A recent survey reveals that almost four in ten people considering a house move are more inclined to pick a countryside location than they were before the pandemic
Having a garden or access to outdoor or green space has become a more important consideration for buyers than ever before, with over half of those surveyed citing green space as a priority when deciding where to live.
Retirement provides an ideal opportunity to make an important change to one’s life and can present a perfect way to begin a new chapter.
The vital role that gardens and outdoor spaces have played and will continue to play in our ability to cope in times of crisis cannot be underestimated.
As well as the mental benefits that access to green space provides, studies show that those living close to nature recover and recuperate faster than those in a more urban environment.
A wealth of green space at Grove Place and beyond
Residents at Grove Place have access to 27 acres of grounds within the Hampshire countryside – including a historical sunken garden, meadows bursting with flowering plants and woodland walks – as well as the New Forest beyond.
The idyllic pet-friendly setting of Grove Place was a key factor in persuading Barbara and Ron Wood and their dog Simba, to retire there.
As well as a professional-concierge service, chef-led restaurant, fully-equipped gym and pool, Barbara adds, “At Grove Place, we have the peace and quiet of the countryside, but with all the amenities you could wish for on our doorstep.”
The health benefits of getting out into the fresh air to walk a dog are undeniable, but the social benefits cannot be ignored either as Barbara explains, “As newcomers to the area we found it very easy to settle in and make friends – especially with Simba, as it’s so easy to strike up a conversation with a fellow dog owner when you’re out and about.”
The picturesque market town of Romsey with its medieval streets and Norman Abbey is also just two miles away as is the River Test, one of the finest trout and salmon rivers in Europe, which also offers delightful walks along its banks.
Grove Place is also fortunate to border the extensive parklands of Broadlands, the former home of Lord Palmerston and the late Lord Mountbatten, which is open to visitors during the summer months.
A 16th Century Grade One listed Manor House stands at the heart of Grove Place.
The house has its own kitchen garden and orchard which produces fresh fruit and vegetables that are served in the high-class restaurant.
The kitchen garden provides a plethora of homegrown, seasonal and nutritious organic produce and even the leaves from the raspberries are used in tea infusions.
Working together in the kitchen garden, which homeowners can do, provides an ideal place for meeting and interacting with others as well as an added sense of satisfaction of growing nutritious food together.
Barbara not only relishes the many walks in the rolling Hampshire countryside, but also the ability to turn her hand to gardening. “Our apartment is on the ground floor, and via French doors in our living room, we have easy access to a private terrace and the grounds beyond.
“This allows me to indulge my green-fingered gardening hobby in my own patch of Grove Place.”
Many of the apartments and bungalows at Grove Place have their own balconies and terraces.
The positive emotional health benefits of gardening are well-known.
Gardening provides a near-effortless way to stay active, it decreases levels of cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’ and increases exposure to Vitamin D producing sunlight.
Higher exposure to green space has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease such as diabetes.
Furthermore, access to more green space provides an incentive for supporting physical activity – an important factor for maintaining health in older age.