On a recent visit to Napier Retirement Village I was once again struck by just how much I would love to live in there. I know it’s my job to make the place sound good, but my passion for it is deeper than that because I have also been looking at retirement options for parents recently, and nothing comes close to this.
Napier Retirement Village ticks all the boxes – small but not claustrophobic, secure with excellent healthcare facilities, well designed, single storied and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Your list of requirements might be a little different, but I’m pretty sure you’ll find your boxes ticked too.
I’m a farm girl, and there is no doubt that the beautiful drive through the rolling hills of the Overberg goes a long way to get me in the Napier mood. It is a drive I look forward to, just under two hours from Cape Town on great roads with ever-changing scenery.
There are a number of wine and olive farms in the area, and the more mundane groceries are available either at the Napier dairy and weekly market, or at one of the bigger supermarkets in Bredarsdorp, just 15 minutes away.
The pace at Napier Retirement Village is perfect. It is a peaceful environment, but everyone is kept busy in the ebb and flow of country life. It seems the residents have the time, at last, to do things they dreamed of, from painting to gardening, or just reading in the sun.
And then there are the cottages. Short of Hansel and Gretel’s candy-coated house in the woods, I don’t know many cottages which hold as much charm as these.
The award-winning architect, Nic Boarder, drew his inspiration from the main clubhouse building, which was once the Napier School house. Blending the historical charm of the town with a good sense of livable space, the two-bedroom cottages have pitched ceilings and deep cool stoeps overlooking the valley.
Each semi-detached one-bed cottage has a generous open-plan living area and big picture windows.
Other accommodation at Napier Retirement Village includes the one and two bedroom terraced houses and the courtyard apartments. The terraced houses are adjoined to the clubhouse and are north-facing. The tranquil courtyard is surrounded by apartments with easy access to the lounge, library and dining room.
A major attraction to Napier Retirement Village is that there are cottages available to buy or rent, immediately! I can’t imagine this will be true forever, but how nice not to have to sign up for a waiting list.
I’ll bide my time until I can live here (I still have two small children to raise), but I encourage to you take a closer look at Napier Retirement Village. It might just be the retirement option you thought you’d never find.