The Priory

Welcome to The Priory – a unique historical setting situated in stunning grounds, refurbished to an excellent standard with a wide range of amenities to keep you active and entertained each and every day.

The Priory offers an incredible lifestyle to anyone unwilling to compromise. Situated in South Devon and overlooking the picturesque village of Abbotskerswell, It will appeal to those looking to get away from it all and soak up the very best that country living has to offer.

The Priory has undergone an extensive restoration and renovation project to preserve the heritage of this magnificent building externally and internally, retaining the historical charm and aesthetic, whilst creating an idyllic village setting with outstanding amenities at the heart of it.


  • A unique historical setting
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Stunning gardens
  • Community Restaurant
  • Minibus service
  • Allotments

As the name suggests, The Priory is based around a listed former mid 19th century religious dwelling, which was home to nuns of the catholic faith from 1861 until 1983. Whereas nuns are not famed for their indulgence of the finer comforts in life.

The Priory of today is a haven of 43 two-bedroom apartments and cottages, all designed with comfort and ease of living in mind. Many have their own private garden, or balcony and due to the location there are stunning views at almost every turn. Making your home your own is paramount to your enjoyment of it however, therefore your home has been designed to be comfortable and inviting, but with plenty of opportunities to add your own personal touches.

Space to thrive
As a resident of The Priory you will have access to everything you need to enjoy a stress-free, sociable and thriving retirement. The private grounds, complete with putting and bowling greens, are surrounded by private woodland and meadows for you to explore at your leisure. There’s also a wealth of planned activities available including Alternatively, you can take a dip in the newly refurbished indoor pool before perhaps relaxing with a good book in the library, soaking in the breath-taking views over Tyne valley from the Garden Room or sharing a pre-dinner drink with friends in The Forum. The Octagon is also a fully refurbished communal space where residents are free to join in a host of community-led events such as film nights.

Right at home
Our residents are known for their warmth of welcome and inclusivity. Whether you’re keen to partake in all that the village has to offer, or would rather take your time to dip your toe in, the entire community will do their utmost to make you feel right at home and welcome. We want you to enjoy this chapter of your life just as you’d like it – it’s your time to focus on you, so however you’d prefer to spend your time, is up to you. The village is your home and you’re free to live your life as you please – we’re simply here to enhance it as best we can.

Life at the Priory

No one does community living quite like us. We introduced the concept of retirement community living to the UK over three decades ago, and we’ve been leading the way ever since. We know the benefits of community life are plentiful, and at a time when you’re looking to embark on a new chapter of your life it helps to feel you’re surrounded by like-minded individuals, all looking to get the most out of life and make new friends in the process.

Staying active
When you first make the move to our community way of life an effective way to meet new people and make new friends is by joining in with some of the activities, and at The Priory there are plenty to choose from.

All our communities are designed with sustainability in mind. Our developments incorporate a considered and sustainable approach to design, construction and maintenance – for us and for the generations that follow. Due to The Priory’s location, a mile from the nearest village (Abbotskerswell), we’re fortunate to be surrounded by stunning countryside and woodland which we do our best to protect. We also enjoy close links with local shops and food producers who we work closely with to supply us with fresh foods.

Explore Locally
The nearby village of Abbotskerswell is steeped in history, having been recognised as a settlement since 956, developed around the growing of apples and oranges for cider making. It’s a mere two miles from the thriving market town of Newton Abbott complete with its own racecourse and country park. A little further afield is the popular seaside resort of Torquay, just seven miles away. Torquay is one of Devon’s more popular seaside destinations, having earned the nickname of the ‘English Riviera’ back in the Victorian era due to its incredibly mild microclimate.

We are making it easier to take the first step

Rental offers available now

Our rental offers could really help to make it easier for you to move quickly at The Priory. Your lifestyle consultants are available to talk to you about how you can make the move during this period by calling 01372 383950 or by filling out our contact form below and we would be delighted to organise your visit. Speak to a representative today or find out more here.

The Priory Rental Options


The Priory, Priory Rd, Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 5PP

Although set in a quiet location, the hustle and bustle of Devon’s landmark towns such as Torquay, Totnes and Paignton and all within a fifteen-minute drive. The vibrant city of Exeter with its motorway links to the M5 and A30 is less than half an hour by car and local Newton Abbott’s railway station runs direct services to London Paddington and Plymouth.

Contact the Priory

Sales enquiries:
01372 383950

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