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Gardens help homes flourish at The Lanes

11th June 2015 Print
The Lanes

Two thirds of prospective homebuyers say a garden is the deciding factor when they choose whether or not to buy a property according to a recent survey by Rated People. Agents estimate that having the right kind of garden can add between 10 and 20 per cent to the value of a house, while the outdoor space around the property and its wider environment is also highly important to buyers. At The Lanes in Wickhurst Green in West Sussex, families can find spacious homes with attractive private gardens as well as shared green spaces including allotments, making it an ideal place for people who enjoy gardening and the outdoors.

People have varying tastes when it comes to gardening, but the gardens that are often the most appealing to homebuyers are those that are low maintenance, offer a safe space for children to play and have a sunny aspect for relaxing in. Each of the houses at The Lanes has a secure enclosed rear garden as well as a landscaped front garden. There is currently a selection of stylish four and five bedroom houses available, which offer ample room both inside and out.

Andrew Loveday, Sales Director for Countryside comments: “The British have long been a nation of garden lovers and this is evident in their priorities when it comes to buying a house. A nice garden and decent outside space often makes the difference as to whether the buyer wants to proceed. All of the properties at The Lanes have great gardens which are especially nice for enjoying at this time of year.”

The Lanes is the latest phase of Countryside’s Wickhurst Green development near Horsham, which is creating a new community as an extension of the village of Broadbridge Heath. Architecture is designed along traditional lines to blend with the local vernacular, fitting with that perennially favoured ideal of a brick built family home with front and back gardens.

The rear gardens are laid to turf offering a blank canvas for gardeners to put their own stamp on, but which will be easy to look after, providing a pleasant place to entertain, play or simply spend time al fresco. Many of the rear gardens have sheds included for useful storage of garden tools, while also provided are water butts to collect rainwater, rotary washing lines and exterior lighting to add security.

There is also an emphasis on communal open spaces at The Lanes, set in a traditional village-style layout with extensive areas of beautiful landscaping to enjoy and large open spaces for play. A network of footpaths and cycleways run throughout the development and new allotments are now open to the whole community offering a great opportunity to grown your own, while keeping active.

‘The Wells’ is a five-bedroom house offering light and airy living accommodation over three floors. The kitchen has rooflights to let natural light flood in, as well as fully glazed double doors leading from there and from the living room into the spacious rear garden. With a garage and a luxurious master bedroom suite, this is an outstanding contemporary family home. Another example is ‘The Wakeford’ which offers four bedrooms over three floors, as well as a garden room, again with rooflights creating a light filled space. The interior specification is impeccable throughout all the homes with individually designed contemporary kitchens incorporating gloss finish and clay oak units and a full range of integrated appliances.

Wickhurst Green is an exciting new village style development by Countryside, which will provide an extension to the existing village of Broadbridge Heath, providing much needed new homes and community facilities. At the heart of the development will be a new primary school, village centre, recreational and sports facilities.

Conveniently located for commuters, Wickhurst Green enjoys great local, UK and international transport links. By road, the A24 provides direct access into London to the North and Worthing to the South. Gatwick is only 17 miles away and Heathrow just under an hour. There are regular bus routes from Broadbridge Heath into Horsham in just over 5 minutes, where there is a frequent rail service from Horsham to London Victoria and London Bridge in around 55 minutes.

Currently available at The Lanes are a range of properties with The Wakeford, a four-bedroom house starting from are £440,000 and The Wells, a five-bedroom house from £610,000. For further sales information, visit

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