Newly released figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that owning a home (either with a mortgage or outright) results in higher life satisfaction than living in a rented home. Additionally, better general health, which is affected by the area you live in, has more impact than any other factor on life satisfaction. Benefitting from a serene countryside location for residents to enjoy the fresh air and country lifestyle, a new show home at Storey Homes’ Birch Meadow in Barkway, Hertfordshire could be the key to unlocking both.
Birch Meadow comprises an exclusive collection of just 12 family properties including The Beech, an impressive four-bedroom home. Dressed by show home interior designers, Interiors by Abode, the property is stylish and spacious, with contemporary design features and high-end fixtures and fittings. Externally, it boasts an enticing large garden and plenty of space to park with a garage and two on-plot parking spaces. There is also an electric vehicle charging point.
Richard Ornelas, Sales Director at Interiors by Abode, comments: “We took inspiration from Birch Meadow’s beautiful surroundings by selecting washed wood furniture and highlighting the natural light. The kitchen/family/dining is a beautiful space, enhanced by the light that is drawn in by the two sets of double doors. We’ve dressed the windows with eye catching flowing sheers that emphasise this wonderful feature.”
Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes, comments: “The elegant new show home showcases the charm and comfort that Birch Meadow provides. This wonderful new community has so much to offer with excellent transport links while still benefitting from a stunning village location. These popular family homes are delightful and we would encourage those interested to get in contact as soon as possible.”
The new show home demonstrates the very best of the modern country living. The Beech hosts a flexible family living environment spread across two floors. The expansive kitchen/dining/family area on the ground floor opens out to the garden at the rear, with lovely glass doors meaning the home is flooded with light, even in the winter months. Upstairs, both the master and second bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms, while a large family bathroom serves bedrooms three and four.
The village of Barkway offers a superb, rural setting with an infants’ school, a recreation ground with play area and football pitch, a village pub and a golf course. Cokenach cricket club is located just to the north of the village, as is Newsells stud farm. Ideal for family life, residences are well situated for local schools, with ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ Ofsted-rated primaries and secondaries within a three-mile radius.
While residents can enjoy the health benefits – and therefore increased life satisfaction – of country living from their base at Birch Meadow, they are also within easy reach of London. Barkway sits on the old coach road between Cambridge and London, with both cities accessible to modern-day commuters: Cambridge is a 20-mile drive, while central London is just over 40 miles away. By train from nearby Royston station, Cambridge can be reached in 15 minutes and London Kings Cross in 43.
The Beech is available from £695,000. Prices at Birch Meadow start from £509,950 for a three-bedroom home. Selected properties are available with Help to Buy. To find out more or register your interest, please visit www.storey-homes.co.uk