With beautiful countryside, busy high streets and a scenic coastline, Kent has quietly established itself as a favourite hotspot for retirees
Kent is ideal for those who wish to combine living in a rural landscape with the historic heritage of Canterbury and charm of Royal Tunbridge Wells a short distance away.
The county also has one of the most temperate climates in the UK, with Folkestone frequently listed among the sunniest spots in the country – hence all those vineyards.
There’s plenty to do as well: numerous events are held throughout the year, including Whitstable’s popular Oyster Festival, the Hever Festival held in the grounds of Anne Boleyn’s childhood home Hever Castle, and the Canterbury Festival, showcasing a wealth of international talent.
There is a strong cultural scene year round too, ranging from exhibitions at Margate’s Turner Contemporary Gallery to performances at Canterbury’s renowned theatre The Marlowe.
Kent is known as ‘the Garden of England’ for good reason.
It is a haven for nature lovers.
There are extensive grounds and gardens at the numerous National Trust properties in the county for a start.
You can revel in the great outdoors: spotting wildlife at Samphire Hoe nature reserve or admiring breathtaking views while walking the North Downs Way.
Watersports enthusiasts are well catered for too, on the lake at Romney Marsh and all along the extensive coastline.
Retirement is an opportunity for you to enjoy your newly-found leisure time, and Kent is a perfect place to unleash your love of travel.
Central London can be reached by train in under an hour, as can the international airports of Gatwick and Southend.
Better still you can drive, when restrictions allow, all the way to Europe through the Channel Tunnel.
There are nine, three-bedroom houses and six, two-bedroom apartments priced from £560,000.
Designed for independent living each property has been cleverly designed with the over 55s in mind, within wonderful gardens and grounds.
All properties feature either a private deck, balcony, terrace or garden and offer spacious, flexible living areas.
There is enough room for the grandchildren to play, friends to enjoy a drink with room to spare for your golf clubs and art easel.
There is also a communal gym, clubhouse and terrace.
All external maintenance is taken care of as part of the management service, as is the upkeep of the communal gardens.
Orchard Yard is in the charming village of Wingham, a few minutes’ stroll from the tree-lined high street, full of independent boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and farm shops.
With plenty of time for hobbies and recreation, Orchard Yard’s homeowners can expect to become part of the local community with a wide choice of local clubs, activities, and groups available to join.
And if you want to go away, the estate manager, who carries out daily security checks, and will look after your home.
You can simply lock up and leave, knowing your property is in good hands.
Properties include an array of clever touches – USB plug sockets, discreet lighting on the stairs and electronically opening rooflights.
There is even space for a lift to be fitted should it become desirable at a later date. Each property has sheltered parking and two dedicated spaces.
Kent’s pastoral beauty is echoed throughout the estate, with landscaped gardens, an orchard, wildflower meadow and meandering pathways to explore.
Allotments are also available for the green fingered and rambling and cycling routes are accessible directly from homeowners’ doorsteps.
The Clubhouse is the hub of the community; a venue for various activities with a stretch studio, and space for social gatherings and visiting speakers and entertainers.
There is also a barbecue terrace and firepit and a guest lodge is available for family or friends.
Should additional support be needed, the estate manager, who is on site every day, can arrange contact with a selection of care agencies, all of which have a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ CQC rating.
Orchard Yard is now open to view virtually or in person.
Please do get in touch on 01491 821170 or via firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for a tour.