When we thought about downsizing what we wanted was a small bungalow or ground floor apartment requiring minimum maintenance and a very small garden for me to look after. We moved to Hampshire Lakes and what did we get? We got, for us, a perfectly sized, better then well-equipped, ground floor apartment needing almost no maintenance (by me) and gardens looked after by someone else.
Exactly what we were looking for.
But we got so very much more besides.
We have a Wellness Centre with a swimming pool which early in the morning seems to be my own private pool. We have a coffee shop where we can have a cup of coffee and a chat. We have a restaurant/bistro where we can have a meal when neither of us feels like cooking or, more importantly, washing up. Not to mention the hairdresser, beauty salon and physiotherapy which are available.
We have lovely surroundings, walks out on the woodland paths and walks to the lake where we can feed the swans, ducks and geese or just generally chill out.
But most important are the people around us.
The other residents; our friendly and caring neighbours and may I say friends. It is almost impossible to spend any time walking around the village without stopping to exchange the time of day or having a friendly chat with someone, who will invariably ask “How are you?” and mean it.
There are also many interest groups, Bridge, Canasta, Mah Jong, Scrabble and the Theatre Group to mention just a few. Just because you are retired does not mean that you have nothing to do. The staff; always friendly, ready to greet us with a smile, ready to help in any way they can and always ready to offer support when it is most needed.
We are very lucky to be living in Hampshire Lakes - we are happy here.