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The Hawthorns Braintree, Essex

  • Meadow Park, Tortoiseshell Way, Braintree CM7 1TD‎ Find us >
  • Telephone: 01376 335500
  • Manager: Paul Tripney
  • Retirement Properties: Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom retirement apartments, some with patios & balconies.
  • Pricing: Transparent all-inclusive rental charge. Just 30 days’ notice required. No on-going maintenance costs or hidden exit fees.
  • Features: All-inclusive luxury retirement living in rural Essex. Fine dining, outstanding itinerary of daily activities and excursions, on-site cinema, café, hair & beauty salon, private minibus. See more >


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Book a short stay and experience the luxury lifestyle at The Hawthorns Braintree for yourself, from as little as £65 per day.

Winter Offer! One month trial offer from £65 per day all inclusive!

Fed Up With Winter?
A Warm Welcome Awaits at The Hawthorns Retirement Village

As the winter really sets in why not give yourself a warming one month break at our friendly retirement community? Enjoy as much or as little of our activities, events and entertainment as you prefer. Be independent in our secure Braintree retirement village with everything you could possibly need under one roof, free from all those worries and chores.

We are offering a one-month’s all-inclusive trial from just £65 per day which includes fine dining and all daily refreshments, wine at lunch, activities and even minibus trips. If you are a couple the additional supplement is an amazing £16.50 per day, again all-inclusive!

If you would like to try a month’s stay at our thriving retirement community in Braintree then contact us today to find out more or come and see us anytime – we’ll put the kettle on!

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Independent Retirement Living in Rural Essex

Imagine retirement living at its best, offering independence with the added reassurance that everything you could possibly need has been considered and taken care of. Life at The Hawthorns Braintree is charming and intimate yet offers a vibrant social atmosphere in a secure and fully managed setting.

Built at the prestigious Meadow Park site, a short distance from the historic Essex market town of Braintree, our vibrant retirement community is close to local amenities, the fine Essex countryside and just 30 minutes from the Blackwater estuary and Colchester.

With a range of stylish, fully-serviced studio, one and two-bedroom apartments to choose from, The Hawthorns Braintree offers a type of living that quite simply leaves you free to enjoy life in your retirement.

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Our Unique Retirement Village Concept

All of the beautifully appointed retirement apartments at The Hawthorns Braintree are available on a monthly rental basis. Our all-inclusive monthly charge includes all meals, activities, excursions, housekeeping, bills, free Wi-Fi and parking, and of course building and garden upkeep. With just one month’s notice there is flexibility all round and there are no on-going maintenance costs nor hidden exit fees like many other retirement villages – just a one-off community charge to ensure that each apartment comes freshly decorated and with new carpets where required.

Hawthorns residents lead an independent, active lifestyle free of the daily worries and hassles of modern life. We are a friendly, companionable retirement community of like-minded seniors; we dine together, we have fun together, and when we are not doing this, chances are we are relaxing in the privacy of our own apartments. We are truly a retirement home from home.

Our Rental Apartments

The Hawthorns offers a choice of studio, one or two-bedroom apartments. Some apartments have balconies and patios, but all are modern, light and airy and decorated to a high standard. Each has a kitchenette and shower room and comes fully fitted with carpets and curtains, although you may bring your own if you prefer. The apartments are for you to furnish in your own way.

All apartments have TV, telephone and internet points, instant hot water, temperature control on the central heating and since there is an integrated alarm system and a supportive manager on call 24-hours a day, no need for any concerns about safety and security.

If you wish for a stress-free retirement based on independence and flexibility in an environment which is energetic and fun, then The Hawthorns Braintree may be just what you are looking for. Why not request a free brochure to find out more or give us a call and book a tour?

Our Essex retirement village has been accredited with the prestigious Hospitality Assured Award, thanks to the remarkable levels of customer service. Hospitality Assured is the national quality standard created and licensed by the Institute of Hospitality, specifically for customer-led, service-orientated hospitality focused businesses. The process enables and encourages businesses to look at their operation through the eyes of the customer at every level of the organisation, identify what is great about the customer service and what could be improved. This respected award looks at the excellence in overall hotel and support services at a specific site, delving into the services from front of house, food and beverage, culinary and housekeeping services.

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All Play & No Work!

As well as your own personal living space, there is much more to enjoy at The Hawthorns. Our retirement village is not just a collection of apartments; we are a vibrant, friendly community of retirees. Residents and their guests can be found in our coffee lounge where you can sit and chat over a morning coffee, a library for quiet times with the daily paper or a good book, a cinema room for movie screenings and a hair and beauty salon for that bit of extra pampering.

Friends and family are always welcome to join us for meals as well as recreational activities. They are part and parcel of the atmosphere of our home. If your apartment is not big enough to put up guests, you can arrange for them to stay in a guest room, and if you would like to have a special celebration with your loved ones, a private dining room is at your disposal.

It won’t be difficult or a chore to make new friends as there is so much going on, once you step outside your apartment. Whether it is our monthly tea dances and regular talks, performances and shows including a regular pianist on the grand piano, quiz nights and special evenings such as the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Ball make for a full social calendar.

Day to day, there are activities such as indoor bowls, croquet on the lawn, chess, snooker and plenty keep-fit and crafting sessions. Our minibus can take you to the shops or out on trips, as there is so much lovely countryside waiting to be explored, whether it is the estuaries and creeks of the Essex coast or slightly further afield to the Constable territory of Dedham Vale. Many residents volunteer locally and enjoy raising money for charity, we are certainly a community that is active with, and well connected to, the local Braintree area.

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We know how much importance residents place on their meals, so we make sure that each dining experience is as good as we can make it. It’s quite an atmosphere when we all gather and the dining hall hums with chatter and the talk of upcoming events.

Fine Dining at The Hawthorns

Food preparation at The Hawthorns

Recent Testimonial From Some of Our Residents

“Dad lived at The Hawthorns Braintree from the April 2015 to September 2017. During that time I visited him on a very regular basis and came into contact with a broad range of staff, including members of the management team, reception and catering staff, minibus drivers, gardeners and maintenance, and room cleaners. Without exception every one of them were pleasant and helpful and entirely focussed on delivering excellent customer service both for residents and visitors. Dad was very happy living at The Hawthorns, Braintree and it was only ill health that forced him to leave and move on. Dad told me that The Hawthorns Braintree was a wonderful place to live and one where he always felt safe and secure and well looked after.”

Malcolm Shead

“Everyone from the management team to the waiting staff are some of the most professional and enthusiastic people I have ever encountered. Each of them working to the same goal; of making what could be just another corporate retirement village into a home for all that live there. From the day you arrive, each resident is made to feel welcome, part of the family and an individual who matters which is truly important once you reach a particular time in life. This has truly become my home.

This feeling is all because of the whole Hawthorns team. Under the guidance of Paul and Sandra, the full staff deliver a first-class service to all the residents. The chef and his team provide exceptional food that is both varied and balanced nutritionally for the older person and the highly trained dining room staff ensure that each service runs smoothly. They take time to know each resident personally so everything is tailored for that one person. Housekeeping also ensures that all the apartments and communal areas are kept to a very high standard of cleanliness. This is all done with a smile and without complaint. Nothing is too much trouble.

I have been encouraged from the start to take part in the many activities – from keep fit to day trips out. They also have many special days such as balls, tea dances and events where my family are welcome to attend. However, you never feel forced to take part and each resident has the opportunity to do as little or as much as they wish.

The above is just a snapshot of the Hawthorns and its model of retirement living. The idea, I know, is becoming more popular but every business is only a success if it is run well. Paul, Sandra and the whole staff work as a combined team to give each resident the best experience that they can. They are an exceptional group of people who each strive for excellence every day and who, in my opinion, deserve every accolade for the work they do.”

Mrs Marion Easteal – Apartment 320

“My aunt has lived at the Hawthorns for 7 years! This is an extraordinary venue, establishment/retirement complex because the staff, all the staff, the staff in their entirety work so hard with care, help, friendship, enthusiasm and professionalism in order to bring joy, companionship, fun, pleasure and care to each and every resident and the relations.

Thank you so much to all the staff past, present and to come.”

J Gidley


Amenities at The Hawthorns Braintree

Community Outreach
Community Outreach
Table Service
Table Service
Activities & Games
Activities & Games
Hair Salon
Hair Salon
Cinema Room
Cinema Room
Therapy Suite
Therapy Suite
24 Hour on Call
24 Hour on Call


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