L-R Castle View apartment owners Janet Pickin, John Webster and Marie Broom get in the mood for Wimbledon, on John’s balcony overlooking the Windsor Lawn Tennis Club
With televisions tuned into Centre Court and Pimm’s, strawberries and cream at the ready, homeowners at Castle View retirement village in Windsor are ready for a smashing fortnight
Adding to the atmosphere, many of the residents will also be watching players competing at the Windsor Lawn Tennis Club next door and taking part.
Janet Pickin, 86, moved to Castle View last year and has played tennis for fun and fitness throughout her life.
She has recently joined the tennis club after taking a break for a few years.
“It’s great to be back on court and playing again,” she says.
”I’m loving it; it’s so convenient and literally a matter of yards from my front door!”
John Webster and his wife, Margaret, both 88, were keen tennis players too and their whole family are big fans, which is why they chose an apartment overlooking the courts.
“We can spend hours on our balcony watching the matches and coaching.
“The sound of a racquet hitting a tennis ball is a wonderful backdrop to our life here.”
While they prefer to play table tennis these days, Margaret took up tennis at school and played in competitions throughout Berkshire and in America when they lived there.
John didn’t play until he met Margaret.
She gave him the incentive when she declared, ‘you can only go out with me if you play tennis!’.
Marie Broom, 81, moved to Castle View in February 2019 and enjoys watching the game, while her son Mark Player, who is chairman of the Windsor Lawn Tennis Club, takes it more seriously.
There are seven apartments at Castle View where the balconies overlook the tennis club, and a further 15 which have partial views.
Castle View Windsor is a new generation retirement village where the emphasis is on living rather than retirement.
There are contemporary one, two and three bedroom apartments, with the largest penthouse offering over 1,000 sq ft of light-filled living space.
Property prices are still frozen at 2018 prices and range from £375,000 to £975,000.
Independently designed, built, owned and operated, facilities include a Sky Lounge and roof deck with views of Windsor Castle, a restaurant that’s open for lunch and dinner and caters for private dining or celebration parties.
There are also two bars and lounges, a tranquil library and gardens.
You can even experience what’s on offer first hand.
Try-Before-You-Buy stays give you the opportunity to sample the Castle View lifestyle by spending a week in a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment.
For more details visit: Castle View