Karen (57) and Barry (65), have children of their own and Barry was a full time foster carer, so the couple had always needed a large family home and were used to having lots of space. When it was time for Barry to retire, they found themselves with two spare bedrooms, so the couple decided to sell their substantial property in the prestigious Kings Hill area of West Malling, in order to pay off their mortgage.
However, they were concerned that ‘downsizing’ would mean huge compromises when it came to lifestyle and accommodation. The issue of space was particularly pressing, as their choice of new home also needed to be suitable to share with their nineteen-year-old son, Matt, who was keen to continue living with them.
Thanks to encouragement by a surveyor friend, who gave them excellent advice on the local property market, the Holdworths decided to visit the sustainable new Peters Village development, next to the River Medway. At first, the couple were cautious about the prospect of purchasing a new build property, but, as Karen explains, they were in for a pleasant surprise: