A passion for gardening and design makes for a dream home for Ros and Andrew at Great Oldbury
When Andrew and Ros Deighton decided they wanted to downsize their home in 2020, they had a picture in mind. A couple with a keen eye for design and a passion for gardening, they were looking for a home that would suit their family now their daughters have left home, but also provide space for their passions; entertaining and gardening.
Ros explains:"We had looked at several Redrow developments, as we like the style of the properties and the way they are spaced with surrounding landscaping. The houses feel well built and have lovely spacious rooms and high ceilings.
In terms of location, we knew we wanted to be further from Hampshire where we had been living, and closer to our daughters. Great Oldbury stood out for us as a location with great transport routes and the benefits of a stunning rural Cotswolds setting. As soon as we discovered Redrow was developing here, we were sold – it was as if all the pieces came together perfectly.”
The couple took time to review the plans for the Great Oldbury development and were drawn to our classic styling and the Arts and Crafts movement design, along with the spacing between houses and the green wildlife-encouraging spaces. Aware that they needed a property spacious enough to accommodate Andrew’s homeworking and visiting friends and family, along with the dinner parties they like to host, they were initially drawn to the Oxford style.
When reviewing their options with the sales team, they quickly discovered that the house style that suited them better was the Harrogate, due to its spacious open plan downstairs with a kitchen diner style and traditional feel.
Andrew adds:"As I work from home, I needed a space that I could set aside as a workspace, and a clear distinction between that and our relaxation and entertaining space. The house was perfect for us to add our own style and adaptations.”
The couple designed a unit for the recess in the sitting room and added extra cornices and coving. The south-facing garden was adapted by adding two paved patios to catch the morning and evening sun and a selection of trees. They created a shaded area at the foot of the garden with pleached trees and elevated the ground to be level. The addition of lavender, olives, lemon and orange trees has created a tranquil setting enhanced by screening.
The community was key, too, as Andrew explains:"Even before moving here, we would always bump into friendly people, so it was clear that this area had a strong community. There is a Facebook and WhatsApp group, and a monthly residents’ meeting for concerns and suggestions to bring up with the developers.
“There is a real strength in the community; it’s a very quiet development and people really look out for each other, our neighbours have a real sense of pride in the development. The sales team is also very friendly and informative.”
The couple regularly allow visitors to the development a quick peek around their lovely home and garden, demonstrating the possibility of tailoring and how extra vision can bring out personality in a home or garden. Visitors frequently comment on the stunning setting. Ros and Andrew regularly recommend us to visitors, friends and family. We offer a double referral scheme that enables those passionate about the styles to benefit from their referral too.
Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, just minutes from the M5, Great Oldbury at Stonehouse is part of a larger plan which incorporates a dedicated primary school with health centre, shops and sports facilities planned to follow. The highly sought after location has excellent commuter connections by road and rail to Gloucester, Bristol, and Swindon. It is also just five miles from Stroud, a town so full of artists and musicians that has been described as the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds or Notting Hill with wellies!
Charlotte Newnes, Area Sales Manager for Great Oldbury says “Great Oldbury is a five-star development. The local area offers so much and the homes at our development combine the finest of traditional architecture with the very best of modern living.”