Life is better with friends at McCarthy & Stone's Willoughby Place

06 July 2017

After living alone for 16 years, 68-year old Beryl Cartlidge set out to make the most of her retirement and to spend more time with friends – old and new.  Since moving to McCarthy and Stone’s Willoughby Place in Bourton-on-the-Water, Beryl’s social life is better than ever! 

Retired Lloyds Bank and Bourton-on-the-Water Leisure Centre worker, Beryl said: “I was born and bred in Gloucestershire and have lived in Bourton-on-the-Water for 40 years, so Willoughby Place was the perfect option for me when it came to downsizing.” 

Situated on Station Road, Willoughby Place comprises a stylish collection of 20 one and two bedroom apartments, exclusively for people aged 60 and over.  The private, gated development has been designed to provide everything discerning homeowners could want for a relaxing and enjoyable retirement. 

Commenting on why she made the decision to move, Beryl said: “All of my friends live close to Bourton-on-the-Water, so it was important that I remained in the area. When I saw that McCarthy and Stone was building a new development, I couldn’t wait to take a closer look. 

“Not only is this a beautiful development, it also perfectly suits my requirements, housework is far easier and the gardens are beautifully maintained. I love that I can enjoy an independent lifestyle in these luxurious surroundings and enjoy having more time for myself. 

“I have a great relationship with everyone here; we’re such a happy little bunch. I have always been a people person so friendship is very important to me, I love meeting new people. My favorite time of the day is when we all sit in the homeowners’ lounge or on the patio in the sunshine with a cup of tea, hearing everyone’s different stories they have to tell. 

“My life is much easier now with the facilities available here, and I can relax so much more. I have already recommended Willoughby Place to my sister and her husband, so hopefully they will also downsize for a stress-free life.” 

All those who make Willoughby Place their home can make the most of the beautiful landscaped patio area, knowing that all the 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 whenever they choose in the development’s comfortable guest suite. 

Talking about the move, Beryl said: “I was pleasantly surprised at how simple and stress-free the move was.  McCarthy and Stone managed everything – the estate agents and removal fees were all taken care-of, and the staff, House Manager and Simon from McCarthy and Stone in Bournemouth were really helpful throughout.”

Prices at Willoughby Place currently start from £299,950 for a two bedroom apartment, with the new prestigious Penthouse Apartment Collection also currently available to purchase. 

Martin Edwards, Deputy Regional Manger Director for McCarthy and Stone, said: “It gives us a sense of great satisfaction when we see homeowners such as Beryl Cartlidge settle in to their new lifestyle so quickly and to immediately reap the many benefits of Retirement Living. 

“Bourton-on-the-Water is a stunning and highly sought-after area of outstanding natural beauty at the heart of the Cotswolds; and we are incredibly proud of our development, which is located within the village. We are looking forward to seeing this prestigious new community continue to flourish and grow.” 

Eligible purchasers can take advantage of McCarthy & Stone’s offer to help with the moving process. The service includes our specialist removals package as well as contributions towards estate agent fees and legal fees. Alternatively, prospective purchasers may be able to Part Exchange their home, whether trading up or down; meaning they can avoid estate agents, sales chains and the stress of moving out and in on the same day. 

More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 12 years’ running. McCarthy & Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 12 years, which is every year the awards have been run. 

For further information on Retirement Living in Bourton-on-the-Water, please call 0800 201 4741 or click here.

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