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Shalini and Pradeep's story

Shalini and Pradeep, pictured with their daughter Pratyusha, find their dream home after a 100-mile relocation

Moved in: 2022
Development: Ashberry at Pirton Fields

The perfect location

Shalini Gowda and Pradeep Prabhu bought a four-bedroom detached house on the Ashberry at Pirton Fields development in the village of Churchdown – and they say it is the best thing they have ever done. The pair, who are both software engineers, were keen for nine-year-old Pratyusha to have a grammar school education – something that wouldn’t be possible in Nottingham, where there are no state-funded grammar schools.

Shalini says: “We did our research and discovered that there are four state grammar schools within easy reach of Gloucester and Cheltenham, so we looked at that area for new-build homes. Quite quickly, we saw that Ashberry Homes was building in Gloucester and that the development was actually between the city and Cheltenham. This was perfect because it brought both places into range for a school.”

Buying new was the only choice for us

The couple had been renting a new-build property in Nottingham and decided very early on that they wanted to buy new. Shalini and Pradeep also decided they needed a four-bedroom house as they both work from home and each wanted a dedicated home office – a luxury they didn’t enjoy in their three-bedroom semi-detached house in Nottingham.

Shalini says: “We know how energy efficient new-build homes are and that is an important consideration these days with the price of electricity and gas. We also wanted a home that would be low maintenance.”

Compared to a typical older property, you could save up to £2,200 per year when you move into one of our energy-efficient Ashberry houses*.

Jo, the Sales Advisor, was brilliant and made things incredibly easy and straightforward for us."

A 5-star customer experience

For Shalini and Pradeep, the buying experience was a smooth and seamless one.

Shalini says: "Jo was brilliant and just took control of the whole house-buying process and made things incredibly easy and straightforward for us. We were both busy with work and were only able to travel down once to see how the housebuilding programme was going but Jo kept us informed on every step of the journey. She used to send us regular photo updates and even went into our house when it was nearly finished to FaceTime us as she walked through the house. It was very exciting."

Our forever home

There are absolutely no regrets from the couple about their relocation – for them, it's a dream come true.

Shalini says: "Pradeep is happy that we both now have our own dedicated office space at home... Pratyusha is delighted with her new bedroom and it is wonderful to see... This move is the best thing we have ever done as we are in our dream home, in a lovely part of the country, with a number of grammar schools within easy reach. Everything is perfect."

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This move is the best thing we have ever done... Everything is perfect."

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* Figures based on HBF 2023 ‘Watt a Save’ report. Based on HBF analysis of EPC ratings, taking into account the scheduled Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) increases.