The last year has changed the way we live and the way we think about our homes

Retirement developer Beechcroft has been inundated with enquiries from people who are beginning to appreciate the benefits of living in an exclusive retirement community with an estate manager on hand.

Beechcroft’s estate managers have proved invaluable, carrying out a whole variety of tasks from delivering daily newspapers and helping neighbours keep in touch to additional cleaning in the communal areas and doing shopping.

Beautifully-landscaped settings have also proved a bonus for homeowners wanting to take exercise without straying too far from home.

Many developments have extensive gardens:  Orford Place in Ham, for example, is set in three acres of mature gardens and fronts the wonderful open spaces of Ham Common.

Hampton Manor, a Special Projects’ development in Godalming, is another excellent example – the new and converted houses and apartments enjoy a wonderful setting with some of Surrey’s most spectacular countryside literally on the doorstep.

Beechcroft’s sales offices and show homes have remained open during lockdown but visitors need to book an appointment in order that the sales team is able to prepare for visits.

All surfaces are cleaned and disinfected prior to a viewing, hand sanitiser and disposable masks are on hand and sales advisors’ desks are fitted with screens.

Cotswold Gate – kitchen-dining room

The Beechcroft design team, however, has gone a stage further, focusing on the fact that our home environment influences our health and well-being.

Having a home that promotes good hygiene can make a significant difference to our lives – and not just during a pandemic.

​The result is that Beechcroft has introduced a new ‘Healthihouse’ brand on its forthcoming developments: a home designed, built and finished in such a way that the living spaces will be conducive to maintaining good health.

Each Healthihouse features copper light switches and door handles with antimicrobial properties, non-porous Silestone worksurfaces with antimicrobial protection to reduce the growth and spread of bacteria.

Bathrooms and en-suites are fitted with wall panelling, sanitaryware and shower trays that are hygienic and easy to clean.

Homes have water filtration systems and a whole house ventilation system, designed to provide filtered air throughout.

Before the new homeowners move in, houses and apartments will be deep cleaned to World Health Organisation standards.

The first Beechcroft development to achieve the Beechcroft ‘Healthihouse’ branding is Cotswold Gate, less than a mile from Burford High Street, in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

Cotswold Gate – drawing room

This is a collection of elegant, energy-efficient houses and apartments, each with a terrace, balcony, private garden or a combination of these.

In future, each Beechcroft house and apartment, both new and converted, will be designed to rigorous Healthihouse standards.

Over the coming year, Beechcroft will be launching several new developments – both retirement and Special Projects.

Investment by The Carlyle Group has enabled Beechcroft to acquire some exceptional development opportunities – including historic estates which will be restored and converted to provide exclusive collections of both new and period homes.

Beechcroft’s latest magazine is now available featuring recipes and articles as well as details of all current and forthcoming developments. For further details on the ‘Healthihouse’ please visit the website on www.beechcroft.co.uk/healthihouse

Details of all current and forthcoming developments are also available to view on the website.

To book an appointment to view any of Beechcroft’s developments, please call 01491-825522.