Last December, Roger and I moved to our new house on the St Jude’s Meadow estate in Milton under Wychwood. We had talked vaguely for several years about down-sizing sometime in the future from our large house and garden at the other end of the village, having been empty-nesters for some time. We were looking for an easier life-style.
We had followed with interest the plans for the proposed development on the way to Upper Milton. Once the sales office was open we visited, admitting to the sales rep that we lived in the village and were purely looking out of nosiness, having no intention of buying.
A year or so later, whether prompted by the consequences of lockdown or not, we decided to get our house valued with a possible view to selling. But where to move to? We have enjoyed living in Milton for over 30 years, our son was born here, and we have made many friends and connections -so why move away?
No obvious property presented itself and buying a brand-new property offered several advantages – no chain of transactions, low maintenance and running costs, everything new and shiny.
Another look at the houses on the development convinced us that this would suit us very well: a compact, three-bedroomed, detached house with a garage and medium-sized garden seemed ideal. We chose a plot on the outer edge, overlooking the SUDS – sustainable drainage scheme – the pond and open area looking towards Jubilee Lane, where we first lived in Milton. It feels like having a large front garden, with occasional sightings of a resident muntjac, evidence of badgers and a variety of birds attracted to our bird feeders. There have even been reports of a barn owl, and we enjoy wonderful open views of sunrises towards the Shipton-Fulbrook road.
Our experience has been all positive – remaining in the village with its wealth of services and activities, despite lockdowns, and yet having a change of scene. And the move has given us plenty to keep us occupied during lockdown – whilst fortunately local artisans have been available to help with various items always needed with a new property. On our walks we are meeting up again with neighbours we used to see regularly when we lived at this end of the village. In addition it has been lovely getting to know our new neighbours, both those who have relocated within the village like us and also many newcomers to the area. We are looking forward to when we can socialise properly and welcome our existing friends to our new home and surroundings.