As the nights draw in and the temperature begins to drop, our attention often turns to some of the bigger home repair projects that need to be taken care of before winter.

When a damaged roof requires attention, gutters and drainpipes need to be cleaned, chimneys swept, trees and shrubs cut back, mossy paths cleared and leaves raked, the prospect of winter maintenance can all feel a little overwhelming.

A desire for more ‘me time’ and less maintenance was one of the reasons that John and Jean Geddes decided to move into an Adlington Retirement Living apartment at The Sailings in Southport last autumn.

Jean explains: “We had a big garden and I was doing everything. I was out all afternoon and half the night. I used to come in for Escape to the Country, have a coffee and go out again. I didn’t want to be tied to the house. I wanted to go out and do things.”

As an Adlington Homeowner, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful, self-contained apartment of your own where you can retreat to enjoy your own company; and a thriving community offering new friendships, social occasions and safe activities on your doorstep that you can dip into whenever you want to.

John added: “It’s better for both of us here. I can go cycling. Jean can walk to the shops, use her bike and go for a ride if she wants to and there are plenty of people here who she can talk to. We’ve made friends already. We should have moved years ago.”

When Eddie and Mabel Griffiths moved to The Bridges in Macclesfield, they looked forward to spending a bit less time and energy on house maintenance too.

Eddie explains: “Once we decided, we realised the benefits of not maintaining a house because I’ve spent my life maintaining everything. We’ve always been DIY people and once we’d taken the dog for a walk, we’d set about doing a job.”

Mabel added: “I feel like a lady of leisure really – being waited on and not having to do a lot. We’ve got so much more leisure time to do what we want to do.”

Many of our apartments are available with their own private patio or balcony and all of our developments have beautiful, landscaped gardens, offering quiet corners, a summer house and relaxing spaces to watch the world go by.

Hannah Douglas, a Homeowner at The Folds in Romiley, now enjoys taking in the beautiful gardens, without having to work on them: “I don’t need to do any gardening, which is heaven. I also have a balcony with a chair and table on it and when it’s fine and warm, I can sit up there. It’s lovely!”

The extensive, leafy gardens are maintained by an expert team of gardeners and provide a serene and peaceful space for Homeowners to enjoy some time outdoors.

Mr & Mrs Braithwaite, Homeowners at The Cottons in Ramsbottom, also found the gardens to be a perfect safe haven for a breath of fresh air during the lockdown this summer: “The delightful gardens enable us to walk around and exercise in a safe environment.”

There’s never been a better time to move

When you move into an Adlington Retirement Living apartment, you no longer have to worry about repairs, maintenance or mowing. And with a range of incentives currently on offer, there’s never been a better time to move.

Homeowners looking to reserve a new apartment at The Chimes, Cheadle, The Sailings, Southport, The Bridges, Macclesfield and The Folds, Romiley can currently benefit from six months free service and well-being charge. This covers services such as buildings insurance, water usage, gardens upkeep and maintenance, external window cleaning, lighting, heating and cleaning of all communal areas, day-to-day buildings and facilities maintenance, a subsidy for the on-site table service restaurant to enable Homeowners to enjoy a delicious three course meal at exceptionally good value and peace of mind, knowing that a member of the team is on site and on duty 365 days a year 24 hours a day.

Anybody looking to buy in the next six months will also be able to take advantage of the Government’s recent increase to the stamp duty threshold in England. The changes mean there’s no stamp duty to pay on properties costing £500K or less from now until 31 March 2021, which reduces stamp duty to zero on most Adlington Retirement Living apartments.

When it comes to moving in, we provide eight hours of support from a handyman for every new Homeowner. Alexandra Johnson, Sales and Marketing Director for Adlington Retirement Living said: “It’s an extra helping hand from us that makes a big difference to our Homeowners. The support from the handyman is ideal for having your curtains, blinds and artwork installed, any new furniture assembled and shelves or bookcases fitted.”

Come and see for yourself

Our innovative apartments and retirement communities offer a smart choice for the older generation. With spacious, superbly appointed apartments and a unique approach to independent living, our Homeowners don’t have to compromise on their independence, privacy or social life.

Come and see for yourself by booking a private tour this autumn. Find out more about Adlington life and have a look around our beautiful show apartments to imagine the warm, safe and maintenance free future you can enjoy. With all the time in the world, a lively social calendar, the company of friendly people and the reassurance of support when you need it, you can truly live life your way.

If you would like to find out more about Adlington Retirement Living, a range of beautifully furnished show apartments are open to view Monday to Saturday at The Chimes in Cheadle, The Sailings in Southport, The Bridges in Macclesfield, The Folds in Romiley and The Cottons in Ramsbottom from 10am to 5pm. Call 01260 288900 to find out more or visit

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