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Girlings offering city apartments with splendid views

Annette Setterfield, 83, has been renting a retirement property in Exeter for five years. She had previously lived in the city until the 1980s, but moved to Sheffield with her husband.

However, Annette’s husband died nine years ago so she decided to relocate with her cat, Sweep, back down to Devon. Her two daughters live there and it made sense to be nearer to them and her 10 grandchildren.

She came across Girlings Retirement Rentals, a specialist in retirement rental properties on assured tenancies, through an Internet search. She liked the look of a one-bedroom, first-floor apartment at Homecourt House in Exeter and asked one of her granddaughters to go and view it.

After she reported that it was a lovely flat, Annette travelled to view it herself and really liked it, and within five weeks she had moved in.

Annette loves the apartment. “The big draw for me was it has really big windows with lovely views,” she says. “I am a church goer and I can see my church from the window which is really nice. I feel very settled here and I’m happy I was able to bring Sweep, who loves sitting on the window ledge looking out.”

I feel very settled here and I’m happy I was able to bring Sweep, who loves sitting on the window ledge looking out.

Annette also appreciates the fact she is on an assured tenancy, which means she can stay in the property for as long as she wants.

Homecourt House is a modern purpose-built development with 121 properties over four floors, all served by a lift. It is ideally located close to the city centre shops and amenities with regular bus services.

To make life easier for the residents a service team is responsible for window cleaning, gardening and all external maintenance, and a house-manager is present during the weekdays to look after the running of the development. Each apartment also has a 24 hour Careline in each apartment in case of emergency.

Annette says, “I really like living here as the flat is easy to look after and I’m very close to the shops and my church, which is great. I especially enjoy the lovely views and the fact the flat is not overlooked at all.”

Annette also enjoys the social side of living at Homecourt House and often spends time in the communal lounge and gardens with other residents. She likes to keep active, and is a member of both an indoor bowling group and golf group.

Annette adds, “I also make jewellery for my church fund and I’ve recently taken up knitting again. We have a ‘knit and natter’ group on Wednesdays in the lounge which we all thoroughly enjoy!”

Girlings have several apartments available at Homecourt House. Rentals start at £650pcm for an assured tenancy (also available from £575pcm on an assured shorthold tenancy).

Homecourt House