Bringing the retirement community closer together and nurturing a sense of independence is at the heart of one leading UK retirement developer – and last week’s summer garden party is proof of that.

Described as ‘vibrant, lively and enjoyed by all’, retirees across Shirley joined local homeowners at McCarthy Stone’s Wheatley Place Retirement Living PLUS development to celebrate the warm weather. There was a hum of excited chatter and dancing as guests sipped summer tipples, enjoyed light refreshments and a live performance from swing singer, Sammy Dean, in the beautiful communal lounge.

Louise Flynn, Divisional Marketing Manager at McCarthy Stone, said: “Wheatley Place is a community of friends, and it was a pleasure to welcome locals from across Shirley to experience this first hand.

“Seeing everyone come together to celebrate was a great reflection of what we’re all about here at McCarthy Stone. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us and made the day even more special.”

Wheatley Place Retirement Living PLUS development has been designed exclusively for an independent lifestyle for the over 70s. The complex boasts a stylish and welcoming communal lounge, perfect for socialising with new neighbours, a well-maintained roof terrace and landscaped gardens, and a handy guest suite for when friends and family come to stay.

Located in the sought after suburban location of Shirley, Wheatley Place also features a wellness suite, perfect for regular barber, hairdresser, manicurist and massage needs. The on-site exercise studio proves to be highly popular with regular classes in ballroom dancing, tai chi, and circuit training.

For those who may require a little additional help, at Wheatley Place there is an Estate Manager who oversees the day-to-day running of the development, while an experienced team are on hand 24 hours, 365 days a year to provide tailored support packages to suit individual needs. Homeowners can also make use of the convenient bistro restaurant serving delicious, freshly prepared meals every day, while secure entry systems and 24-hour emergency call points are provided for added peace of mind.

Purchase prices at Wheatley Place start from £229,995 for a one-bedroom apartment and from £299,995 for a two-bedroom apartment, with flexible purchase options available to make moving even easier. More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation. McCarthy Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this rating every year we have taken part in the survey.