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Meet our proud new owner at Audley St Elphin's Park

Moving to a new home can be a daunting experience. Moving from an area where you have lived your entire life to a different part of the country, and under the uncertainty of Brexit can be even more daunting.

As the song goes, ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’ rang true with our proud new owner at Audley St Elphin’s Park, Mrs Brown.

Mrs Brown had previously lived in Abbotts Leigh near Bristol, in a spacious detached four bedroom dormer property set in a large landscaped garden. She wished to be closer to her daughter who was settled in Derbyshire, an area that she enjoyed visiting due to the stunning scenery.

Mrs Brown’s daughter, sharing the same desire of having her mother closer to her, discovered Audley St Elphin’s Park from her home in the neighbouring town of Matlock.

The pair arranged to visit the luxury retirement village in June and spent their time walking around the scenic grounds before enjoying a delicious meal in The Orangery restaurant. The thought of moving to a retirement village suddenly became a very real prospect.

Shortly after lunch Mrs Brown was shown around the Derbyshire retirement village by the sales team and visited a few of the available properties. One of these properties was a beautiful cottage in Pollard Way with lovely views from the back and front of the property and a south-facing patio which benefits from sunshine from 10.30am until sunset. On entering, Mrs Brown knew this was the property for her and she decided to purchase it right away.

“As soon as I entered, I knew this property was perfect for me. I placed an offer there and then, I didn’t need to return for a second visit. The next time I came back was with the keys in my hand.”

Before Mrs Brown could move in she needed to sell her property in Bristol, however, the property market was moving relatively slowly in her area under the cloud of uncertainty around Brexit. It was at this point that she was introduced by Audley to Silverbridge Properties, a company who would purchase her property, enabling her to make a stress-free move to St Elphin’s Park. Mrs Brown’s son took control of the price negotiating with Silverbridge Properties and before she knew it, a sale was made and her son was driving her up to her new home at St Elphin’s Park in September.

Take a look at our video for more details on the Silverbridge part-exchange process

Fast forward a few months and life at St Elphin’s Park has been very enjoyable. Mrs Brown regularly partakes in exercise classes and uses the gym to keep fit. She has made new friends from the regular coffee mornings, film clubs and especially from her new allotment, which has provided a great opportunity to meet like-minded people.

“All of the staff at Audley St Elphin’s Park have been excellent and everyone is really happy to help.”

Pace of life has slowed over the last few weeks due to the coronavirus, however, the village team have been very helpful to limit the impact on day-to-day life wherever possible. The restaurant is currently offering a take-away menu, which she has enjoyed, and a village pantry has been set up where owners can purchase daily essentials and reduce trips to supermarkets.

When asked to summarise her first 6 months at St Elphin’s Park, Mrs Brown's words were;

“Better than I ever could have hoped for!”

If you would like to hear more from our owners, take a look at the owner blogs here on Audley Stories.

Find out more about how Audley Villages can make your move stress-free with services such as part-exchange, downsizing and de-cluttering advice, bridging loans and our assisted move service.

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