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From busy Boston to Norton's nature

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Dot and Rod moved to their brand-new home in the village of Norton in November 2022. Their Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association home is just a few doors away from Dot’s brother and sister-in-law and their three children.

Before their move to Gouldens View in Norton, Dot and Rod lived in Boston on a very busy road. Which meant lots of traffic fumes, constant noise and 24hour bright lights from neighbouring commercial buildings.

No wonder Dot describes finding out they’d been offered their new home as the best thing that’s ever happened to them! Just over a year since they moved in, we caught up with Dot to see how they’re getting on.

“It’s changed our lives completely. It makes such a difference to be so close to our family, we’re all able to help and support each other now. And our general wellbeing has improved, we feel more relaxed, and the silence is helping us sleep better too.

“The house is perfect for us. We have lots of space inside and a lovely garden. We love the air source heat pump – the house is always warm, we’ve got hot water all the time, and it’s so much cheaper!!

“The views are wonderful, and we have lovely walks on our doorstep. We love seeing all the animals...there’s sheep in the field opposite, we see horses and foxes on our walks, enjoy watching three red kites that are often flying around, and we even saw a badger the other day.

“It’s a great community. We feel very safe here. We already know lots of people who live in the older homes on Gouldens View from when we visited my brother over the years, and we have gorgeous neighbours.

“I still can’t believe it’s our home sometimes, it really is the best thing that’s ever happened to us.”

Published 25.03.24