“WHEN you’ve lived in a town all your life, you might think twice about moving to the country,” says Phillip Timmins.
“But it doesn’t take long to realise that all those ‘negatives’ people talk about, are hugely outweighed by the many benefits.”
Phillip and his wife Jinine moved to their home in Woodseaves, a pleasant village situated on the road from Eccleshall to and Newport, seven years ago, and they don’t regret their decision.
“We haven’t had a ‘for sale’ board put up because it will remind me that we’re leaving,” says Phillip, a signalman at Stafford rail station.
“My wife’s mother died recently, so we’ve made the decision to move closer to Jinine’s father, who lives in Telford,” says Phillip. “Ideally we’d like to find something on the edge of town, or in a nearby village.
“I’ve always lived in towns, and I guess that I thought that living in a village would mean there’d be no shops or other amenities nearby. But the reality is that there is nothing like living in the countryside.
“There are some great walks just on our doorstep, and we have a village shop and a village pub. The wildlife, the fresh air and the scenery – they’re all benefits. I shall really missWoodseaves when we leave. It’s a great place.”
Phillip points out that the village is only ten miles from Stafford, and even closer to Eccleshall and Newport.
“The station in Stafford is just twenty minutes away. You can be in London within two hours,” he says. “And yet, here we’re in the middle of the countryside.”
Their four –bedroom home in Woodhaven, a quiet cul-de-sac which overlooks the surrounding countryside, has“the wow factor”, according to estate agents, James Du Pavey of Eccleshall.
“This property has it all,” says the agent. “Book your viewing today and prepare to be wowed.”
It is a modern, detached house with an integral double garage and extremely well-maintained gardens. It also has a big conservatory, which looks out on to the side and rear gardens and opens on to raised decking – ideal for entertaining.
The spacious house includes a living room with an open fire in a solid marble fire surround. There is also a sitting room/study on the ground floor, which also has an open fireplace.
Upstairs are four good-sized bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom, which overlooks the rear garden, has an en suite bathroom.
If you’re looking for a solid, family home, within easy commuting distance of the main centres, but which benefits from being in a beautiful rural location, then this house is well worth an inspection.
Phillip is pictured on the front page of this section with his dog, Archie.