Oxford downsizer finds the perfect retirement home in Abingdon

As an Oxford resident for 42 years, Lesley Prout made location her number one priority when she decided to downsize.

Lesley, 77, a retired teacher, was keen to secure a suitable retirement property that would still offer her a quality of independent living that she was so accustomed to.

Exploring options in the Oxfordshire area, she made her mind up quickly that Fleur de Lis Abingdon was the ideal location for her.

Lesley comments: “I made up my mind it was the place I wanted to live within half an hour - I didn’t have to look at another place. I knew I’d be happy here.”
Within a month Lesley had sold her house and moved into Renaissance Retirement’s Fleur de Lis luxury retirement apartments on Wootton Road in Abingdon.  She purchased a two bed apartment with a mezzanine floor – a stylish addition to her home.

She continues: “I wanted to stay in the area, to be near family and friends and there aren’t many developments like this around. The location here is excellent – just a few minutes into the town of Abingdon by foot. I’ve only been here a few months but there’s a growing community feeling which is getting stronger.”

Downsizing to a modern, well serviced apartment was also of vital importance, as Lesley had grown tired of the difficulties, and costs, of running a larger, older home. She comments: “I was living on a steep hill that wasn’t much fun as I got older. My house was 100 years old and cold in the winter. Moving to a warmer house was very important as well as the reduced household bills.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_Ren.Abing098a.jpgFleur de Lis, the first purpose built development of independent living retirement properties in Abingdon for over two decades, comprises 24 apartments, with added owner exclusive facilities, including a well-appointed and furnished Owners’ Lounge, landscaped gardens and a guest suite.

To assist new owners, 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.   

These services were a another deciding factor in Lesley’s decision to downsize, and she says: “Living on your own puts a lot of pressure on you as you get older and I didn’t want the hassle of the upkeep of my house either. I’ve brought all my books and many of my personal belongings which makes me feel very much at home. The move was very straightforward – easy. I would recommend it to anyone thinking about downsizing.”

Currently available are one bedroom apartments from £246,000 and two bedroom apartments from £344,400.

To register your interest, and for further information, visit: or call 0800 625 0026 for more information.