Family finds their dream home in the countryside with Bloor Homes


Mathew and Gemma Tallis swapped town for country when they moved from Nuneaton with their three young children into a four-bedroom detached property at Bloor Homes’ Heritage Walk development in Newbold Verdon.

And after visiting their daughter in her new home, Gemma’s parents Jean and Bob were so impressed that they decided to buy a house of their own on the very same street.

Mathew and Gemma, both 32, had been looking to move to a more rural location for some time but couldn’t find a home which was right for them.

But then they received an email from the staff at Bloor Homes’ Heritage Walk development in Newbold Verdon – which they had visited previously – to let them know that the four-bedroom detached Tattershall home had become available.

And it didn’t take long for the couple to decide that the Tattershall was the ideal property for them and their three sons, Noah, 8, Isaac, 5, and Jonah, 1.
“It was the only one of that house type available on the site and we made an overnight decision to buy it”, said Gemma.

“It suits us down to the ground. The layout of the house is so practical and the kitchen/diner is great because it means I can keep an eye on the kids while I’m doing the cooking.”

Gemma, who owns Alice Rose Atelier, a bridal boutique in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, with her mum, and Mathew, a business manager for a medical services company, had had their hearts set on moving to the area for some time, and said the layout and community feel of Heritage Walk set it apart from other developments.

Gemma said: “We knew we wanted to move out of the town to somewhere more rural. This is a beautiful part of the country. It’s very pretty and has got a lovely community. It’s quieter, more relaxed and there’s a calmer way of life.

“We had looked at another new build site up the road but it didn’t have the same feel, it felt crowded. Heritage Walk doesn’t feel like a new build development – it feels like an established community, and the layout of the site with the park area is perfect for a family.”

Gemma had initially been sceptical about buying a new build home, but now considers herself well and truly converted.

She said: “Having lived in a Victorian house before, we didn’t think a new build was for us, but I would buy a new build again tomorrow. Apart from putting our own stamp on the house décor-wise, we haven’t touched it. For a while we thought we were living in a hotel because the bathrooms and kitchen were so nice compared to what we were used to!”

Gemma’s parents Jean and Bob, a retired prison officer,  also left Nuneaton to move to Heritage Walk, where they bought a four-bedroom detached house.
Jean said: “When Gemma got her house we came and had a look and just fell in love with the place. We are surrounded by wonderful countryside and the fact that we are just down the road from Gemma is an added bonus.

“Our last property was past its best and we wanted to move to a more rural setting. This fitted the bill entirely. We particularly love the kitchen area with the glass roof, it makes everything so light and airy.

“Selling our old house was an absolute nightmare but buying this one was wonderful. The girls in the Marketing Suite were fantastic, they were lovely and made us feel like we could come in any time we liked to ask questions. The site managers were absolutely brilliant too.

“We have had lots of support since. On the whole it’s been a really lovely experience.”

All of the plots have now been sold at Heritage Walk, but househunters can still find their dream home at two other Bloor developments in Leicestershire.

There are currently a range of four-bedroom properties available at Ash Tree Fields in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, priced between £335,000 and £399,950, and a range of four bedroom homes at Fairfield Manor in Castle Donington on the edge of the National Forest, priced between £310,000 and £385,000.