21 Feb Downsizing in Dorset made easy with Pennyfarthing Homes
As anyone who has downsized from a much-loved larger family home knows, finding your dream next home is all important. According to the Communities and Local Government Committee's 2018 Housing for older people Second Report, just under 3 million older people want to downsize. Their home may have too many stairs, too large a garden or need too much maintenance but many struggle to find the right property. So, when Pat and Di Groombridge came across Fernlea, Pennyfarthing Homes' stunning apartments in Ferndown, they simply could not believe their luck.
The three bedroom ground floor apartment at Fernlea offered them everything they desired in their next home including space to entertain, an attractive location and a low maintenance home with a good sized garage – all with the bonus of a 10 Year New Home Warranty through Premier Guarantee to give them extra peace of mind.
With this combination, they did not need any more convincing: "We could see what the apartment offered when we first looked at it. We were first struck by how great the space was. Our intention was to downsize and we have gained so much more by moving to our apartment at Fernlea. By downsizing from a lovely four bedroom home in Wimborne Minster set in a third of an acre to Fernlea, it has allowed us to carry on enjoying all the best bits of our last home without any of the downsides.
"We now have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the home providing great living space, plenty of room for friends to stay and a private patio. We were keeping our options open but when we saw Fernlea we just knew immediately it was perfect. Being next to Ferndown Golf Club was the icing on the cake as we are both members of this prestigious club."
For them the kerb appeal of Fernlea was another factor which added to the desirability: "Our house in Wimborne was on a lovely road and that was something we felt was important which we were lucky to find with Fernlea. We came across the development by chance, driving around one day.
"We knew we wanted three bedrooms so that was a key selling point for us. The garage was also a big draw as it was generous enough to park the car and provided us with the extra storage space we required. At the time we saw Fernlea, we had only just made the decision to move and were considering an apartment or a bungalow so wanted to view both home types. The important factor was for the home to be on one level. When we came across Fernlea it made sense to view the ground floor apartment and as soon as we walked in our minds were made up. Our search was over before it had even begun. We never even viewed a bungalow – there was no need as the apartment was as large, if not larger than most bungalows.
"We have been incredibly lucky. Once we saw Fernlea we put our Wimborne house on the market and ended up being able to sell and buy in eight weeks.
"The apartment is finished to a very high standard, so we didn't have to think about decorating or new appliances. The Pennyfarthing Homes team have been excellent and helped make what can be quite a stressful time into an experience we could both enjoy. We've been enjoying living here since, not least as our utility bills have halved in cost and we no longer have to worry about chores like looking after a large garden. We still have a beautiful garden from which we get just as much, if not more, pleasure as it's communal and someone else looks after it!
"We are also very pleased with the warranties that came with their Pennyfarthing Homes apartment. We have a 10 Year New Home Warranty through Premier Guarantee and a two-year Pennyfarthing Homes Customer Care Warranty too, which is very reassuring. Plus, with everything being brand new, all our kitchen appliances have their own warranties as well! We can just sit back and make the most of our choice to move here. As the golf club is close by, this is a huge plus and moreover, a number of our golfing friends also live locally."
Fernlea offers an exclusive collection of eleven luxury and spacious three-bedroom apartments situated on arguably one of the most desirable roads in Ferndown, 'Golf Links Road' which backs onto the renowned Ferndown Golf Club. The apartments are perfect for entertaining with a high-spec kitchen with modern integrated appliances. The master bedroom offers a built-in wardrobe and en-suite with the further two bedrooms offering space for guests to stay. The private patios and balconies extend the living space bringing the outdoors in offering homeowners views of the beautifully maintained landscaped grounds. Each apartment either comes with a garage or car port with private storage.
Prices start from £400,000. To register your interest please telephone 01202 403143 or email email@example.com.