Spending your retirement in the Cyprus sun is what most people might dream of. But after 14 years away, Peter Cresswell was enticed back to the UK through the help of Cala’s Part Exchange Service at Audley Chase, in the historic village of Earls Colne.

Retiring in 2005, Peter, 75, and wife Jane, 67, wanted a change of pace and moved abroad to enjoy the delights of what Cyprus had to offer. Peter says: “It was an amazing time being away and enjoying the lifestyle and weather Cyprus presented to us. But after 14 years, we thought the time was right to return to the UK and be closer to family and friends.”

Initially purchasing a house in Cedar Park, Bishop’s Stortford, for their daughter Lisa, before moving away, they soon realised they would need a bigger property to come back to upon returning at the start of this year.

Peter continues: “We were looking for a five bedroom house with plenty of space, but with the smallest of fuss in moving as we didn’t want to go through the hassle of a chain. We’d heard of the Cala Homes part exchange service and became seriously interested once we found out more about it. We loved the Earls Colne area and the Audley Chase development looked like a great place for us to move to. We were more than happy to proceed and exchange our Cedar Park property.”

Enamoured with the size of the houses and the construction quality, the part exchange offering soon became the only route of sale for Peter and Jane. Starting sale proceedings in May, contracts were completed in August, and they moved in shortly after.

Peter continues: “With Cala’s service and support, everything fell perfectly into place. We love the size of the house and our new surroundings; and we couldn’t have asked for a better process and helpful transition in returning to live in the UK. Now we’ve settled in, we’re thoroughly enjoying our wonderful new home.”

With Cala’s part exchange service, there is no need to go through the process of selling an existing property on the open market. The housebuilder acts as a cash buyer, saving on estate agents fees and providing peace of mind that a purchaser’s sale will complete ready for them to move into their new Cala home. With no estate agents’ fees incurred, the service can also save thousands of pounds on the overall cost of the move.

Earls Colne combines a village lifestyle with easy access to Colchester and Braintree. There are good schools locally, including private schools, and a selection of the country’s foremost grammar schools can be found in Colchester and Chelmsford. The location offers easy access to the A120 and A12 and commuters can take advantage of Marks Tey, Kelvedon and Braintree train stations which all provide direct train links to London Liverpool Street in under an hour.

Prices start from £344,950. To find out more, call 01787 388086 or visit www.cala.co.uk. House hunters can also book a Covid-secure appointment to visit the sales office, open daily from 10.30am to 5pm, and view the stunning showhomes for themselves.

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