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A new concept in retirement housing

A new concept in retirement housing


Ticehurst boasts new concept in retirement housing, care home open day, tea party at Pensurst Place and beware your digital legacy.

Heralded by The Sunday Times as one of the “Best Places to Live” in 2014, the village of Ticehurst in East Sussex has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. There is a Saturday fish shed, a baker, great pubs, a general store and a curry house. There’s also a direct London train nearby, and in 15 minutes you can be in a lovely Kino cinema with comfy seats and nice food.

It was the 2011 reopening of The Bell Inn in the High Street that put the heart back into Ticehurst. Its complete refurbishment created not just an award-winning ‘destination’ pub with a fairy tale garden, designed by Jo Thompson, and 11 guest rooms, variously described as “quirky”, “eccentric” and “delightful”, but also good food and a warm atmosphere, which has proved a success with locals and visitors alike. The pub hosts a great mix of community-focused events, from live music and a film club to topical debates.


Now a new development of superior apartments aimed at a discerning older clientele offers an opportunity to live right in the heart of the undulating hills of the East Sussex countryside yet a short stroll from the now thriving village centre.

The Coachworks offers 25 spacious apartments with generously-proportioned shared areas, designed by locally-based interior designer Trisha Baker of Ruston House Interiors, and is as far away from a ‘traditional’ retirement home as it is possible to imagine.

Each apartment boasts outside space, a patio, balcony or roof terrace, and two modern bathrooms – one of which is en suite. An on-site concierge service is also provided. This is an assisted living environment, so that residents get the support they need when they need it, but this is offered discreetly.

What makes The Coachworks really exciting though, is its location in Ticehurst and within reach of the wider attractions of the area including Dane Hill Golf Club, Bewl Water, and the beautiful Pashley Manor Gardens – all just a short drive away.


Beware your digital legacy

Most people these days use the internet, whether for online banking, storing photos or buying music, but few realise that this could cause a problem in the event of their death, warns local law firm Cripps.

Ownership of online assets is a new and developing area of the law – and with recent research showing that 2.3 million people aged over 70 are now using internet banking, let alone other digital platforms, it is not just an issue for the young.


“You might only have a licence for the assets and after your death they are owned by the service provider, which may shut the account down after a period of time,” said Cripps Partner Simon Leney (pictured).

“There are also issues about password controlled accounts – such as online banking − as passing on your code to a family member in your lifetime can be viewed as a breach of security under your user licence and anyone using it after your death could be committing a crime.

“It is vital to address these issues when making a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney so that your heirs have the authority to locate your digital assets.”

Law firms accredited under the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) – as Cripps is – are required to discuss digital legacy with clients when making their Wills.

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