Why buy when you can rent


“I really like the comfort and lack of regimentation and friendliness of the management and staff alike.”

Clevedon Resident

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  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns

Renting is the answer to ensuring a worry free retirement

A report by Age UK, presented to MPs in November 2012 called on the Government to launch a review of retirement housing. It followed hot on the heels of a damning article in the Mail on Sunday about people who purchase their retirement home; which highlighted plummeting resale values, spiralling costs and opaque management fees.

The Hawthorns retirement complex in Clevedon points out there is an option which overcomes most, if not all, the negative issues raised about owning a retirement property – and the option is renting.

The Clevedon development is one of just three operated in the UK by Hawthorns Retirement, an American company which has brought its concept of retirement living across the Atlantic.

The big difference with The Hawthorns is it offers retirement housing which is rented, not bought – and not just retirement housing, but a retirement lifestyle. A fixed monthly rental includes all your many monthly expenses including three meals a day prepared by in-house chefs, gas, electricity, water and drainage, weekly housekeeping, maintenance – even a free mini-bus to take you to the shops and back.

Richard Guthrie is 68 and has been a resident at the Hawthorns in Clevedon for two years he shares the benefits of renting:

“I would say that the benefits of living at the Hawthorns can be summed up in one word ‘flexibility’ the all inclusive monthly rent enables me to know precisely what my financial situation is with no nasty shocks. Security is another benefit knowing that there is a 24 hour management presence. Three meals a day and housekeeping services make for a very comfortable life.  There is no doubt the Hawthorns offers value for money with a choice of apartments to meet most needs. My financial situation was eased by my being able to let my house I would recommend doing this while the present housing market is so poor.” 

Richard adds

 “People often think that the cost is beyond them but they don’t take in to account all the extras that you would have to pay for otherwise. Check it out you may be surprised.”