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Charters Village: the area’s newest retirement village

PUBLISHED: 10:51 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:17 20 March 2014

Chalet bungalow - view from the terrace

Chalet bungalow - view from the terrace

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Charters Village is the fourteenth village in the Retirement Villages Group Ltd’s portfolio. An impressive development which, when fully complete, will consist of 83 properties, a communal clubhouse and a 60 bed nursing and residential home, Charters Village is sure to become an integral part of the local community.

On March 14th 2014, the village was officially opened by television and film legend Honor Blackman at a special lunchtime reception. The former ‘Bond Girl’ and star of The Avengers, was joined by over 100 specially invited guests to celebrate the launch of the £25 million development on the site of the former Bush Davies School for dance in East Grinstead.

The luxury, age exclusive community was first launched in January 2013 at a dedicated three day event, giving those interested in buying a property, local professional people and others in the area the chance to find out more about the company, the concept of retirement villages and Charters Village itself.

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A scale model helped to put the village in perspective; an exhibition explained more about the village; and a computer generated DVD took guests on a virtual fly through of the properties and grounds.

Demand for the properties was unprecedented, with eight apartments and chalet bungalows, representing a quarter of those being built in phase one, were snapped up during the launch.

“We knew from the conversations we’d already had with local people that the launch of Charters Village was eagerly anticipated,” said Sarah Burgess, the Sales and Marketing Director for owners Retirement Villages Group Ltd. “But we were delighted to discover just how committed people were to wanting to live there.”

Skip forward 12 months, with two thirds of phase one secured off plan, Charters Village welcomed its first residents in January 2014. The feedback from the new buyers was overwhelmingly positive, particularly when on the subject of the communal facilities.

Resident Jackie Richardson, 70, said, “People said we were moving to an old people’s home but they have no concept of what we have bought into. It’s more like a hotel.”

“As the village grows it is going to bring new friends and new activities we haven’t tried before. There will be the chance to meet people regularly at the bar, in the restaurant, and have a chat. We will have a new set of friends all in one place,” she added.

In total, six chalet bungalows and Fonteyn House, a building with 22 apartments, were built as part of phase one. Five apartments were also built within the central clubhouse, a century old building that has been fully restored as part of this first stage.

A dedicated marketing suite on site is now open seven days a week, with appointments being made daily to view the two showhomes on site. One of the showhomes is a two bedroom, ground floor apartment in the East Wing of the Fonteyn House building. The other is a two bedroom mid terraced chalet bungalow overlooking the village green. For more details about the specification of the apartments, please take a look at the Charters Village property pages.

The remaining properties for sale are ready for occupation and are priced from £285,000 to £610,000 leasehold. Call the marketing suite on 01342 870871 to arrange a viewing.

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