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'Peace of mind’ for downsizers as they choose a new build at Bishop's Gardens, Wickham

15 Feb 2023

When Claire and Ian Rose were looking to downsize from their family home in Gosport, the new Bewley development in Wickham proved the perfect choice.

Claire, who grew up in the village, said that as soon as they heard about Bishop’s Gardens, they knew that this would be their new home.

“We lived in our previous home for 18 years, but downsizing seemed a practical idea. Once we made the decision to move, we only looked at new-builds as we wanted the peace of mind this gave, alongside the opportunity to create our own space as we liked it,” said Claire.

Ian added: “We didn’t want to spend any time on maintenance or refurbishment of an older house, so it was completely logical for us and we are delighted with our choice.”

Ian and Claire did look at other developments in the area but were disappointed with the layout of the sites and the quality of the build.  They therefore returned to Bewley, within 24 hours of the development launch, and reserved their two-bedroom home and moved in, with their Labrador Bella, on their wedding anniversary in September.

Claire said the space works perfectly for the couple and as both bedrooms have en suite facilities which means their son, who is in the Navy, has his own space when he is back home.

“We have really enjoyed having a vision for each room and then being able to execute that,” added Claire. “Having a blank canvas and adding our touch was very appealing.”

Claire said the development’s location was not just the chance to return to a more rural setting, where she grew up, but also gives them easy access to Southampton port and airport making it easier to enjoy travelling the world.

With the couple now settled into their new home they are also enjoying the nearby countryside and Bella particularly enjoys bird watching from the French doors!

Elaine Stratford, Sales and Marketing Director at Bewley Homes, said: “It’s lovely to see Claire and Ian settled into their new life back in Wickham. It’s always very heart-warming to hear stories where we have enabled couples to move back to where they grew up. It’s makes the journey very special.

“We are committed to providing the style and quality of homes that buyers want, as well as offering them the opportunity to personalise their own Bewley home.”