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With the days getting brighter and Easter fast approaching, you may be looking forward to spending time with your Grandchildren over the Easter holidays in your over 55 community. Now, we all love going to granny and grandpa’s for time-honored Easter egg hunt in the garden of your luxury retirement village, but if you wanted to spice things up this year we’ve got some great craft ideas to keep the grandkids busy and entertained.  

 Plant Pot Bunny Rabbits 

 This is a quick and easy craft that you can enjoy from the comfort of your luxury retirement flat. The “plant pot bunny rabbits” just require some paint, two small clay pots, googly eyes, a pen and some pipe cleaners to come to life!  

All you have to do is take your two pots glue them together (with the top one upside down and let the little ones decide what fun colour they want their bunny to be.  

Next, after they have gotten paint all over the wipe-clean table cloth, leave it to dry before sticking your googly eyes on the top half of the bunny.  

Whilst you wait for the eyes to dry, under your supervision, let the grandchildren cut some ears out of cardboard, for a classic look white and pink is always a hit. After that, take the card and cut a mouth so your bunny can eat all the carrots and, of course, a nose for the bunny to smell out any chocolate nearby! 

All bunnies need whiskers so take the pipe cleaners and bend them to look like some whiskers for your Grandchild’s new little friend! Finally, stick the whiskers nose, and mouth together and the bunny ears on top and you’ll see him come to life.  

This simple table top craft would be perfect to enjoy on a wet day from the comfort of your retirement apartment. 

Painted Eggs 

 …this might sound like a disaster waiting to happen but we promise that the last thing we want is for your retirement living apartment to be covered in egg yolk. Therefore, we would suggest buying some small plastic eggs for the grandchildren to play around with and paint with any persona they choose. All you’ll need are small plastic eggs and some acrylic paint in colours of your choice. Pick two fine brushes and get painting your little egg people making up stories about them along the way!  

Chocolate Cornflake Cakes  

Would Easter really be Easter without a mini-egg Cornflake cake? It absolutely wouldn’t and with fully integrated kitchens in all of our retirement living apartments, there is no better place to bake!  

So grab your oven gloves and make Easter snacks that the whole family will love! 


 225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces 

2 tbsp golden syrup 

50g/2oz butter 

75g/2¾oz cornflakes 

36 mini chocolate eggs 

Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases. 

Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering  

water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth. 

Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate. 

Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set.  

(Recipe from BBC Good Food)  


From food to crafts we hope we have given you some useful ideas to keep grandchildren entertained this Easter. At Burghley Retirement Living we believe life should be about doing the things you love without the stress of the small things and our maintenance and groundwork service means that you’ll have plenty of time to entertain little ones in your retirement living apartment all year round! 

Grandmother with bunny ears entertaining grandaughter at Easter in retirement apartment



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If you love the buzz of innovation, relocate to the historic city of Derby!

Famed for having the worlds first factory, Derby has always been home to change. With augmented reality town trails and the revered “Museum of Making” on your doorstep, you’ll never fall short of finding new interesting things to see and do; living in this vibrant city will provide excitement and intrigue.  

 Albany Lodge is just a 10 minute bus journey from this interesting city centre.  

 But the location of our retirement living apartments means there so much more than the city centre to explore, Derby is also home to some of the most beautiful National Trust parks, cosy cafes and clubs.  

For great days out to visit with new neighbours, friends and family, there is plenty to explore.  

 Here are some of our favourite places to discover just a short journey from your retirement living apartment.  

 National Trust Days Out 

 Derby has some lovely National Trust estates with history around every corner.  

 Kedleston Hall is a good place to start to get more familiar with Derby and it’s history. A short 20 minute drive from Albany Lodge, Kedleston offers 800 acres of parkland an exquisite garden, perfect for an afternoon stroll. The Curzon family has lived at Kedleston since the 12th century and continues to live in the hall. The house is full of artefacts from Lord Curzon’s travels to India in the early 1900s as well as extensive artworks gifted to the family. For more information click the link below.  


 Cafes around Town  

 If you fancy popping out for a couple of hours, Derby is the perfect place to find a new local coffee shop with a neighbour from your retirement living village. Derby has a number of independent coffee shops if you fancy a natter with your friends or just sit back and enjoy a good book.  

 Speaking of, the Book Cafe in Derby city centre has brilliant reviews, and it is a perfect place to pick up a book that takes your fancy, have a fresh cup of tea and enjoy time to yourself. For more independent cafes nearby see the tripadvisor’s top ten and see which ones take your fancy! 


 Group activities 

 Retiring can seem daunting at first, but we promise you, there will never be a dull moment. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet like minded individuals, at large number of group activities you can get involved in around the city.  

 University for the Third Age is a brilliant way to keep the brain active, there is a broad range of part-time courses in Derby that you can register for, ranging from from learning a new language to finding a new passion for art.  


If academia isn’t your thing, why not find out what is happening at the Mickleover Community Centre. The community center allows had a broad range of activities to try, from a energetic dance classes to enjoying a knitting session with a new group of friends.  

 Finding the right activities and balance in your retirement living

 community may seem like a big task, but the good news is that, plenty of people have managed it, and for them, retirement has become the happiest time of their life. 


An Aviva study found that 62% of retired people consider themselves truly happy, compared to 42% of people in work. Similarly, some 62% of people said their retirement was better than they had ever imagined. 

 So, getting it right means it could be everything you are looking forward to and more. 


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Burghley Retirement is committed to helping you improve your everyday life, out with the mundane tasks of the past and in with taking a relaxing retirement, where everything is looked after for you.  

The service charge that every resident pays, prioritises you and your ability to live without the stresses of maintaining your home. We know that you deserve to spend your retirement free from the worries of home maintenance and in this blog we’ll outline the purpose of the service charge and its benefits to you.  

Independent living is having a life with fewer responsibilities, our communities are built for you to discover the freedom of retirement living, not the trappings of ground and property repairs. Choosing to live at Burghley Retirement Living is about having the balance between luxury and the time to pursue your hobbies, such as gardening, cooking and travel. Gone are the days of cleaning the windows, scraping out the gutters or sweeping the patio, all of this is done for you at Burghley Retirement Living. 

Service Charges

If you are someone who enjoys looking after a garden, you have the best of both worlds. We run a scheme at each retirement living accommodation which allows you to choose an area to take care of and nurture but the wider landscaping is taken care of meaning you don’t have to fret about the housekeeping of the grounds. At Burghley, we discreetly get on with these tasks as we want you to be taken care of as much as we can without you feeling dependent on us.  

We are building communities of like-minded retirees who see the importance of togetherness and socialising. A wide selection of refreshments are provided in the communal area (included in your service charge), which allows you to get to know your neighbours in a neutral setting without having to bring your own mugs, milk and tea bags!  

Whilst you relax in the communal lounge, our house management team will be using your service charge to work behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for you and the rest of your community. Having fewer responsibilities about the house means more time to enjoy those days out with newfound friends. If you don’t fancy traveling far but want to stay active why not join your neighbours with one of the many social events that we organise or go for a walk together in the grounds. All of this is at your disposal when you choose Burghley Retirement.  

Having quality time to spend with Grandchildren is very important to our residents which is why we take care of household management, this allows you more time for days out at the park, beach or a local market. By simply paying the service charge, you know you are in safe hands, we take care of everything from buildings insurance to a 24-hour call out service, meaning that there won’t be the strain of worrying about jobs to be done at home meaning you can enjoy your time with family with no household stresses, worries or burdens.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Life at Burghley is all about you and having the time to indulge in the time and luxuries retirement offers. The constraints of menial tasks shouldn’t drag you down at this stage in your life which is why we charge a small service charge and do the hard work for you.  

However, we do understand the desire not to feel wholly dependent which is why we offer the chance to tend to your own garden or carry out creative activities with your new community. Your retirement is about finding new passions and friends whilst keeping active and staying happy, so let us take care of the rest.  

What is included in the service charge? 

To ensure the grounds and communal areas are maintained and taken care of, our residents pay an annual service charge. The service charge is reviewed each year and is managed on a transparent open book basis, controlled by you, the residents. Your service charge includes the costs of the following: 

  •  A House Manager who is on site 5 days per week 
  • Tea and coffee in the communal lounge 
  • A 24-hour emergency remote call service available to all residents 
  • Your own personal intruder alarm 
  • Buildings insurance 
  • Electricity, heating and lighting of the communal areas 
  • Maintenance and management of the building and its external areas including: 
    • Gardening 
    • Cleaning 
    • Servicing 
    • Window Cleaning 
    • Repairs and redecoration in communal areas 
    • Annual safety testing 

 Find out more about the service charge costs here: https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/how-it-works/ 


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Many people dream of living by the sea their whole lives, yet only 5% of UK residents actually take the leap. At Royles Lodge, we believe that the time is now! Our brand new 

retirement village is situated in the craft village of Marsh Mills near Thornton-Cleveleys, meaning that you too could be breathing in coastal air. 

 Val and Brian D’Arcy are uprooting from Leicestershire to move to Royles Lodge and feel that living by the coast is an adventure they are excitedly anticipating. Not only will they be by the sea, but they will be lucky enough to be closer to their family. Having long distance family relationships can be difficult for more mature family members with 61% of them saying they don’t see family enough, with this in mind, the pull of relatives is an important reason for Val and Brian’s move. 

 They are looking forward to being closer to family but also excited by the prospect of their friends and neighbours from Leicestershire coming to stay in their spare room or in the guest suite at Royles Lodge. The two equal-sized ensuite bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes was part of the appeal of the development when Val and Brian were considering where to live. “The large bedrooms as well as the generous lounge with space for a dining table was a real find for us. As we are downsizing, we still do need the space and the second bedroom can double up as a second TV room as well as a guest room.” 

 One of the things they are most looking forward to is being part of a new community and they have worked with Ruth from Unique Estate Agency pouring over the floorplans to ensure they get the perfect plot. They decided on a corner apartment overlooking the carpark so they can see the comings and goings of their new neighbours. The communal lounge is also a great place to meet new friends and Val is looking forward to lending her skills as a former florist and different crafts to her new community in some of their organised events. 

 Martin Hudson, Managing Director of Torsion Care says “Burghley Retirement is the result of years of research and planning to get the right homes to the right people, in the right places. We are delighted to bring a new standard of living to the market and look forward to seeing the difference it makes to our customers.” 

 When the apartments are ready to move into in 2022, Val and Brian will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary and they cannot wait for their friends and family – old and new to be part of the festivities. 

Find out how you can make the move like Val and Brian here

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By Maggie Wilkinson


Do you sometimes long to have a go at drawing and painting, but find the sight of a blank, white page daunting – with negative thoughts of not wanting to make a mess? Sometimes, we need to make a start in a small, gentle, and easy way, to get our creativity flowing again and to restore our confidence. Think back to when you were a child; do you remember those cold, wet playtimes when you couldn’t go out, and how cosy and enjoyable it felt to be cosseted up indoors in the warm and colouring in?


Colouring is now a really popular hobby, with fabulous books designed especially for the adult market. Grown-ups are finding immense pleasure in this relaxing craft: the contemplative peace of sitting at the table at your retirement village living and setting out the supplies; then, the simple comfort of laying down the colours, bringing the picture to life with your own handiwork. What a delightful way to spend an afternoon, perhaps with your grandchild or craft group, working on your pages together, side by side.

Before you take the plunge and buy expensive books, why not click on the links below and print yourself off a selection of free images that appeal to you?


Supplies you can use:

  • Pencil crayons – these are a great medium to start with, and they vary enormously in price and quality. All the “colourists” have their favourites, and the serious devotees often have several sets. Pencil crayons are more forgiving and subtle than felt pens, with less chance of bleeding through and spoiling the drawing on the other side of the page. The Staedtler 157 SB24 Ergosoft Triangular Colouring Pencils are good, and come highly recommended by the creator of one of the loveliest series of colouring books, Johanna Basford. These are brilliant, relatively cheap, and a perfect place to start. The colours lay down very softly and are easy to layer and blend. Always lay a sheet of clean white paper under the page you’re working on, to prevent marking the underneath design.

Pencil Crayons


  • Fineliners  – These are very posh felt-tip pens, brilliant for complimenting, enhancing, and highlighting your pencil work. The tips really are very fine and work well for tiny shapes, adding decorative dots, lines, and flourishes.



  • Colouring Books – Johanna Basford has designed and produced a series of beautifully drawn colouring books. She has even drawn a very sweet and free colouring book, which you can download and print as a pdf—see the links below. Johanna offers inspiring, free online tutorials, and there’s a very friendly Facebook community who generously share their work, tips, recommendations, and ideas.

Free colouring downloads

Johanna’s Free Book, “Flourish”


Another way you can ease yourself into creating with colour is to start a journal— a small book to fill with doodles and sketches, inspired from little things you see around you whilst at your retirement community near the sea or out and about, or your thoughts. It’s fun to collect ephemera from places you visit and stick them in, embellishing by hand.


It’s truly rewarding to give yourself the time to be creative, and everyone is creative - we just forget to use it! So, why not check out these links and inspire yourself?

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By Maggie Wilkinson 


It’s always useful to have a little project up your sleeve for when the little ones come to visit and need some relaxing indoor entertainment in your retirement flat.   

Children love to do creative things, so here’s something to do on a rainy day from the comfort of your lifestyle village, without making too much mess in your lovely apartment – meet Cressida the cress head and her friends! 

Children as young as four can enjoy this project, stick-on eyes can be fun, and older children love to get creative with the detailing and character of the faces… 

To make this project, it’s good to get the preparation done ahead of time so the kids can get stuck in straight away and everything is to hand. 

Requirements: – 

  • Save some eggshells, and when you crack them open, cut as neatly as you can close to the top or the bottom of the egg. Your choice will influence the shape of the final face. Wash them and let them dry out. 
  • An ordinary pencil for each child and coloured pencils, or fine liner pens, felt tips; an assortment provides choice. 
  • Some plastic sheeting or newspaper to protect your work surface 
  • A small bowl of compost 
  • A packet of cress seeds and a small saucer 
  • A teaspoon for each child  
  • An egg cup for each “Cress head” 
  • A square of kitchen roll for each, or scraps of fabric 
  • Water to moisten the compost. 
  • Egg boxes if taking home 



Method: – 

Get each child to draw a face on their eggshell. It’s companionable to work alongside, as it gets them going and gives them confidence. 

When they’re happy with the features, and have doodled a bit of hair maybe, let them colour in with the pencils, or whatever they choose. 

When the colouring is dry, put half an inch of water into the shell, and show them how to nearly fill it with compost, using a teaspoon. 

 Show them how to drip water in slowly, so the compost doesn’t spill out, then firm it in carefully so as not to break the shell or spoil the art work. 

Get the kids to open the cress packet and tip the seeds onto the saucer. 

Show them how to sprinkle the seeds onto the soil virtually covering it for a thick head of hair! 

Tap another teaspoon of compost to cover the seeds, and drip on more water. 

Fold the kitchen paper or scrap of fabric into four and tuck it into the egg cup to make a decorative neckerchief. 

Park the eggshell into the egg cup, or if they are going to take them home, place them into an empty egg box for transport. 

The cress will need a careful water each day, and after four or five days on a sunny windowsill, the cress “hair” will start to grow, and the longer it gets, the more characterful and quirky the head will be. 

It’s good to use real soil because it teaches them about seeds, growing food and when it comes to hair cut time, there’s another opportunity for a secondary activity…lunch! 

How about boiling some fresh eggs to mash with a bit of mayo, and an egg and cress sandwich could be on the menu! 

Have Fun! 

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By Simon Oakley 


The Thornton-Cleveleys area is an ideal place for senior living communities as you can access nature within a short distance, whether it be nature reserves, long walks or just admiring plant and animal life. Here are some locations that showcase the best of nature in the area. 


Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve 

The first location worth exploring is the Marton Mere Nature Reserve in Ormskirk because of the rich diversity it offers and the native plant life. Managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, you can find plants such as the endangered whorled caraway, golden dock, tubular water dropwort, early marsh orchids, the large-flowered hemp nettle and purple ramping fumitory, all native to the nature reserve. 

This offers a paradise for wildlife throughout the year as different species settle in the area. For example, in the spring you can see wildflowers and birds nesting whilst during summers your see insects such as butterflies and dragonflies appear. 

If you have the spare time, then why not get up and personal with the wildlife in the area. You can get involved in activities such as a canoe safari and pond dipping giving people the opportunity to see nature and wildlife up close. 

Click here for more information


Wyre Estuary Country Park 

The Wyre Estuary County Park is another good place to visit as you can experience nature in a relaxed setting. Walks and picnics are a great way to just sit and enjoy your surroundings or you can sign up with local rangers at the park to go on fun tours and gain an insight into what makes the park special.  

The country park is ideal if you enjoy watching birds in a natural environment or if you admire different tree varieties. It’s a great place to visit to just explore your environment outside of your independent living communities. 

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Rossall Beach 

Living at Royles Lodge means you are only minutes from the Lancashire Coast. Rossall Beach situated a mile from the Cleveleys Beach is worth a mention because of the natural landscape that allows nature to thrive. If you walk along the beach, you will experience birds flocking along the sandy beaches and marine life along the coast. There has been rumours that even seals can be seen occasionally.  

In many ways, it is perfect for a late evening walk as you can watch the sun descend along the coast at sunset.  

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All of these places are a great change of scenery for those living in luxury retirement villages, when friends or family come to visit why not take them for a little trip outside of your senior living communities. 

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Burghley retirement living is a brilliant opportunity to take full advantage of your retirement. It gives you countless opportunities to enjoy your well earned retirement the way that it should be.

At Burghley we believe that the time you spend after retiring should be stress free with no worries hanging over your head, so with that being the case, why wait to move into your own independent living?

Burghley Retirement Living provides an environment in which you are able to stay active physically and mentally (there are even tennis courts to enjoy with your new neighbours).  


We understand that your home is a place where memories have been made throughout your life and it will be understandably hard to let go, but Burghley’s retirement apartments are fantastic places to make new memories in during this exciting next chapter of your life.

The chance to downsize and be free of the burdens of house owning makes buying your own luxury apartment a no brainer.

Having more time and money to enjoy trips is just one of the many things you’ll find you have after downsizing. Not having to deal with maintenance of a house or worrying about cutting the lawn every week will mean you’ll find that the time you have really is your time!

If you are a fan of gardening, Burghley will also offer areas that green fingered residents are able to care for, meaning that you won’t miss out on doing the things you love doing, but without the pressure.  


Burghley are offering a new type of retirement living in which you can thrive independently within beautiful surroundings close to our luxury complexes.

We have situated our luxury retirement apartments near to areas of interest because we know the importance of spending time with your loved ones and taking the grandchildren on day trips.

The freedom of using your leisure time to do activities of your choice, whilst fulfilling and rewarding may be a new concept to you, meaning the idea of being a retiree will be far from how you see yourself.

However, surrounding yourself with others who are also enjoying life after work will help you thrive in an environment where Burghley takes care of any mundane issues and worries that you may have had before life at Burghley retirement living.  


Buying a retirement living apartment can sound daunting at first, maybe even lonely to some.

However, at Burghley Retirement Living we make sure that you are given much more than a luxury retirement apartment, by creating a community with others with similar interests and attitudes to life in retirement.

Having your own private independent apartment allows you to host dinner parties for your new neighbours in your fully equipped kitchen and entertain friends and family in your luxury living areas.

Having fully accessible living designs means that your guests will be able to visit your apartment comfortably, and of course allows you to move around without any difficulty in your own home.  


So the question stands: why wait to move into your retirement living apartment?

The answer is simple, don’t wait, you deserve to experience retirement in the way you’ve always pictured. After years of working it’s time to take time for yourself and be proud of what you have achieved.

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By Kirsti Randazzo


It can be tough to bond with your grandchildren in a time when technology is their main form of entertainment.

Have you ever considered using technology to bond with your grandchildren?

This game used to be done without assistance from technology but, by asking your grandchild to set up their phone to record this on video, you accomplish both getting the phone out of their hand and capturing a cherished memory of you that they will have forever.


To start this game, grab a large bowl and two sheets of blank paper.


Cut the paper into strips that you can write questions on.


Take half the strips for yourself and give the other half to your grandchild – or grandchildren.


Tell them to write down any question they might want to know about you or your life. The questions can be as simple as what is your favourite colour or as deep as what is your best childhood memory?


When you have all finished writing your questions, fold the pieces of paper and put them in the bowl.


This is when it is time to start recording. Have your grandchild prop the phone against something and make sure you are both in view. Now the fun can begin!


Take turns drawing questions from the bowl.

When you draw, make sure to answer with as much detail as possible. Even if the question seems mundane, your answer might stick with your grandchild for life.

Really listen to your grandchild’s answers too!


This is such an easy way to make memories that will last a lifetime.

It is also a great way for your children and grandchildren to learn who you were before they were around!

We often forget that people lived full lives before we knew them. Your children mostly know you as their parent. Your grandchildren mostly know you as their grandparent.


This is a great game to play with your children as well. If your grandchildren are too young to play this game, you could also spend your free time answering your prompts on your own.

Purchase a beautiful notebook and write a question at the top of each page. Whenever you are feeling bored or lonely, turn to your notebook and write your answers.

When you fill the book, it can make an amazing birthday or holiday gift for your loved ones.

In the fast-paced world we live in, it can be hard to connect with loved ones. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the ways you bond with your family. It’s never too late to share you story or ask others to share theirs. In the winter months when you are stuck inside anyways, don’t be afraid to ask your family to play this game.

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Burghley retirement living at Thornton-Cleveleys is a unique and luxurious place to spend your retirement years. Being situated on the Fylde Coast you will be able to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and take long walks along the beautiful beaches the north has to offer.


Having your own luxury apartment in Thornton Cleveleys gives you privacy but also allows you to be a part of the welcoming community at Burghley Retirement Living 


Moving to Thornton-Cleveleys is not just a choice of your apartment, but the opportunity for a relaxed change in lifestyle. A lifestyle for you to enjoy with your new friends and neighbours. What’s more, it is the perfect place for grandchildren to visit with a range of activities on offer to do with them at the weekend. 


Entertaining the Grandchildren   

At Burghley Retirement Living we understand the importance of being a grandparent, which is why having a space to entertain grandchildren is just as important as your own comfort. Being just a short drive away from the stunning Yorkshire Dales means that you and your family can go on rural adventures before heading back to your luxury apartment to relax at the end of the day. Your new apartment is the perfect place to host guests and enjoy an evening with friends and family.  


Plus, with a fully equipped flat you will be able to enjoy baking with the grandchildren when they come to visit to keep them busy. This lifestyle choice will allow you to make the most of your senior independent living apartment. 


Staying Active  

The location of Thornton-Cleveleys means there are endless opportunities to go for a chilly winter’s morning walk, or maybe even a dip in the summer months. 


Time to relax  

Our easy to move policy makes moving stress free and easy, you are encouraged to take time for yourself at Thornton-Cleveleys. The privacy at Thornton-Cleveleys means that after a busy day of tennis or long walks you are free to have a quiet evening in your apartment or sit out on your own balcony on a summer evening. Thornton-Cleveleys is in one of the UK’s most picturesque spots meaning that you can enjoy your retirement in the way retirement is supposed to be enjoyed.  

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