16th Dec 2019
When Martin and Margaret Wiggall first visited Beechcroft’s Silversmith Place in Wallingford, they’d just started to think about getting rid of things they’d been hoarding for years but they had, at that point, no intention of moving home.
Silversmith Place and Farthing House, designed for the over 55s, are set between St Martin’s Street and Goldsmiths Lane in the heart of Wallingford – a location that appealed to the Wiggalls.
Already living in the local area, Mr and Mrs Wiggall had watched the new retirement development being constructed and decided to visit the show home. The rest, as they say, is history – as Mrs Wiggall explains:
“We viewed Beechcroft’s show apartment and we really liked the high ceilings and large rooms – it looked nice and comfortable. At that time, however, we had no idea we would be moving there. We just didn’t realise that an apartment at Silversmith Place was what we wanted until we saw it – it was the right place at the right time.”
“All our lives have been spent in villages with few bus services and, as we are getting older, the idea of living in the middle of a small market town that we are very familiar with was very appealing. Living in Wallingford, even if you are on your own, you can just walk across to the cinema or theatre and there are some really nice shops and places to eat.”
Silversmith Place and Farthing House have proved so popular that, currently, only two new homes are available at Farthing House. A two-bedroom apartment on the first floor with a study, courtyard garden, terrace and roof terrace is priced at £560,000 and a one-bedroom apartment on the second floor with a study and private balcony is being marketed at £380,000.
The outside space on offer at this retirement community was particularly attractive to the Wiggalls:
“The roof garden is one of the things we really liked about our new apartment. We have always lived in bungalows with gardens and I wasn’t ready to give up my outside space so being able to create a garden up high is a real challenge and one I am looking forward to,” continues Mrs Wiggall.
“We brought a lot of plants that were already growing in large garden pots at our former home. We chose our removals company based on the fact they were willing to transport our pots. I was sorting out the roof garden whilst the removals men were bringing the furniture in. Now, we go up to the roof terrace at every opportunity – for coffee or just to look at the view.”
Beechcroft’s new homes are energy-efficient, easy to maintain and provide an estate management service. The Estate Manager handles the day to day administration of the development, organising the cleaning and upkeep of the setting and the communal areas and is on hand to offer help and advice and keep a watchful eye on properties whilst owners are away.
The Wiggalls are really happy in their new apartment – they love the kitchen and bathrooms and say it’s really nice to have a brand-new home. They have also discovered the sense of community at the new retirement development:
“We’ve met quite a few of the neighbours. As soon as we moved in, a couple approached me to see if I’d be interested in joining the book club.They are all very positive people – they’ve all chosen to move and that makes such a difference.”