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Living Life To The Full In Colchester

Posted 15 September 2021 by Keith Osborne

Patricia and partner Michael have downsized to a brand new home at McCarthy Stone’s Lancer House in Colchester...

When Patricia Flack and her partner, Michael Pearson, decided to downsize from their terrace house in the centre of Colchester, they took one look at McCarthy Stone’s Lancer House Retirement Living Plus development nearby and were instantly sold on the lifestyle on offer.

Patricia, 84, explained: “Whilst we loved our former home, the upkeep of it was becoming too tiresome for us. We’d both much prefer to spend our energy and time on doing the things we enjoy, rather than on home maintenance, so we decided to think about our options.

“We have friends who live in other McCarthy Stone developments and were aware of Lancer House being built so we thought we’d start there. We were very impressed with the set up and attention to detail. Everything was very well appointed and it didn’t take long for us to make the decision to move.

“Our new apartment felt like home straight away and despite the pandemic, we’ve settled in and been so busy. During lockdown we spent lots of time keeping in touch with our friends over zoom and since restrictions have eased, we’ve been enjoying getting out and about and back to our hobbies. We’re both members of an art society, are part of a church community, and friends of Castle Park. We like to stay social and Lancer House gives us the freedom to do that without worrying about all the ‘jobs’ that need to be done. Plus, if we want a relaxing day at home on our own, we can do that too.

“We’re both looking forward to getting to know the other homeowners at Lancer House better and attending some of the social events on offer. It’s a shame that Covid meant we couldn’t start taking advantage of the social aspect of the development right away, but now that restrictions have eased we have been able to socialise with our fellow homeowners.

“In the meantime, we have been enjoying having the choice of going to the bistro for lunch, it’s great to be able to just nip downstairs for a meal when we want and not have to worry about cooking all the time and cleaning up. We also like to sit in the garden and watch the shrubs develop. I loved our garden at our previous home and really thought I would miss it, but it’s been lovely to watch the plants bloom here and see the garden take shape.

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“It’s also wonderful to have the reassurance that the McCarthy Stone team is here if we need them. My son lives in America, and I know he appreciates that there is support available if we ever need it. The team have been brilliant the whole way through. In particular, Katherine Gant, the sales representative, went out of her way to make everything as trouble free as possible. We also received a very warm and friendly welcome when we moved in, and the team have remained as happy and helpful as they were on day one!

“Although we’ve only just joined Lancer House, we couldn’t have made a better choice. It’s certainly the right place for us to be and it’s been absolutely wonderful to have the freedom to live life how we want.”

Comprising a selection of 53 one- and two-bedroom luxury Retirement Living Plus apartments, exclusively for people aged 70 and over, Lancer House provides everything retirees could want for a relaxing and independent retirement. McCarthy Stone has been awarded a five-star rating by the Home Builders Federation for customer recommendation.

The community features a communal lounge and landscaped gardens, which are ideal for socialising with new neighbours, and a hotel-style guest suite which provides a comfortable stay for family and friends. Designed to provide complete peace-of-mind, there is an estate manager on hand, along with a security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points. A bistro-style restaurant serves fresh and nutritious meals daily for those who do not wish to cook in their apartments, and domestic and personalised care packages can be tailored to suit individuals.

Prices at Lancer House currently start from £349,500 for a two-bedroom apartment. Rental and part buy-part rent options are also available to make moving even easier. Find out more about Lancer House from McCarthy Stone.


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