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Retirement house builder Robin Hughes made sure that his mum would be happy living in his new development for over 55s before offering homes for sale

Occupying a prestigious site with views of Windsor Castle from its rooftop sky lounge, bar and terrace, aptly named Castle View retirement village boasts a total of 64 apartments including five spectacular rooftop properties, along with a neighbouring 72-bed care home.

However, even though the development ticked all the boxes in terms of facilities, views and location developer Robin Hughes needed one person to give it the go-head – his 85 year old mum.

Fortunately Betty Hughes gave it her approval and was amongst the first people to move in.

“I knew it would happen given his tenacity. He’s a force of energy, gets everyone involved and makes things work!

“Having lived in Windsor since I was 20, I didn’t want to move away from family and friends when I couldn’t manage the stairs anymore in the family home and Robin has ensured I don’t have to,” Betty explains.

“I’m close to all my favourite places and services in Windsor and still see my old friends too – but without worrying about the upkeep of the house, or the stairs – all in a comfortable new home.

“It already feels like we’ve got a great community and I’ve lots of new friends. I love joining all the village events, putting my feet up more and enjoying the castle views.

“Robin has always been enterprising and likes building things. He’d seen retirement villages in New Zealand about 15 years ago and liked the concept. After building a couple for other companies about 10 years ago he told me about his plan of creating his own retirement village in Windsor near our family home including a home for me.

“I knew it would happen given his tenacity. He’s a force of energy, gets everyone involved and makes things work! It’s great to have moved into my new two-bedroom apartment.

“Castle View is so central and convenient to my local church, the town centre and friends who have been my neighbours for years. After a fall last year, the family home became too much and the idea of enjoying my future with Castle Retirement taking care of chores and running the building makes a great deal of sense.”

Betty’s son Robin, founder and CEO of Castle Retirement Living, worked in the property and care sector for over 20 years before creating his vision as an independent retirement developer: “For me, everything about the development from start to finish has been attention to detail in every aspect which has to be ‘good enough for mum’,” he said.

“I want her to be very happy and comfortable here along with other owners with as much support as and when they need it with our range of assisted living packages. Having lived in the town all my life I wanted to create a great quality, affordable local retirement village.

“We’re running the building and creating a community environment. Most of the owners who reserved off plan are local, so mum is amongst friends and like-minded residents.

“While along with our stunning castle views, we’re offering our owners access to great local facilities such as Windsor Lawn Tennis Club and Windsor Leisure centre, a pet-friendly policy in all ground floor apartments, and no smoking across the development.

“Working with a first class team, I’m very proud of what we’re creating at Castle View Windsor. Building a project of this scale and complexity and delivering it on time is setting a new standard for urban retirement villages in the UK. I’m delighted to have achieved this in my home town and that mum is one of our first residents.”

Ranging in size from 605 sq ft to 1,185 sq ft, each contemporary apartment has its own private entrance and most also have a large balcony along with fully equipped kitchens, large spacious bathrooms with walk-in shower.

Set in three acres of landscaped grounds, about a mile from Windsor Castle, there is lift access to all floors.

There is also underground car parking and 24-hour reception and concierge providing security around the clock, offering peace of mind and great ‘lock and leave’ living. Prices are from £395,000 for a one-bed, £515,00 for a two-bed and £725,000 for a three-bed apartment.

Heathrow Airport is just 20 minutes away, while London can be reached in about 35 minutes on the train. Windsor town centre is just a mile away, and the M4 is within two miles.

Come and visit Castle View, Helston Lane, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5GG at three open days on 10, 11 and 12 May.

For further information on Castle View Windsor please call 01753 378127 or visit www.castleviewwindsor.co.uk.