TRUE BREW RETIREMENT
A MARGARET River retirement village is being toasted by seniors after including a microbrewery where residents can brew their own beer, and a winery where they can bottle their own vintage.
The Margaret River Lifestyle Village, which opened this week for over-55s, will also have facilities for residents to crush and cure olives and grow their own fruit and vegetables. A hen house will provide eggs, and retirees wanting to stay fit can join a yoga class or jump on an electric bike for a ride in the nearby forest.
Project director Adan Nicholson said his aim was to “do something different” and reflect the experiences that make Margaret River great.
Among the residents toasting the facilities were Bill Taplin and Sandra Lewis, who were the first to move into the new development on the southern outskirts of Margaret River.
Mr Taplin, a former ranger, said he was looking forward to putting a brew on and “tottering back home” after sampling it.
Mrs Lewis said she’d never made wine, but was “pretty good at tasting it”.
“Crushing grapes and making wine will be a completely new experience for me. It sounds like fun,” she said.
The project won a design and development gong for excellence in seniors living at the recent Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards.
“We have really tried to capture the Margaret River region’s famous and unique lifestyle in our village,” Mr Nicholson said. “Residents will be able to enjoy some truly unique experiences, such as growing their own grapes on-site, brewing their own craft beer in our very own microbrewery, and growing their own veggies and fruit.”
Bottoms up: Margaret River Lifestyle Village residents Bill Taplin and Sandra Lewis enjoy drinks from the village brewery and winery.