April 27, 2011

UK: Britain's most luxurious old people's home will have cinema, spa and hair salon

LONDON, England / The Daily Mail / News / April 27, 2011

Apartment prices range from £220,000 for a one bed apartment to £350,000 for three bedrooms

Fancy living in this palatial accommodation, which has its own cinema, spa and private hair salon? Well you'll have to wait until you've retired as this is set to be Britain's most luxurious old people's home.

The Abbeyfield accommodation scheme in Girton, Cambridgeshire, due to be completed in Spring 2012, will offer its elderly residents comforts more typical in 5 star hotels.

The retired life: Each apartment has its own balcony, kitchen and bathroom

Customers will be able to buy or rent one of 76 apartments that are centred around a clubhouse with swimming pool, gym, and restaurant. Ten properties have already been reserved on the 2.2acre site.

Provision for carer support is available but prices start at an eye-watering £220,000 for a one bedroom apartment rising to £350,000 for three bedrooms.

Manuela White, spokeswoman for Abbeyfield, said the housing charity hopes to 'revolutionise' the lives of the elderly.

She said: 'We're proud of the first development of its kind in the region.

'We strongly believe it will revolutionise older people's lives and the provision of care in later life as their needs and aspiration change.

'The traditional bedsit model simply doesn't appeal to the baby boomer generation.

Wish you were here? An artist's impression of the spa
at the planned Abbeyfield accomodation scheme

'It's important to us that older people live in a nice place with things to do. We're not talking about coffee mornings and bingo but really interesting events and facilities.

'There will be opportunities for the local community to use the restaurant and attend the events to maintain a socially active community.'

Each apartment will have a patio or balcony, a fully-fitted kitchen, bathroom, and emergency and security systems.

Activities on offer range from simple coffee mornings through to visiting lectures, jazz quartets, cinema screenings and investment clubs.

The Abbeyfield Society was founded in 1956 by Richard Carr-Gomm after he became concerned by the number of lonely older people he saw in south-east London. It has since grown to occupy over 700 locations in the UK and 16 countries worldwide.

Room with a view: How the dining hall will look like at the Girton complex

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