Retirement Living – Try Before You Buy – Could Renting First Be A Good Idea?

Retirement living and moving to purpose-built retirement homes are highly topical conversations today, and not surprisingly, since here in the UK we are a population with an ageing demographic. If you, or a member of your family are considering selling a family home and moving into a retirement home, it is a big decision, and not one to be taken lightly.

Poole is home to many attractive purpose-built, retirement homes. However relinquishing the freedom of your own home and moving into a new home with caretaker support may feel like too big a step. One solution could be to ‘rent before you buy,’ so that you can experience retirement living before buying and ensure this new choice is for you.

Berkeleys is currently offering to rent, a two bedroom retirement apartment in ‘Chartcombe’ in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset. Chartcombe is built on the site of the well known Compton Acres gardens. There are 78 retirement apartments in total, in 2 blocks. This development is both prestigious & popular, and was developed by Regalian Properties Plc in 1992. It is also a short level walk to the village of Canford Cliffs.

Compton Acres

Compton Acres Gardens, Canford Cliffs, Poole

Chartcombe is approached by a short drive lined with rhododendrons with access controlled by electronically operated entrance gates and video camera monitoring. Each apartment has a video entryphone enabling visitors to be seen at the main gate. The development is situated in the themed gardens of Compton Acres, adjacent to Parkstone Golf Course. One of the buildings has a spectacular atrium rising through three galleries to a glazed dome. Some of the apartments have panoramic views over the pine trees and golf course to Poole Harbour and the nearby water gardens. Most apartments have spaces in the underground garaging.

Chartcombe, Canford Cliffs

Chartcombe, Canford Cliffs

Additional facilities include a visiting manager and emergency alarm service. All residents can access the two guest suites, drawing room, kitchen, and hairdressing salon. Residents are able to use a private entrance gate into Compton Acres Gardens when they are open to the public.

Compton Acres was built in 1924. It is a unique late Victorian mixed style design with seven distinct themed gardens – including the famous Italian & Japanese Gardens. Mr Simpson, a margarine entrepreneur, purchased the property as a seaside residence in 1920 and achieved his dream of ‘building a garden with a difference’. His vision was to create a series of gardens to embody the experience of his worldwide travels and his interest in horticulture.

Having undergone extensive refurbishment in the past 10 years, Compton Acres is now highly regarded as one of the most important historic gardens in England. Grade II listed and protected for the public to enjoy, it offers hours of enjoyment, and an ever changing colourful landscape throughout the seasons.

For those with greater vision and budget, the gardens are believed to be for sale currently. However, if retirement living is on your agenda, Chartcombe could offer the solution.