Living in the country is usually associated with having more space but what happens when you no longer want, or cannot afford, generous and spacious living and you definitely don’t want to live in the city? 

So, you may have decided to scale down but you think you may need to compromise your lifestyle in order to do so? You want all the benefits you enjoy from country living but you believe that scaling down may take some of them away? Think again … because it’s all been covered and considered at Napier Retirement Village where several attractive and differently priced options in the form of cottages and terraced or courtyard units are available.

First, there are the country cottages which, as one or two bedroom free standing cottages, are designed in the Cape vernacular architecture to complement the ‘Ou Skool’ that forms the hub of the retirement village.  The cottages have thick walls, tapered window reveals, exposed rafters, terraces and offer a relaxing and charmed country lifestyle.  The cottages and terraced apartments are priced from R673 000.

Another option is in the courtyard block – where smaller, bachelor units surround the beautiful courtyard that is adjacent to the restored ‘Ou Skool’ building.  Being close to the Ou Skool building, Courtyard residents are within easy reach of their own library, living and dining room, swimming pool, etc.  As smaller units, these are priced to suit people who want to live in a pleasant environment and enjoy all that the retirement village offers but who can’t necessarily afford the free-standing cottages. Prices for the courtyard units start from just R375 000.

Healthcare and nursing assistance are on call too for all residents of the village if and when they may need it.

Built in 1907, the Ou Skool has a rich heritage and history. The school had been an institute of high academic standards and was attended by scholars from surrounding towns.  Now beautifully restored and converted into an elegant Club House, the old ‘Skool saal’ is the epicentre of life at Napier Retirement Village. Residents gather here for delicious meals in the Victorian dining room which opens out onto a large covered terrace.  With a choice of two comfortable lounges in which to relax, residents can make use of DSTV, the library for a variety of good reads, the bridge tables and the internet stations – a convenient way to keep up to date with friends and family further afield.

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