Re­tire­ment homes that love your pets

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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

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