Priory Hall Retirement Village

Retirement housing / Close care housing
For sale (3)
Dame Mary Walk, off Colchester Road, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2FF
Dame Mary Walk, off Colchester Road, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2FF

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FirstPort
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Our commitment to customer service and our experienced staff ensure that residents' retirement properties are in the safest possible hands.

Manager's Description

"Priory Hall is now an established vibrant community with many events and activities on offer for any potential buyer. Within the extensive grounds of Priory Hall are 69 retirement homes consisting of ..." Show more "Priory Hall is now an established vibrant community with many events and activities on offer for any potential buyer. Within the extensive grounds of Priory Hall are 69 retirement homes consisting of a mixture of cottages, apartments as well as the refurbished former school building that will house 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.

Many of the cottages enjoy their own small garden or patio area, whilst there are also extensive mature and landscaped grounds as well as all the benefits of the on site facilities of the residents lounge, orangery and guest suite.

Priory Hall offers a full independent lifestyle in a managed environment with the support of an on-site manager and 24 hour care lines if required.

Within Halstead and the local area there is an abundance of leisure activities to choose from and within the growing friendly community at Priory Hall there is the added benefit of participating in regular social occasions if you desire.

The elegantly furnished residents lounge and orangery is the hub of the retirement village hosting various social activities and events and is also available as an area just to sit and relax with friends and family. There is plenty of comfortable seating and a fully equipped kitchen for making refreshments.

For those looking for a little peace there is the Library area with a growing stock of bestsellers and for the summer months, the orangery has two sets of French doors that lead out on to a generous terrace with views of the beautifully landscaped gardens and of the green fields beyond that lead down to the river Colne that passes through Halstead. Patio tables and chairs with granite benches make this a popular destination when the sun shines. Also proving popular with residents is the opulently furnished guest suite available for booking for visiting family and friends.

There is plenty of parking available at Priory Hall but for those that rely on public transport there are bus stops immediately outside the entrance with excellent services to Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree and Chelmsford and of course to Halstead High Street and back !" Show less

Main Facts

Retirement housing / Close care housing
69 flats, houses. Built in 2014 and renovated in 2017. Sizes 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom.
Non-resident management staff (part time) and Careline alarm service
Lift, Lounge, Guest facilities, Garden, Conservatory, Library, Table tennis, Café and hairdressing room are available in adjoining care home
Whole site accessible by wheelchair. Access to site easy. Distances: bus stop 30 yards; shop 0.5 mile(s); post office 0.5 mile(s); town centre 0.5 mile(s); GP 0.5 mile(s).
Social Activities include: coffee mornings, table tennis, croquet lawn, cards, luncheons, and other regular events. There also is a cinema club at the adjoining care home., organised by The Residents Association. New residents accepted from 55 years of age. Both cats & dogs generally accepted.
Tenure(s): Leasehold

Ethos / Lifestyle

Community interaction
  • The scheme is located within an existing active community
  • The scheme is within easy reach of an existing active community
  • The scheme relies on itself for community /neighbourhood interaction
Cultural
  • We facilitate spiritual and religious observance
  • Staff can speak languages other than English
Social Activities
  • There are regular social activities
    Including: coffee mornings, table tennis, croquet lawn, cards, luncheons, and other regular events. There also is a cinema club at the adjoining care home.
  • Entertainment
  • Outings
  • Regular activities programme
    • Daily activities
    • Weekly activities
    • Monthly activities
  • Facilities for residents to garden or assist with gardening
  • Own minibus
  • Other transport for residents
Pets
New residents are allowed to bring pets:
  • a cat
  • a dog
  • If yes, pets can be replaced
Statement of purpose
(the ethos and purpose of the scheme as described to a potential resident)
A new retirement village for the over 55's, providing luxury living in cottages and apartments.
Assessment of outcomes
(to help assess the quality of service and the well-being of residents)
No outcomes

Buildings

The buildings and the environment
Year built: 2014
Year of major remodelling: 2017
Number of stories: 3
  • Lift(s). Number of Lifts: 4
  • Stair lift(s)
  • The location is generally regarded as:
    • Desirable
    • Average
    • Not so desirable
Distances to external facilities:
Bus stop 30 yards
Local shop 0.5 mile
Post office 0.5 mile
GP surgery 0.5 mile
Town/shop centre 0.5 mile

Individual properties
69 properties
Property details:
1-bedroom apartments: 9
2-bedroom apartments: 18
2-bedroom cottages/houses: 35
3-bedroom cottages/houses: 7
Including:
limited mobility properties: 69
wheelchair properties: 69
Other details:
  • If there are studios/bedsits
    • They have a kitchen
    • They have a wc
    • They have a bathroom
  • Some properties have a private balcony
  • Some properties have a private garden or patio
  • Properties are served by a communal satellite tv aerial
  • Properties are wired for cable tv
  • Dementia unit
  • Intermediate care suite or similar
  • Respite care accommodation
Communal facilities Indoors
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant (open to public)
  • Dining room (residents only)
  • Community/day centre
  • Laundry
  • Guest suite
  • Conservatory
  • Activities room(s)
  • Hobby room(s)
  • More than one lounge
  • TV lounge
  • Café
  • Bar/pub
  • Fitness gym
  • Arts and craft centre
  • Storage for wheelchairs/electric scooters
  • Library
  • Shop
  • Treatment room
  • Computer/IT room
  • Payphone
  • WC's
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool
  • Assisted bathroom(s)
  • Other communal facilities
Communal facilities Outdoors
  • Garden
  • Total number of parking spaces: 77
Technology and design
  • Communal facilities are designed for sensory impairment
  • Wired for telecare
  • Telecare installed
  • Smart Home
  • CCTV
  • Others
  • Facility security features: Secure by design accreditation, CCTV
  • Security features for individual properties: 24 hour Careline emergency call system
Accessibility
  • All communal spaces are accessible by wheelchair users
  • Most residents find getting to the site:
    • easy
    • manageable
    • difficult
  • Less mobile people find getting to the site:
    • easy
    • manageable
    • difficult

Services

Support services
  • Community alarm service
  • Provided by: Appello
  • Alarm to call on-site staff
  • Housing support service (SP tasks)
  • Domestic assistance
  • Light domestic cleaning
  • Shopping
  • Housework
  • Personal laundry service
  • Hairdressing on site
  • Chiropody
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sensors (detectors) and monitors
  • Personal sensors
  • Property-based sensors
Meals
  • Meals are available on a regular basis
  • A daily meal is available
  • Breakfast always available in restaurant/dining room
  • Lunch always available in restaurant/dining room
  • Dinner always available in restaurant/dining room
  • Breakfast can be delivered to individual homes
  • Lunch can be delivered to individual homes
  • Dinner can be delivered to individual homes
  • Restaurant is open to outsiders
  • There is generally a choice of menu
  • Residents are consulted on menus
  • All meals are prepared on the scheme
  • Vegetarians are specifically catered for
  • Special diets can usually be provided for
  • We can meet cultural dietary preferences
Care services
  • Personal care services
  • Dementia care
  • Care for people with learning disabilities
  • Nursing care
  • Intermediate care
  • Respite care
  • Mental frailty
  • Physical disabilities
  • Behavioural problems
  • Terminal illness
  • Our scheme is best suited to care for:
  • People who need minimal help
  • People who need moderate help
  • People who need a high level of help

Eligibility / Admission

User profile
  • 55 is the lower age limits for new residents
  • We cater for people with no/low level care needs
  • We are aiming at a mixed care levels population
  • Admission criteria are similar to residential care
  • Residents will not need to move except to hospital
  • The scheme is intended or specially suited to a specific religious, ethnic, profession or other group
  • The scheme is restricted to a specific group
Applicants must:
  • Be self-funders
  • Be on state benefits
  • Have local connections
  • Have a housing needs assessment
  • Have a community care assessment
  • Have a risk assessment
  • Have a health assessment
  • Have minimum housing support need
  • Have minimum personal care need
  • Have less than a maximum personal care need
For couples, both partners must:
  • Have minimum housing support need
  • Have minimum personal care need
We accept people with:
  • Visual impairment
  • Deafness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Faecal incontinence
We would normally accept people with:
  • Memory problems - moderate
  • Memory problems - severe
  • Challenging behaviour - disruptive
  • Challenging behaviour - physically violent
  • Mobility problems - frame
  • Mobility problems - wheelchair
  • Mobility problems - bedfast
  • Wandering problems - inside home
  • Wandering problems - outside home

Management / costs

Management
  • Compared to our other schemes, this one is:
    • Popular
    • Average
    • Not so popular
    • Slow to let/sell
  • There is a tenants/residents association
Housing staff
  • Resident scheme manager
  • Non-resident manager
  • Housing staff on duty:
    • part time
    • normal hours
    • 24 hours
    • 7 days
Care staff
  • Site-based care staff
  • On-site care staff 24/7
Staff facilities
  • Manager's office
  • Care staff office
  • Staff overnight room with en-suite
  • Staff rest room with kitchenette
  • Staff locker and changing room
  • Main catering kitchen
Costs
Sale/resale prices start from around:
1 bedroom £130,000
2 bedroom £250,000
3 bedroom £300,000
Rents updated: 11/03/2019
Prices updated: 11/03/2019

Info updated: 11/03/2019   Update info

Availability

The following details have been provided to EAC:
Resale: A first floor one bedroom apartment. Asking price £215,000. (Notified 14/10/2021) Please contact the FirstPort/Retirement Homesearch sales team on 0333 321 4072 or email: enquiries@retirementhomesearch.co.uk
Resale: A ground floor two bedroom apartment. Asking price £250,000. (Notified 14/10/2021) Please contact the FirstPort/Retirement Homesearch sales team on 0333 321 4072 or email: enquiries@retirementhomesearch.co.uk
Resale: A one or two bedroom property. From £250,000. (Notified 14/10/2021) Call Free 0800 080 3303 or click here to view details on the RetirementMove website.

Residents' views

Not available - The residents have not taken part in the EAC National Housing for Older People Awards, or used the EAC Residents Consultation Service (RCS).

Comments made in nominations for the EAC National Housing for Older People Awards

"The people are friendly and their is plenty of green open space."
Made by a visitor in 2019

"Good Scheme blends into the environment well"
Made by a staff member in 2019

"The staff are always friendly, helpful and approachable."
Made by a visitor in 2019

"It is very close to local amenities. It has a good sense of community."
Made by a visitor in 2019

"It is clean, friendly looking village. Good design "
Made by a visitor in 2019

"Beautifully designed and well managed retirement estate for quality living."
Made by a visitor in 2019

"Quiet relaxed setting close to shops "
Made by a visitor in 2019

"There is a strong community spirit, the facilities are excellent including the wonderful communal orangery. "
Made by a visitor in 2019

"It has provided my grandmother-in-law with a wonderful home to downsize too and the facilities are wonderful."
Made by a visitor in 2019

"A lovely environment at the heart of the Halstead community."
Made by a staff member in 2019

"Fantastic community spirit, well maintained grounds and communal areas"
Made by a staff member in 2019

"Excellent development within the setting of the old school building/ grounds"
Made by a visitor in 2019

"Priory Hall retirement village is such a wonderful development within stunning grounds. It’s a very worthy winner. "
Made by a visitor in 2019

"The properties are spacious and set out well in lovely landscaped grounds.
There is a warm and friendly atmosphere when you visit the residents lounge..." Show more
"The properties are spacious and set out well in lovely landscaped grounds.
There is a warm and friendly atmosphere when you visit the residents lounge and orangery for events." Show less

Made by a visitor in 2019

"The village is brilliantly run. It is next to a lovely care home and the share activities."
Made by a visitor in 2019

"We are a friendly and supportive community, and there are plenty of different activities to join in with, both in the Village itself and the small to..." Show more
"We are a friendly and supportive community, and there are plenty of different activities to join in with, both in the Village itself and the small town of Halstead. " Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"Very friendly atmosphere. Lovely grounds.excellent facilities, Lots of activities. Good location "
Made by a resident in 2019

"Very friendly neighbours. Varied social events and activities in the communal area. Short walk to shops, doctor, dentist, library and good bus service..." Show more
"Very friendly neighbours. Varied social events and activities in the communal area. Short walk to shops, doctor, dentist, library and good bus services at front of developement. Great comfort to have Careline available for emergencies." Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"We have made many friends and have a good soical life.Also we have well kept grounds which are lovley to sit and relax in and chat or read."
Made by a resident in 2019

"It is a well designed and pleasantly situated Residential Village. The staff and residents are interested and always friendly and helpful."
Made by a resident in 2019

"Well laid-out, attractively built, excellent shared facilities. Active shared social programme."
Made by a resident in 2019

"Friendly, supportive and a lovely site"
Made by a resident in 2019

"Because it is very friendly also I feel very safe living here ! Nothing is too much trouble if I have any queries on the house . Suzanne is always on ..." Show more
"Because it is very friendly also I feel very safe living here ! Nothing is too much trouble if I have any queries on the house . Suzanne is always on hand if I need help ." Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"We only moved here in September but we already feel part of the place and safe. The manager always listens to what you have to say and acts on it when..." Show more
"We only moved here in September but we already feel part of the place and safe. The manager always listens to what you have to say and acts on it when she can." Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"All the natives are friendly and you can join in any activity you like


All the natives are friendly and help is always on hand.
Walking distant into..." Show more
"All the natives are friendly and you can join in any activity you like


All the natives are friendly and help is always on hand.
Walking distant into town.


If you need help there always some " Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"The 'Village' is in a small country town, and includes a variety of properties, two 'village greens', and a communal orangery. This means we are all ..." Show more
"The 'Village' is in a small country town, and includes a variety of properties, two 'village greens', and a communal orangery. This means we are all independent and able to organise many different social events. It is a very friendly and welcoming neighbourhood in which to make new friends." Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"I like being independent within very pleasant surroundings and a like minded community but with the added advantage of "light touch" support when need..." Show more
"I like being independent within very pleasant surroundings and a like minded community but with the added advantage of "light touch" support when needed, this is what I get from Priory Hall." Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"Safe friendly lovely environment rearly nice manager can't think of a better place to retire to "
Made by a resident in 2019

"Attractive and varied accommodation set in beautiful, mature grounds. Many varied activities to partake in ,if desired, organised by an enthusiastic s..." Show more
"Attractive and varied accommodation set in beautiful, mature grounds. Many varied activities to partake in ,if desired, organised by an enthusiastic social committee but with no pressure to join in if a more relaxed and independent lifestyle is preferred. An efficient and friendly management team tops off the good life." Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"It's in a good location, well maintained, efficient manageress good mix of residents."
Made by a resident in 2019

"Well built properties with good floral public places.Very friendly staff and residents."
Made by a resident in 2019

"A lovely place to live with activities in the orangery and a few parties throughout the year. (Bring your own booze) a good time is always had when an..." Show more
"A lovely place to live with activities in the orangery and a few parties throughout the year. (Bring your own booze) a good time is always had when an impromptu party pops up.
The village is beautifully maintained and we have a village full of friends. " Show less

Made by a resident in 2019

"Everyone is friendly and kind, it is always lovely and clean"
Made by a resident in 2019

"I like the company, I feel safe, I have my own small garden, I have good neighbours and I enjoy the social side"
Made by a resident in 2019

"Physically it is a very open and green place to live. Socially it is very warm, welcoming and inclusive. There is a lovely atmosphere and a good mix o..." Show more
"Physically it is a very open and green place to live. Socially it is very warm, welcoming and inclusive. There is a lovely atmosphere and a good mix of people." Show less

Made by a staff member in 2019

"Our development is modern, light and airy. The grounds are plentiful, well landscaped and full of trees. There is a great, friendly, fun community he..." Show more
"Our development is modern, light and airy. The grounds are plentiful, well landscaped and full of trees. There is a great, friendly, fun community here, with a wide spread of ages, in a mixture of cottages and apartments. It's a lovely place to work and I hope, live." Show less

Made by a staff member in 2017
Managed by
FirstPort
For great customer service

Our commitment to customer service and our experienced staff ensure that residents' retirement properties are in the safest possible hands.

National Housing for Older People Awards
East of England region gold award winner

Category: Retirement housing 53 units and over.
Sponsor: McCarthy & Stone Resales.
Memberships
ARHM: The organisation that manages this scheme is a member of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers, and therefore committed to complying with its Code of Practice.
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