Wallingford is a wonderful place to live; it's a small town with a big heart. There's a good range of shops including an excellent butcher's a museum which is well supported by volunteers, a theatre with a cinema, a thriving church community and an excellent branch of U3A. I also belong to the Women's Institute which welcomes women of all ages.
“The people who are living here are lovely. There are quite a few single ladies – mainly widows – and this development is just as perfect for them as it is for us. Everyone is very friendly. Several of our neighbours have booked a holiday with the local coach company so they will all be going away together. The Beechcroft sales team has laid on different events that enable us all to get together and my husband and I have invited people in for tea and coffee.”
I decided to downsize to an apartment as my house and large garden took a lot of maintenance. As soon as I saw the signs go up, I decided to buy an apartment at Silversmith Place. I was the MD of an engineering firm so buying at the construction stage didn’t worry me at all. Just by looking at the external brickwork, I can see that the development is being well built. I am looking forward to a fresh start. I don’t think I’ll miss my old garden - the roof terrace at Silversmith Place will make up for that. Beechcroft has organised some get-togethers so that those of us who have bought apartments have been able to meet each other - and everyone seems very sociable.
We often thought that when we downsized, we'd want to be near all the amenities in town. Berkhamsted has a good range of shops and restaurants, we love the cinema and there's always a lot going on. At some time, in the future, we may not want to depend on a car, so we have bought a home near the centre of town with the station and everything on hand.
We love living at Fitzroy Gate. We have two dogs and we appreciate the landscaped grounds which provide access to the river's towpath. We really like the way in which Beechcroft has carried out the conversion especially the chapel - it's fantastic. The finish and quality of everything is perfect. We are really happy with our home.
At this stage of our lives we feel certain that we have made the right decision to make 'The Farthings' our home for many years to come. Here we are close to open countryside and the many beautiful attractions Surrey has to offer. We love playing golf and there is a variety of golf courses close by. At the same time Leatherhead town centre is a short walk away. Transport links are excellent and a shuttle bus will be available should we require it."
The journey to my daughter’s house used to take about an hour and a quarter and she wanted me to be nearer to her. My former home was also located on a nasty slope which was dangerous for me and for the car when the weather was icy. When I started my search for a new home, I never thought I’d find anything I liked but when I went to look at a ground floor apartment at Seymour Court I knew I was going to like it - it was so spacious and the kitchen was ideal. My daughter and I went home and worked out my finances - and I was able to buy it.
I went to the launch of the development and viewed the Beechcroft show flat - and fell in love immediately. The interior design is the best I have seen - so stylish. When I wake up in the new home I've just bought, I'll open my eyes to beautifully high ceilings and cornicing and the underfloor heating will be a bonus. And, of course, there are views across the lawns to the river. Where I live at the moment, I don't see many people as most of my neighbours spend time in other parts of the country and I feel a bit isolated so I'm looking forward to owning a home on a private, gated development with a good sense of community.
Living at Seymour Court, we are able to walk to the shops, the banks, the doctor's surgery and the chiropodists. Everything we need on a daily basis is on hand. It's really convenient - and we don't have far to go to the station.
My wife and I visited my friend's home and really like it and he and his wife are happy there. We had already decided to downsize sooner rather than later in case something happens to one of us: it's better we move together. The fact that Beechcroft has a good reputation and that we know someone who has already bought there gave us confidence to buy off plan.
One of the best things about moving is that I can see my 10-year old grand-daughter who lives a couple of minutes’ walk away. She visits me every day and, in fact, she is very impressed with my apartment and would like to move in. I really think I will be very happy living here.
We received the invitation to Maryland Place and I wanted to go but my husband didn't want to view anything else. I told him just before the launch that we were going and had to retrieve the invitation. He said he would sit in the car whilst I had a look, but I persuaded him to go in. After being shown around, taking a look at the model and spending ten minutes in the two-bedroom show apartment, he was so impressed that he said we should buy it. We're very impressed with our new two-bedroom ground floor apartment and equally impressed with the quality of the build and the standard of fixtures and fittings.
After renting here, we now own a home at Buchanan House, Penhurst Gardens - and it's a lovely place to live. We have an attractive outlook, facing away from the road and overlooking the church and some beautiful trees. We really appreciate the peace and quiet and this is such a nice position, with the bustling market town at one end of the road and the Cotswold countryside on the other.
I liked the feeling of the show apartment and the gardens are lovely; we wanted to be by the river. We are downsing from a larger house and I don't want to garden any more. I am very happy to live in an apartment, particularly one that is set in beautiful surroundings and is of a good size. I like Old Isleworth and this area offers excellent value for money, better value than Richmond which is within walking distance along the river. We know the area and have friends locally and are sure that there will be an excellent sense of community at Fitzroy Gate.
Birch Place is really central. I do drive but now I don't have to use the car as much. I am able to walk to the shops and, from my apartment, I have a lovely view over the town - I can look out and watch the world going by. I love Berkhamsted - it's a really nice town and I was so pleased to discover that my large pieces of furniture fitted into my new home; the rooms are really spacious and friends comments on how high the ceilings are. Everything I wanted to bring with me, furniture-wise, fits in. The apartment has lots of windows in the lounge, which is very light and spacious.
When we come home after spending time away, we don’t have anything to do and the estate management service is excellent. The Manager keeps an eye on our home and this gives us a sense of security.
We have a very good community here - there are coffee mornings where you can meet people. Everybody speaks to you when you're going out - and if you want to have a longer chat, you can. I am able to walk into town from here and when I see the gardener working outside, I think 'thank goodness I haven't got to do that!" I now know a lot of people here - and it has been a good move fore me.
We were attracted to the location of Chipping Norton but never thought we would look at an over 55s' development. Having seen the photographs, our initial feeling was that the property looked attractive but, in reality, the house was even better. The whole setting and the way in which the original building has been remodelled is impressive. As soon as you walk in, you feel the renovation and conversion has been really well executed in terms of design and finish. There are lots of thoughtful details like the lovely underfloor heating. The neighbours are all very nice and the communal lounge is a good idea - you're able to go and meet people if you feel like socialising and it's a good place for events.
We decided we would probably like to make the big move whilst we were still active and able to do so. I couldn’t stop smiling when we went to Wallingford. People in Wallingford are very friendly and there's plenty to do. We intend to join the local branch of the U3A as we were members in Hertfordshire. Living in a Beechcroft development you are totally independent but have a community of like-minded people around you. There's an estate management service which will be useful when we are away. We think we've made the right decision and there are so many people of a similar age to us who have moved into the apartments and everyone says it's the best thing they've ever done.
When we visited Maygate Place, we loved the show home... it's so unusual to find such a spacious retirement property and to have three bedrooms was a bonus. We could see that our furniture would fit in and we know, and like, the area. The estate management service will prove useful and we have some nice neighbours - we have already been invited in for drinks and nibbles so there will be a good sense of community.
Our younger son and his family live about 10 miles away and they wanted us to be nearer to them. Now we're closer we get to see the children and grandchildren more often and I am able to help with babysitting.
We had looked at a few properties before we bought a home at Birch Place. We really wanted something modern and easy to maintain - and that wasn't an attribute of many other developments. We liked Birch Place very much from the start. Our first impressions were that it was stylish and modern. We were inspired to buy a new home because of this - and because of its proximity to the town centre. The design of our home is very up-to-date and it has lots of features such as underfloor heating and a contemporary kitchen with a full range of appliances. Having an Estate Manager on hand to keep an eye on things whilst we are away gives us peace of mind.
"At the launch of The Farthings, we viewed the three-bedroom show home and, selected a two-bedroom apartment. We don't need much space for friends and family because the guest suite is beautiful so we will be able to book that for our visitors. It will be lovely when my daughter comes to stay as she'll be able to enjoy a bit of luxury."
There are many activities and clubs for all ages in Wheatley. There is no excuse for feeling alone in this village. However, it is good to know that quiet moments of relaxation can be found by sitting amidst the roses in the pretty gardens of The Sidings.