Frequently Asked Questions


What is retirement living?

UK retirement living has become an increasingly popular choice for those wanting to future-proof their retirement, their independence, and their well-being.

Retirement living with Adlington means having your own property within a shared private community offering many facilities right on your doorstep. It’s a chance to become part of a thriving community of like-minded individuals, with the peace of mind knowing there is on-site support 24/7.

Why choose Adlington Retirement Living?

Moving into an Adlington apartment is far more than just moving into a new home. Our independent living apartments and retirement communities have won the recognition of industry peers for the thoughtful design solutions and high-quality finishes we offer.

We have won numerous awards in the last 5 years at the National WhatHouse? Awards for “Best Retirement Development in the UK.”, and take pride in creating a safe, secure and happy environment for all our homeowners.

As a family run business, we take great pride in the real details that make all the difference

  • A choice or 1, 2 and 3-bedroom contemporary apartments with plenty of natural light, clever technology and handy features that make your home safer, easier to access and exceptionally comfortable
  • Enjoy a fully fitted kitchen, specially designed shower rooms, 80% wool carpets throughout and feature fireplace with integrated fire
  • Great locations close to local amenities, open countryside and bustling communities
  • Less maintenance and fewer chores: we take care of the external maintenance, the guttering, window cleaning, gardening and all the shared areas
  • On-site private parking
  • A guest suite* for when friends and family come to visit
  • A table-service restaurant* and Homeowners’ lounge
  • We put your well-being at the heart of all we do: on-site you’ll find a hairdressing salon*, therapy suite* and activities studio.
  • Beautiful outdoor spaces: the vast majority of our apartments offer a choice of patio or walk-on balcony. Our landscaped gardens offer plenty of seating areas, a Summer house and pathways.
  • Our team are on-site 24/7 for when you need us. Personal care packages* can also be tailored to your needs if and when required
  • Pets are welcome too

*Additional charges apply

What’s the difference between a retirement village and an Adlington integrated retirement community?

Retirement villages are typically large-scale out-of-town developments of up to 250 units, providing a range of accommodation and care options. An Adlington community is typically close to or within a town centre, with good transport links and local amenities, averaging around 60 apartments.

Considering the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in the UK, what procedures have Adlington Retirement Living put in place?

Our focus continues to be the health and well-being of our Homeowners and team.

We are currently taking preventative measures well beyond the government guidelines but continue to monitor these daily, along with industry regulatory guidance.

Full tours of our communities are available, and anyone visiting is asked to sanitise their hands, answer a short questionnaire and sign in upon entering the building. If they’ve been in contact with anyone who has contracted COVID-19, or if they have any cold/flu like symptoms they will be asked to return at a later date when they no longer pose a risk.

Should our management team display any symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus, they are instructed to self-isolate immediately.

Can I book a visit to view a community?

Full tours are now available and our sales offices are open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. See our ‘Find a home’ page for further information on how to book an appointment using our online appointment booker, or by calling our helpful sales team.

We will keep our website up to-date with the latest information on all our communities currently selling, under construction and planned, and customers are encouraged to request a brochure, or contact our sales team by telephone for further information.

Are pets welcome to move in?

Yes, you certainly can bring a pet with you if it’s a well-behaved small dog or a house cat. The main criteria are that pets must not cause a nuisance to neighbours.

What does the Service and Well-being charge include?

All our Homeowners contribute monthly to a Service and Well-being charge to cover services such as:

  • Buildings insurance
  • Water usage
  • Landscaped gardens upkeep and maintenance
  • External window cleaning
  • Lighting, heating, cleaning of all communal areas
  • Day-to-day maintenance of the buildings and facilities
  • Subsidy for the Restaurant, enabling residents to enjoy a delicious three course meal at exceptionally good value
  • Peace of mind in knowing that a member of the team is on site and on duty 365 days a year 24/7

The Service and Well-being Charge is reviewed annually.

Will the Service and Well-being charge increase every year?

The Service and Well-being Charge is reviewed annually. Homeowners will be consulted to discuss annual budgets, especially if any changes are expected (for example the cost of cleaning products increase, etc.) However occasionally there may be an under spend which is taken into consideration in the budget for the following year.

What is NOT included within the Service and Well-being Charge?

While your own household expenditure should reduce when you move to an Adlington apartment, it’s important to remember that you’ll still be responsible for:

  • Council Tax
  • Electricity usage in your own apartment
  • Contents Insurance
  • Telephone line rental and broadband (where applicable)
  • TV licence (where applicable)
  • Satellite supplier (for example: Sky)
  • The Ground Rent is not included in the Service and Well-being charge

Do you rent apartments?

No, we don’t offer our properties to rent. All our apartments are sold outright.

Do you help with any potential move?

We understand the thought of moving home after many years, can appear daunting. With lots of things to organise – from estate agent and removals, downsizing from a large family home – to planning where everything will go in your new home.

At Adlington we want you to be excited about moving into a brand-new home and we are available to help every step of the way, so you can look forward to the next chapter of retirement. Visit our Moving Made Easy page to find out more.





Do you offer Part Exchange?

Yes, we offer a part exchange service through a trusted partner. Our sales team can discuss full details with you.

Is there a private car park?

Yes, on-site car parking is provided for Homeowners. Parking is none allocated, one car per apartment.

Are your apartments part or fully furnished?

All our apartments offer a fully-fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, a fireplace with fully-integrated fire and fully-fitted wool blend carpets. Apart from the fitted wardrobe in the master bedroom, the apartments are unfurnished ready for your own furniture.

Is there a restaurant on site?

There is an elegant table service Restaurant on site at all Adlington communities. We take pride in our Restaurants and the choice of freshly prepared meals for our Homeowners and their guests. Offering breakfast and delicious lunchtime meals each day together with a tempting range of light bites and snacks, salads, baked potatoes, with a selection of hot and cold drinks. Other on-site facilities include Homeowners’ lounge, a hairdressing salon, guest suite, therapy suite and activities studio.

Is my reservation deposit refundable if I change my mind?

If you decide to cancel your reservation prior to exchanging contracts on the purchase of your new apartment, we will be entitled to deduct an amount from your reservation deposit to cover any reasonable costs incurred in processing your reservation, up to the full value of the deposit.

What level of care and support can be provided?

Prior to securing your preferred apartment you will have an opportunity to meet with the General Manager and our sales team will liaise to arrange a careful health assessment to listen to your needs, requirements and concerns. Our General Manager will explain what care and support will be available to you when you move in and discuss any future care plans and how they will be regularly reviewed and adapted if necessary. Short term recuperation support can also be arranged for unexpected illness or accidents.

Personal care services are available through our dedicated care partner, or from your own chosen provider at an additional cost. Please note that nursing care is not provided.

Our dedicated care partner can offer care packages tailored to your needs. All costs are based on the level of care needed per person and will be provided in advance, and charged from approximately £21 per hour (charges vary per development/care provider).

How do ongoing living costs of an apartment compare with my current home?

Our current Homeowners often comment that their Service and Well-being Charges tend to compare favourably with like-for-like costs at their previous property. Our apartments are energy efficient and bills often turn out to be lower thanks to the modern construction methods we use at all our communities.

Don’t forget to budget for the annual Ground Rent on your new apartment, as you may not be paying Ground Rent on your current home.

Our sales team can go through a budget planner with you to outline like for like costs and help explain what is included within your Service and Well-being Charge.

Do Adlington retirement apartments hold their value when they are resold?

Whilst the property market is ever changing and there are no guarantees on apartment future values, in the ten years that Adlington Retirement Living have been developing and selling apartments we have achieved a net price increase per re-sale of nearly 10%. Whilst prices vary from community to community, we have also seen a net price increase on subsequent re-sales when an apartment has been re-sold more than once.

A recent independent study conducted by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) in 2019 (understanding the factors that can influence the re-sale values of newly-built retirement properties) confirmed that new retirement properties typically increase in value on resale.

What does buying off-plan mean?

One main advantage of buying off-plan is you get first choice of apartment style and location within a new community. It means you reserve your chosen apartment whilst the community is still under construction. Many of our future Homeowners like to have the full choice as early as possible. Our sales team can discuss apartment layouts, development plans, timescales and reservation process.

What is Ground Rent?

Please note Ground Rent is only applicable at our communities in Ramsbottom, Romiley, Sheffield and Southport.

We offer extensive facilities which are at the heart of our thriving communities. These include our Homeowners’ lounge, table service restaurant, coffee lounge, hairdressing salon, guest suite, management and kitchen facilities, and landscaped gardens. We charge an annual Ground Rent to recoup the considerable costs of the construction and provision of these extensive facilities, to ensure that homeowners enjoy first-class facilities.

Please refer to the relevant community for further details.

What is a Building Reserve Fund?

Please note a Building Reserve Fund is not applicable at The Woodlands, Heaton Mersey or The Sidings, Lytham.

It is important that our communities are kept to the highest standards for all to enjoy. To cover any major works a Building Reserve Fund is levied when you sell on your apartment. We charge a fee of 0.25% of your sale price for each year, or part-year, of occupation.

What is a Communal Facilities Fee?

Please note a Communal Facilities Fee is only applicable at our communities in Cheadle, Macclesfield, Heaton Mersey and Lytham.

The two most important points to remember about the Communal Facilities Fee (CFF) are, firstly, you pay nothing now and, secondly, it is designed to help maintain the continued high standard of the development and ensure that each apartment, if sold, has the opportunity to achieve best value within the housing market.

The CFF is based on the principle of “enjoy today, pay in the future” and monies are only deducted when you sell your property.

The Communal Facilities Fee covers the construction and provision of the extensive communal facilities, such as our table service restaurant, lounge, guest suite, hairdressing salon and therapy rooms. These facilities are very popular and provide a focal point for the sense of community and well-being appreciated by our homeowners and their families. Outdoors our landscaped gardens offer a peaceful space to enjoy the fresh air, relax or chat with friends. These facilities, plus those that support our on-site management team such as the office, kitchen, and staff rooms, ensure an independent lifestyle for our homeowners.

The CFF only applies when you sell your apartment so there are no upfront or annual fees to worry about, giving you peace of mind that your monthly bills will remain affordable.

This ensures that homeowners enjoy first-class facilities today and, in the future, and that resale values are maximised.

Please refer to the relevant community for further details.

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