Four days after moving into her new apartment at Charters Vilage, Iris Pendergast joined the nearby country club and is now busy swimming and enjoying Zumba classes!
Iris, 76, a former secretary and bookkeeper, plays tennis three times a week, is a keen dancer, and a member of a number of social groups including Orpington Ladies’ Luncheon Club.
The Kent grandmother explained how she arrived at a decision to buy into the independent retirement lifestyle at Charters Village:
“I started to get brochures a long time ago but didn’t make my mind up about anything as most independent retirement apartments just have a small communal room and a small garden attached.
“I hung on hoping something would come up more locally to me but it didn’t so I suddenly decided the time was right to have a proper look at private retirement villages and this one came top.
“I came for a proper look and put a deposit down, I went straight home and put my house on the market – quite a rash decision according to my family – but the incentive and the time was right.”
Mrs Pendergast has bought a two bedroom corner apartment that overlooks the centre of the village. She explained: “It’s a wonderful spot. I will never feel lonely with these views of the village and its comings and goings.
“I looked at a lot of retirement apartments but many of them made me feel isolated and cut off, unlike here. I’m also pleased there is no buy to let and therefore no transient living.”
The property and its aspect, the potential for a great social life, and the extended leisure facilities close by at Chartham Park Golf and Health Club, were the key reasons Mrs Pendergast decided to buy.
What she didn’t anticipate was the peace of mind the move has brought her. She explained: “I can honestly say, I have a sense of security here and I feel relaxed for the first time in a very long time.”