Retirement homes

Charters Village, West Sussex

Charters Village, West Sussex

First published in News

Charters Village is one of the newest retirement villages in West Sussex.

Sitting on the rural edge of East Grinstead the village includes a breathtaking Victorian centerpiece building – the hub of village events – and some of the very latest new build apartments and bungalows.

Charters Village is already home for many people who have downsized from their former family property to a village apartment.

Here are their reasons for making this decision and what this new lifestyle means to them: Keith, 71, and Jackie Richardson, 70, previous owners of a four-bedroom detached property in Chipstead, Surrey, bought a two-bed apartment with wraparound balcony off plan.

“Our old house was killing us, it was too big. And from being as fit as a fiddle, we both had health issues that made us realise that you never know what’s around the corner,” explained Mrs Richardson.

“We are just pleased we are now in a smaller and more manageable property within a village which will suit whatever lies ahead in the years to come.

Keen tennis player Iris Pendergast, 76, swapped a large three-bedroom home in Bromley, Kent, for her corner apartment.

She said: “I looked at a lot of retirement apartments but many of them made me feel isolated and cut off, unlike here. I’m also pleased there is no buy-to-let and therefore no transient living.

Rosemary, 80, and Peter Smith, 84, moved from their five-bedroom coach house in nearby Forest Row when Mr Smith’s health started to deteriorate and the household chores and garden started to become too much.

Son George explained: “As children, we never wanted to push our parents into doing anything they didn’t want to; it had to be their decision. Fortunately, mum discovered Charters Village at exactly the right time in her life.”

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