THE convenience of a shiny new house was what appealed most to Deer Park residents Chris and Ruth Chaplin when they were hunting for the perfect home.
The pair – who previously lived in a barn conversion, less than half a mile away from Deer Park – came across the Derbyshire development during a country walk with their chocolate Labrador, Phoebe.
“We wanted to downsize from our converted barn to something slightly smaller now that our children have moved on,” said Chris.
“We had an offer accepted on an older property near by but, after a survey revealed that lots of work was needed on making the house liveable, we decided to go for a new build.
“Deer Park ticks all the boxes for us. It’s modern but with beautiful features similar to a period-style home; high ceilings and large windows. And everything is shiny and new.
“The garden – which came ready-turfed – is a good size for Phoebe to run around in and we love the fact that both the kitchen/diner and living room have large patio doors which lead to the garden. With those rooms being at the back of the house, we can open both sets of doors in the summer and enjoy the sunshine.”
Deer Park, a collection of 30 exclusive three and four-bedroom homes in Ripley, boasts an enviable semi-rural location.
The development is based just off Coach Road and provides views across the Amber Valley. It’s just minutes away from Sainsbury’s supermarket in Bridle Lane and a short drive into the centre of Ripley.
Each Deer Park home mixes modern living with traditional features, including high ceilings, period-style windows, open-plan kitchens, downstairs WCs and built-in storage space.
Chris – who opted for the three-bed Hackwood design – has been thrilled with the kitchen and rustled up lots of delicious treats for wife Ruth, who works nearby.
“The kitchen is a great size,” he said, “all the appliances are energy efficient and built-in – and there’s ample room for a dining table, too.”
Deer Park have two fantastic incentives for those looking to purchase their dream home in 2019. Receive up to £500 of your legal fees paid for and enjoy a £500 garden centre voucher if you reserve in May or June. T&Cs apply.
The show home at Deer Park is open every Saturday. For further information on Deer Park’s three and four-bedroom homes, contact selling agents Boxall, Brown & Jones on 01773 880788
Picture shows: Chris Chaplin – and chocolate Labrador Phoebe – at their new home at Deer Park.