The Payne's make a house a home at CALA's Shopwyke Lakes

With a two year-old daughter and the birth of their second child imminent, Laura and Harry Payne were looking for a relatively stress free move which allowed them to settle into their brand new family home from day one.

CALA Homes 09 April 2019

After visiting and falling in love with CALA’s Shopwyke Lakes development in Chichester, they purchased their very own showhome which meant they were able in move into their new property in less than four weeks – just in time for their baby’s arrival.

Laura said: “We previously lived in Farnborough but we were keen to move back to the South Coast to be closer to our network of friends and family and with one child already and a second on the way, we needed a bigger home to accommodate the four of us. We have always loved Chichester and knew it would be the perfect location to put down some roots and raise our children.

“When we first visited Shopwyke Lakes we instantly fell in love with the atmosphere and the sense of community. The properties are all beautifully designed and the layout of the four-bedroom showhome felt really spacious – ideal for our growing family. We viewed the showhome on the Friday and knew straight away that we’d found the perfect house to make our new home. The next day we bought our family along to Shopwyke Lakes to view the property and by Sunday, we had placed an offer on the property which was accepted. With our baby due to arrive in a matter of months, buying the showhome complete with its all its fixtures and fittings meant we were able to move quickly and settle into our new home two days ahead of schedule and just in time for our son’s arrival.”

Since moving to Shopwyke Lakes, Laura, Harry and their children are enjoying settling into their new home and making the most of all that the development has to offer.

Laura continues: “We have settled in really well to our new home as a family and enjoy waking up and taking in the beautiful views of South Downs National Park from our bedroom window each morning. The city, beach and countryside are all within a 10 minute drive of Shopwyke Lakes so we have plenty of options when it comes to getting out and exploring the local area with our children. We have the peace of mind knowing we are close to some excellent local schooling, and are making the most of being closer to our family and friends nearby. We’ve already become good friends with our neighbours too and enjoy spending time together socialising with their families.”

Laura and Harry not only fell in love with their property and the development, but the service they received from CALA really won them over.

Laura added: “The sales team at CALA have been fantastic throughout the process and really have gone above and beyond to ensure our purchase was quick and efficient as possible. They sold us the CALA dream and have been there every step of the way. The level of communication throughout has been excellent and they’ve become much more like friends now. We would highly recommend CALA Homes to anyone looking to purchase their new home – their customer service really has been second to none.”

Shopwyke Lakes currently has selection of three, four and five bedroom homes ready to move into now, with a brand new collection of 18 apartments ready to move into later this year and available to register your interest now.


For more information on Shopwyke Lakes, or to find out how CALA can help make moving easier with a range of schemes – including its popular, hassle-free up to 100% Part Exchange service, or the government led Help to Buy scheme available on properties up to £600,000, visit the marketing suite and showhomes which are open daily from 10am to 5pm, call 01243 928 394 or visit