New Manor residents tell their story

Manor Farm in Stretham has attracted a range of buyers including a number of downsizers and first-time buyers as well as second-steppers. With its central location between Cambridge and Ely, Manor Farm presents an opportunity for those looking for a spacious property within easy reach of these two exceptional cities.
Manor Farm in Stretham has attracted a range of buyers including a number of downsizers and first-time buyers as well as second-steppers. With its central location between Cambridge and Ely, Manor Farm presents an opportunity for those looking for a spacious property within easy reach of these two exceptional cities.
When Peter and his wife Kathryn made the momentous decision to sell their home outside Littleport of 14 years they had their hearts set on a new-build property with unique character. They now have their dream home in a perfect location to enjoy the family’s next generation.
Here is their story: “Our decision to sell-up and downsize was largely because our children had flown the nest. We wanted a brand-new home, but something that reflected our character as people. So, we started the search, looked at every builder and new development around – we were determined to find just what we wanted, however, location was equally important and we didn’t want to be far from the Ely and Cambridge hubs.
“So, we decide to rent until we found ‘the one’ as this move was far too important to rush into anything. It was a fortuitous walk past Cheffins Estate Agents, on the way to finalise our sale with the solicitor, that we saw the Laragh development at Manor Farm. We got the details and visited immediately, although at this time we thought the properties would be out of our price range. We were absolutely taken by the character and quality of the development and went back a number of times because it was so very, very different to anything else we’d seen, each home felt bespoke, with a unique character of its own – not like the formulaic boxed-shaped new-build developments that all look the same.
“Specifically, Karen Tate from Cheffins was absolutely amazing in answering all of our questions, no matter how many times we visited, we always felt welcome. Equally, there was no pressure or questions about our price range – which was always the very first thing we’d been asked by other agents. We fell in love with two styles of property at Manor Farm, but ultimately it was The Belmont that we chose – a beautiful three-story, four-bedroom house with open-plan kitchen and dining area leading onto the garden, we absolutely loved the interior layout. Externally, the render, brickwork and wooden cladding gave it a great sense of character and contemporary style with country elements, so it felt established.
“Once we’d seen the future-phase layout, there was a plot we were particularly interested in and contacted Hannah Greenhow at Laragh Homes, who was brilliant in helping us create our perfect property. She told us the next build of that style would be possibly six-ten months away, so we reserved the plot then and there. The best thing for us, having bought off-plan so early, is that Laragh Homes allowed us to make a series of interior changes to suit our personal style, which meant we really felt we had a bespoke home, built just to our specification. We changed the layout of the kitchen and had the benefit of selecting our own flooring, kitchen units, carpets, wall paint colours and traditional French doors – Laragh agreed to all the changes and everything just came together.
“The magnificent outcome is that we didn’t actually downsize – during this process we were told that we going to be grandparents, so it was even more important for us to have a beautiful new family home with plenty of space. Similarly, one of our children, who works in London, has since moved in because of the easy commute from Ely’s mainline train station.
“Manor Farm has been amazing for us, it feels like home already, with a wonderful community atmosphere where everyone is incredibly friendly. We now we have our dream home to enjoy the next stage of our family life for many years to come…”

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