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Paul and Mandy Girvan recently moved into their new three-bedroom home at the Evolve phase of Crest Nicholson’s popular Tadpole Garden Village development in Swindon. The couple downsized from a five-bedroom family home where they had lived for the past 22 years while raising their two daughters.


Paul was born in Ireland before moving to London, and eventually settling in Swindon. His wife Mandy is originally from the North East. Paul is fond of the Swindon area, having lived locally for 42 years. He comments: “It’s the perfect location, offering everything you’d need while being close to London and having great transport links to the M4 and M5.”


The couple first considered moving home two years ago and happened upon Tadpole Garden Village while driving around the local area. They viewed show homes both at the development’s contemporary phase ‘Evolve’ and the traditionally style phase, The Copse, before opting for the former due to the plentiful lifestyle benefits of open plan living.


Paul said: “The contemporary, open plan layout of homes at Evolve offers the lifestyle benefits we were looking for, being easier to maintain and clean. We chose our plot as its position near the edge of the village gives it a spacious feel.


“The house is exactly what we were looking for, from the kitchen and dining area to the lounge and garden, accesses with bifold doors - it’s perfectly suited to our new lifestyle. The team at Crest Nicholson, from the sales office to the site managers, really made the experience easy for us, the whole team were really good throughout the entire buying process.”


The feel of development and the community that is being built at Tadpole Garden Village was the real selling-point for Paul and Mandy. While the benefits of a new build meant the couple haven’t had to make any immediate changes to the house, they’re eager to make it feel like home with a few additions over the coming year including new curtains and some personal touches to the garden.


A collection of high specification homes are available at Tadpole Garden Village’s contemporary phases, Evolve and Stray Park. The last remaining four-bedroom home at Evolve is available to move into now from £410,000, while three & four-bedroom homes are available at Stray Park from £310,000. For more information about both traditional and contemporary homes at Tadpole Garden Village, please call 01793 279125, or visit