Why this Cambridge development is the place to move to this summer

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at Mill View

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at Mill View - Credit: DOMOVO HOMES

There comes a time when older people wish to downsize, but still value their independence and don’t really need support for daily care.

An independent living complex can be the ideal solution.

Mill View in Cambridgeshire is a great example of such a facility and offers a way of being part of a vibrant and lively community, with access to care if and when required.

When looking for somewhere to live in retirement, there are many things to consider, from location and residential offerings to communal facilities and outdoor space.

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Socialising is important to residents at Mill View and coffee mornings and lunches are two of many options

Mill View has a stunning terrace to enjoy food and friendship - Credit: Domovo Homes

Mill View in Hauxton is designed to make life as easy as possible and gives residents plenty of opportunities to socialise, relax and enjoy the stunning area.

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at Mill View

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The apartments feature private balconies or terraces and are set in a quiet location, with beautifully landscaped communal gardens.

So what makes Mill View the perfect choice?

Residents can get support from a moving service to make it as smooth as possible

Residents can get support from a moving service to make it as smooth as possible - Credit: DOMOVO HOMES

Wonderful communal and outdoor spaces Life can be as busy or relaxed as residents wish and they will always feel at home - many have said they wished they had moved in sooner.

There is a wide range of on-site facilities including the village shop and hair salon, laundry facility, visiting nail technician, residents’ lounges, guest room if you want to welcome visitors to stay, and a scooter room.

There is also a range of activities and daily opportunities for social interaction, with bpha extra care scheme manager Kayleigh Ackford helping to deliver a whole range of activities, from a more sedate game of Scrabble to wine and cheese evenings and trips out.

They celebrated the Queen's Jubilee with a high tea, complete with fun decorations and Champagne - supplied by bpha.

New chefs spice up the restaurant menu

Two new chefs have joined the team at Mill view, one previously worked with Jamie Oliver and the other has come from Trinity College in Cambridge.

The pair have created a brand new menu, with a variety of options to cater for any dietary requirements and added seven brand new desserts.

Enjoy meeting other residents and socialising with family and friends in the intimate and inviting roof garden restaurant with a terrace which affords stunning panoramic views across the countryside.

A three-course cooked meal at lunchtime is included in the service charge.

Alternately, you can have sandwiches provided to eat in the evening in your own apartment.

The wider area

Mill View offers a great option for independent living in Cambridgeshire

Mill View offers a great option for independent living in Cambridgeshire - Credit: DOMOVO HOMES

Sitting on the edge of the countryside, Mill View is the perfect place to enjoy South Cambridgeshire, where there are opportunities for cycling, walking and exploring.

There are plenty of historic houses, monuments and museums, along with pubs and friendly villages, like Great Shelford with lots of shops and amenities and Cambridge city centre with a plethora of entertainment, leisure and shopping opportunities.

Grafton Shopping Centre and Addenbrooke’s Hospital are also close by.

Support to move in

If the thought of moving feels overwhelming, then bpha can assist you - it will cover the cost of support service the Senior Move Partnership provides to assist people with the process.

Amanda Fyfe, director at Senior Move Partnership said: “Moving home is always a big task, and downsizing at the same time brings its own challenges.

“We go through each stage of the move, from furniture floor planning to ensuring the furniture will fit in the new home, to downsizing belongings, disposal of unwanted furniture, change of address and unpack at Mill View when the removal van arrives.”

There is also a handyman at Mill View to then help residents when they have moved in - putting up curtains, pictures or fixing a bookcase against a wall.

“Having a handyman available is such a fabulous service.

Everyone wants to settle in their homes quickly so they can get on with living, having a handyman is a joy and really helps people to feel their new house really is a new home,” she added.

The apartments are delightful

The one and two-bedroom apartments are modern, light and airy

The one and two-bedroom apartments are modern, light and airy - Credit: DOMOVO HOMES

Residents have their own space in modern, fully-fitted one or two-bedroom apartments, each with a private balcony or terrace.

The apartments are set in a quiet location with beautifully landscaped shared gardens and are fitted to a high-specification, including high-end kitchens, wetrooms, spacious bedrooms and flooring throughout.

There are several care options available at Mill View, the team will help residents create a bespoke care and support package tailored to their individual needs.

You can buy an apartment via shared ownership - of either 75 per cent or 50 per cent - as well as rental options.

Prices for a two-bedroom apartment start at just £360,000. There are options to buy a 50 per cent or 75 per cent share.

For more details call Janet Bennett on 01223 606 656 or visit the website.