The pandemic has changed the way we live in myriad ways, many of them positive. The UK has seen a huge boom in pet ownership, with 3.2 million households acquiring a new animal companion since the start of the pandemic. We’ve also embraced outdoor exercise like never before, with Strava logging a 33% increase in uploaded activities and two million new athletes a month in the year to September 2020. Bellway Homes’ new development, Forest Chase in Yateley, is the ideal setting to enjoy both of these trends.
The three, four and five-bedroom homes at Forest Chase are set against a backdrop of extensive greenery. Footpaths weave in and around the development, including over the fields to a series of 11 lakes, connected to the Blackwater River. Yateley residents can walk, run and cycle to their hearts’ content, including with their four-legged friends.
Walking has been proven time and again to deliver a wide range of health benefits. Research has shown that it can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events by 31%, with health benefits arising even from walking at a leisurely two miles per hour.
Forest Chase residents can also benefit from enjoying exercise out on the water. Horseshoe Lake Activity Centre, just four minutes by car from the development, provides swimming, sailing and kayaking, along with a range of other water-based activities. Blackwater Valley Golf Centre, with its nine-hole course and driving range, is also just a four-minute drive away. Younger residents, meanwhile, can burn off their excess energy in Forest Chase’s lovely outdoor play area.
Emma Jones, Sales and Marketing Director at Bellway Thames Valley, comments: “Forest Chase’s setting is just stunning. There’s such an abundance of outdoor space, with so many outside activities available right on the doorstep. We’ve seen pet ownership increase notably across the development during the pandemic, with many dog owners walking the routes around the lakes with their new furry family members.”
Yateley is certainly well suited to family life. The centre of the village lies just half a mile from Forest Chase, with a superb selection of pubs and restaurants, including the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. There are several well-thought-of primary and secondary schools in the area as well, including state and independent options.
For those returning from a spot of outdoor exercise, whether a high-intensity run or a gentle stroll with the dog, the homes of Forest Gate provide a warm welcome. With high-quality fixtures and fittings as standard, they show careful attention to detail at every turn. Open plan living and dining spaces are ideal for modern family life, with the spacious interiors have plenty of room to accommodate home working.
Those who need to head into the office can be on the M3 in ten minutes or can catch a 34-minute train into London Waterloo from Farnborough railway station, 20 minutes by car from Forest Chase.