Bobbie Hurworth-Molloy finds the perfect retirement home at Cotswold Gate in Burford – and her cat loves it too!

Having lived in Hertfordshire for 22 years, Bobbie Hurworth-Molloy, a former head teacher, decided the time had come to move to a retirement development and, when she visited Beechcroft’s Cotswold Gate in Burford, it was a case of love at first sight.

“I visited Cotswold Gate with a friend who was buying here and I just fell in love with the development,” comments Bobbie.  

“I came back to look at three apartments.  Although I really liked one of the apartments on a higher floor, being on the ground floor was a priority – and the apartment I bought has a patio garden. It fits my bill completely and  I know I’ve made the right move.  This is a fresh start for me.”

Cotswold Gate is an exclusive development of 67 elegant, energy efficient, new homes located on Shilton Road, opposite the Burford Garden Company and less than a mile from Burford High Street.  The new homes, both houses and apartments, are arranged in three courtyard settings and each home features a terrace, balcony, private garden or a combination of these, along with allocated parking.  The development also provides a comfortable residents’ lounge, a luxurious guest suite for visitors and a shuttle bus service for homeowners.

An aerial shot of Castle Gardens, Watlington

“I looked at a development by another retirement specialist but it was too restrictive. Cotswold Gate is ideal.  Pets are welcome and I was able to bring my cat, Django, who is now twelve and a half.  I have a cat flap – and he rules the territory.  My neighbour and I are great friends; she also has a cat and we look after each other’s pets when one of us goes away for a night, which is very useful.”

“Living here, it’s nice to be able to chat to people over the fence.  At the moment, there are just four residents in my courtyard but more will be moving in soon.  The regular coffee mornings make it possible to get to know people who live around the other two courtyards and it’s nice to mix with them.  There was a summer party here – and there are plans for a Christmas party.”

“Getting hold of people to help when you live on your own can be difficult but here, the Estate Manager is a great help.  Coming to a place like this, you don’t have to worry about the external work, such as guttering or windows.  Private gardens, as well as the communal gardens, are maintained but I have a small patio garden, front and back, which is easy to look after and I am able to plant bulbs.

“I always intended to retire to the Cotswolds,” adds Bobbie, “What’s not to like about this area?  It’s beautiful.  Everybody knows the Burford Garden Company which is just across the road.  It’s nice to be able to have a coffee in lovely surroundings – and I often take visitors across there.”

“I’m still driving so I’m able to travel all over the place by car but, when the time comes to give up my car, there’s a bus stop just outside the development and several bus routes pass along the main A40.”

A leafy communal garden at Castle Gardens in Watlington
A view from the gardens in Watlington

Bobbie is certainly making the most of her retirement.  She has joined a lecture group and a choir – and she enjoys visiting museums. She’s also a keen traveller – Australia being one of her favourite destinations.

She has plans to visit France and Kenya this year – but, she’ll have peace of mind knowing that the Estate Manager is keeping a watchful eye on her apartment whilst she’s away.

For further details on the new homes, designed for the over 55s, at Cotswold Gate, please visit the webpage by clicking on the link below, or contact the sales team on 01993 688342.  The marketing suite and show home are open Tuesday to Saturday inclusive from 10 am to 5 pm.  Prices start from £375,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. 

Cotswold Gate

Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4PA

6 homes currently available from £350,000

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