Downsize to the right size

Downsize to the right size

Making the choice to move to a more manageable home isn’t an easy one, but for David Johnson* it turned out better than anticipated when he discovered the new homes at Abingworth Meadows in Thakeham. 

“Downsizing was always going to be an emotional upheaval after 23 years in my home. It’s quite a strange feeling and takes time to adjust. But I have two or three friends who’ve also recently downsized and I’ve certainly had the best experience,” says David. 

David had been looking at property across the southern counties from his previous home in East Sussex to Hampshire where his extended family live.  When a friend was visiting Arundel Wetlands Centre, they took the time to visit Abingworth Meadows in Thakeham village and were impressed by the quality of design and standards produced by Oakford Homes. 

“They phoned me to say that these were good quality homes and suggested that I come to have a look around. I know the area well, as I used to have a boat moored at Ford and we’d come up to this area along the river and have picnics. 

“In the sales office I met Fred, a charming sales lady. Actually all three ladies in the sales office are very charming, very good and very professional. I was so impressed with everything I saw, including the prices. So I reserved there and then.”

David eventually chose a house set back within a small cul-de-sac and close to open fields. “My home office is in one of the bedrooms which looks straight down the road to a central water feature, and that view will never change which is reassuring.

“My daughter arranged for new blinds all through but other than that, everything was ready for me to move in so I’ve had to do nothing to the home but fit my furniture in, although of course I brought far too much so I’m still getting straight.”

Neighbours have also moved in so the new community at Abingworth Meadows is taking shape. More than 60% of the homes have been sold but a wide selection is currently available priced from £409,950, including substantial 3 and 4 bedroom high quality homes. 

“The after sales service from Oakford Homes is as good as the pre-sales service,” David added. “It’s reassuring to know that the builder, Oakford Homes, is there not just to sell you the property but to make sure you can settle in and enjoy your home. Very little has gone wrong, and when it has, it’s been minor and it’s been put right with a smile.”

Help to Buy, part exchange and Oakmove, an assisted move scheme designed to help you sell your current property to enable you to move to Abingworth Meadows, whether you’re looking to upsize, downsize or simply enjoy a new lifestyle in a terrific setting surrounded by countryside. Amenities on the doorstep include two sports pitches, a cricket ground & pavilion, and a thriving new village hall with a busy list of activities on offer from bridge and bowls to morris dancing and yoga.

If you’d like to find out whether Abingworth Meadows could be the right place for your next home, why not drop in to the sales centre and view the show homes this weekend? They’re open every day, including Sundays, from 10am to 5pm or call them today on 01798 813 071. Alternatively, visit and discover more about Abingworth Meadows. 

*name has been changed at customer’s request to protect privacy