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As the nights draw in and the temperature begins to drop, our attention often turns to some of the bigger home repair projects that need to be taken care of before winter.
When a damaged roof requires attention, gutters and drainpipes need to be cleaned, chimneys swept, trees and shrubs cut back, mossy paths cleared and leaves raked, the prospect of winter maintenance can all feel a little overwhelming.
A desire for more ‘me time’ and less maintenance was one of the reasons that John and Jean Geddes decided to move into an Adlington Retirement Living apartment at The Sailings in Southport last autumn.
Jean explains: “We had a big garden and I was doing everything. I was out all afternoon and half the night. I used to come in for Escape to the Country, have a coffee and go out again. I didn’t want to be tied to the house. I wanted to go out and do things.”
As an Adlington Homeowner, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful, self-contained apartment of your own where you can retreat to enjoy your own company; and a thriving community offering new friendships, social occasions and safe activities on your doorstep that you can dip into whenever you want to.
John added: “It’s better for both of us here. I can go cycling. Jean can walk to the shops, use her bike and go for a ride if she wants to and there are plenty of people here who she can talk to. We’ve made friends already. We should have moved years ago.”
When Eddie and Mabel Griffiths moved to The Bridges in Macclesfield, they looked forward to spending a bit less time and energy on house maintenance too.
Eddie explains: “Once we decided, we realised the benefits of not maintaining a house because I’ve spent my life maintaining everything. We’ve always been DIY people and once we’d taken the dog for a walk, we’d set about doing a job.”
Mabel added: “I feel like a lady of leisure really – being waited on and not having to do a lot. We’ve got so much more leisure time to do what we want to do.”
Many of our apartments are available with their own private patio or balcony and all of our developments have beautiful, landscaped gardens, offering quiet corners, a summer house and relaxing spaces to watch the world go by.
Hannah Douglas, a Homeowner at The Folds in Romiley, now enjoys taking in the beautiful gardens, without having to work on them: “I don’t need to do any gardening, which is heaven. I also have a balcony with a chair and table on it and when it’s fine and warm, I can sit up there. It’s lovely!”
The extensive, leafy gardens are maintained by an expert team of gardeners and provide a serene and peaceful space for Homeowners to enjoy some time outdoors.
Mr & Mrs Braithwaite, Homeowners at The Cottons in Ramsbottom, also found the gardens to be a perfect safe haven for a breath of fresh air during the lockdown this summer: “The delightful gardens enable us to walk around and exercise in a safe environment.”