At Retirement Security, we are dedicated to providing our clients with transparency and clarity. This is why when any of our retirement properties are sold, the seller pays a transfer premium of up to 3% of the sales price to the freeholder, Retirement Security Limited (RSL). RSL does not charge ground rents and does not charge for its estate agency services. There is a monthly service charge payable by owners which includes one and a half hours domestic assistance per week. Further information is available from the Court Manager.
About Elizabeth Court
Elizabeth Court is located near the city centre of Salisbury overlooking its magnificent Cathedral. Immediately opposite the Court are Elizabeth Gardens through which the River Avon flows. The nearby town has a wide range of shops to cater for all requirements, and a market in the town square on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Salisbury has an extensive out of-town shopping area, within easy reach by car or taxi. The library, railway station, leisure centre and several GP practices are all within a mile of the Court.
Elizabeth Court was built in 1996. The original leases were granted for 99 years but the actual period available will depend on the current date and whether any past owner has extended the lease.
Elizabeth Court Facilities
The design of Elizabeth Court combines style with ease of use and mobility, all floors are accessible by stairs or lift so that even those who need to use a wheelchair can live independently in any part of the building. Conveniently placed electrical sockets reduce the need to bend or overstretch and an emergency call system is installed with pull cords in every room of the development. In addition to the private apartments, there are a number of communal areas in the Court available for use by all Owners.
Elizabeth Court possesses its own communal gardens, shrubs and planters throughout the courtyards and grounds, that belong to all the Owners and are maintained by a gardener and/or Owners themselves. A consultative gardening committee will be set up if sufficient Owners are willing to contribute to its work.
As an alternative to Owners’ own laundry facilities, the Court has its own communal laundry room. It comes fully equipped with token-operated commercial washing and drying machines. The proceeds that come from use of the equipment belong collectively to the Owners’ funds. If desired, Owners’ washing can be done in the laundry by the Housekeeping Assistants, for which a charge will be made.
Elizabeth Court has a communal lounge that is the hub of many of its social activities. Morning coffee and afternoon tea are served on a daily basis together with weekly events from whist to keep fit. The Court Manager will be able to provide a copy of the monthly social programme. The Court also features a hobbies room where Owners can take part in a number of activities including board games, card games, art and craft. The hobbies room is also used for meetings of either the Court management company or local clubs and societies of which Owners are members.
Visiting relatives or friends of Owners can be accommodated in our extremely comfortable, guest suite and provided with breakfast. Economically priced and benefiting from the Court’s advantageous proximity to local attractions and public transport, staying at Elizabeth Court is a wonderful way to explore the local sights and sounds.
Elizabeth Court has its own communal restaurant/dining room that provides a substantial meal every day, usually at lunchtime. Meals are not included in the service charge but are available at cost to all Owners. Meals will be taken on a tray to anyone who has requested one and is too unwell to leave their apartment. Guests are always welcome and any special dietary requirements are catered for. Evening meals and themed dinners are regularly held at the Court and light suppers can be arranged if requested.
There are many more staff than are generally found in traditional sheltered housing. A Manager and team of Duty Managers work in shifts and somebody is always present, twenty-four hours a day. The monthly service charge covers the cost of external maintenance and upkeep of the grounds, one-and-a-half hours of domestic assistance per week per individual property, as well as an hour per property devoted to the cleaning of the communal areas.
The committee tries to arrange a programme which is as varied as possible.
For those with a love of literature, poetry readings are arranged with an opportunity to share original work.
For those interested in drama, there are play readings when unexpected talent is often revealed.
Music is also enjoyed. There are sing-a-longs, when we enjoy songs which we learned when we were young. Visits by local choirs and musicians are also arranged. There is also music at teatime and in the evenings, when committee members take it in turns to play music of their choice. This ranges from Frank Sinatra to Promenade concerts.
A variety of films is also chosen taking in serious issues, humorous stories and those which have a happy ending.
Art is also covered. This includes talks about famous artists and the history of art. There is also an art group to try out one’s own capabilities.
Talks are very popular, ranging from such subjects as the Samara Appeal, local archaeologists and lighter subjects such as pantomimes and local theatre.
In order to make these events as social as possible, so that residents can chat and get to know each other, tea and cakes are provided for the afternoon and wine and nibbles in the evening.
A small charge is made to cover the cost of refreshments and to give a donation to the speakers.
Written by a member of the social activities committee at Elizabeth Court