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Reverend believes his new home in Lanark is a blessing

20th November 2009 Print
Rev Bev Gauld and wife Fiona

After dedicating 30 years of service to his parish, retired minister Rev Bev Gauld and his wife Fiona wanted a home of their own; and, after turning to Redrow for guidance, they have been left singing their praises.

Throughout his time serving the parish of Carnwath, near Lanark and raising five sons, Bev and his 60-year old wife had lived in a traditional manse, owned by the Church of Scotland.  

But after making the decision to semi-retire, the couple began looking for a new home, which they soon found at Redrow’s Heather Lea development, in Lanark. 

Bev and Fiona’s new home is everything they could have hoped for and they have been left counting their blessings, as he explains: “Having enjoyed our time immensely in the manse, when I decided to retire the next step was to choose a new home for ourselves, which would kindly be paid for by the Church as part of my pension.

“Although we could have picked a property anywhere in Scotland, we chose Heather Lea as its only eight miles from my old parish and large group of family and dear friends, plus it’s a lovely development.”

They chose a four-bedroom detached ‘Parrett’ style home and, although it’s their first experience of living in a new-build home, the couple have been quick to appreciate the benefits of everything being brand new and the fact that it should prove more energy efficient and cheaper to run.

Redrow’s own research suggests it can cost as much as £30,000 to bring an old property up to the standard of a brand new one, allowing for a new kitchen and bathrooms, replacement windows, rewiring, redecoration and other essential  modernisation. At Heather Lea, everything is provided, including a range of quality fixtures, fittings and appliances.

Bev adds: “A brand new home fitted both our own and the Church’s criteria; we didn’t have to undertake any renovations before moving in, but we were still able to add our own personal touches, which is always nice.

“What’s more, Redrow’s sales consultants were absolutely wonderful throughout the whole process, any queries or problems were dealt with swiftly and they were always available to answer any questions.”

Although semi-retired from the Church of Scotland, Bev still acts as a hospital chaplain at State Hospital, Carstairs for Clydeedale East Ward, officiates at some weddings and is a local councillor for South Lanarkshire Council.

With its tree lined avenues amidst a scenic landscape, it’s little wonder the Gaulds chose Heather Lea, off Hyndford Road, for their next stop.

The popular Redrow development is situated on the edge of the town, overlooking open countryside and with fine views of Tinto Hill. However it’s also within walking distance of Lanark town centre, conveniently located for the motorway network and there are excellent train services locally.

Currently there is a selection of three, four and five-bedroom homes available, with prices starting from as little as £199,995 and reaching £302,995.

For more information log onto, or visit the development and view the fully furnished show homes.


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Rev Bev Gauld and wife Fiona