Orchard Yard, a new retirement estate in Kent, is a small, boutique development for discerning retirees who want to live in an idyllic haven

Nestled in the county regarded as the Garden of England, Orchard Yard comprises just nine houses and six apartments. The charming estate is designed for those seeking a friendly community of like-minded people who are still fit enough to enjoy a full independent life.

Located in the picturesque, historic village of Wingham, Orchard Yard’s estate management and support services are provided by Cognatum Estates, a not-for-profit organisation which owns and manages over 80 similar estates across the country.

Having immediate access to beautiful grounds, with neighbours and friends to see and to socialise with, is priceless

This new estate comprises 15 contemporary two-and-three-bed homes, inspired by an agricultural vernacular, creating a community complete with communal social facilities centred around an attractive clubhouse.

A barbecue terrace and firepit provides a stylish setting for residents to meet, get together and enjoy a drink, along with a guest lodge available to family and friends who wish to stay overnight.

The surroundings are ideal for pursuing an active and independent lifestyle, with visiting exercise instructors, a stretch studio and gym, and a beautifully-furnished clubhouse lounge.

Cognatum takes care of the hassles associated with home ownership, including gardening and external maintenance.

Residents will receive an hour’s practical help each week with tasks such as housekeeping, and further support packages can be arranged to suit individual needs as and when required, including 24/7 personal alarm service.

A recent survey by The Centre for Better Ageing reported that one third (36%) of 50-70-year olds found that their mental health had deteriorated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many reporting an increased sense of isolation.

John Lavin, MD of Cognatum Estates comments: “With the challenges brought about by the current pandemic, and the concerns about being separated from family, the advantages of living independently on a managed estate have become obvious.

“Whilst people may need to self-isolate, no-one needs to be isolated. Being part of a community that looks out for each other, and having an estate manager to keep a discreet eye on things, is hugely reassuring for residents and their families alike. And having immediate access to beautiful grounds, with neighbours and friends to see and to socialise with, is priceless.”

The properties are designed specifically for the active and independent over 55s. They are spacious, low maintenance and energy efficient, with flexible space for entertaining.

Clever future-proof touches, such as provision for a lift, are already installed should they be needed.

Orchard Yard has an estate manager, 24/7 monitoring, CCTV and fitted alarm systems, allowing owners to feel safe and secure both while at home and away.

A key attraction of a property on a managed estate is the facility to lock up and leave it, so you can benefit from the freedom retirement brings and enjoy extended or spontaneous trips away.

Orchard Yard has been designed along “biophilic” principles; that is to align closely with nature in order to support physical and mental well-being.

Each property has its own garden or balcony, and residents will have access to landscaped communal grounds incorporating an orchard, greenhouse and raised vegetable beds.

Owners will live among nature, with hedgehog ‘hotels’, thoughtful planting, and other initiatives to attract wildlife.

Orchard Yard is surrounded by the rolling Kent countryside with the charming village of Wingham on the doorstep.

With many amenities, including independent shops, cafes and the award-winning pub The Dog, the village offers picturesque views and a vibrant local community.

The lively city of Canterbury is only seven miles away and the pretty beaches of Sandwich and Broadstairs a short drive.

Proximity to ports such as Folkstone and Dover, as well as major airports, make it ideal for second-home owners who have properties overseas, or those with a thirst for travel.

The show home opens in November 2020 and the scheme will be completed in December 2020.

The two-bedroom apartments are priced from £560,000 and three-bedroom houses from £725,500.

Book a visit by registering on the website www.orchardyard.co.uk or by calling Cognatum Tel:01491 821170, Email: property@cognatum.co.uk or Fine & Country Tel: 01227 479 317 Email: canterbury@fineandcountry.com

For further details about Cognatum visit www.cognatum.co.uk


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