When Jane and Richard Jackson first moved to Falkirk district 11 years ago, it made perfect sense.
She was commuting to Edinburgh, while he worked in Glasgow, so relocating to a central point was an obvious step to take.
But after viewing this house, it became more than a practical decision.
They fell in love with both the four-bedroomed villa and its beautiful garden, which had been lovingly landscaped.
“The house is big and spacious and bright and sunny. And the garden had been carefully planted with beautiful shrubs that give colour all year round,” said Jane.
“There is an area we created for the children with play bark and a little house for them. There’s also decking where we can enjoy the sun.”
“We are not terrific gardeners, but we’ve managed to keep it looking good. It’s not difficult to maintain.”
The Jacksons are just the second family to live in the substantial villa – its first owners built it and remained in it for 12 years.
The neighbourhood is full of self-builds – all, no doubt, attracted by its mix of close proximity to parks, schools, shops and pleasant walks – as well as the fact that Polmont railway station is just a 10-minute walk away.
The fact it is a self-build perhaps accounts for the high quality finishes found throughout – such as the oak lacquered floors, which with a lick of varnish now and again, will last a lifetime.
“They give a lovely warm glow to the house,” Jane said.
With three young children, the house became a real family home – the elegant, spacious conservatory was taken over for a while with toys and games, although now the children are all but grown-up Jane and Richard have reclaimed it as a relaxing space to sit.
“It was fantastic for the kids to have their own space when they were younger, but it’s such a lovely room we’ve taken it back,” said Jane.
With good insulation, it is a cosy house and a real treat is the underfloor heating in the modern kitchen. It was refitted just three years ago and boasts a fantastic range cooker, which is staying in the house.
Cosiness is a major factor here – the family even had a stone mason build a limestone fireplace, which gives the lounge a focal point as well as warmth.
“It’s something we will really miss – along with lots of other things,” said Jane.
“If we could pack the house up and take it with us we would!”
The property at 11 Goodman Place, Maddiston, is on the market with Your Move on (01324) 632266 at offers over £195,000