Retirement homes that love your pets
It might seem churlish for a retirement village in Windsor not to welcome dogs, especially with a corgi-loving resident living in the castle down the road. So it may surprise no one to learn that Castle View has gone the extra mile. Not only will it welcome pets when it opens next month, but it is also offering owners a pet-grooming and dog-walking service.
“We know how important pets are in their owners’ lives,” says Robin Hughes, managing director of Castle Retirement Living, “which is why we want to offer a solution for purchasers who want to downsize, but also have a pet they don’t want to become sepasepa rated from.”
Owners’ pets, as long g as they are well-behaved, will also be welcome on the rooftop and in communal munal gardens. “We know the pleasure and health benefits they can bring to people who don’t own pets,” ” adds Hughes. “A concierge service ervice will be on hand to arrange ge any additional assistance such ch as vet appointments.”
The development’s 63 homes, which are only for the over-55s, start from £375,000 and there will l be a 72-bed care home, too.
Pet-friendly services are now becoming more widedespread in retirement developments, as they can be a deal-breaker for buyers ers who are looking for more ore than just access to a park k to walk their hounds.
At one of London’s most ost luxurious retirement developvelopments, Auriens, where properties start from £3million, staff will also take e your pooch for a daily constitutional utional in nearby Kensington Gardens or Battersea Park. They will even clean it up afterwards at t the inhouse pet grooming salon, lon, if it returns home with muddy dy paws.
Elysian Residences is building two more high-end developments pments in the capital that will also cater r to dogs: both the art-deco style Landsby in Stanmore, more where one-bedroom flats cost from £490,000 to £1.25million, and the Oren O in Hampstead, will have dog groomers groo on site, so you can book a manicure man for the same time as your pet.
According Ac to a new study, 32 per cent of pet owners said that having a furry friend gave them a purpose in life, while nine out of 10 believe their animal anim was good for their health and well-being. well
“These “T findings back up our view that pet ownership can have many positive posit benefits for the over-55s,” says a spokesman sp for retirement house- builder McCarthy & Stone, which carried out the study. “We understand the importance of this relationship all too well. Questions about our pet-friendly policy are always top of the list for pet owners who are considering downsizing, and well-behaved pets are welcome in all of our developments, so
groomers; pet -sitters Sue and Roy Strangeway, main