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It's official: The Croft is a great place to live!
Residents and staff have been saying it for some time and now it’s official. The Croft is one of the best places to live if you are over 55.
The Croft has won a Silver Award in the keenly-contested Best Retirement Development category in the prestigious 2014 WhatHouse? Awards – the ‘Oscars’ of the UK housebuilding industry. The Croft provides a high quality of life and other benefits for residents.
It has 75 high-quality one and two-bedroom bungalows, two and three-bedroom chalet bungalows and one-bedroom villas set in attractively-landscaped gardens which are a key feature of the popular development. A communal ‘manor house’ acts as the ‘hub’ of the community and hosts a wide range of activities.
Larkfleet says the homes at The Croft are ideal for people seeking an independent lifestyle in a safe and secure environment.WhatHouse? judges were highly impressed. They said: “It can certainly legitimately claim its community status – a crucial ingredient in retirement living, allowing residents to be as sociable or as private as they like.”
The Croft is a sought-after development in an attractive setting for people of a certain age who want to retain their independence and pursue specific interests, either as individuals or, if they prefer, with like-minded residents.
Residents can enjoy a wide range of hobbies, activities and social events. Community-inspired activities range from yoga classes and art exhibitions to darts tournaments and art and craft exhibitions.Life is never dull at The Croft, something judges were quick to pick up and comment on: “Resident activities are key drivers in the success of such communities”.
They were particularly impressed by the “flexibility and balance” as well as the “elevational treatments” of the properties and added: “but it is the warmth of the development’s whole streetscape and use of enclosed spaces that strikes you most.”
Croft property owners enjoy a range of benefits including adaptable homes, minimal maintenance, communal facilities and an on-site estate manager. If they wish, residents can lead completely independent and active lives.
Some of the finer points illustrating the developers’ attention to detail also earned praise. “There are obvious but thoughtful touches, such as raised beds in the garden to make it easier for residents to tend flowers and vegetables,” judges added.
Karl Hick, CEO of Bourne-based Larkfleet Group, was delighted both with the award and the judges’ comments about The Croft. He said:“I’ve always believed that genuine quality shines through and that’s certainly true here. The Croft is an ideal development for residents to enjoy varied, independent lifestyles and live the way they choose. It’s a community where people make their own choices and decisions but the support is there as and when they need it.
“This award reinforces what the property owners and their families say they feel about The Croft. A WhatHouse? Award is a symbol of excellence and it will reassure homebuyers that they are purchasing a property of quality from housebuilders and developers they can trust.”
Larkfleet has recently announced plans for The Croft at Baston, a similar development in the nearby village of Baston. It will consist of 49 one and two bedroom bungalows, as well as three bedroom chalet bungalows for those who want a little extra space. A communal club house will also be located on site.
As at The Croft in Bourne, properties will be designed to need minimal ongoing maintenance so homeowners can benefit from the independence and security of property ownership without the day-to-day concerns of property upkeep.
Karl Hick added: “We want the name ‘The Croft’ to be associated with high quality lifestyles for the over 55s. We are looking at other potential sites for such developments which will all carry The Croft name.”Several purchase options are available to help make moving into The Croft at Bourne or Baston easy and stress-free. Larkfleet offers part-exchange packages and an ‘assisted move’ option with help given to homebuyers to sell their existing homes. A ‘secure home purchase’ scheme and equity deals on selected plots are also available to potential homebuyers.
For more information about the development at Bourne or the incentive schemes visit or call 01778 426995.