Hertfordshire, home to beautiful villages, green open space, stylish towns and excellent road and rail links, is an ideal place for over 55s to enjoy a sophisticated and relaxed retirement lifestyle.
If you enjoy the bustle of city life, with upmarket boutiques, High Street names and individual retail outlets on hand, Hertfordshire has plenty to offer including historic St Albans with its stylish shops, museums, architectural gems and green parks and a host of smaller towns full of character including Tring, Harpenden, Berkhamsted and Wheathampstead.
There's so much to see and do in Hertfordshire, you'll have no problem filling your leisure time. Hatfield House, Park and Gardens in a spectacular countryside setting is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Knebworth is famed for its music festivals but a visit to the house and the 28 acres of formal gardens with a maze, set in parkland, is an experience not to be missed.
Hertfordshire offers a whole range of walking opportunities through countryside and pretty villages. With part of the county lying with the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are rolling hills and lush meadows to explore. Serious walkers can join one of the many long-distance footpaths including the Ridgeway and the Grand Union Canal Walk. The National Trust's Ashridge Estate has over 80 miles of designated footpaths and bridleways for walkers wishing to plan their own route. For those who prefer waymarked trails, there's an 'ancient tree walk' and a woodland walk, starting and finishing at the Bridgewater monument and a 17-mile boundary walk at the Ashridge Estate.
If you are looking for a lock up and leave property or enjoy spending time abroad, Beechcroft's Hertfordshire retirement properties are ideally located. From Hertfordshire, there are fast and regular rail services to London - the journey from St Albans takes just 20 minutes and there's an Abbey Flyer into Watford that connects with the London Euston service. Luton Airport is on hand, just one stop on the St Albans to London railway line and the A1(M), the M1 and the M25 motorways pass through the county providing access to London's Heathrow airport.
Beechcroft properties are designed with retirement living in mind. Elegant houses and luxurious apartments, designed for the over 55s are easily-maintained and energy-efficient. An Estate Manager is on hand to take care of the cleaning and maintenance of the communal areas - including the cleaning of external windows - and the gardening of the landscaped settings and private gardens meaning you can relax and enjoy your retirement. If you holiday frequently at home or abroad, the Estate Manager will keep a watchful eye on your retirement property whilst you are away.