“Tremendous things are in store for you! Wonderful surprises await you” wrote Roald Dahl in his children’s book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.
The popular late author could have equally written these words about the county of Buckinghamshire where he lived for 36 years until his death in 1990.
If you are looking to retire to a picturesque, tranquil, and culturally rich area Buckinghamshire is ideal and why McCarthy & Stone is building six brand new retirement developments there.
Buckinghamshire is a cultural treasure trove and home to many other famous authors and poets such as T S Eliot, John Milton, Enid Blyton and Terry Pratchett. Mary Shelley even wrote her Gothic thriller, Frankenstein, in Buckinghamshire.
The county stands out today for its cuisine and number of Michelin-starred restaurants, most notably Tom Kerridge’s two-star The Hand and Flowers, and his second pub/eaterie The Coach in Marlow which earned a Michelin star this year.
With its rich cultural mix it’s easy to see why Buckinghamshire is attractive for retirees looking to downsize.
Leading retirement housebuilders, McCarthy & Stone, offer the opportunity to live independently and flexibly with its choice of privately owned one-and-two-bedroom apartments in Buckinghamshire’s most popular hotspots including Wendover, Hazelmere, Stony Stratford, Amersham, Farnham Common and Chalfont St Peter.
All the developments in these areas provide homeowners with the safety and security of living in a community of like-minded individuals, and the option to socialise when they choose.
Owners can expect 24-hour emergency call points providing added peace of mind, and maintenance of external areas.
Apartments are individually finished to the highest specification, with open-plan living areas, en-suite bathrooms and modern kitchens fitted with all the latest appliances. Most developments even include a convenient guest suite for when relatives or friends come to stay.
Winterton House, Wendover (Lifestyle Living)
Wendover offers a perfect mix of town and countryside, with the natural beauty of Wendover Woods offering a multitude of different walks on the doorstep, as well as a quaint high street, where you can find individual boutiques and a leading aviation art gallery, Aces High.
Winterton House is within walking distance from all local amenities, including the train station.
Designed for those aged 55 and over, Winterton House has 21 luxury one-and-two-bedroom apartments priced from £575,000, with five located in a Grade II listed Arts and Crafts style former vicarage, as well as beautifully landscaped gardens.
Trinity Place, Hazlemere (Retirement Living)
Hazlemere, a suburb of High Wycombe, is surrounded by the Chiltern Hills. There are plenty of activities and facilities at your disposal, with two nearby cinemas, and the Wycombe Swan theatre which regularly presents West End productions.
Trinity Place has a range of one-and-two-bedroom apartments tailored to the over 60s, and are available to reserve off-plan priced from £370,000. The development is next to Hazlemere Library and Hazlemere Golf Club, so ideal for active types.
A House Manager is on site five days a week and there is a central lounge, perfect for enjoying get togethers with fellow homeowners.
Chiltern Place, Amersham (Retirement Living Plus)
Spending time in Amersham and its charming Old Town is always relaxing, with a variety of boutiques to browse, and delightful pubs and restaurants to visit. Amersham Museum is a cultural hotspot and the River Misbourne, which flows opposite the development, is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.
Chiltern Place is currently under construction but will comprise a selection of stylish one-and-two-bedroom apartments, not to mention an on-site restaurant serving freshly prepared meals daily, a standard feature in Retirement Living Plus developments.
Elizabeth House, Stony Stratford (Retirement Living Plus)
This small market town in Milton Keynes is known affectionately as the ‘Jewel of Milton Keynes’, due to its rich history and stunning scenery. With a weekly market, annual Folk-on-the-Green festival, and assortment of pubs, restaurants and charming shops, Stony Stratford is an idyllic location to make the most of one’s retirement.
Elizabeth House offers a collection of one-and-two-bedroom apartments, with prices starting at £295,000. Over 70 per cent of properties are now reserved, thanks to the picturesque local gardens and parks which surround it, as well as the Stony Stratford in Bloom competition, which always attracts lots of interest.
In common with all McCarthy & Stone’s Retirement Living Plus developments, Elizabeth House provides homeowners with tailored care and support packages to suit their individual needs, whether that’s help with laundry, cleaning or shopping.
Rutherford House, Chalfont St Peter (Retirement Living Plus)
Chalfont St Peter is a charming Buckinghamshire village with a vibrant community. A Bridge Club meets almost daily, a Fine Arts Society is at the disposal of those homeowners with a creative flare, and the Chiltern Open Air Museum provides a fascinating focus for cultural and history enthusiasts. The great number of parks and gardens in Chalfont St Peter has resulted in it being locally known as the Gateway to the Chiltern Hills.
Rutherford House is made up of 39 one-and-two-bedroom apartments that are now available to reserve off-plan, with prices starting from £474,995. Gerrards Cross Golf Club and Goldhill Common are all just a stone’s throw away from the development.
Heathlands, Farnham Common (Retirement Living)
This tranquil village on the border of Burnham Beeches, has attracted a wide range of notable residents in the past such as the late James Bond star Sir Roger Moore, Peter Pan author J M Barrie and composer Felix Mendelssohn.
Heathlands is currently under construction but will eventually comprise 20 one-and-two-bedroom apartments tailored to those aged 60 and over.
GET IN TOUCH
To find out more about Retirement Living in Buckinghamshire, contact McCarthy and Stone at: 0800 201 4811, or visit: www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk.
TOP CULTURE SPOTS
Displays works from the world’s most collected military artists and specialising in the highly-collectible field of autographed Aviation and Military Fine Art.
Explore Amersham’s rich history with the option of hands-on, interactive activities.
A charity museum that preserves historic buildings that are under threat from being demolished and then presents them to the public in a traditional Chiltern setting.
Explore the local area where Roald Dahl lived and walk in his footsteps to discover key sights that relate to his books and his life.
This theatre presents a variety of excellent shows year round, with the highest class of companies and performers.
A community music festival held annually in June on Horsefair Green in Stony Stratford, featuring local bands and artists.