Date: Thursday 15 April 2021
A Colchester couple are making the most of more space both inside and out after moving from a rented city flat to a home at our Stoneway Grange development on the edge of the Essex countryside.
Amy and Gordon Raines were among the lucky customers to secure one of the 35 plots at the development in Stanway.
The couple were renting a flat near the University of Essex’s Colchester campus and had been saving up to buy their first home. They wanted more indoor space and a garden, and were also keen to be closer to their family.
After seeing an advert for Stoneway Grange, a small development on the city’s outskirts, and finding a three-bedroom Gosford housetype that was ready to move into, the decision couldn’t have been easier.
Amy, 28, said: “We chose a new build home as it meant we could afford a three-bedroom home rather than two. It also meant we didn’t need extra money for decorating and we could move in with everything brand new. It was a no-brainer really.
“We were really impressed with all the options included with a Taylor Wimpey home and the standard of build. We did our research and looked at other local developments, but nothing came close to what was included at Stoneway Grange.”
Amy and Gordon wanted to be on the Stanway side of Colchester, close enough to everything the city centre has to offer but far enough away to enjoy a quieter lifestyle.
Amy said: “For such a prime location, the area around Stoneway Grange is so quiet and there are lots of lovely places to walk nearby. The development felt very professional when we first looked around and we loved the fact there were only 35 houses on the whole development. You felt special to have a house there.
“Now that we have settled in we love how quiet the area is - and so does our new puppy, Rupert. He loves walking around the development and meeting the other Stoneway Grange puppies. Everyone here is so friendly and it’s so handy to be able to walk to a Post Office, a bakery and the local takeaway.”
Having chosen their plot due to the extra garden space and bigger driveway, Amy and Gordon are certain they made the right choice with the Gosford.
Amy added: “We love how big, fresh and clean every room feels. All the finishes and designs match throughout and are very modern. Eating dinner in the kitchen and being able to look out to our lovely green grass is something that will never get old.”
Buying a new home during a pandemic could have been very stressful, but the team at Stoneway Grange were able to work remotely and use video calls and virtual tours to help the process along.
Amy said: “It was really easy and simple. I expected more stress to be honest. Taylor Wimpey worked very quickly and answered any queries we had. We were updated and given lots of support, especially during lockdown.
“We also got a lovely welcome box when we first moved into our house, which was a treat. We have had no issues since moving in, and as we were one of the first to move onto the development, the builders were very considerate and friendly when continuing their work.”