THE lure of the seaside is behind Valerie and Peter Brewster’s big decision to up sticks and move 120 miles away.
But the couple’s new life in a holiday resort promises to be a world away from the village where they have spent their entire married life.
Valerie, 59, explains: "I’d moved up to Skelmanthorpe when my children were very young.
"The move was more for the house than the village but we all soon fell in love with it.
"It really does have a lovely feel to it and everything you could want on your doorstep."
The family’s first home there was a bungalow, but Valerie felt that the next home should have more space and a better garden for her green-fingered hubby.
Twenty-three years ago they found the perfect home in a 100-year-old terraced property in the village’s Spencer Street.
Valerie, who like Peter used to work in textiles, says: "We fell in love with the house as soon as we saw it.
"We found the front aspect pleasant and liked the fact that the house was back to front, with the driveway to the back and garden at the front.
"Going down into the garden feels like another world and we had a conservatory put on to make the most of it.
"It also has a big garden at the back, which really appealed to my husband.
"Peter loves gardening, so this house was ideal as it gave us quite a bit of land to play with!"
The couple wanted to make their own mark on their new home, so this property proved ideal for them.
"We had to re-jig the layout a bit," explains Valerie.
"When we moved in there was a bathroom downstairs – as was the fashion in houses like this – so we moved that upstairs and made the kitchen bigger.
"The house is a lot more spacious than it looks on the outside but it has a nice, cosy feel to it. When our estate agent came round to value it he said it made him feel like staying for his tea!"
The couple needed to do quite a bit of work to update the inside of the house, as well as the outside space which was a virtual wilderness when they bought it.
Valerie says: "Peter had to do a lot of work there because it looked wild.
"He added flowerbeds, patio areas and a pond and I would say the gardens are a real feature now – definitely a pleasant place to sit out in and enjoy the sun.
"My husband actually did a lot of the work on the house himself, while I concentrated more on the finishing touches and making things look nice.
"The conservatory looking onto the garden is my favourite place to sit – while Peter much prefers to be out there doing something!"
For the couple their home, which has lovely views right over to Emley Moor mast, set in a their own garden has been the scene of many happy years of marriage.
But they have decided the time is now right for a change of scenery and are planning a move to the seaside town of Sutton-on-Sea, in Lincolnshire.
Valerie says: "We’ve always wanted to live by the sea and as we’ve both retired we feel the time is now right to go for it.
"We’ve also got a son who lives in Spalding, which is not too far from there.
"It will be a bit of a wrench to move and where we are going will have a very different feel to it than the village life we have been used to.
"But we’re really looking forward to it – and hoping we’ll get a big enough garden!"
Spencer Street, Skelmanthorpe is on the market with Boultons estate agents. To arrange a viewing call 01484 515029.
l Price £139,995
l Well-presented and deceptively spacious through terraced house
l Three bedrooms
l Extensive gardens to front and rear
l Off street parking, carport and garaging
l Popular and sought after location