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Guide to Downsizing

 Don’t panic!

Property downsizing can feel like a big step; first due to moving out of somewhere you might have lived for a long time, but not forgetting the stress of having to make everything you own fit in a smaller space! But this doesn’t mean it is a negative thing, and changing your attitude towards it is often a great help.

Having one too many empty rooms and struggling with household chores is often the first sign that downsizing should be an option. It can definitely be hard to move out of a home – especially ones that have had families grow up in them – but for many it is the sensible next step. The act of downsizing isn’t in itself a move “down”, if anything it’s a move “up” – to a neater, more compact space where you can start to explore your new stage of life.

Think about more than just the property…

It’s not just the physical property to consider, but its location, the local amenities, the community, security, and opportunities available.

  • Do family or friends live nearby?
  • Can you connect to the people in your community?
  • How easy is it to get to the nearest GP?
  • What’s the nearest supermarket?
  • Do you need somewhere to walk the dog?

Even if you’re only moving down the road, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and your needs, especially if they’re subject to change.

Stay open-minded

Often downsizing is a lovely time for families to help sort through possessions; it brings back memories and gives a chance to evaluate the significance of everything that’s been amassed over the years. Having this opportunity is invaluable and means everything you bring to your smaller property is important to you – exactly what you need around you in this new stage.

Resisting the call to downsize will not make it go away – and keeping an open mind when researching the sort of place that you’d like to move to is important. Retirement villages like ours are a diverse community of new friends, background support, and future prospects, and we would love to have you.

Recruitment Fair on Friday 6th March

Recruitment Event

Friday 6th March 2020

10:30am-2:00pm

The Vision Room, Middleton Hall Retirement Village

Please sign in at reception.

This is an opportunity to:

  • See who we are and what we do
  • Register your interest in working for an employee owned company

Get your tickets here

Call 01325 332207 or email recruitment@mhrv.co.uk for more information

Pottery Class Paying Off with Ceramic Tile Art

Mary Burgoyne, a resident of The Waterside, wanted to capture the image of her beloved springer spaniel- Archie. Friend and Neighbour, Les, was asked to work his magic on something innovative and long-lasting for her to display in the home and have Archie’s memory live on for many years to come.

Les Simpson, who has worked on many art projects in recent years at Middleton Hall, produced a ceramic tile, using a white bodied clay which was fired to 1250 degrees Celsius.  This meant that, if carefully looked after, the article would last for thousands of years, exactly how Mary wanted it.

The Level of detail in the tile is astonishing

Les Simpson, left, presenting Mary with her new tile of Archie

A class runs at Middleton Hall every Friday for residents who work with Les to create pottery and improve their skills. Another perk of being a Middleton Hall resident.

Enquire at reception or call 01325 332207.

Former BBC Controller’s distinguished sporting career highlights

Ahead of this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a resident of Middleton Hall has been reflecting on a distinguished career in TV sports broadcasting.

Duncan MacEwan, age 95, who retired as the BBC’s Operations and Engineering Controller in 1984, oversaw the TV broadcasts of every Summer and Winter Olympic games from the 1950s to the 1980s. 

International television coverage of the Olympic Games was first broadcast in 1956.Duncan recalls visiting every location ahead of each event throughout his career.

“It was vital to get everything right for the broadcasts so I went on a pre-tour to check all the technicalities were in place.

“I was especially pleased that I did this at one of the games when I discovered that no-one had booked any cameras for the film crews which I had told them they must expect!”

Duncan, who moved to live at Middleton Hall Retirement Village in 2019, is also very proud to have been responsible for bringing golf to TV screens in the UK.

In 1954, when television had only just started transmitting beyond the South East of England, Duncan instigated the first live coverage of the famous Welsh golfer Dai Rees practising live on air.

“This little item seemed to please golfers all over the country,” Duncan added. “Fired with our modest success we suggested to the BBC’s Head of Television Outside Broadcasts, Peter Dimmock, that we could televise the 1955 Walker Cup at St. Andrews, the biennial match between leading amateur golfers from the US, Great Britain and Ireland.

“Providing hours of lovely free TV programming over two days at a time when the network was normally ‘asleep’, seemed a tempting proposition: there was of course no regular daytime television in 1955.

“Peter was a dynamic and highly competent production man with a wartime flying background and was very much sport-orientated. He went on to become presenter of Sportsview and Grandstand and the idea appealed to him. He said ‘Just hire me a “chopper” Duncan’ and he came up to visit the site.

Duncan’s next hurdle was to convince Brigadier Brickman, the then Secretary of the oldest and most prestigious golf club in the world, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (the R&A), of the need to run cables along the course that would have to be placed underground.

“I must say the Brigadier didn’t blanch and took it well and I was then charged with walking the course with the Head Greenkeeper to agree what might be done without any desecration of the ‘holy ground’.

“In addition I was present for every yard of the trench that was dug, various large cables being quietly dropped in as we went. Worse was to follow when we would have to locate a potentially disruptive noisy power generator along the course but thankfully we managed to site it into a bank. Happily there were no complaints during the practice rounds so we were allowed to successfully complete our intricate task.”

Duncan’s experience of the occasion was also notable for another reason:

“It was my first encounter with the great Henry Longhurst, who was the BBC’s commentator for the event. I met him and climbed the camera scaffolding tower ahead of him. When I put his haversack down I couldn’t help but notice an unopened bottle of whisky peeping out!

“Henry did a first class job throughout the two days. When I returned to see him back down after the first day, I picked up the empty bottle from the floor of the commentary box and noted what good taste he had in single malts.”

Coverage of the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament in the world, The Open at St. Andrews followed in July 1955 using the same technology.

“This led the way to regular full-scale coverage of golf tournaments on British television, with interest growing year by year. The rest is history,” added Duncan.

“Golf is now so popular on television that producers have access to a multitude of facilities.  It was by no means like that 65 years ago when television was black and white, there was only one channel and we had no way of video recording play. Furthermore, the three cameras we had required careful handling as they weighed some 45 kilos each!”

Duncan faced an unusual challenge during the filming of the 1956 Canada Cup golf tournament at Wentworth.

“I noticed that the picture from one of the camera towers was shaking and spotted that there were a couple of chaps seated on a plinth just below the cameras at the top and one was swinging his legs over the side, 70 feet up.

“I hastily ascended the metal ladder to the camera position only to find that the two offenders were the BBC’s own Director General, Lt. General Sir Ian Jacob and his guest, none other than Group Captain Douglas Bader, the ace Second World War pilot. Upon my arrival I am pleased to say that the Director General’s leg-swinging stopped immediately!

Duncan still enjoys watching golf on television in his suite at Middleton Hall and has very fond memories of his time at the other side of the screen, which also included overseeing the outside broadcasts of several royal weddings.

“It was an awful lot of fun and I wouldn’t have changed my career for anything. I was very fortunate to have worked with such good, dedicated people around me, who shared the same level of BBC commitment to the ever-growing golfing and viewing public.

“But even more importantly, outside work I had the backing and support of my wonderful wife who gave me our four lovely daughters.”

Duncan MacEwan now lives at Middleton Hall Retirement Village

Middleton Grove Apartments

The Middleton Grove apartments are comfortable apartments to furnish to your own standard with the benefits that come with Independent Living with Support.

Middleton Grove Apartments

The apartments are found on the ground and first floor.  Rooms include a generous lounge with kitchenette, bedroom with fitted furniture and a shower room.

The kitchenette includes fitted cupboards, a two plate hob and a fridge with a freezer compartment, sink and work surface large enough for a kettle, toaster and microwave.

Please see the Key Facts for further information.

To keep up to date on the Middleton Grove Apartments or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

Do you need a break? Whatever time of year, there’s no better place to be than Middleton Hall Retirement Village….

Why not try Middleton Grove with a short or medium stay break?

A short stay break is what you want it to be. Sample the wide range of luxury facilities to make your stay as relaxing or as active as you choose.

On a full board basis you can select meals from an extensive menu. Join trips out to a variety of destinations, participate in planned daily activities or simply enjoy a chance to rest. Our Living Well team will meet and discuss your needs and wishes with you to maximise the benefit and enjoyment you get from your stay.

To find out more follow the link to Short Stay Breaks

Apartment 16

APARTMENT 16 – SALE AGREED

 

PRIME, LUXURY TWO BEDROOM, FIRST FLOOR, SOUTH FACING APARTMENT WITH BALCONY, OVERLOOKING THE CLEVELAND HILLS – £319,500

(Event fees apply)

This prime 2-bedroom apartment is one of the four large apartments in Middleton Woods. Located on the first floor it faces south over the Cleveland Hills with the dining area and kitchen having a west facing aspect towards the woodlands. The large living room is designed to allow for a separate dining area and has a door leading out onto the balcony. The kitchen opens onto the living room.

The master bedroom has generous built in wardrobes and a large en-suite bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower. The second bedroom can be used as a study or dining room if preferred.

There is a built in cupboard in the entrance for storage as well as a hot cupboard where the water cylinder is located.

Accommodation includes:
• Hallway • Living/Dining Room • Modern Fitted Kitchen • Two Bedrooms • En-suite Bathroom • En-suite Shower Room • Balcony to the front of the property

For further information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing this apartment and living in Middleton Woods please see the key facts document apartment planEPC and brochure.

For More Information

 

To keep up to date or for further information on the Middleton Woods apartments or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call
Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in Middleton Woods is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.

Apartment 19

APARTMENT 19- SALE AGREED

 

LUXURY TWO BEDROOM, FIRST FLOOR, EAST, SOUTH EAST FACING APARTMENT WITH BALCONY, OVERLOOKING THE GARDENS AND CLEVELAND HILLS – £285,000

(Event fees apply)

This attractivly presented, luxury first floor 2 bedroom modern apartment is located on the first floor. it faces south and east over the gardens and the Cleveland Hills. The large living room is designed to allow for a separate dining area and has a door leading out onto the balcony. The newly fitted bespoke kitchen opens onto the living room.

The master bedroom has generous built in wardrobes and a large en-suite bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower. The second bedroom can be used as a study or dining room if preferred.

There is a built in cupboard in the entrance for storage as well as a hot cupboard where the water cylinder is located. There is access to a boared and well lit loft space accessed by a ladder from the hall.

Accommodation includes:
• Hallway • Living/Dining Room • Modern Fitted Kitchen • Two Bedrooms • En-suite Bathroom • Additional Shower Room • Balcony to the front of the property

   

For further information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing this apartment and living in Middleton Woods please see the key facts document apartment planEPC and brochure

For More Information

 

To keep up to date or for further information on the Middleton Woods apartments or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call
Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in Middleton Woods is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.

1 The Waterside

1 THE WATERSIDE £495,000 – SALE AGREED

 

 

LUXURY, CARBON NEUTRAL, WEST FACING SEMI-DETACHED PROPERTY WITH A FITTED DORMER OVERLOOKING THE PARKLAND

(Event Fees apply)

A large, luxury dormer bungalow, in a west facing position overlooking the parkland. The spacious living room is designed to allow for a separate dining area and has a patio door which leads out to its own private patio. The modern kitchen is fully fitted with doors opening onto the living room.

The master bedroom has an en-suite with a wetroom shower. The second bedroom has a built in storage cupboard, this could also be used as a study if prefered. The guest wc/utility room is fitted with a separate washing machine and dryer. The hallway has a staircase leading to the Dormer and an under stair cupboard.

The Dormer has two generous sized bedrooms with a separate shower room as well as the plant room.

For further information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing this property and living in The Waterside please see the EPC and brochure

For More Information

To keep up to date or for further information on this property and others in The Waterside development or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in The Waterside is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.

19 The Waterside

LUXURY, CARBON NEUTRAL, SOUTH FACING LINK-DETACHED PROPERTY WITH A FITTED DORMER OVERLOOKING THE WETLAND GARDEN – £369,500

AVAILABLE TO VIEW BY APPOINTMENT – (Event Fees apply)

A dormer bungalow, in a south facing position overlooking the wetland garden. The spacious living room is designed to allow for a separate dining area and has a patio door which leads out to its own private patio. The modern kitchen is fully fitted opening onto the living room.

The master bedroom has an en-suite with a large walk in shower. The second bedroom has a built in storage cupboard, this could also be used as a study or dining room if preferred. The guest cloakroom also has a large shower. The hallway has a staircase leading to the Dormer and an under stair cupboard.

The Dormer has a spacious open plan area at the top of the stairs that runs the length of the property. There is a further generous sized bedroom with an en-suite shower room as well as the plant room.

The Waterside is an award-winning development featuring highly insulated homes in a landscaped setting. The property has 28 dedicated photo voltaic panels generating both free electricity and a feed in tariff income. Other energy efficient features include double cavity wall insulation, triple glazing to all windows, a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system and a highly efficient modern electric radiator heating system. The property is fully carpeted and tastefully decorated in neutral tones.

Accommodation – 163 m2 / 1,662 sq. ft

* Entrance Hall with under stair cupboard * Living/Dining Room * Modern Fitted Kitchen * Master Bedroom with en-suite Shower Room *Second Bedroom/Study *Guest Shower Room
The Dormer has a further bedroom with an en-suite Shower Room * Large Open Plan Area running the length of the property * Plant Room
There is a Patio to the rear of the property

The Ground Floor

Entrance Hallway
A welcoming entrance hallway tastefully decorated in neutral tones. Warmed by an electric wall heater and benefiting from an under stairs cupboard providing useful storage.

Living Room / Dining Room – 6.60m x 4.49m max (21’8″ x 14’9″ max)
The beautifully presented living room has a bright open outlook with ample room for both a sitting room and dining area. There is a log burning stove to provide supplementary heat in the sitting area. The French door leads to the south facing patio area with space for a variety of garden furniture as well as planters and pots.

Kitchen – 2.33m x 3.14m (7’8″ x 10’4″)
The kitchen is fitted with a comprehensive range of wall, floor and drawer units with contrasting worktops incorporating a stainless steel sink and drainer.  Integrated appliances including a double oven and a four ring ceramic hob with extractor hood over, built in washing machine/dryer and fridge/freezer.

Bedroom One – 3.70m x 4.18m (12’2″ x 13’9″)
A large double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and an en-suite shower room.

En-suite Shower Room
The en-suite shower room is fitted with a modern suite comprising of a large walk in shower cubicle with shower, a wash hand basin, low level WC and towel radiator.

Bedroom Two – 3.14m x 3.11m (10’4″ x 10’2″)
A versatile room which could be used as either a bedroom, study or dining room.  A large storage cupboard leads off from one side.

Guest Shower Room
The shower room is fitted with a modern suite comprising of a large shower cubicle with shower, a wash hand basin, low level WC and towel radiator.

The First Floor

First Floor Living Room – 8.17m x 5.53m max (26’10” x 18’2″ max)
A staircase leads to the first floor living room. The beautifully presented and most spacious living room is tastefully decorated in neutral tones. Warmed by a radiator and an electric wall heater and benefiting from a triple glazed UPVC window to both the front and rear elevations and eves storage.

Bedroom Three – 5.25m x 3.16m (17’3″ x 10’4″)
A double bedroom tastefully decorated in neutral tones. Warmed by an electric wall heater and benefiting from a triple glazed UPVC window to the front elevation and an en-suite shower room.

En-Suite Shower Room
The en-suite shower room is fitted with a suite comprising of a shower cubicle with shower, a wash hand basin, low level WC and towel radiator. There is a velux window to the rear elevation.

Plant Room
The plant room houses the internal heating systems and provides additional storage.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

2 smoke detectors and 1 carbon monoxide detector, external lighting, CCTV and an emergency call system to Middleton Hall.

Externally
On drive parking and a beautiful south facing patio which is ideal for outdoor entertaining.

All fixed landscaping around the property is maintained by Middleton Hall.

This property is offered as seen.

For further information on the service charge and costs of purchasing and living in The Waterside please see the EPC and brochure including the Key Facts

For More Information

To keep up to date or for further information on this property and others in The Waterside development or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in The Waterside is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.

35 The Waterside

LUXURY, CARBON NEUTRAL, WEST FACING PROPERTY WITH A FITTED DORMER AND SPACIOUS GARAGE – £410,000

AVAILABLE TO VIEW BY APPOINTMENT – (Event Fees apply)

A link detached dormer property with garage, in a west facing position. The spacious living room is designed to allow for a separate dining area and has a patio door which leads out to its own private patio. The modern kitchen is fully fitted opening onto the living room.

The property has two ground floor bedrooms which can also be used as a study or dining room. There are two separate shower rooms giving privacy for owner and guests.  The large open hallway has a staircase leading to the Dormer and an under stair meter cupboard.

The Dormer has a spacious open plan area at the top of the stairs with a bathroom and the plntroom leading off one side and a large generous master bedroom off the other. The bedroom runs the length of the property and has space for a separate dressing or seating area at one end.

The Waterside is an award-winning development featuring highly insulated homes in a landscaped setting. The property has 28 dedicated photo voltaic panels generating both free electricity and a feed in tariff income. Other energy efficient features include double cavity wall insulation, triple glazing to all windows, a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system and a highly efficient modern electric radiator heating system. The property is fully carpeted and tastefully decorated in neutral tones.

Accommodation – 155 m2 / 1,662 sq. ft

* Entrance Hall * Living /Dining Room * Modern Fitted Kitchen * Master Bedroom with separate Shower Room on the ground floor * Second Bedroom/Study and Guest Shower Room
The Dormer has a further bedroom with a Bathroom opposite * Open Plan area to the landing and Plant Room
*Large Entrance Hall * Patio to the front of the property * Garage

The Ground Floor

Entrance Hallway
Enter from a covered archway to the side of the property into a welcoming central hallway with engineered oak flooring, access to all the ground floor accommodation and stair to the upper level. The stair is provided with a dedicated power supply should a stairlift ever be required.

Living Room / Dining Room  – 6.46m x 4.32m max (21’2″ x 14’2″ max)
The beautifully presented living room has a bright open outlook with ample room for both a sitting room and dining area. There are fitted shelves to one wall and a log burning stove to provide supplementary heat in the sitting area. The French door leads to the west facing patio area with space for a variety of garden furniture as well as planters and pots.

Kitchen – 3.30m x 2.65m (10’9″ x 8’8″)
A newly fitted high specification kitchen opens off the living room with sliding pocket doors. The kitchen includes white quartz composite worktops, Villeroy & Bosch under-mounted ceramic sink, NeoTank steaming hot water tap, built-in AEG combined oven, microwave and grill, four ring ceramic hob with extractor hood over, built in washing machine/dryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and plenty of fitted storage units.

Bedroom One – 3.20m x 4.57m (10’6″ x 15’0″)
A large double bedroom with shower room adjacent.  This room is currently used as a study enjoying the afternoon and evening sun. The built-in wall units are included in the sale.

Bedroom Two – 3.24m x 3.11m (10’8″ x 10’2″)
A second large double bedroom facing east over a secluded grassed area and enjoying the morning sun.

Either of these rooms could function as a dining room or a study, allowing flexibility to suit a variety of uses.

Shower Rooms
Two shower rooms fitted with shower cubicle, a wash hand basin, low level WC and towel radiator are to be found on the ground floor.

The First Floor

Bedroom Three – 7.90m x 4.32m (25’10” x 14’2″)
Upstairs is a bright and very generous bedroom running the full width of the house, currently used as the master bedroom, and providing ample space for dressing and sitting area.

Open Plan Area
At the top of the stairs can be found a spacious open plan area, which can accommodate a range of activities such as study, sewing room, art/craft work, or even a model railway layout for visiting grandchildren! Eaves storage can be accessed from here.

Bathroom
The bathroom is fitted with a contemporary white suite comprising of a bath with over bath shower, a wash hand basin, low level WC and towel radiator.

Plant Room
The plant room houses the internal heating systems with useful extra storage space.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

2 smoke detectors and 1 carbon monoxide detector, external lighting, CCTV and an emergency call system to Middleton Hall.

Garage – 2.58m x 3.35m (18’2” x 11’0”)
Direct access to a generously sized garage can be gained from the living room. The garage has an electric up and over door and a significant amount of additional storage. There is a rear door to an east facing paved and gravelled area that will accommodate outdoor furniture, pots and planters.

All fixed landscaping around the property is maintained by Middleton Hall.

For further information on the service charge and costs of purchasing and living in The Waterside please see the EPC and brochure including the Key Facts

For More Information

To keep up to date or for further information on this property and others in The Waterside development or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in The Waterside is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.