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From London Living to a Rural Residence

The brief

Stephen was contacted by Holly and Chris just before Christmas 2019. A meeting was set up and they met with Stephen for him to better understand their requirements. Holly and Chris were currently living in London, where they both worked, but their family had always lived in the Cotswolds and they were keen to have a home there whilst still having access to London for work when required.

Whilst they wanted to live in a rural situation, ideally on the edge of a village, efficient broadband and the scope to create a home office was essential. They preferred a property that was ready to move into although they were prepared to carry out improvements where required.

Having thought about their needs over Christmas, the client instructed Stephen to start the search in January 2020. The pair required a property within 30 minutes drive to the station for London; with 4 bedrooms, a sizeable garden, and within walking distance of the village.

  • FOUR BEDROOMS
    The client required Stephen to find them a four-bedroom property
  • HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND
    The client required high-speed efficient broadband for home working opportunities
  • RURAL
    The client wanted a rural property but with good transport links to local cities
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How County Homesearch helped: 

Stephen was keen to narrow down locations and shared details of properties in several villages to gain feedback. This enabled Stephen to narrow down the style of property and started to focus on very specific locations and his contacts at the agents in these areas. 

Holly and Chris were busy working in London so Stephen shared details of his viewings with them on a regular basis and only asked them to see property which he thought had real potential for them.

In March 2020 the COVID-19 shutdown arrived, and whilst the property market did close for a short time, when it re-opened in May Stephen continued the search.

On the 2nd June Stephen was given advance notice of a property coming to the market and managed to get a viewing for Holly and Chris before anyone else. They loved the house, Stephen arranged a surveyor to attend and submit an offer on their behalf and they moved into the house 12 weeks later, despite COVID!

 


The Happy Ending

Chris and Holly are now very happily settled in their dream home with their new pet dog enjoying their life in the beautiful Cotswold countryside. County Homesearch were able to find the pair the address of their dreams –  despite a national lockdown! 

 


How CHS Delivered Value: 

  • Stephen added value by introducing locations that they hadn’t previously thought of
  • Despite the fact that the COVID shutdown paused this search, Stephen continued when he was able to and found the perfect property for the pair
  • The client fully entrusted Stephen with the search, allowing him to rely on his expertise, local knowledge and connections to deliver the property
  • The client was so delighted with the result that they passed Stephen’s details onto a family member searching for a property of their own! 

Testimonials

“Stephen was very professional and courteous from the start. He quickly digested our brief and began to provide insight into areas that fit our bill. He was also very good at challenging us in a constructive way and broadening our mindset. By leveraging his local expertise and contacts he was able to secure us first viewing on a hotly contested property enabling us to have first mover advantage and ultimately secure our dream house.

Not only was he useful during the search, he also provided us with support and advice throughout the purchase process, sourcing local contractors to provide quotes for work that needed completing and enabling us to get a true reflection of the total cost of moving into a property that met our standards.

Would thoroughly recommend County Home Search for anyone that is looking for local expertise, invaluable experience and a voice of reason in the process of finding the perfect home in the country”.

Holly & Chris