A new resident at The Croft (, an age-exclusive community in Bourne for those aged 55 years and over, is enjoying the benefits of ‘downsizing’.

Sylvia Cook moved into a two-bedroom bungalow at The Croft from a large three-bedroom property with an extensive garden just before Christmas and “has not looked back since”.

Mrs Cook was drawn to The Croft development because of the secure community environment it offered. She said:

“My previous property was located in a fairly isolated cull-de-sac that looked onto extensive open fields. I feel much more secure at The Croft and I have made great friends with my two neighbours already. At The Croft, I have the security of close neighbours but the design of the development also means my property is in a nice quiet area, secluded from the hustle and bustle of Bourne.

“Unlike other age-exclusive developments that I looked at, the properties at The Croft are well laid out, not in large blocks that I have seen so often before.”

Mrs Cook is enjoying the convenience of The Croft which located within easy walking distance of the many amenities the town has to offer, including a doctor’s surgery, bus stop, supermarkets, a variety of independent shops, cafés and restaurants.

Mrs Cook added, “Bourne offers so much that I usually end up popping into the town once a day as there is so much to do. I am looking forward to venturing into Peterborough on the bus too. My neighbours say the bus literarily drops you off outside John Lewis! I can’t wait to give it a go.”

The Croft, developed by Larkfleet Homes ( and Keystone Developments (, consists of 68 one and two-bedroom bungalows and two and three-bedroom chalets arranged around attractively landscaped courtyards.

As part of The Croft development, an existing manor house located on site has been restored to its former glory and will act as the ‘hub’ of the retirement community. The renovated manor house also has a two-bedroom apartment available to homebuyers.

The Croft is being marketed as not only a place to live but as a community of like-minded people who enjoy a lifestyle full of possibilities. Homeowners at The Croft will be able to live the life they want to lead, in a secure and caring environment.

Karl Hick, managing director of Larkfleet Homes, said: “The Croft really does offer residents the opportunity for varied, independent lifestyles, without the worry of property maintenance which is a clear ‘pull’ factor for many of our new buyers.”