Steve and Jenny Lawrence are pleased to call Lime Tree Village their forever home after moving into the village this July.
The couple met online in 2004 embarking on a very modern courtship with lots of phone calls before finally meeting up, after which, as they say, the rest is history!
Jenny (65) was living Nuneaton, whilst Steve (64) was living on Angelsey so their first home was his three-bedroom bungalow, close to the beach in Trearddur Bay.
A couple of years later, Jenny, who has been a receptionist at a variety of companies and Steve, who worked as a fireman in an aluminium factory, stopped to take a look at their work/life balance and decided that they wanted to take more holidays abroad. Selling up to release some equity and realise their dream of a few more trips away, they bought a beautiful two-bedroom bungalow nearby.
Then disaster struck out of the blue. Steve suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2012 and everything changed. Following Steve’s five month stay in hospital in Hull, Jenny decided that they should move closer to her family in Leicestershire, so that she would have their support if she needed it and bought a new two-bedroom bungalow in Barwell.
After a couple of years here they began to feel quite isolated. Steve suffered from epilepsy, which meant that he couldn’t drive anymore, so they decided to look for a location closer to all the amenities they required.
Steve and Jenny chose a new one-bedroom retirement apartment in Hinckley, which they thought would be perfect, as it gave them a town centre location. However, they just didn’t have enough space and Steve really missed the garden that he’d enjoyed at his bungalow. Living in the centre of town was very noisy and too busy, so Jenny started to look for somewhere else.
Having lived in the area previously she was aware of Lime Tree Village and during her search for properties on the internet, she came across a lovely two-bedroom cottage at the village and fell in love with it immediately.
Jenny and Steve came to the village on several occasions to look around the property, attending one of the village’s open days and after speaking with existing residents their minds were made up.
Jenny said: “Friends told us that we’d find it really expensive to live here in comparison to the retirement development we were moving from, but actually we’ve found it comparable and you actually have more here. We can have someone to clean the house, we get our laundry done and of course we have use of the facilities in the beautiful Cawston House. It’s very secure, and we feel really safe here, which is important for Steve. There’s also a nurse on site so that’s very reassuring.”
“Our cottage is bigger than the apartment in Hinckley, so we’ve got the space we need now and with the security of a retirement community, when we decide to go away we know our home will be looked after,” Jenny added.
Moving closer to family
Jenny’s sons are delighted that the couple have moved to the village, the move has taken away their worry.
‘It’s the perfect location for us. Two of my sons live nearby, which was the main reason we chose the village. Our grandchildren attend the local school, which is just a short walk away and they regularly come to visit after school and stay for tea which is a real pleasure for us,” explained Jenny.
“We really are enjoying life here. Steve is mad about golf and there are also lots of golf clubs around the area where he can play to keep his handicap up. In fact he’s already playing in some disabled golf tournaments here and around the UK.”
Enjoying the vibrant community
The couple like to socialise and enjoy the community feel at the village, and having the space to have family to stay with them or in Cawston House is ideal.
Jenny explained: “There’s always something going on at the village. We’ve brought our friends over for a jazz night and they stayed in the guest suite in Cawston House. It was lovely to entertain friends here and staying in the house was like a holiday for them.”
“It’s early days for us here, but I’ve already decided on the clubs that I’m going to join; Tai chi, scrabble, croquet, choir and keep fit, should keep me busy for a while!” she added.
A relaxing lifestyle
Jenny and Steve have really settled into the village in a short space of time, finding the 27 acres of landscaped grounds a pleasure to explore and enjoy.
“We love taking our dog, Molly, on walks through the Woodland Walk. It’s lovely that pets are allowed and having Molly definitely makes us go out more often,” said Jenny.
“It is a different way of living and it does take a bit of getting used to. Previously we had our own private garden space – now we have an outdoor space but it’s open. We do have access to all the beautiful grounds here, which are amazing and the beauty is that we don’t have to do any of the hard work to keep it that way.”
“We love sitting a the bench watching the ducks and thinking ‘this is our garden – how lucky are we’?”