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Proudly marking ten years as an award-winning retirement community, we hosted a special ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed garden party. The village was transformed with its very own ‘yellow brick road’ and entertainment was provided by jazz singer Katie Francesca with plenty of other surprises.
There was also a presentation to our longest-serving resident, Joan Norman, as well as three of the original members of staff – Head Housekeeper Lisa Mills, Housekeeper Angie Maule and Maintenance Manager Colin Penny, who are all celebrating ten years of dedicated service.
The team at Grove Place captured photographs of the day’s festivities for a time capsule – history in the making.
Grove Place’s General Manager, David Knight said, “We have spent some time planning a fitting tribute and a truly stand-out event. It’s also important to acknowledge the staff who have been here from the very beginning – who do so much to make Grove Place the outstanding retirement village that it is.”
We are thrilled to announce the opening of a new, nine hole putting green at Grove Place.
Robin Collins, Head Gardener, has previous experience of green-keeping and saw the potential to add to the already impressive array of facilities at Grove Place. Upon its opening he commented: “To bring this facility to residents is something I am proud of and I’m sure they will make good use of it.”
General Manager, David Knight said: “The team has worked hard to bring our residents this impressive additional facility and I am looking forward to seeing the results and the green in action.”
Grove Place is blessed with 27 acres of beautifully designed grounds and gardens, including an abundance of flowering plants, a walled garden, a kitchen garden, and approximately 875 trees.
After a large swarm to this year’s cherry blossom, Grove Place maintenance manager – Colin Penny – sought advice from experts who suggested keeping the bees. After immediately taking to a temporary hive, it was decided to install permanent hives to keep the bees in residence – the swarm is now estimated to be 10,000 strong.
Apart from the environmental impact to the gardens and local farmland, the bees have already influenced the design and future plans for the grounds at Grove Place. Grass has been kept long to allow wildflowers such as buttercups to grow, and a pond is being constructed so the bees have the water they need.
Colin Penny, Grove Place’s maintenance manager said, “Working with Robin Collins, our senior gardener, has seen the gardens at Grove Place evolve to the next level. We are very keen to play our part in the legacy of the grounds which date back to the 1550’s and bees are an integral part of that. The pollination alone will benefit the grounds all around us and we are excited to be able to play our part in protecting these beautiful, hardworking and important creatures”.
Next year, the team at Grove Place expects to harvest honey, which residents can enjoy along with homegrown produce already harvested from the recently constructed kitchen garden.
Earlier this year, a kitchen garden was created to further enrich the lives of residents by offering keen gardeners the opportunity to continue their hobby and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labour.
Our seasonal produce has now been harvested ready for our executive chef to serve in the Grove Place restaurant. Clifford McCrea, Executive Chef, comments “I have always enjoyed working with fine, fresh, local ingredients. Having access to homegrown, seasonal and organic produce is fantastic, not only for me but for the residents too. Working closely with Robin Collins, our senior gardener, we aim to have a homegrown ingredient on offer every day.”
From nutritious spring onions, peas and broad beans, to delicious blackcurrants and raspberries, our homegrown ingredients are bursting with health benefits – even the leaves from the raspberry plants are being used in tea infusions.
David Knight, Grove Place General Manager, said, “We are very excited about the kitchen garden and the benefits it will bring to village life.”
Explore what life is like at Grove Place, with our village newsletter – available to download here.
Enjoy reading about upcoming events and the latest innovations at this stunning community in the heart of Hampshire. Grove Place residents also publish their very own village newsletter – the “Grove Gazette” – the latest issue can be found below.
In our experience, forward planning can minimise the stress of moving home. At Grove Place, we offer a variety of services to make the move to your new home as seamless as possible.
MAKING IT YOUR OWN In advance of your move-in date, we can provide floorplan assistance and mapping of your new apartment, enabling you to assess which items of furniture to bring to your new home. If required, we can also commission the services of an interior designer to help bring your vision to life. Practical support in the form of assistance with switching utility providers and address changes is also available.
ASSISTING YOU ON MOVE-IN DAY Before the day of your move, we can help with sourcing and instructing a dedicated relocation company. Relocation services can extend to help with decluttering and sorting of your belongings (including arranging for any surplus or unwanted possessions to be donated to charity or sold at auction). Once everything is moved into your new home, we can also help with unpacking and assembling your furniture.
Earlier this year, Elaine and Philip Gaussen waved goodbye to their five-bedroom bungalow in Dorset and, along with their 14-year-old dog Tilley, began the next chapter of their lives at Grove Place.
It was a close friend who introduced Elaine and Philip to the idea, Elaine observes: “She was very persistent that Grove Place was the one, and adamant that it was particularly special. She’d been to see it when it first launched and rang me straight afterwards to say, ‘When we get older, this is where we need to end up’. The location played a large part in the Gaussens’ decision to make the move and, with it being just over 20 miles away from their previous home, friends need not venture far to pay them a visit. Elaine says. “There is a lot of land around Grove Place and green spaces nearby where I can take Tilley off-lead for our walks which is lovely. It’s also a nice place where we feel comfortable having our friends come and visit.” Equally, the move has created an opportunity to build new friendships. Elaine continues. “Now that we’re here, it’s lovely to have nice friends and neighbours to socialise with and all of the staff are just outstanding. Everyone is so kind and we feel at home here.” There is also plenty of stimulation with a variety of amenities and services. “I particularly love going to the gym and visit regularly,” Philip says. “It’s not even a five-minute walk from our home and I use it at least four times a week. We have an external trainer who comes to Grove Place and runs classes in which we both participate. He has even worked out a programme for me to work on independently. Friends have commented I’m looking ten years younger already!” When asked about how they’ve found their first 100 days at Grove Place, Elaine and Philip clearly had no regrets about the move. “On the very first day of the move I said to Philip, ‘I think I’ve died and gone to heaven’. I’m sure some people may be cynical but, for me, the day we moved in was the day when a huge weight was lifted and we’ve enjoyed every day here ever since.” If you would like to experience life at Grove Place with a complimentary, overnight stay at our guest apartment, please call Lara on 023 8074 3595.
We offer regular classes every Tuesday and Saturday, meeting up at the pool for aqua fit. We also have Pilates and Zumba classes.
As a resident of Grove Place you can now indulge in the luxury of bespoke beauty treatments at our new on-site Elegance Spa.
We have a full range of treatments ranging from manicures and pedicures through to relaxing hand and foot massages. Our expert team of beauty therapists use only the best quality, natural ingredients and can tailor a bespoke package to suit your personal requirements. Enjoy a friendly, warm and caring service without having to leave the tranquillity of Grove Place. Perfect for relaxing and rejuvenating in readiness for the summer months ahead. To book your appointment, please contact the concierge. Treatments are available on either Tuesdays between 9am-3pm, or Wednesdays from 10am–12 noon.
Discovering a new lease of life at Grove Place – a retirement community in Hampshire.
After a lifetime spent in a beloved family home, a new wave of over-65s are now embracing the prospect of downsizing and making the move to a high-end retirement community. For many, this offers the opportunity to live amongst like-minded individuals with shared passions and an enriched quality of life. A whole new generation of baby boomers – and indeed those in their golden years – have found that exchanging a high maintenance, large house for a hassle-free, contemporary apartment, has afforded a newly-found freedom. Peggy Bigglestone made such a move in 2011. After a number of years living in a three-bedroom house in rural Cornwall, some distance from friends and family, Peggy purchased a one-bedroom apartment at Grove Place in Hampshire – an award-winning retirement community operated by LifeCare Residences. Peggy explains: “I lived in the most beautiful house in Cornwall – eight miles from Launceston, and eight miles from Bude; it was a converted stable block with far-reaching views of the rolling countryside. It was, however, very isolating, especially given that most of my family and friends were in Kent. “My husband passed away in 2006 and, I have to admit, I felt quite alone. After five years, I’d often reach an afternoon and realise I hadn’t spoken to anyone that day, and decided that moving would be best,” Peggy continues. “I had been staying with some friends when I came across an advert for Grove Place in a newspaper, and I thought it looked lovely. The manor house at the centre and the extensive grounds looked so charming, and I couldn’t quite believe there was the chance to live somewhere so grand. “Before buying at Grove Place, I looked at another option in Tunbridge Wells – a town I knew well and where I had owned a property previously. The apartment had a nice garden, but lacked any other amenities. It also had a rather dreary view of a car park,” Peggy adds. “Realising that Tunbridge Wells wasn’t right, I went to Grove Place with my brother-in-law to look at a two-bedroom bungalow. It was lovely, but it was also very spacious, and I felt like it might be a bit too big. “A one-bedroom apartment then became available, which I went back to look at. It had the most wonderful views of the manor house and I knew then and there that it would make the right home for me. It’s a cosy flat and an ideal size, as I simply don’t want the trouble of housework!” Peggy adds: “I have now lived at Grove Place for over five years and I feel utterly spoilt. The manor house really is beautiful, and the whole community has a great atmosphere. The staff couldn’t be better – they are so helpful and always smiling. I like the company and my neighbours most of all, but also the privacy that I have as and when I want it. I feel very safe here. “There is a range of activities at Grove Place that you can try out; I am part of the choir and a ukulele club, and I go out on lots of day trip; some of my friends use the pool or the gym. There is always something interesting happening that you are welcome to join in with. I really do love my life at Grove Place.” The Village >
Each month, residents enjoy competitive skittles at the Ship – our local 15th century hostelry.
Teams are selected at random and a healthy sense of competition ensures that all participants are deemed winners at the end of the evening.
On 6th October, residents and their grandchildren celebrated National Grandparents’ Day at Grove Place.
In homage to the historical manor house and grounds, guests enjoyed a celebration of nostalgic childhood pastimes from a bygone era. General Manager, David Knight, comments: “National Grandparents Day was an excellent opportunity to welcome the grandchildren – and great grandchildren – of our residents to Grove Place. So much fun was had by all who attended and it was lovely to see the young ones excited about where their grandparents live. Between the magician, pottery classes, traditional ice cream bike, petting zoo, pony rides and face-painting, I’m not sure who had more fun – the grandchildren or ‘grown-ups’!”
If you’re in the process of deciding whether to make the move to Grove Place, it is now even easier to start your new chapter. Our ‘At Your Service’ relocation package – worth in excess of £4,000 – will take the stress away from your move.
The package assists you in navigating the legal process, supporting you in the sale of your current property (whilst reserving your preferred property at Grove Place) and providing you with practical support such as:
- Sorting and packing your possessions
- Finding and managing a removal company
- Arranging cleaning, property repairs, waste removal and recycling, decorating, carpeting and new furniture
- Managing change of address notifications and co-ordinating connection to gas, electric, water, telephone, TV, internet and other supplies
We can also help to arrange a part-exchange on your existing property if you are looking for a particularly swift move.