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Retirees downsize to new open-living home at Evolve at Tadpole Garden Village, Wiltshire

Michael Way (69) and Angela Way (62) have recently downsized to a three bedroom home at Crest Nicholson’s Evolve at Tadpole Garden Village. Located near Blunsdon between the Cotswolds Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and North Wessex Downs AONB, the retired couple have quickly settled into their vibrant new community.  


Michael and Angela previously lived at Abingdon and said that their move west to Swindon was a no brainer. Michael said: “We looked into homes in a 50-mile radius to where we were living, as Oxfordshire is a hot bed for property outside of London. Swindon not only offered the best value for money but having lived there back in the 80’s it felt like the right fit for us.


“We decided to move for a comfortable retirement. We’ve paid off our mortgage and were able to buy our new home outright using part of the equity. We’re set for life in the home we chose at Evolve too, the open-living layout means that it won’t pose a problem as we get older.


“There is so much natural light and air that flows through our new home, making it a really peaceful space for us. We have large bi-fold doors out onto our newly landscaped garden which we are already enjoying with the warmer weather.


Michael continued: “Over the 35+ years we’ve been married, we have only ever purchased new build homes and Crest Nicholson did not disappoint. Inside the home, we have two double wardrobes, a fully fitted kitchen, and ensuite bathroom all included as standard. Meanwhile, the outdoor public spaces are unrivalled. From an abundance of footpaths and walking tracks, to the parks, lakes and schools, and then to the design with large driveways and wideset streets throughout.


“We were previously in a very large four bedroom family home, so while we’ve only downsized by one bedroom, we wanted the additional rooms for when our children and grandchildren visit. The biggest change is the open-plan living area. Crest Nicholson’s sales team really showed us how it would work for our lifestyle now and as we get older.


“Tadpole Garden Village is surrounded by lots of greenery, and there are a few other retirees in neighbouring properties making for very relaxed atmosphere. We have everything we could need on our doorstep with access to shopping centres made easy with excellent transport links. The development is also adding a Local Centre, which is currently under construction, and is expected to have its own public house, both opening by the end of the year.”


Tadpole Garden Village offers a contemporary range of three, four and five bedroom homes on the outskirts of the Wiltshire Village of Blunsdon. Homes at Evolve have now sold out but The Farmstead at Tadpole Garden Village is perfect for downsizers with a range of bungalows available, while the newly launched Meridian and The Pinnacle phases offer contemporary open-living homes. For more information please call 01793 279125 or visit

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