I took the tour at Fleur-de-Lis and it was a simple decision for me…I couldn’t wait to move in!

Former French teacher Claudette Simpson, 74, chose to buy at Renaissance’s Fleur-de-Lis luxury retirement development after spending a year living in a quiet Oxford village. The cottage and surrounding area was a little too peaceful for Claudette who had moved from a big house in Norwich the year before.

“It was a beautiful village but had no amenities. It was very friendly but you couldn’t walk anywhere – it was too far and the country roads weren’t the safest!” she said.

b2ap3_thumbnail_CreamTeas1Large.jpg“Here at Fleur-de-Lis you have everything on your doorstep. You can walk into the town centre and Abingdon offers a lot of things to do.

“I chose Fleur-de-Lis having seen a few different places but after I had taken the tour I reserved within 24 hours - it was that simple a decision for me. Rachael, our concierge, has made it very easy for me to settle in. She couldn’t do enough.

“Now I don’t have any problems with gardening, and upkeep of the house. Life is much easier! But I knew if I didn’t make the move now I never would. ”

Security was another important factor to Claudette. “I wanted peace of mind and it is very secure here. There are people always on site and the development feels safe.”

Friendships are an important part of Claudette’s life and being part of a group of like-minded people. “We are forging good friendships and meet up every week for coffee and biscuits. I spend time with Leslie who is also a former teacher and I’m looking forward to getting to know people even better as time goes on.”

Fleur de Lis comprises 24 apartments, with added owner exclusive facilities, including a well-appointed and furnished Owners’ Lounge, landscaped gardens and a guest suite.

The luxurious apartments at Fleur-de-Lis feature high specification internal finishes, and many of the two bedroom apartments utilize clever sliding doors which allow owners to create flexible living spaces.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Living-Room.jpgThe apartments are ideally suited to downsizers, and for those looking to maintain a quality standard of independent living throughout their later years.

Nick Watkins, Development Director at Renaissance Retirement, says: “We’re delighted that Claudette is so pleased with her new home.

“The apartments are clearly in high demand, and we urge interested parties to register their interest whilst there is still availability.”

Renaissance offers its own SmoothMove service at no extra cost. This is a bespoke service designed to ease the pressures and hassle of moving home. New owners opting to use the fully inclusive service benefit from the expertise of their own SmoothMove Consultant, who can offer advice and assistance with downsizing, the planning and setting up of their new home and take care of the often time consuming administration of arranging new utility services.  SmoothMove also includes a complimentary removal service to transport your existing possessions to your new home.   

Renaissance, founded in 1997, has plans for a further ten sites throughout the South following their success at Abingdon.

Currently available are one bedroom apartments from £246,000 and there are five apartments remaining.