In spite of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 lockdown, a couple from Arnold have become the first new residents at a luxury housing development on a historic site in Gedling.
Dan Straw (38), an HR Software Business Manager and Nick Penlington (36), an International Learning Development Manager, have now moved into their new home at the Hunters Wood Development.
It marked the culmination of an eight-month relationship with Nottingham-based developer, Peter James Homes – and Dan and Nick, who had expressed a keen interest in being in by Christmas, are delighted that lockdown wasn’t allowed to derail the process.
He said: “We were looking for a small, new build development on the edge of the countryside near Nottingham, where we could be part of an intimate, tight-knit community – and having visited the site for the first time on February 22, we immediately knew that we wanted it.
“We put in our reservation there and then and, despite the uncertainty created by the pandemic, Peter James Homes did an amazing job in hitting the original completion date, and keeping us updated despite Covid19. We really couldn’t be happier.”
Hunters Wood, just off tree-lined Wood Lane, a couple of miles east of Nottingham city centre, comprises 14 luxury homes, each of which is significantly larger than average, with only one three-bedroomed home among the four and five-bedroomed properties.
Simon Gardiner, managing director at Peter James Homes, said: “Hunters Wood is our most exclusive development yet, with thoughtful details giving each of the 14 homes that wow factor.
“The unique location, in the grounds of the historical Gedling Manor, makes the houses feel like they’ve been nestled at the site for years. It’s got a fascinating heritage, and I know that Dan and Nick fully appreciate how special the place is.”
In terms of the house itself, having previously lived in a 70s property, Dan and Nick were always clear that they wanted something brand new, ready to move into, with a high-spec finish, specifically tailored to the way they like to live.
Dan added: “We’re both keen cooks and socialising is really important to us, so we feel like this house has enabled us to plan for the future.
“In addition to four bedrooms and a good-sized garden, it comes with a huge open-plan kitchen and diner, so it’s going to be an amazing place for big gatherings of friends and family.
“Of course, the pandemic makes parties impossible at the moment but with a new house, Christmas just round the corner and a new set of neighbours on the way, it’s fair to say that our new wine cooler has already seen a lot of action!”