Down­siz­ing the easy way

Cotswold Life - - CUMMINGS’ GOINGS - Email: cum­mings@bbc.co.uk

Mov­ing house is never straight­for­ward, but down­siz­ing can be par­tic­u­larly com­plex. From de­cid­ing to make the move in the first place, to pick­ing how much of your old home moves with you, it’s a tricky jour­ney, but one that can be made eas­ier with help and sup­port. At Pe­ga­sus­life, from the pur­chase through to the point at which you move in, we like to sup­port our own­ers as much as pos­si­ble. Our Gen­eral Man­ager Sarah, who looks af­ter Steeple­ton in Tet­bury, ex­plains how to keep the stress to a min­i­mum when you are plan­ning your re­tire­ment move.

A FAM­ILY AF­FAIR

Mak­ing the down­siz­ing process a fam­ily de­ci­sion can help: your loved ones get to see first-hand the ben­e­fits of a move to a place that’s safe, se­cure and has a real sense of com­mu­nity. We wel­come vis­its from fam­i­lies, so please do bring some­one with you.

THERE’S SO MUCH TO PACK AND OR­GAN­ISE – HOW MUCH HELP IS THERE WITH THE PROCESS?

Our ‘house to home’ ser­vice is avail­able for any­one who needs it. We go much fur­ther than a tra­di­tional re­movals ser­vice and will help you mea­sure up and check what can fit in to your new home. We can also ar­range for un­wanted items to be sold.

IT’S A COM­PLETELY DIF­FER­ENT WAY OF LIFE - WILL IT FEEL LIKE HOME?

We’re here to help you ad­just to your new home. Our own­ers love to help each other too and are bril­liant at show­ing new movers the ropes!

Diana, who lives in an­other of our de­vel­op­ments in Sur­rey, ex­plains how she made the tran­si­tion: “If you had said to me be­fore that I should move to a re­tire­ment de­vel­op­ment, I would have said no but I knew from the mo­ment I saw Car­riages that I could live here. In my old house I was con­stantly shelling out for re­pairs, which was all be­com­ing a bit of a bore and costly. I still have costs here, ob­vi­ously, but I get two lovely hosts, who will take in my mail, make sure the place is look­ing lovely and some­times just pro­vide a bit of com­pany. The lounge is great and I can pop in and have a cup of tea with the hosts or a neigh­bour. It all feels safe and se­cure.” At Steeple­ton, prices start from £348,950 with rental op­tions also avail­able. To speak to the sales team please call 01666 848 228.

Prices at Clarence Gar­dens start from £499,950 and prices at One Bayshill Road start from £447,950. Please call 01242 312 133 to find out more.

School in Bar­ton to come over and mix with the chil­dren from Innsworth School. From both sides we had many na­tions rep­re­sented from Nige­ria to Latvia, Poland to Greece. The Bar­ton Street kids had pre­pared a board with images of mosques, Mock May­ors, ex­otic food shops, the City Farm etc. They pointed out with great pride the parts of their patch they loved the most. The Innsworth chil­dren were to­tally en­grossed and fired off end­less ques­tions want­ing to know more about their lives and cul­ture. I cap­tured every mo­ment and will cher­ish the record­ings for ever.

CAN’T BEAT A BIT OF PANTO

Of course I couldn’t tra­verse the Cotswolds without some the­atrics, so I ca­noed across the Sev­ern from Ar­ling­ham to Newn­ham, did a Ti­tanic per­for­mance à la Kate Winslet on the bow of a boat on my way into Tewkes­bury, nearly killed my­self on an elec­tric fence near Winch­combe, and at Bar­ton Ab­bots in Tet­bury I raced down the road in my Sedan Chair. The Tet­bury Lions are a group of fun-lov­ing lo­cals who sim­ply help out where needed. They love life and have ex­actly the same at­ti­tude to en­joy­ing every day as my Court Leet. With the help of the lo­cal po­lice they closed the road off and lined up a Thun­der­birds buggy to race me. They are fa­mous for their Wacky Races event and pulled out all the stops for me in­clud­ing a pro­fes­sional com­men­ta­tor with a huge loud speaker. They could hear us as far away as Aven­ing, Cher­ring­ton and Nailsworth as I raced up and down in the same mode of trans­port I was pa­raded through the Streets of Glouces­ter in a year ago. They have been in­vited to take part in Glouces­ter Day when the new Mock Mayor will need a crazy mode of trans­port and I think they have just the right ve­hi­cle for the oc­ca­sion.

WE WON’T DROP THE BA­TON

Our gift to all the friends we made along the way is a Bar­ton Ba­ton. A sim­ple rolled-up scroll, tied up with a red rib­bon, and a mes­sage of friend­ship from one Bar­ton to an­other. One of my favourite nights was our fi­nal fling at the fit­tingly named Bar­ton End near Nailsworth. I hosted a lo­cal knowl­edge quiz in a farmer’s back gar­den between a slightly in­tox­i­cated Court Leet of Bar­ton St Mary and a sober and com­pet­i­tive gang from this pretty ham­let up the hill from Nailsworth. Our host, Roland, made the school­boy er­ror of of­fer­ing my lot a free go at his al­co­hol stash and, as it’d been a long week, they de­mol­ished it with rel­ish. As had hap­pened all week, it only took about half an hour be­fore the other Bartons de­cided they liked my friends’ funlov­ing vibe and joy­fully came down to our level with al­co­hol con­sump­tion and rib­ald be­hav­iour. A ri­otous night en­sued with ba­tons ex­changed, friend­ships born and com­mit­ments made for a re­cip­ro­cal visit. Carl­ton Green, who came to Glouces­ter from Ja­maica in the 50s, ended up chat­ting to an old friend he hadn’t seen in years. They worked at the Daniels en­gi­neer­ing firm in Stroud many moons ago and his wife later told me when he got home very late that night he was on such a high he couldn’t sleep.

THE AD­VEN­TURE HAS ONLY JUST BE­GUN

I now have a se­ries of events planned de­signed to ce­ment th­ese newly formed bonds. The ARRC will join us for a pizza night at our out­door pizza oven and they’ve promised to bring a large con­tin­gent of Ital­ians along. My friends at the Bar­ton Allotments in Cirences­ter are club­bing to­gether to buy a tree for our sen­sory gar­den and the Tet­bury Lions have signed up to any­thing in­volv­ing ec­cen­tric­ity and beer in Glouces­ter. I reckon I can think of a few things for them.

‘It was a splen­did evening where two very dif­fer­ent worlds met, ex­plored our shared ex­pe­ri­ences and found many things in com­mon’

Modern re­tire­ment liv­ing in­spired by a tra­di­tional Cotswolds farm­stead at Steeple­ton

In­spired by the lo­cal Re­gency ar­chi­tec­ture: One Bayshill Road in Chel­tenham

Clarence Gar­dens is bring­ing Chel­tenham’s his­toric John Dower House to life

Carl­ton Green from Bar­ton, Glouces­ter, chats to an old friend he met at Bar­ton End, Nailsworth

Carl­ton Green from Bar­ton, Glouces­ter, chats to an old friend he met at Bar­ton End, Nailsworth

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