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Marvellous Garden Walks – Dorset & Hampshire

As the first of the summer rays fall over our beloved British landscape and the colour begins to explode from the hedgerows and trees. What better time to venture outdoors to walk and admire the natural beauty that’s on our doorstep. There is no such thing as inclement weather, just improper clothing -Alfred Wainwright, A…

South America to the South Coast

At the end of her career, in her mid-60s, Raquel Lopez sold her flat in London to move to the British seaside. No stranger to relocating, Raquel, originally from Colombia, was recommended Bournemouth by some friends. Just a few months later, surrounded by noisy neighbours, she realised she hadn’t moved for the retirement lifestyle she’d…

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…

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…

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,…

Guide to Historical Homes in Dorset

Dorset is home to many stunning Historical Homes and before the weather turns and the houses go into their winter hours it’s the perfect time to view them. Whether it’s a Medieval Castle, a Tudor Sea Fort, or a Jacobean Manor, Dorset has it all, and if you love visiting Stately Homes again and again…

Mayor of Christchurch Opens Monterey Retirement Apartments

  The Mayor of Christchurch Councillor Nick Geary has officially opened Monterey, our first Platinum Skies retirement development in Christchurch. Planting a Monterey sapling, the development’s namesake, to commemorate the opening, the Mayor commented:   ‘It is my pleasure to open Monterey for the people of Christchurch, Platinum Skies have created much needed high quality…

Our Guide to Retirement in Christchurch

Retiring in Christchurch could just prove to be the best move you’ll ever make. There’s something for everyone in this thriving Dorset market town, which is situated on the South Coast on the banks of the Rivers Avon and Stour. Getting around Christchurch is easy, with plenty of adventures accessible by road and rail. So,…