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 Margaret Court
Margaret Court is probably the best development of Very Sheltered Housing for sale to be found anywhere in England. It is located about a mile from the town centre of Stratford upon Avon, along the Tiddington Road in the village of Tiddington, close to the shops. The first phase consists of 44 apartments, 42 of which have 2 bedrooms and two have one bedroom. Each apartment has a lounge and kitchen fitted to the highest specification, but the 2 bedroom apartments have both a spacious bathroom with WC, washbasin and bidet and a wet-room with a second WC and level access shower. The bathrooms in the one bedroom apartments have a separate bath and walk-in shower. In addition to the 44 apartments, 6 bungalows have been built as part of Margaret Court. Each bungalow will have 2 large bedrooms and a study.
Margaret Court was built in 2009. The original leases were granted for 125 years but the actual period available will depend on the current date and whether any past owner has extended the lease.
Margaret Court Facilities
The design of Margaret 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 and bungalows, there are a number of communal areas in the Court available for use by all Owners.
Margaret 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.
Margaret 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. There is a television and dvd player as well as a stereo providing Owners with the opportunity to enjoy film, concerts and musical evenings. In addition to the Lounge, there is a communal conservatory available for use by all Owners. 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 Margaret Court is a wonderful way to explore the local sights and sounds.
Margaret 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.