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12th Dec 2016

A new home and a new lifestyle in Theale - but with friends on hand

When Anne Wells visited her friends, who had just moved to a new Beechcroft apartment at Cumber Place in Theale, she was very impressed with their new home and with the development. In fact, she was so impressed that she will shortly be moving there herself.

Cumber Place on Theale High Street is an exclusive collection of five two and three-bedroom houses and 22 new one, two and three-bedroom apartments designed for the over 55s. Each new home has been designed to provide plenty of living space but with fewer bedrooms than one would expect in a family property of a similar size. Careful attention has been paid to the landscaped setting and both communal and private gardens will be maintained by the Estate Manager who handles the day-to-day administration of the development.

The estate management service was certainly an attraction as far as Mrs Wells was concerned. After her visit to Cumber Place, Mrs Wells was gardening at her current home in Tilehurst and suddenly realised that she was tired of all the hard work.

“I was on my knees, gardening, and thought ‘I’ve had enough of this!’ I’ve spent the last 31 years on my hands and knees working on this garden and now I want to live somewhere where I won’t have to clear up leaves or deal with the moss.”

With new home owners moving in, there’s already a community of like-minded people at Cumber Place – and with friends already living there, Mrs Wells will soon feel at home.

“My friends are happy at Cumber Place and they moved from a house with a big garden. Visiting them made me aware of all the advantages of being in an apartment and having someone to cope with the maintenance work.”

“My apartment has three bedrooms and this was part of the attraction. They are all of a good size and I will be able to have visitors to stay. I don’t feel I am downsizing too far and am able to keep most of my furniture, which is a big plus."

Theale is a popular village, close to the M4 and just a short drive from Reading. It offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy village life with an annual carnival and fete and a variety of clubs and societies. There’s also a good range of local shops.

“The location of Cumber Place played an important role in my choice of new home,” adds Mrs Wells. “All the shops are within easy walking distance. In the house where I’ve been living for many years, I’ve had to climb a hill whenever I use the bus service but at Theale everything is ‘on the flat’ which will be useful if I’m ever in a position where I can’t drive. There’s also a railway station and good bus routes almost on the doorstep which makes travelling around so much easier.”

“Living at Cumber Place, I’ll also be nearer my son and his family – Theale is about 15 minutes closer to them than Tilehurst.”

All the new homes at Cumber Place come with high quality fixtures and fittings including bespoke, hand-made kitchen cabinets and a full range of integrated appliances.

“I am so looking forward to having a lovely new kitchen with all new appliances. I’ve never been in a position where I’ve been able to have everything new,” concludes Mrs Wells.

For further details on Cumber Place, where prices start from £420,000 for a three-bedroom apartment and from £460,000 for a two-bedroom house with sun room, balcony and garden, please contact Beechcroft’s sales office on 0800 085 4550. Details on all Beechcroft developments are available on the website at www.beechcroft.co.uk.

Beechcroft retirement developments


Beechcroft is a leading UK retirement developer building outstanding homes for the over 55s in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Middlesex, Gloucester and Kent. Beechcroft’s retirement houses and apartments offer award-winning landscaped settings and estate management services, access to shops and services and a community of like-minded people.

This is independent retirement living at its best - perfect retirement properties for the over 55’s to live in or lock up and leave.

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