A LOCAL couple have ‘upsized’ to a four-bedroom home at Heighington Meadows after recognising that their plan to downsize to a retirement apartment in Barnard Castle didn’t quite support their new life as grandparents. 

Terence and Julia Ward have now purchased a new property, from Homes by Esh, at the Heighington Meadows development in Heighington Village, where three-bedroom properties start from just £199,995. 

Julia explains: “When we first retired, like many people in a similar situation, we wanted a smaller place given that our children had flown the nest, and so we downsized to a lovely apartment in Barnard Castle.  Whilst it may be the standard course of action for many retirees, we didn’t quite count on how our downsizer plan would work when grandchildren started coming along!

“As the family has grown, the extra distance to Barnard Castle started to become limiting and we realised we needed additional room to accommodate the family when they came to stay. 

“Heighington Meadows seemed the perfect choice.  We had driven past the development a number of times and the properties looked quite unique, in what we felt was a very enviable location, so we began to make enquiries into what was on offer through Homes by Esh.”

Mr and Mrs Ward were able to part exchange their apartment for a four-bedroom Matlock house-type at Heighington Meadows, priced from £259,995.  Moving to Heighington in July 2019, the couple were immediately aware of how the extra space supported their growing family, with both indoor and outdoor space for entertaining.

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Julia continues: “We are now settling into our new home and enjoying all the extra benefits of a larger property once again.  The kitchen and dining space was always a real selling point to us, as it offers a light and expansive area from which to entertain and enjoy - particularly with the bi-folding doors opening up on to the garden.

“It’s a very accessible location and we really relish the peace and quiet of the evenings at Heighington Meadows.  Being so close to the village just adds to the many benefits of the development, but the added touches certainly offer something extra to a Homes by Esh property.”

All properties at Heighington Meadows are built with more in mind, offering high specification features throughout.  Constructed to high-quality standards, the internal finish is complemented by well-known brands, including Porcelanosa tiles, Hans Grohe bathroom fittings, and Smeg appliances.  All properties also benefit from HIVE smart heating, to manage the home environment. 

Julia continues: “The sales team at Heighington Meadows have been second to none.  They have been incredibly helpful every step of the way, advising us from the initial enquiry stage through to moving in, and beyond.  They really are an asset and a godsend in terms of their commitment to customer service, and helping during what has been a stressful and busy time.

“We’ve been enjoying our new home for just over two months now, and we can safely say we have settled in and look forward to our first Christmas at Heighington Meadows with our grandchildren.”

For more information on available properties at Heighington Meadows, please contact: 01325 344618, or visit www.homesbyesh.co.uk