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Monterey Garden party celebrates plaque

The sun was shining on our first summer garden party at Monterey. The party centred around the unveiling of a new plaque. Commemorating the historic iron pillars from the original Christchurch hospital buildings; which now stand proudly in the gardens of Monterey. Built in 1881, the pillars were designed to hold up elements of the…

From Croissants to Christchurch – A Monterey Story

After 14 years of French bread, fromage and frogs’ legs, Lilian and Roy Coughlin, our latest residents, decided it was time to move back to the UK. Choosing Christchurch as their ideal destination. Wanting to live closer to their family, and looking to benefit from the UK’s better health services, the Coughlins decided to downsize…

Paradise: Poole Retirement Living

Home to long stretches of idyllic coastline, winding cobbled streets and vast green spaces. Poole is well established as one of South West England’s most desirable retirement spots. With the largest natural harbour in Europe, Poole is perfect for fans of coastal retirement living. Whether you’re looking to try your hand at windsurfing, or just…

Relocating to Retirement Hotspot Dorset

Dorset has always been a must-visit destination, the cool coastal resorts and bustling market towns brimming with history, make the area a firm family-holiday favourite. So, it’s no surprise when retirees look to relocate, Dorset is always a top pick! The county’s well-established relocation reputation is thanks to its abundance of natural beauty and quaint…

Pet Friendly Properties at Platinum Skies

It’s National Pet Month, promoting responsible pet ownership and its benefits. The UK is undoubtedly a nation of animal lovers, with 90% of pet owners saying their furry companion makes them feel happier, and over a quarter of us Brits owning a dog – the UK’s most popular pet. Here at Platinum Skies, we welcome…

Spend your next Christmas at Monterey

2017 has been a great year at Platinum Skies with the recent launch of our newly built Monterey retirement property located in Christchurch. Whether you are looking for a brand new and spacious kitchen or whether you are looking to downsize ahead of Christmas 2018, why not view our ideas of why you should consider…

Best Winter Activities for Retirees

Winter can seem like a long season of cold days and dark evenings, but there’s lots to be enjoyed in this period. It’s important for your retirement lifestyle to keep active and healthy which we’ve covered in our helpful tips blog during November. It’s also great to take advantage of the many Christmas-themed activities available,…

Independent Lifestyle and Support in Retirement

A home to offer the perfect balance of independence and support? It feels good to know that even when you are enjoying a quiet moment in the privacy of your own home you can call on someone for support if you need to. At Monterey in Christchurch you will always have the best of both worlds…

Dorset Events to Enjoy with All the Family this Winter

It’s wonderful to spend time with family at any time of year, but people tend to make an extra special effort around the Christmas period. For those of you who are now living at our Monterey property and are expecting family to visit you there are lots of local events that you can take the…

Dorset & Wiltshire Christmas Markets 2017

Christchurch Christmas Festival This wonderful community celebration is back again this year! It’s a wonderful time for the town of Christchurch to get together for a festive family event. There will be a wonderful array of artisan stalls forming the Christmas market on the High Street. These will include stalls offering unique and beautiful gifts,…

Downsizing or Equity Release

How can you free up equity? You’re thinking of retirement and in doing so you have lots of questions. Where do you want to live? What do you want to spend your time doing? How will you support any potential future care needs? How do you deal with your finances? When you’re thinking about your…