Couple escape the hustle and bustle and downsize mortgage free in West Sussex

When Robin and Janice Parker decided to downsize they were hoping to find a house near the beach where they could slow down, relax and enjoy plenty of open space.

They found this in abundance at Dandara’s Paddock View development in West Sussex – with the added advantage of cheaper fuel bills proving a big bonus in the face of rising energy costs.

Robin, 56, and Janice, 55, sold their four-bedroom house in Sidcup, Kent in September 2021 and stayed in a property owned by Janice’s sister in Brighton while they searched for their next home.

Robin, who used to work in local government but is now retired, says: “Having fallen in love with the Sussex coastline, we were originally looking for a new home in Brighton but we heard good things about Yapton and went to have a look.”

They were pleased with what they found and in November reserved a £425,000 three-bedroom detached home – named The Farringford. The couple put down a 10% deposit in December and then completed at the end of May 2022 as cash buyers and mortgage free thanks to  the equity they released through the sale of their last property – which they had extended and upgraded over 15 years.

Robin says: “The Farringford perfectly fitted our needs with plenty of space downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs. Our daughter, Rebecca, recently finished university and is living with us while she does temp jobs and we use the third room for visiting friends and family.”

He adds: “When we were looking, energy efficiency wasn’t top of our list but given fuel price increases we’re really glad we bought a new build.”

“The location is also absolutely fantastic and one of the main reasons we bought at Paddock View. It is just 10 to 15 minutes from Chichester and Bognor but with a beach nearby. Amber, our cockapoo, loves the garden and the open space -  especially the beach walks!

Robin and Janice, a betting shop cashier, first bought a house together in Sidcup 23 years ago. He says: “Having moved from a town that was all hustle and bustle, we hoped to find a place where we could slow down and that is what we have found at Paddock View. We are enjoying a slower, more relaxed pace of life.”

Surrounded by scenic countryside, Yapton is within easy reach of local amenities with the historic market town of Arundel a 15-minute drive away and Littlehampton only a 10-minute drive. Bognor Regis is just over 5 miles away. 

Perfect for families, Yapton CE Primary School and Yapton Pre-School are located next door to the development, both of which are rated Good by Ofsted.

Barnham railway station is located less than two miles away from the development, offering services to Portsmouth in 30 minutes and London Victoria within an hour and a half. Each property comes with its own electric vehicle charging point, offering a cost-effective way to explore the South Downs and surrounding area. Find out more