The first signs of summer are finally beginning to appear – and if you’re thinking of downsizing this summer to make the most of your retirement in beautiful surroundings, Mill View could be just what you’re looking for.

The independent living community in the village of Hauxton, near Cambridge, is managed by non-profit housing association bpha, and offers luxurious one- and two-bedroom apartments for over 55s along with onsite care.

In the summer months, we all want to be making the most of the sunshine – and living is made easy at Mill View, giving residents ample opportunities to socialise, relax, enjoy al fresco dining, explore nature and get out and about in the local area.

Here, we explore just a few reasons why this summer is an ideal time to make the move to Mill View. 

Communal and outdoor spaces

Mill View is set in a wonderful location with views across the Cambridgeshire countryside, and there are several outdoor spaces on the purpose-built development where residents can enjoy the sun.

The private, landscaped gardens have been carefully designed to be pleasing to the eye whether at close quarters or from the comfort of your apartment’s private balcony or terrace.

The rooftop restaurant and terrace also offers the perfect place to enjoy a delicious al fresco meal, either alone or with friends and family. It boasts panoramic views across open countryside – a wonderful backdrop to admire whilst tucking into a freshly prepared three-course lunch – or why not ask for a selection of sandwiches to enjoy in the privacy of your apartment in the evening?

The restaurant itself is air-conditioned, as are the resident’s lounges, to help you stay comfortable on those warm summer nights.

Other onsite facilities at Mill View include a shop, hair salon, communal laundry facilities and lounges, mobility scooter storage and a guest room available to book for visitors.

The Hunts Post: There are plenty of opportunities to socialise at Mill ViewThere are plenty of opportunities to socialise at Mill View (Image: bpha)

Engaging activities

There is a range of activities and daily opportunities to socialise at Mill View, from a quiet evening playing a board game to trips into the surrounding towns and villages.

Green thumbs can spend time tending to summer blooms with the gardening club, or you can enjoy a natter at the regular coffee mornings. There are also trips to the cinema and exercise sessions.

Summer is the time for fun days out, and the pretty village of Hauxton is a lovely spot for walks and cycle rides – as well as being home to a church, schools, mobile library, sports ground and village hall.

There are plenty of village activities to join in with too, and even more to discover in nearby villages such as Great Shelford and Harston.

Cambridge’s bustling city centre is also within easy reach, featuring historic streets, museums, restaurants, cafes, shops and more.

The Hunts Post: Mill View's range of one and two-bedroom apartments have been designed with comfortable independent living in mindMill View's range of one and two-bedroom apartments have been designed with comfortable independent living in mind (Image: bpha)

Nurturing independence

At Mill View, you can enjoy retirement your own way, living independently within luxurious surroundings, with support on hand if needed.

Care can be tailored to each resident’s individual needs and altered whenever necessary. There is a 24-hour onsite care service, and all apartments are fitted with individual and communal emergency response devices, to give yourself and your loved ones added peace of mind.

The apartments are designed with comfortable, independent living in mind and feature open-plan living spaces with high-spec kitchens, bathrooms with walk-in showers and widened doorways for potential access requirements.

Apartments are also fitted with central heating, double glazing, broadband, TV, satellite, radio and telephone points, so you can relax on your terrace or balcony with the radio on warmer days, or cosy up indoors should the weather take a turn.

There is a shared ownership scheme of 50% or 75% available, as well as rental options. Take a virtual tour of the apartments at

For more information or to book a visit, contact Janet Bennett at 01223 606656 or visit Viewings are strictly by appointment only.