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Review by Chris1 year ago
Waddesdon Estates ( Golden Mede Housing) ...... Potential buyers on this development should be aware that Japanese Knotweed was found on the land in 2016 and the treatment is an ongoing and lengthy process not scheduled to complete before 2021 at the earliest.
Full details concerning Knotweed can be found on line along with damage that can be caused to property, legal requirements, values etc.
We had been looking to purchase here for sometime and there was never any mention of this by the site sales staff either prior to or when we paid a reservation deposit last August ...... it was not until the 11th hour when the information was received from the sellers solicitors that all was revealed and just prior to exchange of contracts.
We decided to withdraw from the deal but by this time a lot of energy, time and money had been expended.
The Consumer Code for Housebuilders clearly indicates that Home Buyers must be given enough pre-purchase information to help them make suitably informed purchasing decisions. This is clearly not the case on the Golden Mede development as none of the site staff (sales or builders) routinely run through the information so Buyers Beware !!
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Review by Antony Masters4 years ago
Waddesdon Manor itself would get 5 stats, it's a beautiful place, unusual architecture for Britain, full of beautiful 17th/18th art and objects, plus such an interesting story in it's conception and the family. The grounds are well looked after and the whole place can be a wonderful day out. What ruined our visit is the reason for the low score and the Nation Trust complacency to it's visitors.
Under the National Trust website site, Waddesdon Manor is 4 miles from Bicester North railway station, so we planned our journey by rail and last leg by taxi. It's wasn't until 12 miles later that we reached Waddesdon Manor, the shock of the fare wasn't a good start, and we had to return to Bicester North station because of the tickets. Once we arrived at the visitor's car park, we queued along with everyone else and bought tickets to what we thought was the house, as it's was raining we didn't really need to see much of the grounds, it's the house that we wanted to see.
Wasn't until we got to the house that a National Trust rep informed us that the tickets we got was for the park /garden area and not the house. So the first kiosk could have said something, but just gave us a grim look and the standard sentence... 'paying by cash or card?'. So after getting the house tickets, we were told that the entry into the house was on a fixed time allotment, so we had to find cover for 45 mins as it's was raining.
The tea & coffee kiosks are not cheap or helpful, in fact nothing is about the whole day was cheap, it cost us £60+ each and that's without lunch.
Information on websites is what we use to plan our day-outs, and if the information is incorrect or lacking then it can ruin a day out and be very expensive too, which is the case for the Waddesdon Manor. National Trust read my email....
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