Buying a new home at The Priory is akin to buying a slice of English history. As it’s name suggests, the village is centred around a former Priory which was built in the mid 19th century as a home for the 50-strong Priory of St Augustine.
The exterior of the building is stunning with ornate brickwork, chimney stacks and towers. While the interior of the building has been updated some of the most historic features remain, including the original chapel now transformed into the Forum, which is the hub of the village’s social fabric. The former Chapter House, now The Octagon, houses a snooker table, space for art groups and other activities. The mezzanine overlooking the Forum is now a peaceful library. The nuns might have raised their eyebrows at one of the newer additions to the village: a heated indoor swimming pool!
Step outside to take in the far reaching views over the south Devon countryside and it’s easy to see why the nuns chose this location. It has only been enhanced by the landscaping which has created outdoor spaces in the five acre retirement village which are perfect for relaxation and leisure pursuits, including a croquet lawn, woodland walk, orchard and wildflower meadow. The village is criss-crossed with paths perfect for strolling round with thoughtfully placed seating areas dotted throughout.
There are 43 retirement homes, some cottages and several apartments at The Priory offering independent living for the over 60s. Many of the apartments are exceptionally spacious and there are various original features in evidence including stained glass windows, arched columns and sash windows.
The Priory is an established community within its own right. Residents organise events, social occasions, special interest and hobby groups. A hairdresser and chiropodist call in regularly and there is a village mini bus to take residents on day trips and visits to local places of interest.
The Priory's location near Abbotskerswell places it perfectly for trips to the Devon coast, Dartmoor National Park, Paignton, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Dartmouth and Exmouth.