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Local couple are flying high after purchasing dream Story home

June 2020

An engaged couple have secured their perfect new property at Pentland Reach, Biggar thanks to Story Homes.

Jamie Simmons and Craig French, who are set to get married in 2021, opted for the three-bedroom ‘Lauriston’ home which they moved into in early February – along with their two Border Collies, Izzy and Indi who are also settling in nicely.

Jamie is a Cabin Crew and Pilot Training Instructor and Craig is a Cabin Manager, flying to destinations all over the world. With Edinburgh Airport just a 40-minute drive away, Pentland Reach was the perfect location for the high-flying couple. Jamie said: “The setting of Pentland Reach is perfect; we have all the independent shops we need within walking distance. Great walks for the dogs on our doorstep, good transport links and we’re only a 40-minute drive to Edinburgh!”

Craig added: “For the last five years we have lived a very rural life in the Scottish Borders. Many new developments are in large towns or cities and we didn’t want this; we wanted to continue living a quiet life. Moving to Pentland Reach meant we could continue living this way on the outskirts of a small quiet rural town.”

The couple decided to visit the Pentland Reach show home for a ‘quick nose around’, and the rest was history. Craig explained: “We could not believe the quality of the finish – it looked really nice. We ended up walking away from a ‘nose around’ to reserving our Lauriston all in one visit!”

Discussing their new home, Jamie said: “We liked that the three-storey Lauriston had more floor space than some of the other three-bedroom houses on the development. We have large amounts of family living space right across the ground floor and have the addition of a large lounge on the first floor.

Craig added: “We love our downstairs open plan living space. Our kitchen, dining room and lounge is all together with lovely French doors into the garden. It’s perfect for entertaining. The space has dual aspect windows; the front looks out onto lovely views, and we have a good-sized garden to the rear. We are on the edge of phase 2 of the development and our home looks out across the SUDS pond and field with big old oak trees! The houses are spaced out really well.”

Jamie explains that a new-build home was high on the couple’s priority list. He said: “We have spent years living in very old houses, so it was nice knowing that we weren’t going to have to make repairs. Everything in our new home was clean, fresh, new, and warm!”

Hayley Blair, Head of Sales at Story Homes said: “A new build home is ideal for couples like Craig and Jamie who lead busy lifestyles and want a low maintenance home with no need for renovations.

“With high specification features such as designer fitted kitchens, AEG appliances and Porcelanosa tiling, it’s great to see that a Story home was the perfect choice for Jamie and Craig. We’re thrilled to have helped the couple find their ideal property and we wish them every happiness in their new home.”

Summarising their purchasing journey with Story Homes, Jamie said: “We would certainly recommend a Story home to your friends and family. We have friends around the North East currently looking and Story is a strong contender! Our Sales Executive Angie looked after us from the start; she’s really helped us with our decision-making process, and she kept us up to date throughout our journey. The buying and build process was so easy!”

For more information about Pentland Reach, please contact our Sales Executive on 01899 872 708 or email