If you’re looking for a sense of community and an active retirement,
what should you consider?
Finding the right location is understandably top of most buyers’ priority lists – after all, you’re considering not just a new home but also a new lifestyle. You may find the most perfect property but if the location doesn’t deliver the lifestyle you want to lead, the chances are that the property won’t be quite right for you in the long term.
Renaissance Villages, renowned for its award-winning luxury retirement villages, is committed to creating inspiring retirement communities across the UK. Appealing to a broad range of tastes, each offers a clubhouse with a wealth of country club style facilities, including a restaurant and bar, fitness centre featuring a pool and gym, meeting and games rooms, and a village shop, all at the heart of village life. Their aim is to help people planning for retirement find a location and a property that matches their needs and delivers on their lifestyle expectations for the future.
For lovers of golf, choosing somewhere close to a club that has great access to local amenities may well be worth considering. Maybe you really enjoy shopping, eating out and trips to the cinema? In either case a city village such as Millbrook Village in Exeter could be just what you are looking for.
The great thing about Millbrook Village is that Exeter Golf and Country Club is nearby, and the city centre is just a short drive or bus ride away. You’ll benefit from living in one of the most desirable places in the UK – with all the offerings of a lively city to enjoy, with stunning moors, enviable beaches, and a host of excellent coastal golf clubs on the doorstep. Add to this a selection of local marinas for those who want to keep a boat, and you have the perfect mix of city living with the coast and country just minutes away.
If a relaxing rural lifestyle is more to your liking Bramshott Place in Liphook, Hampshire, and Durrants Village in Faygate, West Sussex could be the answer. Both offer the perfect blend of luxurious, independent living combined with the comfort and security of an exclusive retirement village community, all set in glorious rural surroundings. Each is within easy access of a great golf club too. Liphook Golf Club is just two miles from Bramshott Place, while Cottesmore Hotel Golf and Country Club is less than three miles from Durrants Village.
In both cases you’ll find stunning countryside walks and attractions nearby, and both Bramshott Place and Durrants Village have plenty of on-site facilities, so it’s still easy to access everything you need on a daily basis.
If you’re in to overseas travel and the odd golf holiday, then you might want to consider the importance of transport links to international airports. For those who love spending time in warmer climes somewhere like Maudslay Park in Great Alne could be ideal. It’s close to Birmingham airport, it has easy rail links to London, and it’s less than 9 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon Golf Club, which means you can get plenty of practice in before flying out.
Equally, Bramshott Place and Durrants Village are each within comfortable driving distance of Gatwick and Heathrow. Millbrook Village in Devon also has a local airport in Exeter, which operates flights to a number of domestic and international destinations. Best of all, each provide an ideal ‘lock up and leave’ option.
Making a decision on buying a property for your retirement isn’t easy, and so it’s always wise to take as much time as you can to check out the local area – even if you think you’re already familiar with it. It’s also good to consider somewhere that’s welcoming to your wider family; after all, you can’t play golf all the time.
Moving to a beautiful part of the world may mean that you can be closer to loved ones, children and grandchildren. Even if your family aren’t on the doorstep knowing that you’re easily accessible means that family can visit as often as they like. And when they do come to visit it’s worth bearing in mind that all the retirement villages have exclusive clubhouses, within which accommodation is available for visitors.
Renaissance Villages offer homeowners the opportunity to enjoy an active independent lifestyle within the comfort and security of a friendly village community; safe in the knowledge that someone will always be around to help should they need it. Combined with use of the prestigious clubhouse at the centre of each village, offering a superb range of country club style facilities, you can look forward to a future full of activities, socialising and relaxation.
For more information on Renaissance Villages, visit www.renaissancevillages.co.uk
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