Independence and a New Lease of Life

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A lovely home offering security, independence and a new lease of life.

Buying a new chalet style bungalow at The Croft in Bourne has given Margaret Pearce an opportunity to return to her roots.

She grew up in the Lincolnshire market town, so it seemed like fate when Margaret and her cousin spotted the development during a nostalgic visit to some of their childhood haunts.

They decided to visit the Croft, a joint venture by Larkfleet Homes and Keystone Developments, which features 69 one, two and three-bedroom properties set in the grounds of a former manor house.

“When we drove by and saw a new development being built for the over 55s, we decided to take a look,” said Margaret. “I’d been thinking about moving as I no longer liked the area in Peterborough I was living in and the idea of returning to Bourne really appealed to me.

“As soon as I saw the showhome I was taken by it. All the rooms were really well laid out and the development itself was presented in a very attractive way with lots of different property types spread around landscaped courtyards. I immediately knew that I had to see whether I could make the sums add up.”

Margaret was able to part exchange on her old bungalow and she also benefited from a 25 per cent shared equity deal on her new home at The Croft.

“I was so pleased when I was able to buy the property thanks to the schemes available; everything just seemed to fall into place as though it was meant to be.”

The quiet, relaxed environment at The Croft and its secure feel were very appealing to Margaret who had previously lived on a busy road in an area where she didn’t feel safe on her own. The closely-knit community at The Croft has made her feel much safer and happier.

Margaret has moved into a two-bedroom chalet bungalow which has a spacious, fully-equipped kitchen and a living room with double doors leading out to a patio and landscaped courtyard. She loves her large shower room with a double shower.


“The chalet style appeals to me because I feel the property can adapt with me as I get older. It would be easy to convert the second bedroom, which I’m currently using as a dining room, back into a bedroom and because there is the large shower room downstairs as well, I wouldn’t need to go upstairs if stairs become a problem for me later on in life.

“I didn’t originally feel that I was ready to live in an age-exclusive development but moving is quite dramatic and stressful so I felt that it was better to make the move now rather than wait.

“I can definitely say that I don’t feel like I am living in a retirement village. I still have my own home and the independent life I always had.”

Margaret, a retired civil servant, is also looking forward to using The Crofts’ exclusive community facilities which are located in the fully restored manor house situated at the heart of the development.

“I am a bit of a socialiser so it will be really nice to use the manor house and meet new friends, especially as I am returning to the area after many years away.”

Set in the heart of Bourne, the Croft development offers easy access to local amenities including the town centre, with a good range of shops, cafes and supermarkets, all just a short walk away. It’s also easy to get to Lincoln, Peterborough, Stamford and other areas.

A range of incentive packages is offered at the Croft, including shared equity and part exchange options, which can be tailor-made to suit the needs of individual buyers.

For further information on available properties visit the site on North Road in Bourne, contact the sales team at The Croft on 01778 426995 or click here.

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