Your News: Croft resident returns to her roots

Margaret Pearce at her new home.
Margaret Pearce at her new home.

For keen gardener Margaret Pearce, buying her new chalet style bungalow at The Croft in Bourne was an opportunity to return to her roots.

Having grown up in the market town, it seemed like fate when Margaret and her cousin spotted the development on a nostalgic visit to some of their childhood haunts and decided to take a look.

The Croft, a joint venture by Larkfleet Homes and Keystone Developments, comprises 69 one, two and three-bedroom properties set in the grounds of a former manor house.

Margaret said: “When we drove by and saw that there was a new development being built for the over 55s, we decided that we must go and take a look. I had been thinking about moving as I no longer liked the area in Peterborough that 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 as well as benefit 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. I didn’t want to continue living where I was but I might have had to, if I hadn’t found this development and been able to utilise the offers available”, added Margaret.

The peace and quiet on offer at The Croft combined with its secure feel were very appealing to Margaret. She said: “I previously lived on quite a busy side road, which people used as a cut through, and I didn’t really feel safe living there on my own anymore as there were a lot of changes happening in the neighbourhood. I now feel much more secure because there is no through traffic at The Croft and it’s a much closer knit community, where I am sure people will look out for each other.”

Margaret has moved into one of the chalet bungalows at The Croft which has two bedrooms, with a large master bedroom situated on the first floor that has an en-suite with a shower and bath. On the ground floor there is a second large bedroom, a spacious fully equipped kitchen and a living room with double doors leading out to a patio and to the landscaped courtyard beyond. There is also a large shower room with a double shower.

Margaret added: “Having been moved in for a few weeks now, 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 but I now have a home that will adapt with me as I get older, enabling me to continue living the life I live now for the foreseeable future.”

Margaret, who is 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. I am also hoping to put some of my gardening skills to use by getting involved in some of the planting around the manor house.

The manor house really is a fantastic asset and I am sure I will be a regular visitor there.”

Set in the heart of Bourne, the Croft offers easy access to local amenities.

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 current available properties visit the site on North Road in Bourne, contact the sales team at The Croft on 01778 426995 or visit the website