RETIRE TO THE HEART OF HAMPSHIRE
Enjoy 27 acres of
grounds on the edge
of the New Forest
LIVE THE LIFE YOU CHOOSE
Balance the tranquility
rural living with a social life
available on demand
Grove Place recently hosted a gala dinner at our Grade I listed manor house. Residents were invited to embrace the theme of the ‘Midas Touch’. Champagne was served on arrival, followed by a five course meal and dancing until late.
Proving that all that glitters is in fact gold, one resident commented: “It really was sensational, beautiful tables and decorations, cards, menus, balloons, blowers, crackers, music and dancing – we named it and you provided it! Really great fun, and the dinner and wines were absolutely delicious. We couldn’t have enjoyed it more.”
birds of prey
Our stunning Manor House created the perfect backdrop for a truly enchanting birds of prey falconry display.
It was as if we were transported back in time to the mid 18th Century when falconry was the most popular sport in Britain. The whole event left us feeling spellbound by these wonderful birds and a sport that has survived for centuries.
We offer regular classes every Tuesday and Saturday, meeting up at the pool for aqua fit. We also have pilates and zumba classes.
The Grove Place events committee are always looking for our next adventure. On this occasion, we arrived at Hythe Marina just in time to see the Queen Mary II sailing by. We boarded the Alison MacGregor boat and had a great time exploring Southampton waters.
AT THE SHIP
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.
Following the release and sale of the ‘Strummers & Pluckers’ song – including an airing on Radio Solent – we presented the Alzheimers Society with a cheque for over £1,000 – with £500 coming directly from CD sales. Our house band will be announcing tour dates soon!
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, (60), 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.”