Downsize a home, upgrade a lifestyle

Residents of one retirement village get much more than the great restaurants and sport facilities on offer – friendship, security and independence

If you are planning to move during retirement and are looking at the options available, this is an excellent time to secure the home and lifestyle that suits you in one of the purpose-built retirement villages which have become such a popular option for those entering the third chapter in their lives.

The team at Urban Renaissance Villages has been creating these villages for more than 30 years and offers a choice, depending on when you want to move. If you want to move in right away, Bramshott Place Village, Liphook, is ideal. At Durrants Village, near Horsham, construction is imminent in a scheme comprising two bedroom apartments and two/three bedroom cottages, giving you the opportunity and time to choose your plot and style of home for a move in the spring of next year.

The distinctive lifestyle offered by these specially designed villages for people over 55, particularly the security and friendship elements, has proved very popular.

Residents enjoy a drink in the clubhouse bar at Bramshott Place Village

“We are fast running out of property choices at Bramshott Place Village,” says Bill Gair, chief executive of Urban Renaissance Villages. “If anyone is considering downsizing from their family home to an energy efficient, secure, traditional and easily maintained home in one of our villages now, or further down the line, I would advise them to reserve the plot of their choice before there is no choice available!

“Bramshott Place Village is home to a range of people, single and married couples, from all walks of life and professions, but with one thing in common,” he says. “They all want to remain independent as they enter the third stage of their lives, but be surrounded by like-minded people. Some still go out to work. Many do voluntary work and raise a lot of money for charity. But they all want to lead an active and fulfilling life.”

The need to downsize is one of the main reasons why people move to retirement villages, and in the case of Margaret Knight and her husband Quintin, it was the realisation that they possessed no fewer than 70 teacups that persuaded them it was time to move to smaller premises.

“We had far too many belongings,” says Margaret. “We thought, ‘we must downsize’. We spotted Bramshott Place Village on the internet and decided to take a look. We met a lot of people who were also looking, as well as people already living here, and everyone seemed pleasant and enjoying themselves. So we decided to join them.”

“The general strategy of the place is excellent,” says Quintin. “There’s a nurse on duty for prescriptions and flu jabs, a restaurant, and the other excellent facilities of the clubhouse.”

For further information, call us or visit our websites.

Selling agent, Roger N Coupe: 01483 268555

Bramshott Place Village: 01428 722800

Durrants Village: 01293 851935