“There’s so much to it, it’s wonderful!”
With a son in Bovey Tracy, The Priory a short distance away in Abbotskerswell, was perfectly located for Mary Harries. But her move from a property in a small Scottish village wasn’t just about pinpointing the right location. Her new home had to meet her requirements – two bedrooms and two bathrooms – and the lifestyle she had in mind.
The Try Before You Buy scheme offered at The Priory by owners Retirement Villages Group Ltd was the perfect opportunity for Mrs Harries to find out if it did.
After calling into an open day, she was invited to enjoy a complimentary overnight stay. Arriving with her overnight bag, Mrs Harries, who’s 75, settled into the dedicated two bedroom apartment at The Priory, near Abbotskerswell.
Following a guided tour by the village manager, Mrs Harries joined some of the residents for lunch in The Forum, the village’s main function room. The afternoon was whiled away exploring and then she accepted her host’s invitation to join in a musical evening in the village.
“The grounds were lovely, the buildings were full of character and the views across the countryside were beautiful,” said Mrs Harries.
“There was a two bedroom cottage for sale but after a night in the Try Before You Buy apartment I knew it was that one I wanted.”
Just a few weeks later, last November Mrs Harries moved in to her new apartment.
“If I hadn’t been able to stay, I’d probably still be umming and ahhing about whether it was the right move to make,” said Mrs Harries. “As it was, I knew before I left that it was ideal for me.”
Mrs Harries has thrown herself into village life, popping into coffee mornings, making friends and joining trips out.
“One of the ladies here said the other day that she hadn’t realised how boring her life had become before she came here,” said Mrs Harries. “I know just what she means, there’s so much to, it’s wonderful!”
Retirement Villages Group Ltd offers the Try Before You Buy scheme at a number of its villages.