Upon discovering they were expecting triplets, Katie and Owen Furnell, already parents to young Lilliana, knew they needed a bigger home. The couple, both aged 31, recently found their dream residence in a four-bedroom semi-detached Tadlow property at St Mary’s Garden Village in Ross On Wye.
Katie Furnell, a former chef and now a childcare student, expressed her excitement about the move. "When we found out it was triplets, we realised we needed to find something bigger quickly, and we knew we wanted to live at St Mary’s Village," she said. The couple's decision was influenced by friends who already resided in the village and spoke highly of the community.
The Tadlow townhouse, spread over three spacious floors, offers flexible living. The ground floor features a kitchen, dining area, and a lounge that opens to the garden. The first floor houses three bedrooms, including the ones for Lilliana and the triplets - Freya, Primrose, and Rowan. The top floor is a retreat for the couple, boasting an en-suite bedroom.
Katie and Owen Furnell, a software developer, lived with Katie's parents while waiting for their new home, allowing them to save more. They were drawn to a new-build property due to its energy efficiency and the prospect of reduced bills. Katie mentioned, "Four young children will be costly – and we have already spoken about getting solar panels to future-proof ourselves one day.”
St Mary’s Garden Village, located on the outskirts of Ross on Wye, will eventually consist of 348 homes and various community facilities. The development offers properties ranging from two to four bedrooms, with prices starting from £250,000.
Katie, who is considering launching a weekly baby club in the community hall, said, "It’s an opportunity to help integrate residents and create a strong community which is what St Mary’s Garden Village is all about.”