Marlena and Jason Izar had already enjoyed two years living at Bewley Homes’ Ash Lodge Park, in Ash, before they decided to buy their own townhouse on the development. The family, of four, had lived with Jason’s parents and fell in the love with the area and the lifestyle.
Marlena explained: “It was meant to be! We were no strangers to this lovely area and the friendly community because we’d already been living with Jason’s parents. When they purchased a large five-bedroom house at the start of 2019, as part of the first phase, we moved from Godalming and started living together at Ash Park Lodge.
“After two years, we all talked about our future and buying our own home. My in-laws had always intended to buy the property as an investment but planned to return to run a business in Greece. But the pandemic meant that everything got put on hold.”
Jason,36, takes up the story: “We never considered buying anywhere else and knew we wanted to stay here. Our daughter, aged 14, and our son 6, both attend the local schools. It’s just a five-minute walk for them and they’ve got really good friends living here. We have also made some wonderful friends since first moving here and have super neighbours. It genuinely feels like a really big family community.”
Marlena, 38, added: “The local area is fantastic for families – great places for all of us to explore on our mountain bikes and surrounded by wildlife meadows with some lovely country pubs. Guildford is perfect for shopping, restaurants and a night out at the theatre or for catching up over dinner with friends.”
Marlena and Jason chose their ‘Burleigh’ townhouse (priced at £510,000) because the layout over three floors suits their family lifestyle perfectly.
“Having the entire second floor with a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom is my favourite part of the home,” said Marlena. “It’s really spacious and feels like our own private sanctuary. We also love the attention to detail with the two skylights adding lots of light.”
Jason added: “Our children have bedrooms on the floor below us. We use one of the rooms on the same floor as home office, which works well when we work from home and for the children to have a quiet dedicated study space.”
Jason likes the fact that the driveway easily accommodates two cars and that the shed is large enough to store all our bikes. For Marlena, ‘having a good-sized plot and garden laid to lawn but with plenty of scope to add their own borders and planting in the spring is something to look forward to.’
Jason and Marlena both work locally. Marlena works as a Senior Expeditor for Air Products in Hersham, near Walton-on-Thames. “It takes me around 25 minutes, depending on the traffic, to get into the office. I also work from home a couple of days a week. Jason is a Senior Electrical Engineer based in Egham, Surrey.”
Marlena added: “The Bewley Homes team feel like family to us, when we first arrived at Ash Lodge Park we were living opposite their site sales office. We got to know them all and that’s carried on over the years, so we wave and catch up as they’re working on this latest phase of the development.”
Ash Park Lodge, in the attractive village setting of Ash, near Guildford, has been hugely popular with young families, who like the Izars enjoy lovely countryside, the excellent local schools and accessibility to Guildford and Farnham.
Bewley is now developing its final phase at Ash Lodge Park and are able to offer customers part exchange to enable an early move.