LUXURY RETIREMENT IN LONDON
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Residents enjoyed a truly spectacular live cinema transmission of the Royal Ballet’s performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The evening was organised by our Entertainment Director, with tickets and refreshments pre-booked and transport arranged to and from the event, enabling residents to relax and enjoy a magical evening of dazzling costume and dance.
The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon opened their doors for us to experience a personal, guided tour of their magnificent house and gardens – taking us behind the scenes of the much loved TV series.
Every Tuesday and Saturday we meet at the pool for aqua aerobics. We also offer regular classes in pilates, reiki and meditation.
My life has carried on much the same as in my previous home. I still go out every morning to pick up the paper, stretch my legs and do my shopping; my apartment’s only three minutes from the bus stop that takes me up to the King’s Road. It’s also a great launch pad for me to travel too; next on my list: Morocco and the Far East.
Whilst living here, I have learnt how to cook. When my wife, Janet, was alive I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen because she said I’d make too much mess. Recently, I cooked supper for my daughter and by the end of the evening I realised my wife was right – I’d used every pan.
Moving to Battersea Place, there was no need to downsize – my square footage actually increased. I was able to set up my office in my living room and also had space for my double-deck dishwasher and wine fridge, that keeps both red wine and white wine at correct temperature, at the same time.
This place is ideal for entertaining; I’ve had lots of dinner parties already. Usually, I like to invite my friends up for pre-dinner drinks and then we go down to the restaurant and the chef prepares us an excellent supper. Then it’s back to my apartment for coffee on the terrace – overlooking Battersea Park. My daughter often walks her dog there when she visits.
I have everything I need here; the same doctor, the same church, even the same cleaner – there’s no insistence on using the staff. I’m yet to see the care suites as I was playing golf that day, but it’s good to know they are there – just in case. I know my daughter loves that I’m being looked out for, and looked after.
Physiotherapy can help make day-to-day life easier.
Our physiotherapy assistant, Andy Ross, works with residents to assist them with their exercise programs and also advises on home equipment to aid independent living.
To celebrate our first year, we held a spectacular garden party themed around a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Residents enjoyed Shakespearean ballads, champagne cocktails and summer cocktails all within our own enchanted garden.
Our cinema is the perfect destination for our residents to share tales of their travels.
Recent topics have included ‘Wonders of Egypt’s Western Desert’, ‘India’s Independence Day’, ‘Plant Collecting in the Congo’ and ‘Aviation, Faction, Fiction – the Peter Talbert story’.
Battersea Place, London’s first luxury retirement community, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 Pinder Healthcare Awards.
These national Awards recognise the very best developments in care-related property and the contribution made to the well-being and quality of life for those in their care.
Impeccable service and care define Battersea Place, with residents enjoying their own private apartments, supported by individually-tailored packages for domestic, personal and health care. In accordance with the award, Battersea Place has nominated charity ‘Brain Tumour Research’ to be the recipient of a £500 gift donation.
Space: Anne Hobson’s flat in Battersea Place has room for her dolls’ houses
One disadvantage of downsizing is having to part with your cherished possessions, collected over time. But what if you could find a retirement apartment large enough for all those treasures?
Retired businesswoman Anne Hobson, 78, found room for three antique dolls’ houses — one dating from 1740, in her apartment in Battersea Place, London’s first luxury retirement village.
“I’m so happy to have these lovely things around me,” says widow Anne, who moved to her two-bedroom home a year ago.
Her companion Christopher Buckmaster, 79, a former mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, has a collection of Napoleonic china spanning an entire wall in his penthouse at the development.
“They were originally made in honour of Napoleon, then seized by an ancestor of mine after the Battle of Waterloo and subsequently handed down through generations of my family. When I was looking to downsize, it was essential to move somewhere with enough room in which to display such special pieces. There is plenty of space to showcase it here and the range of security measures in place, from the concierge on the front desk to the key code system, helps me feel at ease.”