A meal for two turned into a two bedroom apartment in Ringwood

When Margaret and Lindsay Byars received a leaflet inviting them to look at Churchill Retirement Living’s King Edgar Lodge in Ringwood, they decided to go for the gift of an M&S voucher – little did they know they’d walk out with a brand new apartment.

Mr Byars said: “As a sensible retired Scotsman looking after his pension, I said to Margaret we’ll go along to this because a £10 voucher will get us one of those nice Dine in For Two meals! I ended up buying a brand new apartment – we just fell in love with it as we walked through the door.”

Mrs Byars said: “We thought we had downsized nine years ago, when we moved from our large four bedroom home – but we actually bought a smaller four bed home and with it came all the same issues like maintenance and looking after the garden. With Churchill we’ve bought a whole new lifestyle.

"We don’t have to do those ‘upkeep’ jobs anymore so we have a lot more spare time and we’re out and about almost every day. We enjoy the social side here too like Pimms parties and continental breakfasts – there’s something to do almost every day if you want to join in. It’s a little bit like being on holiday!”

The couple moved from Fordingbridge and have a lot of friends locally. Mrs Byars said: “My husband still drives so we still meet up with friends from Fordingbridge or visit places like Poole Harbour for the day. We’ve made our old life easier – the only thing we’ve had to do is change our doctors.”

The couple have two children but their son lives in America and they visit frequently, as well as enjoying holidays. Their new retirement apartment has brought further piece of mind.

Mr Byars said: “Locking up and leaving our property is no problem now. We can go away with confidence knowing there is always someone here. So it was fortuitous that the Churchill leaflet popped through our door that day. We’re really pleased with the result – it’s better than an M&S meal for two!”

Located on Christchurch Road, Churchill Retirement Living’s King Edgar Lodge development is a collection of 25 one and two bedroom apartments in a superb location close to local shops and amenities.  King Edgar Lodge is the first of Churchill’s developments to feature its new Autograph Collection, a more bespoke and intimate collection of apartments with interiors designed by renowned interior designer Jane Clayton.

Owners can also take advantage of a host of other benefits on offer including having family or friends to stay in the development’s well-appointed Guest Suite, and enjoying a chat with neighbours in the Coffee Lounge. Churchill’s Reward Card also gives access to exclusive deals and discounts on a variety of national brands and local retailers.

Prices at King Edgar Lodge currently start from £233,950 for a one bedroom apartment.  For more information please call 01425 384 909.

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