Country Life 26-May-2021

Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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6 min.
a home for the golden years

BUYING a new house is always a big decision, but never more so when considering downsizing and embracing a new lifestyle in an age-exclusive development. ‘When someone has to decide whether to move out of their family home, where they raised their family, it’s difficult. Not everyone will want to do it, but what senior housing does is to give people an alternative,’ says Lauren Harwood, head of senior housing research at Knight Frank, who notes that the market for retirement schemes has been expanding steadily in the past 18 months. ‘As the sector grows, there are more options: different price points, options in terms of buying or renting or in terms of whether you want to live in a village-style community in a suburban area or in an urban…

1 min.
what about pets?

Buyers looking to downsize are often undaunted by the prospect of parting with old furniture and belongings, but leaving behind a beloved dog, cat or rabbit is out of the question. Luckily, many age-exclusive developers, such as Audley Villages and Churchill Retirement Living, welcome animals. ‘We know that keeping a pet can reduce stress, provide companionship and help to increase physical activity, all of which is essential as we get older,' says Spencer McCarthy, chairman and CEO of Churchill Retirement Living. ‘More importantly, we know that many of our owners simply wouldn't contemplate leaving their furry friends behind, which is why pets are welcome at Churchill.' Audley Villages shares the same approach, with managing director of operations, Paul Morgan, revealing that owners are encouraged to bring their pets, ‘be that their golden…

3 min.
the maths of downsizing

PEOPLE nearing retirement age have substantial capital tied up in property. Figures from Savills Research show that, in the over-65 group, the number of owner-occupiers without mortgages is more than 5.6 million and their properties are worth an aggregate of £1,734 billion. It stands to reason, therefore, that down-sizers are a key driver of the property market. Savills has found that, for country properties, the percentage of vendors moving to smaller homes hovers between 29% and 32% annually; in London, the corresponding figures are 11% and 15%. In particular, says the company’s residential research analyst, Frances Clacy, ‘we expect a key source of stock over the next few months to be downsizers, as they become increasingly comfortable with in-person viewings following the roll-out of the vaccine’. Moving to a smaller property makes sense…

3 min.
best in show

Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire £525,000 Well established for more than a decade already, Newlands of Stow is known for offering a country-club atmosphere, allowing residents to be as social or as private as they choose. The 10-acre estate has smart, chic apartments next to the charming communal hub, as well as a selection of Cotswold-stone cottages. Facilities include a residents' lounge, a restaurant and a library and concierges can arrange everything you wish, from a private dinner at home to a day at the polo. Currently on the market is this three-bedroom cottage, which has pleasing proportions and a pretty back garden. Through Knight Frank (01451 600613; Mote Park, Kent £599,950 Originally built for the 1st Earl of Romney, the Grade II-listed Mote House forms the centrepiece for Mote Park, a community of 100 cottages…

1 min.
retirement rent

Chelsea, London From £13,750 per month For those who don't want to sell up to downsize, Auriens Chelsea offers the best of the capital on a flexible, lease-based model. It's designed as a modern Chelsea townhouse with a members' club atmosphere and the one- and two bedroom apartments are reminiscent of top hotel suites, with the pool, spa and wellness suite, restaurant, cinema, bar, wine room and car service all run by world-class teams. First-rate healthcare is tailored to every resident, too. Through Auriens (020–3870 7970;…

2 min.
politics of outrage

LITTLE more than a year ago, the Church of England publishing guidance on the relatively recondite subject of Church monuments would have passed almost without notice. The reception of Contested Heritage in Churches and Cathedrals shows how much things have changed. In the words of the introduction, the guidance responds to the call of those in the Anglican communion: ‘To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation.’ Those are worthy aspirations, but if it’s a mark of brilliant generalship to choose your battles—to locate, define and time them—it’s hard to see how this document will achieve its object. Its starting point is that churches need to be ‘welcoming to all’, but regrets that they are not. One reason for this, it suggests,…