Would living in a retirement community suit you?

We asked Fiona Wookey from Holy Cross Priory, near Heathfield, East Sussex to give us the low-down.


Why do people choose to move?

The majority want to ensure that they enjoy making their own decision about their future home – and it isn’t left to a relative due to a crisis. Many people were concerned about the practical demands and costs of maintaining a big house and garden. Plus, their current homes are not designed for potential future care needs and, if they were widowed, life would be very lonely. A retirement community enables you to live as privately as you wish, but have the companionship of other retirees, domestic and care staff within easy reach.

How is it an investment? What type of accommodation is on offer?

You are still purchasing a home, so you are investing in bricks and mortar. You can find some rented retirement flats, but at Holy Cross Priory you would own your spacious and fully accessible, luxury apartment. We have 20 stunning 1- and 2-bedroom apartments in a Grade-ll listed Priory building and 20 new build 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. There is also some housekeeping support included in the purchase price and the option of an in-home personal care service, if you should ever need it.

What makes your community different?

Unlike so many other large, shareholder-owned retirement villages, Holy Cross is totally independent and run by the people who work there, for the benefit of the residents and the community. Owners of Holy Cross Priory apartments are able to get involved in shaping how things are run in the retirement community if they wish. Read More


Tell us about facilities that are on offer?

There is a restaurant, library, small shop, hair salon, croquet and bowls lawns, clubs, allotments, chapel, function room and guest suite for visitors. There is also assistance with transport to the local towns and villages, so you get the best of both worlds – access to local amenities with a private and very peaceful rural setting.

Why not take a look around Holy Cross Priory?

To arrange a no-pressure tour and request a brochure contact Fiona Wookey on

01435 863764 or email

Prices start from £199,950.



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