What is life like for residents at Fig Tree Court in Tiverton?
PUBLISHED: 13:31 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:24 18 September 2018
Fig Tree Court is a development of 14 apartments in Tiverton for retired and semi- retired over-55s with gorgeous views over the Grand Western Canal
Based on the outskirts of Tiverton just a mile away from the main shopping and eating areas, Fig Tree Court is a residential development set in the grounds of The Larches, a care home that has been on the site now for over 30 years.
Each of Fig Tree’s 14 apartments have been built to incredibly high specifications with a character that distinguishes it from the next. The development is for the retired and over-55s community, providing independence for residents within a safe and secure environment.
We have spoken to Martin Gray of Davidson Homes Ltd to find out more about what day-to-day life is like for residents at Fig Tree Court and what sets it apart from other similar developments in the area.
Existing residents at Fig Tree Court come from a variety of backgrounds, all the way from a gentleman who was formerly high up in the RAF to a lady who devoted much of her life to voluntary work.
Martin describes Fig Tree as a “friendly, small community” where it is common for residents to share journeys into town to do a spot of shopping, enjoy a bite to eat and a cup of coffee or they can even take a train further afield to nearby Taunton or Exeter.
Tiverton - a relaxed, market Mid Devon town that will likely remind you of times gone by - is set where the rivers Lowman and Exe meet. Fig Tree Court apartments are on the banks of the Grand Western Canal and a number of the apartments have balconies or patios overlooking the water and countryside.
After a long day in the town or a walk in the surrounding countryside - and if the weather is nice - many residents will sit outside to watch life on the canal go by and to enjoy views over the Lowman Valley. Alternatively, residents may meet in the communal Orangery styled area where there is comfortable seating, board games and books to enjoy.
Martin explains that the community has even worked out its own system using apartment doors for when residents wanta little bit of privacy: “If the front door is ajar then you knock and you can go in,if it’s closed then that’s an indication that they want their privacy to do whatever they wish.”
During the design of each apartment no stone was left unturned when considering how to make each feature as intuitive and practical as possible.
“We took considerable care when having these drawn up by the architects and it was the little things - like the illuminated switches that shine at night and a personal emergency telephone - that make all the difference,” says Martin.
Every kitchen comes “fully integrated” with fridge/freezers and a dishwasher while the apartment will already be decorated and carpeted. Despite also coming with curtain rails and fitted furniture in the bedroom, residents will fully furnish the rest of the apartment.
There is underfloor heating throughout the building which can be controlled within your apartment using a separate thermostat that can set at a temperature for each room.
While most residents will independently dress, wash and cook for themselves, care can be provided by one of the local domiciliary agencies, whilst meals can be supplied from The Larches if so desired.
Friends and family are welcome to visit when they wish using an entry system that connects each apartment to the front entrance. “Using a video link, when residents recognise who it is they can push the button and release the front door,” says Martin.
Visitors and residents alike will love the water feature out in the garden and if visitors time it right, they may be lucky enough to be involved in one of the garden parties where Fig Tree and Larches residents come together for an afternoon of outdoor enjoyment.
To find out more about the specifications of each apartment and about life at Fig Tree Court, please visit their website.
You could also visit Fig Tree yourself, you would be very welcome.