George and Betty enjoy being closer to family at Churchill’s Keyes Lodge

When George and Betty Hopper decided on a move to Dartford, Churchill Retirement Living’s Keyes Lodge was the perfect location to ensure they have family close at hand. With everything they need right on their doorstep, the couple are glad they decided to leave their detached house in Sidcup behind and embrace the Churchill lifestyle.

George explains:

Being in our new apartment makes life much easier, as we don’t have the whole house to look after and keep clean any more. Our brand new apartment is smart and spacious with room for everything we need. Churchill’s ‘Move With Ease’ service helped make sure everything went smoothly with the move, and we’ve now settled in very nicely. We had a lovely garden before, but I just didn’t have time for it. Here we still have a nice communal garden area that we can enjoy with our new neighbours whenever the weather is right, but now I don’t have to worry about the upkeep!

“It’s also fantastic being so close to our two daughters, who both live very close by,” he adds. “They’re very happy we’ve made the move as it makes it much easier for them to pop in any time. We see much more of them now, as well as our five grandchildren who are all grown up and also live nearby. It’s been great seeing so much more of them, and also comforting to know they’ll be there to support us as we get older.”

Both George and Betty have also enjoyed the social side of life at Keyes Lodge, and getting to know their new neighbours. “We have regular film afternoons and coffee mornings in our Owners’ Lounge here, and there are always lots of people around to talk to and socialise with,” says George. “I’ve even taken up the weekly tai chi classes here, which I find very enjoyable and can see the positive health benefits. We’ve made new friends and feel very happy here.”

The apartments at Keyes Lodge boast spacious rooms throughout, which have been considerately designed with the over 60s in mind. The fully fitted, stylish kitchens include a built in fridge and freezer, hob and an oven, which is located at an easy-reach height. All of the properties benefit from easy-turn lever taps in both the kitchen and bathroom and illuminated light switches for added convenience. Owners also enjoy ultimate peace of mind from a fitted camera entry system for the highest level of security and a 24 hour emergency call system.

A Resident Lodge Manager oversees the day-to-day running of the development and Owners can take advantage of the host of other benefits on offer, including having family or friends to stay in the development’s well-appointed Guest Suite, enjoying a chat with neighbours, or attending one of the many events in the Owners’ Lounge.

The development is set in landscaped grounds in a central location, just a short distance from public transport links, shops and all the local amenities on offer in Dartford.

For further information on the apartments available at Keyes Lodge, visit the new show complex, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm or call 01322 771660.