“Having saved money during my move, a friend and I plan to travel to Oman next year.”
Joyce Howes, 72, moved to Millbrook Village from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, in April this year. Joyce had already downsized from a large house to a cottage in a conservation area, but after fracturing her knee, decided she would prefer to live in a one-storey apartment closer to her son and his family, whose home is located in the new collection of properties directly behind Millbrook Village. Joyce took advantage of Renaissance Village’s stamp duty incentive running at the time of her reservation, saving her nearly £14,000.
“Having so many facilities just a short stroll from our home is fantastic.”
David and Madeline Phillips moved from a small village in Gloucestershire to Millbrook Village in December 2016. The couple were attracted to the city centre location of the new development which is ideal for those wishing to maintain an active and sociable lifestyle after retiring.
“We are already very involved in the community here and have got to know our neighbours well.”
Michael and Maureen Gard downsized to Millbrook Village in spring 2017. Maureen, who owns successful childcare business, Puffins of Exeter, continues to work three days a week. The couple admit that they moved a year before they had planned. As both Michael and Maureen have strong professional experience in finance, they realised that the thriving contemporary property market in Exeter meant that it would be a savvy decision to move earlier than originally considered.
“Everyone at Millbrook Village is very friendly and welcoming and there is lots going on.”
Stella Harris downsized from Stafford to an apartment at Millbrook Village in spring 2017, in order to be closer to her son and his family. Having been widowed last year, Stella felt it would be advantageous for both herself and her son if they lived closer to each other, as the distance between the two towns would be inconvenient if Stella required support from her son in the coming years. A former nurse and midwife, Stella is accustomed to relocating.
“This has been an absolutely brilliant move for me.”
Viv Stern moved to Renaissance Villages’ Millbrook Village development in Exeter from Liverpool in summer 2016. Viv had lived in Liverpool for her whole life, however, decided earlier this year that she would prefer to live closer to her family, who live nearby.
“As the community here has developed, the number of activities and events we hold in the clubhouse has also grown.”
Fred and Lorna May moved to Millbrook Village in Exeter, Devon, over two years ago. Having previously lived in Oxfordshire, the Mays often visited Devon for holidays and decided that the county capital was the perfect location for their retirement. Since moving into their three bedroom cottage, the couple has made good friends with their neighbours, with Fred taking a lead on much of the organisation of village activities.