22nd Nov 2017

How to 'downsize' in Leatherhead and still have room to entertain family and friends in the festive season...

Downsizing is the term generally used when home owners move from a large family home to a smaller retirement property that requires less upkeep. With leading retirement specialist, Beechcroft Developments, downsizing doesn't mean less space – it simply means having fewer bedrooms than a family home of a similar size. It also means having a warmer, more energy-efficient home and, with an Estate Manager on hand, less maintenance.

The perfect example of this can be seen at Beechcroft's 'The Farthings' in Randalls Road, Leatherhead. The Farthings is a collection of 35 elegant two and three-bedroom houses and apartments with so much space that you really do need to see it to believe it.

The rooms in the new homes are light and airy; generously-proportioned with high ceilings and a wonderfully 'open' feel. At the heart of the majority of two and three-bedroom apartments is a dining/hall -  a room which could be used as a hall or a study but which is sufficiently large to accommodate a good-sized dining table and chairs. This is the ideal place to entertain family and friends for lunch or dinner - particularly on special occasions such as Christmas. When lunch is over, the drawing room is large enough for everyone to sit back, relax and watch the Queen's speech.

The finish on these new homes, as the show homes demonstrate, is excellent. The kitchens are modern and stylish, fitted with a full range of high quality integrated appliances - which will make cooking for friends and family a pleasure. The bathrooms and en-suites include contemporary white sanitary-ware and complementary fittings including vanity units and mirrors.

With a further 14 two and three-bedroom houses and apartments in Henderson Crescent, there's plenty of choice on offer. The new houses have sun rooms, private terraces and gardens and many of the apartments have private terraces, balconies or gardens. The private gardens as well as the communal grounds are maintained by the Estate Manager.

If you have family and friends to stay over Christmas, you’ll be able to book the guest suite which has a bedroom and an en-suite and the communal lounge in Reeves House is available for parties - on many Beechcroft developments, the communal lounges are popular for residents' events including carol singing or mulled wine and mince pie evenings.

The Estate Manager is on hand year-round to handle the day-to-day administration of the development, including the cleaning and maintenance of the communal areas as well as to offer help and advice and keep an eye on properties whilst owners are away. This means that if you spend the festive season in warmer climes, you won’t need to worry about your home whilst you're away.

Attracting like-minded home buyers over the age of 55, The Farthings will provide a sense of community and Beechcroft owners will be able to take advantage of a menu of additional services offered by the neighbouring care home from social events and daily meals to hairdressing.

Prices at The Farthings start from £495,000 for a two-bedroom apartment with balcony. For further information or for an appointment to view the show home, please contact Beechcroft's sales team on 01372 377270 between 10 am and 5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday inclusive. Details of 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.