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Relax into Retirement

At Cotswold Gate, Burford

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Retirement is a time when we can choose where we live rather than having to settle in a location that’s near work, local schools, or major motorways. Of course, many retirees decide to move closer to friends and family but so many more take the opportunity to live in a location they love – especially if they’ve only been able to spend time there on holiday. This is certainly the case for some new homeowners at Beechcroft’s Cotswold Gate development in Burford.

Beechcroft’s Cotswold Gate is the perfect place to relax into retirement. Designed for the over 55s, this stylish development of elegant, energy-efficient houses and apartments is located opposite Burford Garden Company near the beautiful Cotswold town.

Each new home features a terrace, balcony, private garden – or a combination of these – along with allocated parking. Private gardens, as well as the beautifully landscaped setting, are maintained by an estate manager who also takes responsibility for the communal areas. The development has a residents’ lounge with an honesty bar, a guest suite for visiting family and friends and a shuttle bus into Burford. A menu of additional services from hot daily meals to a laundry service will also be available to owners at Cotswold Gate from the neighbouring care home.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in Cotswold Gate from people who have visited Burford and realised how much it has to offer the over 55s”, explains Angela South, Sales & Marketing Director for Beechcroft. “It’s a small town with a real sense of community. The Burford and District Society organises talks, visits and lunches, there’s a WI and a whole range of activities from jazz and singing to ballroom dance, fitness classes, art groups as well as a programme of activities for the over 60s, several golf courses and some beautiful walks.”

The town itself is very picturesque with views over the Windrush Valley – and it provides everything you need on a daily basis including a convenience store, delicatessen, bakery, butchers, library, bank, post office and the country’s oldest pharmacy. The Burford Garden Company, just across the road from Cotswold Gate, has a superb café/restaurant, food hall, heritage kitchen garden, art gallery and Le Souk marketplace selling gifts, homeware, artworks and handcrafted furniture.”

Homebuyers, Eric and Janet Branson have moved to Cotswold Gate from Sidmouth and say their mission was “to find the perfect apartment in the perfect place, to put our bags down and enjoy ourselves.” According to the Bransons, this is exactly what they’ve achieved at Beechcroft’s new development.

“We moved to Cotswold Gate because we wanted a home that required less physical maintenance,” Mrs Branson continues. “We were looking for a semi-rural location but close to amenities and services with good road and rail connections. We decided we needed an apartment that was new, full of light, with plenty of storage and good entertaining space – it was also important that we could see greenery. We know the Cotswolds, but not very well, so this is a new adventure for us late in life.”

Currently, there is a range of two and three-bedroom houses and apartments available at Cotswold Gate. Each home is a Beechcroft Healthihouse™ featuring high-quality fixtures and fittings designed to promote a healthy living environment.

Prices start from £395,000 for a two-bedroom, second-floor apartment with lift access. This apartment has a generously proportioned drawing room opening onto a private balcony and a stylish kitchen fitted with bespoke cabinets and a range of integrated appliances. Both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and the bathroom and master bedroom en-suite are fitted with vanity units and mirrors.

Priced at £575,000 the two-bedroom house has an abundance of living space, a terrace, and a private garden. The drawing room has double doors leading to an open-plan kitchen/dining room which, in turn, opens onto the terrace. There’s a utility area just off the kitchen and a cloakroom on the ground floor. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one with an en-suite and there’s also a bathroom – all finished to the same high standard.

For further details, call the sales office on 01993 688302 or visit the website at beechcroft.co.uk and view the video of the development.

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