Happy Acorn purchaser Damien finds dream Somerset home at Cross Farm

May 14, 2021

Born in Bromley, Kent in 1964, Damien headed West nearly four decades ago at the age of 19. Graduating from Medway College he secured a job with the BBC as a camera man in Bristol and relocated to take up the opportunity: the decision allowed him to build a career, working on his passion, and relocate to Somerset.

BBC Bristol was at that time responsible for much of the station’s children’s programming, as well as drama and comedy, and Damien worked on such well loved series as Vision On, Take Hart (presented by artist Tony Hart), Casualty and the iconic Only Fools and Horses.

His first home in the Bristol was a townhouse in Redland, after which he moved to an apartment in Clifton, before moving out of the city, eight miles south west, to Nailsea and a period farm house set in three quarters of an acre of land. Along the way he married and had a daughter who now lives in Bristol.

4 bedroom Show Home, Cross Farm

Having left the BBC as a lighting director in 1998, Damien became a professional photographer, doing events, weddings and portrait photography. For the last 20 years he has travelled the world working with a wide range of commercial and private clients, including some very well-known sports and television personalities. This has expanded into teaching photography, both online and on accompanied tours.

After more than 20 years in Nailsea, the flagstones, Aga and maintenance of a 16th Century farmhouse had begun to lose their charm and Damien decided it was time to look for a new home for him and his growing business.

His search started at the beginning of 2020, registering for online searches with agents, property portals and Google. Having been a Somerset resident for nearly all his adult life Damien had a good idea of the areas he was happy to consider, commenting  “While I wanted to be within easy access of Bristol and its airport, I knew that I did not want to make the city home again. Ideally I was looking for a large village, or small town, that was close to good roads and was able to offer a reasonable range of local shops and facilities.”

4 bedroom Show Home, Cross Farm

“I first saw Cross Farm online, I think as an advert that cropped up in one of my many online searches: it was not even built at that point. What attracted me immediately was the overall design of the scheme and appearance of the individual properties.”

“While it was clearly modern, a plus point for me, the detailing of the external design was fitting with the broader local architecture: the pitch of the roof, the stone detailing. It all added to creating something that was subtly distinct, but not out of place.”

“The internal design and specification was also a key point for me. Where the architects might have squeezed in extra rooms, they didn’t, leaving each room feeling spacious and bright. The good quality boiler, underfloor heating and heat exchanger all added up to a quality product.”

“I registered my interest immediately and requested a site visit as soon as possible in March 2020 and must have been one of the very first potential buyers to view.  I remember clearly meeting the Sales Advisor and being shown round wearing hard hats and high vis vests.”

4 bedroom Show Home, Cross Farm

“After having visited the site I then went to explore the centre Wedmore, which was only a few minutes walk away – another plus.”

“I was aware of Wedmore and the broader Isle of Wedmore but had not previously given it much thought or exploration time. Walking around the village and finding a wide range of local shops, I then continued to find out more about the place online.”

“My online search confirmed it all for me: great village, with everything I needed, close to fast rounds so only 35-45 minutes to Bristol or Taunton and an active social and community scene. The fact that the properties were pre-wired for fast broadband just made it even better, as much of my photography business is promoted and managed online.”

“I reserved my plot very quickly and worked with Tom and the team at Acorn to complete my purchase. The impact of Covid did cause some delays, but Tom and team kept things moving along and I moved in on 18th December 2020 – one of the first to move in.”

“The quality of build and materials is apparent and as I suspected, in consequence, the snagging list is exceptionally small.”

“The plans showed something that I expected to be quite spacious, but did not prepare me for the wonderful result: living here is like being in the most amazing boutique hotel.”

To find out more about the homes available at Cross Farm, call the team today on 01934 806196. 

Blog

Related Posts

See all

Somerset – find out more about this glorious county!

Somerset, the county with the trendiest reputation in the South West Not only is Somerset a mecca for Londoners looking for a country escape, it’s a foodie odyssey, a bohemian bolthole and a cultura
More >>

The Beauty of Bruton, Somerset

Located in the heart of Somerset lies Bruton, a town rich in history and culture From streets filled with historic buildings and period homes, to independent boutiques and outstanding eateries, Bruton
More >>

Top Tips for Getting Your Garden Spring-Ready

Long nights, frosty temperatures, and plenty of drizzle – it’s fair to say UK winters can be a challenge! When the clocks finally go forward, it really does feel like the end of a lengthy hibernat
More >>

A Q&A with Mike Gahir, from Lakes Showering Spaces

Here we talk to Mike Gahir, Managing Director at Lakes Showering Spaces, an innovative manufacturer of shower enclosures and spaces, to discuss how Acorn’s commitment to creating a cleaner supply ch
More >>

How to buy a home with Acorn

10 STEPS TO BUYING A HOME WITH ACORN Buying a house is an exciting milestone but a daunting prospect at the same time, but we’re here to help guide you through the process and make it as easy as po
More >>

Meet Jacqui, Our Design and Development Manager

As it's National Careers Week, we talk to Jacqui, our Design and Development Manager based in London, who has forged a fantastic and interesting career in the property industry - here she talks about
More >>

Discover Exmouth

Sandwiched between Somerset and Cornwall, Devon has so much to offer whether you choose to move to the North or South, but the common element across the whole of Devon is the beautiful scenic views
More >>

Thinking of selling your home? Read our Top Tips!

Top Tips on Selling Your Home Are you thinking of selling your home this year At Acorn we have seen a seasonal trend of of house searches and enquiries increasing in January, so now could be a great
More >>

Planning Permission Submitted For The Regeneration of Baltic Wharf, Totnes

Planning Permission Submitted For The Regeneration of Baltic Wharf, Totnes Baltic Wharf Developments Ltd submits planning application following extensive consultation Following an extensive cons
More >>

Urchfont Primary School children see construction in action at Hazel Green

Children from Urchfont Primary School had a special tour of our new Hazel Green development, including a look at how the homes have been constructed and demonstrations of site machinery in action O
More >>

Discover the beautiful Cotswold village of Greet

Greet is a charming small village located in the county of Gloucestershire It is situated in the picturesque Cotswolds region and is known for its breath-taking countryside and magical honey coloured
More >>

Discover the wonders of Lee Bay

Two coastlines – one wild, one calm – two National Parks – one dramatic, vast and wild, one green, tranquil and soft Granite-topped peaks, turquoise bays and soft, sandy beaches Dolphins can be
More >>