Sidmouth has historically attracted royalty, writers and artists, inspired by the esplanade, Regency terraces and towering red cliffs rising from the shingle beaches. The exotic Connaught Gardens take their name from Queen Victoria’s third son, the Duke of Connaught who was a regular visitor here in the 1930’s. Since then Sidmouth has been recognised by the late Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman as a town ‘caught still in a timeless charm’.
In Spring 2014 Sidmouth was named by The Times as one of the 30 best places to live in the countryside because of its ‘Regency architecture and stunning Jurassic Coast views’. Set at the mouth of the River Sid and between Peak Hill and Salcombe Hill, much of the surrounding area is within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
As well as its bustling promenade, beaches, shops, restaurants and tea rooms, Sidmouth offers a busy programme of events and activities; from lazy concerts in Connaught Gardens on summer evenings to a bracing Boxing Day swim.
The town is served by its own community hospital, although the main Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is only 17 miles away in the Cathedral City of Exeter which also offers a mainline rail link to London Paddington. Honiton, with a rail link to London Waterloo is just 10 miles away and Exeter Airport, which offers international and national flights, also 10 miles away.
In the town centre there is a whole selection of quirky and stylish independent shops, some retail chains, a department store ‘Fields’ and even a market which sells local produce and locally caught fish and seafood. Co-op has a supermarket in the town centre and Lidl and Waitrose both have stores on the outskirts.
The town has an Art Deco style cinema, a short walk from the high street, and a community theatre, the Manor Pavilion Theatre, located near the sea front which hosts a range of excellent productions throughout the year. Sidmouth Arts Club Operatic Society, founded in 1922, produces two musicals there each year. In the summer, Sunday evening concerts are performed by Sidmouth Brass Band in Connaught Gardens. The annual Sidmouth Folk Week and Regatta is held in August and September is Carnival time.
In Sidmouth there are arts, photography, luncheon, swimming, badminton and chess clubs, choir groups, Round Table, Rotary and Lions. The list is endless. For keen golfers, the Sidmouth Golf Club enjoys wonderful sea views from sheltered and undulating fairways. There is also a cricket and croquet club, a bowls club and tennis courts along with an indoor swimming pool, horse riding and, of course, breathtaking walks along the South West Coast Path. We can, quite safely say that there is something for everyone.
Mill Gardens is an oasis in the heart of Sidmouth. An exclusive development of just twelve homes set in carefully landscaped communal gardens, just a short walk from the high street and the seafront. This hidden gem has been designed especially for people aged over 55.
Sidmouth has long been regarded as one of the best places in Britain to enjoy retirement. Its mild climate, thriving town centre, colourful esplanade, stunning red cliffs and beautifully manicured parks make it an easy choice.
Mill Gardens is an altogether unique ‘retirement living’ opportunity, offering exclusivity and community in the heart of this wonderful seaside town. All properties benefit from the communal gardens and each house and the ground floor apartment have their own private garden accessed by double glazed French doors. Each home has its own private car parking space – although with so much close by, you may not even need a car.
With an exciting selection of different house types and two spacious apartments, there is something for everyone at Mill Gardens.
Each property has been carefully designed to meet the Blue Cedar Homes specification; light and bright and blending practicality with style. The well-planned interiors include spacious living areas with top quality fitted kitchens and luxury bathrooms.
The homes are equipped with the latest technology to ensure a high level of energy efficiency and special design features mean that properties can be adapted should needs change in the future. For more information on the various future-proofing features, please contact the marketing team.
A Blue Cedar Homes’ property means you can relax and enjoy your retirement while we take care of the jobs that can often make home ownership a burden.
Our visiting Estate Manager is employed by the Blue Cedar Homes Management Company and is responsible for a range of services, including estate maintenance, gardening, external window cleaning, waste management and the general security and wellbeing of the development. All of the tasks are covered within an annual service charge, together with periodic building redecoration (external).
Additional services are also available if you require them. They may include help with moving in or looking after your empty property if you spend time away.