“The fibres of England unite in Wiltshire,” wrote author E M Forster, in his novel the Longest Journey back in 1907. Today, over 100 years, later that statement is still true
If you want to live somewhere that is lively and vibrant and combines unspoilt villages with bustling market towns and stunning English countryside, then Wiltshire is a great choice. No surprise then that McCarthy & Stone has no fewer than five brand new retirement developments there.
Wiltshire is steeped in cultural surprises. Author and creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming (1908-1964) is buried in the parish church of St. James’s, Sevenhampton, near Swindon; and author William Golding was a teacher at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury when he wrote Lord of the Flies.
Wiltshire also has some Michelin-starred restaurants. The Harrow at Little Bedwyn achieved a Michelin Star in 2006 and every year since, and Whatley Manor, Hotel and Spa in Wiltshire also has a Michelin-star restaurant headed up by Niall Keating.
Considering a McCarthy & Stone retirement apartment in Wiltshire is ideal for those who want to enjoy all the benefits of flexible, independent living but with the peace of mind of being part of a safe and secure community. There are 24-hour emergency call points and a House Manager at each development.
Each apartment comes ready to move into, with a fully-fitted kitchen, walk-in wardrobes, and shower rooms, as well as telephone and TV points.
Trowbridge has a classic old English charm and a wealth of distinctive Bath stone buildings. The town centre itself is compact, making it easy to navigate on foot, so ideal for retirees.
Applegate House is well positioned for local amenities with a large Sainsbury’s close by. There are regular bus services into the town centre and surrounding areas.
Applegate House has 40 one-and-two-bed apartments priced from £195,000, as well as beautiful landscaped gardens and a shared Club Lounge.
Meadowsweet Place, Melksham
Melksham is on the banks of the River Avon just 10 miles east of the historic city of Bath.
In Tudor times, Melksham was a favourite royal hunting ground and renowned for its wool industry. Today its rich history is evident in the historic quarter of the town centre, where the original town square still exists.
Meadowsweet Place offering 31 one-and-two-bed luxury apartments from £245,000, is just half a mile from Waitrose and a mile from the station providing fast connections to London. It is also close to the heart of town with its coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Each Tuesday there is a market selling household goods and local produce from surrounding farms.
The charming market town of Marlborough in the heart of the Wessex Downs, has a twice-weekly market on Saturdays and Wednesdays, offering a range of local specialities including meat, vegetables, pottery and plants.
The local Savernake Forest is ideal for lovers of the great outdoor and is a prime spot for hikers and cyclists, especially during the spring months when the woodland fills with bluebells. There are also two golf clubs, Marlborough Golf Club and Ogbourne Downs Golf Club.
Canning Place offers 27 two-bed apartments priced from £375,000, as well as a Club lounge and landscaped gardens.
Those seeking a lively local community should consider Wroughton, which is a large village with a doctors, dentists, florist and hospital just outside Swindon. Banks Place has 38 one-and-two-bed apartments for sale priced from £225,000 and is just half a mile from The Ellendune Shopping centre. Wroughton also has a regular bus service into Swindon and is within easy access to the M4.
Shackleton Place, Devizes
Devizes is a popular medieval market town with the Kennett and Avon Canal running through it.
The town is also lucky to have kept a good selection of unique independent outlets not found elsewhere.
Shackleton Place has been designed for those aged 70 and over, providing additional support services for those who need it. This includes a table-service restaurant and flexible care packages which can be tailored to individual’s needs. Due to be released in July 2018.
Get in touch
To find out more about Retirement Living in Wiltshire contact McCarthy & Stone on freephone: 0800 3100 383, or visit: www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk.
Applegate House, Trowbridge
Meadowsweet Place, Melksham
Canning Place, Marlborough
Banks Place, Wroughton
Shackleton Place, Devizes
TOP CULTURE SPOTS
• Trowbridge Museum and Art Gallery
Offers a rich insight into local history and particularly English cloth production.
Trowbridge Museum and Art Gallery
• Melksham Assembly Hall
The Melksham Assembly Hall hosts regular comedy showcases, dinners and live music, and the annual Christmas Fayre held in Melksham town centre, is a great place to experience community spirit as local volunteers come together to create a stunning display.
Melksham Assembly Hall
• Burderop Wood, nr Marlborough
A 48 hectare biological site of special scientific interest. In the spring a carpet of bluebells cover the woodland floor making it a really true wonder to be seen.
• Barbury Castle, nr Wroughton
High above Swindon is Barbury Castle – an Iron-Age fort situated on Barbury Hill where you can find round barrows, Celtic field systems and 18th-19th Century flint workings, making it a great place to explore with the grandchildren.
• Wadworth Brewery, nr Devizes
Wadworth Brewery – a family-owned business has been brewing beer in Devizes since 1875.Their shire horses can regularly be seen making deliveries across the town centre.
• Salisbury Plain
Sitting in the heart of Wiltshire, lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy the 300 square miles of chalk downs. The plain is known for its rich archaeological history and is also home to the legendary Stonehenge.