Charm Of Marley Mead Brings Couple Back Home To Be Near Family
25 Sep 2012

The attractions of a maintenance-free new-build house were what drew retired couple Michael and Mary Dudgeon to Marley Mead in Dorking when they left Devon to be nearer their grown-up children.

Michael (77), a retired lawyer, and his wife Mary (68) were looking to downsize from their large Edwardian home in Barnstaple, North Devon, and it didn’t take them long before they found a three-bedroom townhouse they liked at the Linden Homes development in Dorking, Surrey.

Michael explained: “We moved for family reasons – we have a daughter who lives here and a son with a young family who lives in Caterham – and we both like Dorking as a town.

“Our  former house and garden were  too large and we  realised the time would come when it would no longer be practical to live there, so we decided to move closer to our family while still in good health.

“At one time we lived in Tunbridge Wells so we  are familiar with the area.

“My wife wanted a new-build house and although there was one other development in Dorking that we looked at, the bedrooms were too small, and the situation less attractive than Marley Mead.

“We both wanted somewhere that would not require a lot of maintenance – and as we already had a buyer for our house in Devon the house in Marley Mead ticked most of the boxes on our list.

“The staff on site have been extremely helpful, and the neighbours are pleasant and overall they seem very pleased with their homes.”

The 23 stunning three, four and five-bedroom new homes offer an ideal location on the edge of bustling Dorking and are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the beauty of the Surrey Hills with their views and footpaths.

The homes are cocooned within lush woodland with open fields beyond, and they come in a range of varied designs with authentic local materials and diverse detailing.

All properties boast generous front and rear gardens, private driveways and a superb specification and finish throughout. Most also have solar panels on the roofs for electricity generation.

And just eight miles from Marley Mead, the charming town of Reigate boasts everything from popular high-street stores to up-market independent boutiques, plus a range of chic bistros and sophisticated restaurants.

For those not lucky enough to have sold their old home as quickly as Mr and Mrs Dudgeon, Linden Homes’ Assisted Move scheme offers practical help to customers who have set their heart on one of our selected properties.

First Linden Homes will inspect your old home and then arrange independent valuations from which the company will suggest a realistic price to sell within a set period. A reservation fee will hold your selected new property for that time while estate agents are instructed to sell your old home.

Throughout the process Linden Homes will keep you regularly updated as we work closely with the agents to ensure frequent visits from potential buyers and check all viewings are followed up. To accelerate the process, with your agreement a solicitor and mortgage broker are both appointed.

However, if no buyer has been found at the end of the agreed selling period, Linden Homes will refund your deposit or alternatively extend the deadline.

And if you don’t want to wait, Linden Homes’ Part Exchange scheme offers one quick, hassle-free agreement that takes out estate agents’ fees and the problems with chains which can scupper even the most secure-looking move.

Eligible home-hunters choose from a selected range and within seven days a valuation on their property will be made by three local estate agents and a cash offer made. The only thing left to do then is set a move-in date and get packing.

To find out more, visit the sales centre, open daily from 10am-5pm, or call 0844 488 1794.


For further information, contact Lyndsay Scanlan or Sam Nickerson at Remarkable Public Relations on 01962 893 893.

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