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‘Our new village home is the best of both worlds – we've finally got balance'

VIicki Mawson, 41, and her husband Adi, 44, had been searching for a forever home with enough space for the two of them and their three children — aged five, six and eight — when the pandemic hit last year.

They’d initially been looking at locations within walking distance of railway stations, but the change to remote working meant that this was no longer top priority, so they expanded their property search.

They recently moved from Weybridge, Surrey, to a new five-bed house at Crest Nicholson’s Longhurst Park development in Cranleigh, which enjoys the best of both worlds — a village location within easy reach of public transport.

‘We had been looking for a home within close proximity to train stations because I worked in London, but then Covid changed all that,’ says Vicki, an HR director.

‘I started working from home and most likely will only need to be in the office once or twice a week, while my husband took the opportunity for a career change and is now a teacher. Because of that, we were able to be flexible on our location and look further afield.

‘We left our four-bed terraced house in Weybridge because we needed more space and a bigger garden for the children.

‘With five generously sized bedrooms — including a spare room for when my mum comes to stay each week — a large open-plan kitchen/dining room, study and double garage — which is great for storage — we fell in love with our new home straight away.

‘We had been searching for a while and it just felt right. We’re still an easy 15-minute drive to Shalford station, but are surrounded by beautiful green countryside.’

Do the maths: How much the move cost the Mawsons

Purchase price: £499,950

25% deposit: £124,987

Mortgage: Approximately £1,406pcm

Estate charge: Approximately £30pcm

Total monthly spend: Approximately £1,436

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The combination of moving to a rural location and spending more time at home has improved Vicki’s work/life balance no end. ‘Working from home means I skip the commute and can spend more quality time with the children by walking them the 20 minutes to school each day.

‘Now on my lunch breaks, I walk through nature and feel refreshed and much more productive,’ she explains.

‘It also gives the children more freedom in having somewhere to safely run around and ride their bikes. Cranleigh has a strong community feel with kind people and we just love living here.’

Longhurst Park is on the edge of Cranleigh, a large village between Guildford and Horsham at the foot of the Surrey Hills, and consists of a mix of three, four and five-bedroom houses.

Designed with modern-day family living in mind, they all have roomy interiors with large gardens — a factor which was a major pull for the Mawsons.

Three and four-bed semi-detached and detached houses are currently for sale, from £499,950, and part-exchange and SmoothMove — which helps buyers to sell their existing home and pays their estate agency fees — are available on selected homes.

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