Devon LivingIssue #06
Retire to the coast
Make the most of your retirement on the English Riviera.
Whether you want to regularly enjoy a leisurely stroll along the promenade, take an early morning dip in the sea or simply relax and take in breathtaking coastal views, we may have found you the ideal retirement location. Torquay is one of the most popular holiday destinations and retirement hot-spots on the English Riviera with its iconic palm trees, busy harbour, international marina, sandy beaches and array of continental style cafés and restaurants. It has all you could want without having to venture far from home.
“Retirement should be all about making life easier so there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy living here.”
Located above Anstey’s Cove in the desirable Wellswood Village area of Torquay, Churchill Retirement Living’s latest development, Sachs Lodge, is a collection of 33 one and two-bedroom apartments exclusively for those aged 60 and over. Built on the site of the former Gleneagles Hotel, which inspired John Cleese to write the classic sitcom Fawlty Towers, this new development has been named in memory of Andrew Sachs, fondly remembered by many for his role as Manuel in the series, and who passed away in 2016. There is, however, nothing ‘Fawlty’ when it comes to this new development!
Apartments feature generous balconies that allow you to take advantage of the enviable location and views across the dramatic Lyme Bay. From Sachs Lodge there is easy access to the 22 miles of South West Coast Path that takes you through some stunning Geopark scenery with many wonderful vantage points along the way. So, if you’re an active retiree then this allows you to have the best of both worlds.
Retirement should be all about making life easier so there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy living here. The development is looked after by Millstream Management Services, a specialist property management company so that everything from fire and security monitoring and building insurance to window cleaning are all taken care of. The beautifully landscaped gardens and communal areas are also taken care of by the Lodge Manager, giving you the peace of mind that they are being maintained by the experts and are always looking their best.
All of the apartments are completely self-contained with their own front door and are fitted out to the highest of specifications. Expect fully-fitted kitchens and integral appliances as standard, with some of the apartments having en-suites. There is a lift to all floors, so no need to struggle with heavy shopping bags, and there is even a Guest Suite available for visiting family and friends – Churchill Retirement really have thought of everything.
As with all Churchill Retirement developments, Sachs Lodge offers owners not just a comfortable but also a secure place to live. For peace of mind, there are camera entry and intruder alarm systems as well as a 24-hour call alarm system, which for some can be invaluable. Communal areas are of great importance here with lovely garden and patio areas. Inside you’ll even find the Owners’ Lounge on the ground floor where you can meet with friends or family and enjoy a drink from the coffee bar.
The nearby Wellswood Village has an excellent selection of local shops and amenities including a Post Office, deli, pharmacy, coffee shops and hairdresser all within easy walking distance of Sachs Lodge. A short drive will take you to the marina, seafront and town centre where there are a number of award-winning restaurants and gastro pubs as well as the exclusive department store ‘Hoopers’ which offers four floors of fashion and lifestyle ranges.
The show complex at Sachs Lodge is now open for viewing so, if you’re looking for a retirement property that will leave you time to live the coastal lifestyle to the full, why not make an appointment and go along and take a look – Sachs Lodge could be just the place you’ve been dreaming of for your retirement.
There are many local attractions nearby to enjoy when you fancy a day out – here are just a few of our favourites:
Berry Head National Nature Reserve
Oddicombe, Babbacombe and Anstey’s Cove
Blue Plaque Heritage Trail
"Retirement should be all about making life easier so there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy living here."