Somerton in South Somerset has recently been identified as one of the most sought-after towns in the South West.
Properties have seen the second-highest price increase in Somerset in the past five years, and retirees have been flocking to a new exclusive scheme, Courthouse Mews, near the town centre.
Somerton, the ancient ‘Royal Town of Wessex’ is large enough to have great facilities, but small enough to feel you belong.
Built on flat ground providing easy pedestrian access, the town combines stunning examples of medieval and 17th century architecture focussed around a main square with a bustling retail centre full of independent shops.
It is also surrounded by picturesque countryside, leading to the county town of Taunton as well as Wells, Sherborne, Yeovil and Bruton which is home of the acclaimed Hauser & Wirth art gallery.
Somerton has a vibrant community offering retirees the opportunity to rediscover former interests, find new hobbies, and make friends.
Art enthusiasts can visit the new SomARTon pop-up gallery as well as the award-winning ACEArts, situated in The Old Town Hall.
History lovers can explore nearby treasures such as Lytes Cary Manor, the Priest’s House in Muchelney, and Tintinhull Garden in Yeovil; whilst gardeners can lose themselves at the Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal-winning Kelways garden centre, located just a few miles away.
Although many events have been cancelled this year, Somerton’s calendar is usually full of fairs, festivals and exhibitions which bring visitors from miles around.
The ‘Made in Somerset’ artisan fair brings together designers and producers from across the county, the Somerton Music and Arts Festival provides entertainment and workshops; and talks, exhibitions and shows are held at the local Parish Rooms and Edgar Hall.
For those who like to travel further afield Somerton has excellent transport links, being within easy reach of the mainline train station at Castle Cary, the A303 and M5.
It takes less than an hour to travel to Bristol Airport and there are regular bus routes to Taunton, Wells, Yeovil, Bristol and Bath.
With all this on offer new properties have been springing up.
One of these is Courthouse Mews, offering a variety of homes to buy or rent, designed for the over 55s.
The development has breathed new life into the historic former Courthouse and Market Place buildings in the heart of Somerton.
They have been converted and extended to create a stunning luxury retirement enclave of just eight two-bedroom apartments and a grade-two listed townhouse.
Whether you want to live in an historic building with views into Market Place, or in a more modern property with views over the countryside, you will find your ideal home, priced from just £299,500, at Courthouse Mews.
Apartments are light and spacious with the option to use the second bedroom as a hobby room, painting studio, study or a snug.
There are two owners’ lounges, for socialising with friends and family, or to hire out for a special occasion.
There is also a garden room and a private patio area.
An on-site Wellness Suite is also available offering fitness classes and beauty treatments.
With so much to see and do in Somerton and excellent transport links on your doorstep, a home at Courthouse Mews is the ideal choice if you are looking for a rural retirement idyll.