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Feel at “Holme” at St George’s Park

15th June 2015 Print
St George's Park gardens

As the release of the new “Mr Holmes” film fast approaches, the now retired infamous sleuth takes a look back at his life. Having lived the life of a detective, escaping the hustle and bustle of London held strong appeal to Mr Holmes, moving to a farmhouse in the heart of the Sussex countryside. At St George’s Park in Ditchling, Sussex, prospective purchasers can enjoy the same luxuries afforded by Mr Holmes and more, with a stunning collection of one and two bedroom apartments available. However in contrast to the isolation the infamous detective departed to, the retirement village offers an extensive range of health and leisure facilities, as well as a packed schedule of social events, to ensure residents can enjoy a sociable and active retirement.

Philip Smith, Sales & Marketing Director, St George’s Park comments: “St George’s Park offers residents an excellent opportunity to retire to the peace and tranquillity of the Sussex countryside, in a similar fashion to Mr Holmes. However our buyers can enjoy making the most of the extensive facilities and landscaped parkland setting at the retirement village, to ensure they can relax, make friends and engage in a wide range of social and leisure activities rather than living a life of isolation and loneliness.”

A final phase of one and two bedroom apartments is currently for sale in Purchace Manor and Rafael Court giving buyers a last opportunity to be part of this highly successful community.

Offering some of the most impressive homes in the scheme so far, the generous two-bedroom apartments in Purchace Manor occupy the footprint of the site’s original nursing home, they are being built in a grand architectural style making the building a focal point of the scheme. Rafael Court provides a selection of new build one-bedroom apartments in a building that also houses the new leisure centre and health club, due to open later this year, which includes an indoor heated swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, games room, therapy rooms, café and hairdressing salon.

There are also an extensive range of indoor and outdoor sports and leisure facilities already available. Outdoor pursuits include fishing in the lake, golf, bowling, croquet and even an allotment club. Alternatively indoor activities include table tennis, snooker, line dancing, short tennis and short mat bowls. The Resident’s Association also organises a packed timetable of activities to keep everyone busy. These include art club, local history, scrabble, book clubs and friendly bridge club and the ever popular ‘knit and natter’ club.

The original concert hall also makes an ideal place for special occasions, communal gatherings and other events including plays, guest speakers and concerts. There is also a library, restaurant / café, convenience shop and concierge service.

Apartments throughout the village are generously proportioned, well planned and filled with natural light. They are finished to a high specification, including stylish fitted kitchens incorporating a full range of integrated appliances. All homes are fully accessible for wheelchair users and residents with mobility impairments, while offering attractive, contemporary interiors. For peace of mind St George’s Park has ensured that all apartments come with monitored security, video entry and fire alarm systems. Homes are built to high standards of insulation and energy efficiency, ensuring low utility bills for residents.

Developed by the St Augustine order whose convent remains on the site today, St George’s Park will offer 240 apartments when complete as well as three 60-bed care homes located close by within the grounds, for those who need more support. It is located less than three miles from Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill both of which offer good local shopping including major supermarkets and excellent rail links to Brighton, Gatwick Airport and London Victoria. A mini bus service and pool car allow residents who don’t drive to go out and about.

Prices for properties currently available at St Georges Park start at £365,000 for a two bedroom apartment in Purchace Manor and from £310,000 for a one-bedroom apartment in Rafael Court. For further information, visit

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