that Cheshire has to offer, from landscapes to leisure.  With multiple local developments – each carrying its own significance to us and to the community – we certainly don’t plan on going anywhere else.

– Tim Hatton & Matt Taylor

T Hatton and Matt Taylor, MUD, Modern Unique Developments


For a small town, Knutsford is rich in talent on a global scale.  From bespoke bathrooms and kitchens to architectural planning, we have chosen to work exclusively with businesses – many of them family run – who operate in Cheshire, and who know firsthand what it takes to meet the standards of its residents.

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For as long as people have built homes, the best materials have come from the ground on which they stand.  We believe in continuing that tradition, and every Modern Unique Development draws from its surroundings.  Our construction professionals carefully employ reclaimed brick, wood and slate to achieve an architectural and aesthetic balance with the local landscape.

But our latest developments also pull more literally from the elements, using industry-leading technologies to transform the outside air into efficient, renewable environmental control, whatever the weather.  The IVT AirX – which heats every home at The Old Dairy and Sudlow Fruit Farm – is rated as one of the most sustainable heat pumps in the world, achieving 400% efficiency and creating consistent, cosy internal temperatures with absolutely no fossil fuel.

Sourcing new fixtures, fittings and finishes from a curated list of local partners also reduces our developments’ impact on the environment while the hoardings are still up.  Minimal emissions from logistics and considerate methods of craftsmanship combine to create luxury at little to no cost to the climate.

And for the last word in sustainable building, discover The Cowshed at The Old Dairy, a truly unique, contemporary family home that redefines luxury at no cost to the environment.