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Finding Love In Later Life

Mark Gale

Mark Gale



A real Titanic love story

Robin Stacey, 81 and Ann Matheson, 75, never expected to fall in love. They had both lost their partners some nine years ago, and made the move to McCarthy and Stone’s Dilkusha Court in Hayling Island, to live out their lives independently and enjoy a peaceful life by the seaside, hopefully make some new friends along the way.

Little did Ann and Robin know that this was to be the start of something very special, and a blossoming new romance which would see them sell their respective apartments, and start a fresh in their new home in Hamble.

Ann describes: “It all happened quite out of the blue really. I had just returned from holiday with some friends I’d made at the development, and I was doing what I love best – a spot of gardening. I remember it was a splendid day, the sun was shining and out from behind a corner came Robin. Robin was a voluntary driver for the local community train taking tourists up and down the seafront. We hadn’t really spoken much before, just exchanged glances and the odd smile.”

Robin continues: “I knew from speaking to fellow homeowners at Dilkusa Court that Ann loved to travel, and I guess at the time I was really after a companion; someone to keep me company at the same time as visiting some new and exciting places. I asked Ann if she would oblige.”

Ann said: “After a little convincing, I decided to throw caution to the wind and agree to go on a 10 night break to Lake Garda. It was the best decision I’d ever made! From beginning to end we laughed and laughed – it was glorious and like we’d known each other for ages. Robin really was the perfect gentleman!

“It wasn’t however until the ferry home that I realised I had started to develop feelings for Robin. We had a bit of a ‘Titanic moment’ so Robin calls it, where I was staring out to sea from the back of the boat, and Robin quite instinctively, put a gentle arm around me. For the first time in a while I felt safe, I felt happy, and I knew then we’d be together.”

Couple fall in love after meeting at McCarthy & Stone

Six months and plenty of dinner dates and holidays later, Ann and Robin decided they would take the plunge and move in together. They put their apartments up for sale in Hayling Island and decided to relocate to Hamble, where they purchased a delightful one bedroom apartment at McCarthy and Stone’s Folland Court Retirement Living development in Hamble

Ann describes: “We spent so much time in and out of each other’s apartments that it just made sense – we were ready to start a home of our own.

“We came across Folland Court quite by chance really as we were out for a drive one day. Robin had seen an advert for the development, and of course, we were already very familiar with McCarthy and Stone and the kind of lifestyle we could enjoy. I fell in love with the floor plans instantly, and the stunning riverside setting was just the icing on the cake – it was perfect!

Robin adds: “The whole experience has felt like something out of a movie, and we really have McCarthy and Stone to thank for that. It was truly the best move either of us have ever made.”

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