Rare chance to buy beautiful renovated cottages in Salisbury city centre Posted on July 28, 2020 (August 23, 2021) by Caitlin Marsh Barker Close is a unique collection of original and renovated cottages within our Chapters retirement village in Salisbury city centre in Wiltshire. The three and two-bedroom properties have access to a private landscaped courtyard, bistro and activity room accessible via electric controlled doors, onsite parking and private gardens – all rare assets to find with a property located within the historic walls of Salisbury. The medieval city has many beautiful apartments often tucked away and making the most of the beautiful architectural features, but they often come without space to park a car or access to a vibrant, retirement living community. The seven Barker Close Cottages are on the market as part of our affordable shared ownership scheme or to buy outright. Each cottage is unique with one three-bedroom property and six, two-bedroom cottages. You can find more in-depth information about layout, footage and prices on our Barker Close Cottages page. All are finished to an impeccable standard with high-quality fittings and materials. Interior layouts are entirely bespoke, with each individual home enjoying it’s own floor arrangement. According to local historian and friend of Platinum Skies, Tony Howe, the site was originally a row of Victorian railway cottages that later formed part of the former Old Manor Hospital. In order to retain the cottages individuality, as much of the original structure as possible has been retained to preserve their character. We’ve worked hard to make the transition between old and new interior spaces as seamless as possible. Neil White, Head of Planning for Platinum Skies, said: “The cottages are very unique and have all the original character. It was important for us to retain much of the masonry, proportions and fittings. Internally, we’ve renovated the cottages to modern standards such as double-lined walls and kept to the original structure. It’s a rare opportunity in Salisbury to own a traditional cottage but with all the high specifications you’d expect from a Platinum Skies home.” Carefully styled by the Platinum Skies design team, the interiors make use of the original character features creating a fine blend of modern and historic design. The interiors inside the cottage incorporate premium brands such as Villeroy & Boch and Neff that give homeowners a sense of familiarity, reliability and confidence. The team have spent many months using their extensive knowledge to plan, design and renovate the cottages into beautiful retirement living homes. Tony Jones, Interior Architectural Designer for Platinum Skies, explains how the specific interior themes are based on each individual cottage and the culture that surrounds it: “The seven cottages at Barker Close are in keeping with the rest of Chapters – our retirement village in Salisbury and all based around a classical style. In this historic site in Wiltshire, we’ve created an environment that feels less like retirement and more of a lifestyle choice. The idea behind it was to lean on the architecture of the building, which is more reserved and traditional. Elegance meets contemporary as we’ve brought in bold colours, eye-catching patterns and premium materials.” The cottages are positioned in a prime location for amenities. With the heart of Salisbury’s unique shopping scene and weekly market just on the doorstep, and quaint coffee shops and independent businesses peppered about the historic streets. Salisbury Medical Practice and a pharmacy are also situated a few yards away from the cottages. Transportation in and around the city is also easily accessible. Salisbury’s railway station offering great links to major cities such as Bath, Bristol and London is just a short walk. There are several nearby bus routes, cycle paths and direct links to major roads. David Hines, Chief Operating Officer of Platinum Skies, says: “There is a certain charm and character within old properties that can only be gained through the generations of people who have lived in them and the stories they have to tell. The Barker Close Cottages are a collection of homes that have this magical character in abundance. Built around the late 1800s, we have reimagined these cottages to once again become homes that now enjoy all the latest technologies and energy-saving solutions whilst preserving their own unique charm.” David added: “With premium fittings and a generous specification each cottage is unique, maximising the interior space to create the perfect haven for living your life as independently as you wish. All in a location that can cater for whatever needs you may have in later years. It really is the best of both worlds. Is there anything cosier than settling into a plump sofa in a delightful Victorian cottage?” : You can now also visit our beautiful locations for a safe visit and experience the Platinum Skies lifestyle first-hand.