After several years of caring for his wife in their house just outside Croydon, Stephen Hallett knew that he needed to look for a new home; the house also needed a new boiler as well as general updating. Keen to make a move sooner rather than later and knowing that his wife was becoming less mobile with Stephen having to take her everywhere, they decided to look for something with facilities on site. They came across Durrants Village in Faygate, near Horsham – one of the latest Renaissance Villages being built by the retirement specialist developer.
The couple chose one of the cottages and moved, along with their pet cat Timba, into their new home back in February 2014. Stephen comments; “We wanted a place that would suit us both and which would provide my wife with things to do right on her doorstep. She loves swimming so that was something on our priority list when we were looking around. Had we stayed in our last house, there would have been so much to do in terms of improvements and maintenance, whereas everything in our Durrants cottage is modern and new and works very efficiently and economically – from the heating to the fully glazed windows.
Stephen is clearly a big fan of the new Clubhouse and already tries to use the gym on a daily basis as well as visiting the bar and restaurant. It was shortly after the Clubhouse’s official opening weekend that Stephen learnt that residents are encouraged to be involved in the running of the bar. “I am working part-time and I’m keen to get involved in other activities to keep myself busy. When I heard that we could become involved, I spoke to other residents and we now have a bar committee which operates a roster for stocking and running the bar. We are currently open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but we plan to open on other days once there are more people living at Durrants.”
With six people on board and more showing interest in helping out behind the bar, it is fast becoming a social hub for the residents at Durrants Village – especially on a Sunday lunchtime, when residents pop in for a drink before eating in the restaurant. “There are still things to be done, in terms of setting up a bank account and getting a cash till, but already the sessions are well attended and more of the residents are coming forward to help out too.” Stephen’s experience working in insurance for sports and social clubs has also helped in how the bar is being managed.
The Clubhouse, which is the second to be completed by the award winning luxury retirement village developer, provides residents with their own restaurant and bar, a fitness centre featuring a pool and gym, a meeting and games room, a library, guest suite and medical centre. Feedback has been “brilliant” and the top quality fixtures and fittings are certainly being appreciated. Stephen says “We really didn’t know what it was going to be like, but the Clubhouse has turned out so well – it really has added to the community spirit here.”
Durrants Village consists of 154 spacious two- and three-bedroom cottages and two-bed apartments, all set in 30 acres of private parkland centred around the new Durrants House Clubhouse. There has already been great interest in Durrants Village. All the properties are located within a friendly village community and set within acres of beautiful private parkland, in a semi-rural location yet with amenities on the doorstep. This development offers something unique for the over 55’s who are looking for a low maintenance property in an environment which promotes an active and healthy lifestyle.
Ronald and Patricia Westcott are also enjoying a new lease of life now they’ve moved to Durrants Village.
After many years spent living in their previous home just outside Horsham, Patricia and Ronald felt stuck in their big house and, along with the garden, they were finding it increasingly difficult to maintain themselves. The couple had seen an advertisement for Durrants Village in Faygate – one of the latest being built by retirement specialist Renaissance Villages – and they decided to take a look around.
Patricia Westcott comments; “Whilst we were living in our previous home, the stairs were becoming a problem for my husband and we took a good long look at our 25 year old house, saw that there were things that needed to be done and realised we could no longer maintain the house and garden ourselves any more. We decided a move was our best option.
“We wanted to move to a village and we had seen the advertisement for Durrants Village in Faygate and, knowing the area well, we took a look one day and found a lovely ground floor apartment available with two bedrooms and a wet room off the main bedroom. It is just perfect for our needs now.”
Properties are currently available from £300,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and three-bedroom cottages are available from £440,000. The two and three-bedroom show homes, which come fully furnished are available from £450,000.
For more info contact durrantsvillage.co.uk