From world traveller to home bird: former model relaxes in style at Squire Court

03 January 2018

After spending many years travelling the globe for work and play, 85 year old retiree Joan Vater is making the most of putting her feet up, after moving to McCarthy and Stone’s Retirement Living development in South Molton, Squire Court

Former couture model and cruise ship worker, Joan Vater has spent much of her life in the air and on water, fulfilling her ambition to experience all that the world has to offer. After marrying her husband John over 40 years ago, they jetted to South Africa, Spain, and America to work and live, before settling in Dorset and making the move to South Molton to enjoy their retirement. 

Joan, who lives with her husband John at Squire Court, said: “We decided it was time to downsize to a more manageable property after my husband became poorly. We wanted to be closer to our family and live somewhere that was both practical and beautiful.” 

Joan explained how her move to Squire Court was a family affair: “My son was the first to take a look at Squire Court on our behalf, and he chose our apartment on the day of his visit! Luckily I trust his taste; and when I came to visit a couple of weeks later, I had no doubt in my mind that this was the perfect place for us. 

“I could only visit on a Sunday, and a member of the sales team took the time out from her weekend to introduce me to Squire Court and help with any queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble; and I was so pleased that she went above and beyond to accommodate us.” 

Thoughtfully designed to complement the local area, Squire Court comprises an attractive selection of 33 one and two bedroom privately-owned apartments, exclusively designed for people aged 55 and over. 

Retirees can make the most of the beautiful landscaped gardens, knowing all the external maintenance is taken care of. They can also feel secure in the knowledge the House Manager is on hand to provide any help or support should they need it; and that friends and family can stay over in the development’s comfortable guest suite. 

Talking about why she fell in love with Squire Court, Joan said: “It was important that we had the right facilities available when we moved. The wet room is brilliant and we love the underfloor heating as my husband is always cold! Each time someone visits they mention how beautiful our apartment is, and we have no regrets about moving – it’s the perfect place for us”. 

Much like their younger years, upholding an active social life is important to Joan and her husband John. Understanding the importance of both independence and companionship in later years, McCarthy and Stone organises over 40,000 social activities every year for its homeowners up and down the country with at least three organised activities per development each week. 

“There are lots of events here at Squire Court that myself and my husband love attending”, Joan explained. “We have a weekly coffee morning on Wednesday, and Fish and Chips on a Friday which is followed by a cinema night where we can watch some of our favourite films.  We have the perfect balance of a private life and a social life, and we’ve made lots of fantastic new friends here”. 

Taking advantage of McCarthy and Stone’s range of services to help homeowners downsize, Joan and John chose to part exchange their home for a McCarthy and Stone apartment. They also benefited from the Smooth Move Service, with removal experts helping with the moving process by packing their belongings, transporting everything to their new home, and unpacking when they arrived.  

Joan said: “We were so pleased with the Smooth Move service. Usually when moving you are rushed around, but we were given plenty of time with the move. The Smooth Move service was a lifesaver for me and my husband, so we had nothing to worry about when moving!” 

Squire Court’s convenient location allows for Joan and John to enjoy the historic market town of South Molton with plenty of cafes, shops and local amenities. 

The development is now over 80% percent sold; and prices for the four remaining two bedroom apartments are priced from £249,995. 

For more information on Retirement Living in South Molton, please call 0800 201 4742 or click here.

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