Date: September 2016


The ‘baby boomer’ generation witnessed the greatest change to affect overseas travel, and today we think nothing of having more than one long holiday a year, supplemented with frequent weekends away.

When asked about what they most want to do when in retirement, ‘travelling and exploring the world’ is one of the most frequently cited dreams of those looking forward to when they stop work.

“On our way” – Sue and Mike Kerton head to the airport.
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“We’re off”.  Mike and Sue Kerton set out on their travels.
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Bags packed and ready to go. Sue & Mike Kerton
all set for their next adventure.

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At home – Sue and
Mike Kerton in their apartment at Richmond Painswick.

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Richmond Painswick, Gloucestershire.
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The terrace and rooftop garden, Richmond

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For those with larger houses and gardens, however, this can be a cause for concern, particularly with worries about what might happen to the house and who’s going to look after the garden if they go away for too long or too often.

But for one couple, Mike and Sue Kerton, buying a three-bedroom ground-floor apartment at Richmond Painswick in Gloucestershire, gave them just the freedom to simply ‘lock-up and leave’ they were looking for, and was one of their main reasons for downsizing and moving to a retirement village.

Mike and Sue each have three children from previous marriages and two of their eight grandchildren live in the United States.  They frequently travel over to see them for up to three months at a time, visiting family and friends in Idaho, Boston and Tucson at the same time.

With good security and staff on site to look after the property, gardening and any maintenance, they found that a retirement property was the perfect answer to their wish to spend long periods of time abroad.  “We simply want to be able to travel while we can, and just ‘close the front door and go’ without worrying about what’s happening at home,” says Mike.

“We operate a ‘buddy system’ with fellow neighbours who come in each day to water the plants, check the post and turn up the central heating the day before we get home.  The staff at Richmond are willing to help if we ask them, and the tubs outside are tended by the gardeners, so there really is nothing to worry about - it’s ideal.”

Sue 70 and Mike, 75, previously lived in a four bed detached house next door to Richmond Painswick, and before that in Derbyshire.  They moved to their ground floor apartment four years ago; it has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a terrace garden that is Sue’s pride and joy.

“We recognise that one day we will have to slow down on our globe-trotting, and then the facilities the village offers will come into their own.  We love the Cotswolds and being surrounded by the countryside - there are wonderful views down the Stroud Valley, especially from the rooftop garden.  We have good neighbours, and there’s a great sense of community.  The village staff are so helpful and willing - they can’t do enough for you,” adds Sue.

“The Village arranges free shopping trips to Stroud and Cheltenham, with runs to the local GP or hospital as required.  We were looking for a retirement community, and this is a wonderful place.  With a state-of-the-art wellness spa, swimming pool and gym, rooftop restaurant, activities and events, there’s always something stimulating going on - it’s a great lifestyle.”
Painswick is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within easy reach of Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud.  The village has a Cotswold stone look to it and the attractive streets have small shops, tea rooms, restaurants and galleries in beautifully preserved older buildings, and surrounded by idyllic countryside.
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About Richmond Villages

One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for almost 20 years.  The company currently operates five luxury retirement villages located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, with its new village at Witney, Oxfordshire now opening, and construction at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire already well underway.

Richmond Villages is one of the leaders in the retirement living sector, and has an established reputation for the provision of quality service and care, and won numerous awards.

For further information about Richmond Villages, please visit or telephone Richmond Painswick on 01452 813902

About Bupa

Richmond Villages is part of Bupa.  Bupa’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives.

As a leading global health and care company, it offers health insurance, medical subscription and other health and care funding products; it runs care homes, retirement and care villages, primary care, diagnostic and wellness centres, hospitals and dental clinics.  It also provides workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and long-term condition management services.

Bupa has 29 million customers in 190 countries.  With no shareholders, it invests its profits around the world to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil its purpose.

It employs almost 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the USA.

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Issued by:                                           Jeremy Clarke/Tracey Bretherton
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