New Year, New Home, New Social Life

Nothing embraces a fresh start more than moving to a new property and, according to a recent Knight Frank report, retirees are particularly keen to move sooner rather than later. In fact, a staggering 25% of over 65’s in the UK would consider downsizing. Meeting the demand is retirement living specialist Mickle Hill in Pickering, North Yorkshire. Featuring a mixture of 168 one and two bedroom apartments as well as spaciously designed bungalows, residents benefit from a wide range of onsite amenities that boost their social life.

The village’s entertainment hub, called the ‘Pavilion’, boasts a cinema, gym, Jacuzzi, library and café bistro, giving residents numerous venues to meet up and spend time together. Adding to the lifestyle factor is the hair and beauty salon, convenience shop as well as landscaped gardens that embrace the natural surroundings.

Mickle Hill runs regular activities for residents such as felting, calligraphy, crafts and art, singing, gardening, gym and gentle exercise, scrabble and board games as well as hosting interesting guest speakers. Resident Janet Ainsworth, 76, who moved from the Lake District to Mickle Hill says: “I knew instantly this was just a wonderful place. It felt like home from the very start. There’s so much to do around here and it’s a beautiful area. Mickle Hill also won us over with the fact that the carers are onsite.”

To speed up the moving process, Janet opted for Mickle Hill’s part exchange scheme: “We wanted to move as early as we could. The staff at Mickle Hill helped us every step of the way to make the move go as efficiently as possible.” The sale of her former home was handled by the sales team at Mickle Hill, freeing Janet from the stress and pressure of marketing her home and securing a quick sale. The process involves the sales team working alongside external companies to sell her former home on her behalf and involves no estate fee.

Howard Nankivell, Chief Executive Officer at Rangeford Holdings, the development company behind Mickle Hill, comments: “Due to the support Mickle Hill offers with the move, interested buyers could start the New Year in a new home. Part exchange can be a very attractive option for anyone who is looking to move quickly.” For more information about part exchange or to discover the newly opened show bungalow at Mickle Hill, visit or call the friendly team on 01751 245000.