They say that time spent with loved ones is always time well-spent.

For many of our Homeowners at Adlington Retirement Living communities, planning to spend more quality time with friends and family has been a major influence in their decision to move.

Eddie and Mabel, who moved to The Bridges in Macclesfield in January 2020 said: “Since we moved here, we can walk straight out onto the canal footpath. We walked to one of our daughters’ houses the other day. It took us about 25 minutes along the canal towards Bollington. Two of our daughters are just a few minutes’ walk away and it’s nice that we can walk to them, or they can come to us. All our daughters and sons-in-law have been to visit us and we have four grandchildren now and they all come here as well.

“We’ve eaten in the restaurant several times, either when we’ve had people over for lunch or just the two of us. We’ve had our old neighbours over for lunch and we have friends over for coffee. 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.”

When Anne moved to Jacobs Gate in Sheffield, she looked forward to enjoying more time with her daughter and local friends, and she also appreciated being able to visit her son without worrying about leaving an empty property behind.

Anne said: “My daughter lives in Sheffield and used to live very near to here. I only need to drive three miles out and I’m touching the Derbyshire Dales so I don’t feel that I’m too far away from the friends that I have in Eyam and familiar parts of the Peak District.

“My son is in Norfolk and another reason I thought it would be good to move here is so that I can lock the door, go, and not worry about the place if I want to spend time with him.”

In fact, many of our homeowners have some local family members and some who are based further away, which is why each Adlington Retirement Living community features a guest suite, with a sofa bed, two single beds, a private shower room and a kitchenette, that can be booked for visiting friends and family. Breakfast is included for all guests and they are welcome to book in for lunch in the restaurant too.

Jean and John, who live at The Sailings in Southport, said: “Our youngest daughter lives in Brighton. She came for Christmas the year before last with her son who’s 11, and her partner. They stayed in the guest suite here. Our middle daughter lives in the Wirral and she comes to visit with her husband. Their children came up here the day we moved in and the restaurant made us a lovely dinner. Our son lives in Perth in Australia now, so he comes back to visit every three years.”

Joan and Bill, who moved to The Chimes in December 2019, make the most of their time in the UK with friends and then spend extended holidays with their children who all live overseas. Joan said: “We have a rather unusual situation in that our three children all live abroad. The joy is, we go over there for five weeks rather than the odd day, so it’s really lovely. The fact that we visit them a lot was a big consideration in our decision to move here. We know that it is being looked after and if we want something doing, such as the flowers watering or if we’ve forgotten to switch something off, we can call our lovely management team and ask them to pop in.

“We’ve got our friends back in Didsbury and already we’ve had one or two visit. They love it. And we’ve made lots of friends at The Chimes too. It’s absolutely fantastic! Here, you can have your privacy. You have your own apartment. You can stay there whenever you want to and you can be on your own… but you also have the alternative, if you want it. You’ve got lots of people around, lots of activities, lots of fun. I think having that choice is such a big thing and you can have one choice one day and the other choice the next day. It’s a perfect situation. I can highly recommend it!”

Come and see for yourself

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 Woodlands in Heaton Mersey, Jacobs Gate in Sheffield, The Sailings in Southport, 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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