Retiring in West Sussex Hot Spot; East Grinstead
Posted 21st November 2023
Retiring in East Grinstead
What are the benefits of renting in retirement in East Grinstead?
Living in East Grinsted during retirement is popular, and it’s clear to see why. The town is situated on a sandstone ridge beside the Ashdown Forest and sits within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Ashdown Gate retirement community is situated in East Grinstead, an ancient market town in the picturesque county of West Sussex. Local amenities are a close walk away, including the local shops, a post office, and a library. For peace of mind when retiring in East Grinstead, there is a selection of local GP Surgeries in the area, along with a choice of dental surgeries.
The East Grinsted Museum tells you all about the fascinating history of the town, and the people who shaped it. The medieval high street boasts a variety of independent shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants.
There are loads of events occurring in the area throughout the year. The local heritage Bluebell Railway runs for 11 miles from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park Station in Uckfield, with multiple stops in between. Standen House and Garden, a National Trust property, is an Arts & Crafts family home, with renowned designer William Morris & Co. original interiors on display. If you’re an animal lover, there are over 40 native species at the British Wildlife Centre in nearby Lingfield.
The town and surrounding areas are rich with culture and heritage. There are excellent transport links with a regular bus service and a nearby train station. Being only 27 miles from London, getting further afield is easy, as is welcoming visiting friends and family.
The retirement community in East Grinstead is an active one. You can choose to participate as little or as much as you choose to.
The retirement development at Ashdown Gate, is an attractive three-story brick-built building. Designed and built purposefully for the retirement community, it features a large and airy communal lounge. Residents often organise events there, and it’s a lovely, bright room to enjoy at any time of the day.
Outside, there are well maintained gardens with bird bath, shrubs, trees, plants, and flowers for every season. Benches and outdoor seating provide excellent spots for appreciating this space and getting some fresh air.
The apartments here offer a brilliant flexibility of space. With a separate kitchen and shower room, the rest of the apartment is one bright, airy and large room. This offers a great opportunity for you to create the perfect balance of space for your requirements.
Within walking distance, the town of East Grinstead offers excellent local amenities. These include shops, a post office, and a library, along with several doctor’s surgeries and dentists.
Ashdown Gate Apartments
Living Large in a Smaller Space!
The large living space is airy and bright with two large windows. Some of the apartments have a bonus of a balcony space which is ideal to have some of your own plants and a seating area.
One of the main benefits of studio living, is the cost savings of heating it. Walls absorb heat, so without the unnecessary walls, it will cost you less to keep it comfortable and warm. They are also easier to keep clean, with less corners collecting cobwebs and skirting boards gathering dust.
Have you heard of broken plan living? It’s a modern way of living in an open plan space that still allows you to divide the space into sections. For example, taking a studio apartment at Ashdown Gate, you could divide the sleeping space from the main living space by an open backed bookshelf coming from the wall by the kitchen into the space towards the windows. You can display photos, ornaments and books from either side, making it useful storage too.
This breaks apart the separate functions of the room, without blocking the light and air flow through the space.
In addition to a partition, zoning your spaces helps to create a division. Choosing a bold main colour with a pastel accent in the living room area, then reversing it in the bedroom area creates a different feeling to each space. Adding a warm rug in the living space will also help to zone this.
By far and away, the biggest benefit to choosing to rent a studio apartment, is the price tag. You will get the same, or very similar square footage for your money, just without an unnecessary wall! Embrace the modernity and explore the endless possibilities of living in a retirement studio home in East Grinstead.