Anchor’s Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra, has visited Anchor’s new luxury retirement village Bishopstoke Park in Hampshire.

Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque in the village square at Bishopstoke Park on Thursday 14 May.

Bishopstoke Park will provide over 170 independent and assisted living apartments set in beautiful woodland with state-of-the art facilities, giving older people the opportunity to live independently and receive care by highly trained professionals should they need it. There will also be a 48 room integrated care home on the site.

The initial design of Bishopstoke Park was developed by award-winning Gloucestershire-based architects Tyack, which has a track record in residential designs, including Poundbury, Prince Charles’s model village. Taking pride of place at the heart of Bishopstoke Park is the sensitively restored 19th century Mount, a unique centrepiece that houses a luxurious swimming pool, spa and state-of-the-art wellness centre. Alongside the striking Mount building is the contemporary village bistro, juice bar, delicatessen, general store and craft room. Her Royal Highness was also given a tour of the village by Anchor representatives – including a stylish, two bedroom show apartment designed for modern retirement living.

Howard Nankivell, Sales and Marketing Director, Anchor, said: “We are committed to providing the very best in independent luxury living for people who are a vital part of the UK’s growing silver economy and who are looking to enjoy later life. By blending charming restoration with cutting-edge architecture, we’ve created a retirement village that is inspired by its past and perfect for our residents future needs. Princess Alexandra’s visit marks an important milestone for us, the delivery of our first retirement village in 10 years and our first that has had such demand for luxurious hotel-style facilities. We are due to launch another retirement village in Yateley later this year, which will deliver another 110 homes for an increasingly discerning ageing population.”

Bishopstoke Park has a range of one and two-bedroom apartments available, which have been rated both Excellent in the BREEAM system and level four in the Code for Sustainable Homes. Apartments have fitted kitchens, master bedroom with direct access to the bathroom and rooms pre-wired for telephone, internet access and satellite television. Special features include walk-in showers, easy-open windows, easy-to-turn taps and power sockets set at an easy to reach height. Security includes smoke detectors, intruder alarms and CCTV monitoring of communal areas, whilst there is a 24-hour call system.

The extensive grounds at Bishopstoke Park include a mix of gardens, open spaces, barbeque and picnic areas as well as a woodland area complete with Trim Trail for keen joggers and walkers.

Bishopstoke Park is a short walk from the historic village of Bishopstoke, with shops, community post office, two churches and a local pub. The village is also a convenient drive from Winchester and Southampton, with rail services into London and international connections from Southampton airport.

For more information visit the Bishopstoke Park website here.

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