Varied and vibrant village life at The Priory



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, for those unwilling to compromise during the best years of their lives.

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.

Community spirit

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.

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.

Sustainable approach

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, and in return we’ve even provided a small area of land for a local beekeeper to place his hives.

There is always plenty to do at The Priory… Here is a taster. (Click on image to enlarge).

The Priory Social Calendar

There is much for residents to get involved in, if they want to. For more details visit our facilities page and meet the Retirement Villages’ staff who help ensure you enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle at The Priory.

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