Date: Wednesday 03 November 2010
Most retired couples are content to swap their family home for somewhere smaller once their grown-up children have flown the nest – but not Sue and Kevin Robson!
The Kent couple were happy to go against the grain once they had paid off the mortgage on their three-bedroom semi, by moving upmarket to a magnificent four-bedroom detached house at Taylor Wimpey’s Great Easthall housing development in Sittingbourne.
Now settling in to their dream home in a peaceful location close to picturesque open countryside, Sue and Kevin are delighted with their move.
Normally, people tend to downsize when they get to retirement but we were looking for the opposite,” says Kevin (57), a retired foods manager for Marks & Spencer.
We have a close family and we wanted to be able to have them to stay whenever they liked. Now we’re living in a larger home we’ve got plenty of space for everyone and we’ve even got a bedroom for our four-year-old grandson, Josh.”
Sue and Kevin, who have three grown-up sons, were keen to move to a quieter area than their former home in Rochester and wanted the additional peace of mind afforded by a brand new, maintenance-free property.
After searching online for new-build houses in the area, they discovered Great Easthall and fell in love with the place after just one visit.
By happy co-incidence, the couple have now returned to the town where they first set up home as newlyweds 36 years ago, having lived in various locations around the south east throughout their married life.
It was important to us to find somewhere peaceful because we don’t mind admitting we’re both getting on a bit!” says Sue (54), who works as a part-time sales development advisor for Kraft.
Great Easthall is in a perfect location and it’s really close to the countryside, but we’ve still got everything we need nearby.
We also knew that our previous place would require some major renovation work in the not-too-distant future, and with the guarantees that come with a new Taylor Wimpey home, we know that’s something we won’t have to worry about in the years to come.”
Sue and Kevin moved into their new four-bedroom ‘Westbourne’ detached house in May, and are already revelling in their new lifestyle.
To be honest, we’re thoroughly enjoying it,” Kevin adds.
A superb selection of homes is now available at Great Easthall, including stylish two-bedroom apartments from as little as £94,995, three-bedroom houses from only £152,495 and four-bedroom houses from just £164,995.
Each property includes a garage and/or allocated parking and is completed to a high standard specification, including central heating, double glazing and a fitted kitchen with integrated oven, hob and hood.
All homes at the development benefit from a two-year Taylor Wimpey warranty plus a 10-year guarantee from the National House-Building Council (NHBC).
Taylor Wimpey offers a range of time and money-saving incentives to make choosing a new home at Great Easthall even more appealing, including help with deposits and legal fees for first-time purchasers and assistance with finding a buyer for those with a property to sell.
Incentives can be tailored to customers’ individual requirements and are subject to availability, with further information available from the Sales Executive.
Great Easthall enjoys an excellent position in the popular market town of Sittingbourne, home to a good selection of major high street stores, pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.
Nearby Faversham, Maidstone and the Medway towns of Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester widen the choice of shopping, sporting and leisure attractions.
The area is home to a good choice of schools, while commuters will appreciate easy access to the A2, the M2 and M20 and regular rail services from Sittingbourne station – just a short walk away – both to London Victoria and Gatwick airport.