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Local housebuilder Elivia Homes was joined by lifelong Staple resident Ron Sear and his wife Sylvia on Saturday 23rd March, to officially open the very first show home at Summerfield Nurseries. The owner of the Summerfield Nursery garden centre that occupied the site before Elivia acquired it, Ron celebrated his milestone 90th birthday by officially opening the development and enjoying an exclusive tour of the new show home, Ivy Cottage.

Ron celebrated his 90th birthday by opening the new Summerfield Nuseries show home

Ron and Sylvia met at Staple School in the 1940s and got engaged shortly after Ron’s return from a three-year army posting in 1955. The couple married in 1956 and established Summerfield Nursery in the same year, after Ron’s Dad gifted them an acre of land. For the following 60 years until its closure in 2019, the nursery grew to become one of the biggest suppliers to Kent’s garden centres, producing more than 12,000 plants in 30 different varieties and becoming locally renowned for their Poinsettias.


Ron comments: “I have been a nursery man all my life, and I was of course sad when our nursery closed after 60 years. But, life goes on, and I was so pleased to have been invited to open the first show home at the new Summerfield Nurseries. Elivia Homes has looked after the site very well, and the homes are looking fantastic already. We are really looking forward to having new neighbours and continuing to watch the development flourish in years to come.”

Ron and Sylvia Sear with the Elivia Homes sales team at Summerfield Nurseries

Expertly designed by Sarah Merrison Interiors, the new detached four-bedroom show home at Summerfield Nurseries – Ivy Cottage – provides customers with the opportunity to truly envisage themselves in an Elivia home. Enjoying stunning open-plan interiors, an exemplary specification and floor to ceiling windows flooding the property with natural light, Ivy Cottage provides space for a family to thrive in a beautiful rural setting.

Philip Brown, Sales and Marketing Director at Elivia Homes Southern, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Ron and Sylvia back to where it all began for their successful family business. Since acquiring the site, we’ve kept in close contact with Ron so it was an honour to invite them to open our beautiful new show home at the aptly named Summerfield Nurseries, this weekend. The development has now come full circle, and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers to our new show home in the coming weeks.”

Summerfield Nurseries is situated just outside of Staple’s quintessential village, nine miles from the historic cathedral city of Canterbury. The exclusive development consists of just 11 four-bedroom detached homes for private sale, all of which have been designed with quality and lifestyle considerations built into every element, from spacious interiors to the development’s green open spaces that encourage community connections.

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Residents at Summerfield Nurseries will have plenty to explore in the local area. The village hosts an annual dog show and regular open garden events, coffee mornings, fetes, tea parties and quizzes. The neighbouring town of Wingham is home to locally-renowned gastro pub The Dog whilst, a two minute walk from Summerfield Nurseries, The Black Pig is a popular pub with locals. Eight miles down the road, The Pig at Bridge Place is part of the Pig Hotel Group and offers a first-class dining experience. Perfect for living the rural lifestyle, the development is also surrounded by a number of farm shops and vineyards where residents can purchase local produce, and a number of golf clubs including Stonelees and St Augustine’s – perfect for sporting lovers. For families, parents can rest assured that they are surrounded by fantastic education options including St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School, Barton Court Grammar School and The King’s School all within close proximity.

Prices at Summerfield Nurseries start from £999,950. 


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