Carlton and Nicola discover their dream home whilst cycling in Church Crookham!
When Carlton Spears and his partner Nicola Dennes decided to take a bike ride through the leafy Hampshire village of Church Crookham, they had no idea they were about to stumble across their dream home at our development.
Carlton and Nicola, pictured here with our Sales Executive Amy, are enjoying life in their new home at Oaklands
“We were out cycling one day when we came across Oaklands at Crookham Park. We really liked the look of the development – especially the location – so we decided to make an appointment with the Sales Executive,” says Carlton, who at the time was living with Nicola in a rented three-bedroom house in nearby Ewshot.
“We had been thinking about buying a house together for a while but not found the right property locally. We both owned properties that we were renting out, and renting another together, so it made sense for us both to consolidate our properties and get a place together.”
Carlton (44) and Nicola (42) were very impressed by the superb value for money on offer at our development and were particularly taken with the detached four-bedroom, three storey ‘Silver Birch’ property.
Carlton continues: “Neither of us thought we wanted a new-build house but Taylor Wimpey offered really good value. Plus owning an older property can become a constant battle – and I am definitely not a DIY kind-of person! Nicola is actually far more practical but as she commutes to London daily this does not offer her any extra time.”
“We really liked the open-plan downstairs layout in the ‘Silver Birch’, and we loved the master en-suite bedroom which takes up the whole top floor – it’s a massive space!”
Having swiftly realised the benefits of buying a brand new home, Carlton and Nicola went ahead and reserved the handsome double-fronted ‘Silver Birch’ at our development.
Carlton continues: “Because we reserved early we were able to choose our plot. We chose a lovely corner plot which overlooks the fields and includes a double garage. We also got to personalise our home with all the options before we moved in.”
After browsing our extensive Options range, the couple opted for an upgraded kitchen with granite worktops, upgraded bathrooms with tiling throughout, fitted mirrors, chrome sockets, extra spotlights, fitted wardrobes and turf in the rear garden.
“Paul the Sales Executive was extremely helpful. We went back to the sales office so many times to look at different combinations and ways we could personalise our home, and nothing was too much trouble for him.”
Carlton and Nicola, along with their three cats and two dogs, moved into their beautiful three-storey ‘Silver Birch’ house last summer – and haven’t looked back since!
“The development is coming along really well now,” says Carlton. “There’s so much character because every house has its own individual style unlike most other new developments where all of the properties look exactly the same.
“When we moved in we invited our neighbours over for tea and cake which meant we got to meet everyone, which was really nice.
“We’ve both settled in really well – and our pets love the new house too! We are really pleased with how the whole process went with Taylor Wimpey.”
Community celebrates the launch of its new centre for Crookham Park with our help
Excitement and a buzz of activity were in the air at Church Crookham as residents were given a first look inside their village’s brand new community centre.
An open day was held at the Church Crookham Community Centre on Saturday 22nd August, attracting hundreds of local people eager to see the new facility.
The event was organised by Church Crookham Parish Council, which commissioned the centre, will manage bookings and will use the centre as its base.
To mark the occasion, Council Chair Pat Lowe was joined by celebrated actor Henry Douthwaite, together with Widow Twanky and some of the young cast members who will appear in Aladdin at The Harlington Centre later this year, to cut the ceremonial ribbon.
Visitors were able to watch demonstrations of some of the activities that will be provided at the centre, as well as find out how to hire one of the centre’s three halls, discover which clubs will be using the venue in the coming months and enjoy a tour of the centre – which includes a pre-school facility for up to 30 children, a fully-equipped kitchen and disabled facilities.
We at Taylor Wimpey South Thames along with our colleagues at Taylor Wimpey West London helped to support the event by sponsoring children’s entertainment and a hog roast for the visitors during the day. Youngsters were treated to face-painting, balloon-modelling and glitter ‘tattoos’.
Cllr Lowe says: “It was a wonderful day and heartening to see so many enthusiastic people who were keen to find out more about their new centre. It will be a venue run by the community, for the community, and we’re delighted this state-of-the-art facility is now open!”