Helen and Paul Baker have already had a taste of retirement village living. Helen’s mother lived in a village in the south of the UK, but sadly passed away just two years after moving in.
“We loved the concept, and mum’s experience made us more determined than ever to act now, while we are younger and more active and can get the very most out of this lifestyle,” explained Helen, 63, a former teacher and administrator.
Ironically, Helen is too young for her new retirement home in Dunchurch! The age limit (set by the planning authority) for the brand new cottages within The Polo Field village extension is 65. Fortunately, Paul is 65 and so the couple were warmly welcomed to what is now their ‘forever’ home at Lime Tree Village.
Why we chose Lime Tree Village
“The location played a key part,” explained Paul, a former university administrator. “We have great transport links here. Our son is in Ireland and we are close enough to hop on a plane at Birmingham Airport, while there is also a main train line straight to London.”
The couple have been married 42 years and don’t usually rush into decisions. However, they came to Lime Tree Village for a ‘Try before you Buy’ stay and found themselves reserving a plot!
“This is very out of character for us,” admitted Helen. “But we had such a great experience. We bumped into one resident while we were walking in the grounds and she invited us to look at her apartment. She was so welcoming and so thrilled with the village. Her enthusiasm was infectious.”
What village life will mean for us
The Bakers are keen walkers – they have a readymade walk to the nearby village of Bilton here, and they make a point of doing so most days to collect the morning newspaper or to buy things from the local shops. As churchgoers they have also joined the Bilton church congregation.
Walking and exploring the surrounding area are on the couple’s ‘to do’ list, as are pottering in their patio garden.
“We love our new home, the space we have and the capacity for storage, which has been a real bonus after downsizing,” added Paul. “We have some outdoor space, but also the benefit of these incredible grounds, which we get all the pleasure from but with none of the work!”
Still relatively new to the village, Paul and Helen moved in just six months ago (May 2017). The couple are now busily building new friendships and immersing themselves in some of Lime Tree’s many clubs and social events.
Paul explained: “Village life to us is all about the people – that’s the residents and the staff – and we can’t believe how lucky we are. We’ve had the most amazing welcome and really can’t wait to get more involved in village life.”