Show Apartment at Richmond Wood Norton Opened by First Purchaser 

Posted 17 September 2018 by Helen Christie

The first show apartment at Richmond Wood Norton has been opened by Anne Lunt, one of the first people to purchase a property at the new retirement village...

The apartments at Richmond Wood Norton are large, spacious and light, and feature design touches such as fully equipped fitted kitchens and walk-in showers, with comfort and ease of use carefully considered throughout.

The show apartment includes two bedrooms, one with an en-suite wet room, a main bathroom, a large sitting room, kitchen, large utility and store room. There is lift access to all floors including the underground parking, access to the gardens via its own private patio, and is on the market at £480,000.

Located just a few minutes’ walk from the Village centre building with its stunning facilities, these exclusive apartments are located in a number of different positions, offering a choice of view over the surrounding countryside and woodland, the landscaped grounds and beyond to the Vale of Evesham.

Anne says: “I have lived in a lovely courtyard of five converted barns in rural Worcestershire since 2002 but following my husband’s death last year, I became acutely aware of how the quality of my life depended on my being able to use my car. Although kind and friendly, my neighbours have busy lives and it is not unusual for me not to speak to any of them for days or even weeks at a time.

“As an outgoing person with many interests I happily jump in the car to meet up with friends, attend my wood carving classes, go to the theatre and cinema and visit my family. But, there will inevitably become a time when either I am prevented from driving or I am no longer confident behind the wheel and I would then find myself socially isolated.

“I was also increasingly conscious that as I am now living on my own, my two sons are constantly worrying about my welfare. Despite having demanding jobs and their own family commitments, they feel they have to keep coming to check I am okay, helping me cope with the ongoing property maintenance and ensuring that I am not lonely. Seeing an advertisement last autumn, for the luxury apartments being built by Richmond Villages at Wood Norton I wondered if this would offer me a way of ‘futureproofing’ things, and ensure that I could continue to live independently but with both social and practical support in a beautiful rural situation.

“I went along to an open day and then joined a visit to one of Richmond’s other retirement villages at Witney, which convinced me that this was indeed the lifestyle I was looking for.  I was bowled over by the wonderful on-site facilities - especially the swimming pool and spa - and all the activities on offer, which would keep me both physically active and mentally stimulated.  The fact that transport services are included was especially attractive, too.

“The exciting thing was that since the retirement village at Wood Norton is a new development, I could choose the property that best suited me.  As an ‘outdoors’ person I selected a two-bedroom apartment with the largest terrace, and with the assistance of the friendly sales team quickly made a reservation and subsequently exchanged contracts.

“Since then it has been lovely to meet up with other purchasers at events organised by the village, so that we are already starting to build a community and to discover shared interests.  Although I am not native to Worcestershire, I think it is a wonderful county, offering such a wide range of places to visit, with activities, culture and the arts.  So, in addition to all the activities at the village, I can look forward to being able to visit places and attend events in the company of fellow residents in the future.  In fact, I think my family are going to need to make a booking to visit me as my diary might well be rather full!”

Anne has lived in a number of places including London and the home counties before moving to Oxfordshire and then Worcestershire.

The new £40m Richmond Wood Norton is within easy reach of the M5 and M42, between the riverside towns of Evesham and Pershore and close to Stratford-upon-Avon, Worcester and The Cotswolds.

Due to fully open in early 2019, it will comprise 61 one- and two-bedroom Independent living apartments offering an independent lifestyle, 46 Assisted living suites (one- and two-bedrooms) which come with a ‘hotel style’ package to help with all daily chores, and a 60-bed care floor providing 24-hour nursing and dementia support.

It will also offer a wellness spa with 16m swimming pool and gym, cinema, hair and beauty salon, a lounge library, IT room, terrace café bar and restaurant.

Village suites start at £231,000 and Village apartments from £307,000 and can be purchased exclusively by those over 55.

For further information, please contact richmond-villages.com or telephone 01386 897382

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