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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

Peter's mission – to prove there is a better retirement option

Peter Harrison appointed Managing Director of The Hawthorns Retirement Group UK Ltd

AN Eastbourne man has been appointed UK Managing Director of a North American-based retirement development company with the remit to promote an alternative, more enjoyable way for UK people to spend their retirement years.

Peter Harrison has worked in managerial positions with the Hawthorns Retirement Group UK Ltd for a number of years but his promotion puts him in overall charge of the company's three existing developments in Carew Road, Eastbourne, Clevedon in Somerset and Braintree in Essex plus planning future developments.

His new role entails regular trips from his Eastbourne base to the company's headquarters in Vancouver but his mission is very much UK-driven – to show that not all retirement living options in the UK are the same.

Peter said: "The major difference with Hawthorns' developments is they offer 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 top in-house chefs, gas, electricity, water and drainage, weekly housekeeping, maintenance – even a free mini-bus to take you to the shops and back.

"With our fixed monthly rental, there are no nasty surprises, no third-party management company changing the goalposts as to what is included and no long-term commitment. Your only additional costs are your telephone and broadband.

"Our developments offer people continued independent living, none of the worries of home ownership including falling prices, totally transparent costs and the flexibility to change your lifestyle at a month's notice should circumstances dictate. We keep things simple: a straightforward agreement with no long-term commitments which is achieved by simply renting your retirement home rather than buying.

"Renting no longer carries the social stigma of previous years. Instead it is a common sense approach for those in retirement. Why be property-rich and cash-poor at a time of life you should be reaping the benefit of your years of hard work and savings? Leaving you property to the family, that old Victorian mantra, does not sit happily in today's economic environment - not when the average lifespan is now more than 80, when pensions are being hard hit and costs are rising. No, a new approach to how we look after ourselves in retirement years is required and renting is that approach.

"Whilst some residents fund this idyllic retirement lifestyle from the proceeds of the sale of their home, many others opt to rent out their own property and fund their new-found lifestyle from the rental income, maintaining their property as part of their estate.

"Conventional retirement accommodation options in the UK have come under criticism from Age UK and the Government in the past year. My challenge is to show to people there is a better option with a proven track record," added Peter.