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Family united in Leicestershire development

A Leicestershire woman has been reunited with her mother in a bespoke housing development in Hugglescote, following the passing of her father.

Julie Tubby of Ellistown is now living across the street from her mother Bernice Martin, who had moved up to Leicestershire from Kent. During Julie’s father’s illness, it had been his wish that her mother would move closer to family so she wasn’t alone.

Julie’s dad, David, was a former builder himself, and had been impressed by the developer’s homes, spurring his desire for his partner to move to the site.

Four generations of Julie’s family now live in the same development – image credit: Unsworth Sugden Group

Julie explained, “It was Dad’s wish that mum should live in a Cadeby home and be closer to family.  As a builder by trade, he was incredibly impressed with the workmanship and felt at ease knowing that mum would be safe and secure in her later years with one of her own.  So, despite the pandemic being in full force I set about doing everything I could to make that wish come true.”

Julie and her husband Matthew, 56 and son Ryan, 18 had no plans to move home, but were equally impressed with the designs of the Cadeby homes as well as their build quality. It wasn’t long before they decided they should buy a home at the development, Grange Meadows. Bernice and Julie are now even living in the same home style—a four bedroom detached home called the York, just a few yards from each other. 

Julie and her mother Bernice now live directly across the road from each other – image credit: Unsworth Sugden Group

“Mum lived in an older property in a very rural location, miles away from the rest of the family”, continued Julie. “Now we can literally wave to each other from our front doors.  We all feel so much better knowing that she is close should she need anything.”

Julie and Matthew enrolled in a Part Exchange scheme with Cadeby, making their move to Grange Meadows even easier after the sale of their previous property fell through. Plus, by buying off-plan they were able to take advantage of making certain design choices, including the fixtures and fittings of their new home.  

Julie and Matthew have been very pleased with the design of their new home – image credit: Unsworth Sugden Group

A brand new home has meant a blank canvas for the family to make their own and for Bernice, a low maintenance, new life closer to her daughter, grandchildren and great grandchild. 

Due to the Government restrictions at the time, it wasn’t always possible for Bernice to come and see the development for herself before the move, so Julie managed the whole process for her mother via phone calls and FaceTime. She added, “Luckily mum and I have similar tastes so I was able to make most of the kitchen, bathroom and flooring choices quite easily with her over the phone. And even though we have the same property style, the finished results are still unique to each of us.

“In fact, both properties are simply stunning.  As a family we had such high expectations, given the circumstances and it would have been easy for even the smallest thing to have made the experience more challenging, let alone a global pandemic, but the reality was far from it.  Everyone at Cadeby has been fantastic throughout, supporting us every step of the way.

“We are all so very happy with our new homes, we love being so close and we know that dad would be delighted to see how it’s all come together just as he’d hoped.”

Grange Meadows is a bespoke collection of 49 two, three and four bedroom homes. Prices start from £199,995. For more information visit


By Sam Ellison

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