Young couple find their dream house near Hartlepool - have a look inside their stylish home

A couple found their perfect home next to Hartlepool just in time for the birth of their first child.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 7:00 am
Mark and Ruth with baby Roman outside their new home./Photo: @ourmaplehouse

When Mark Sims and Ruth Goodman found out they were expecting their first child, the search for a perfect family home quickly became their number one goal.

The couple decided to search for a home between Darlington, where Mark works as a parts manager, and Sunderland where many of Ruth’s relatives live.

The expectant parents moved into their new four-bedroom detached home at Bellway’s Regency Manor development, in Wynyard, in September, ready for the birth of their son Roman just a few weeks later.

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The Instagram account of the home has garnered over 1,100 followers in just two months./Photo: @ourmaplehouse

Ruth, 29, who works as a freelance wedding planner, said: “I had always thought all new-build properties pretty much looked the same everywhere you go, which I didn’t find very appealing, but the Bellway homes we saw at Regency Manor really stood out by a mile.”

The Teesside development of 138 new homes is situated in a desirable countryside location and has a range of four and five-bedroom homes with proximity to a number of well-regarded schools, with the closest being just a short walk away.

The couple previously lived in a three-bedroom semi-detached property in Yarm, which was owned by Mark, but had always planned to find a bigger home that they could purchase together.

The home-décor journey of their new home is documented on Instagram account, where their account @ourmaplehouse has accumulated more than 1,100 followers in just over 2 months.

Mark and Ruth with their son Roman.

Ruth continued: “The open-plan design of the living and kitchen space works so well for us as it is such a sociable space, compared to our old kitchen which was very small.

“When Mark comes home from work, we get to spend our time all together in there and catch up on our day.

“My favourite room so far would have to be Roman’s room, but I just can’t seem to stop buying extra bits to add into there.”

Four and five-bedroom homes available to purchase at Regency Manor with prices starting from £359,995.

Inside Mark and Ruth's home./Photo: @ourmaplehouse

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Ruth has said baby Roman's room is her favourite in the house./Photo:@ourmaplehouse