Stratford-upon-Avon Living Nov - Dec 2021


At last the Christmas editions are here! With festive fun, gifts and interiors, plus inspiration for decorating the guest bedroom and an interview with the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen. Plus, our competition pages return, with staycations, laundry upgrades and festive hampers!

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A Note

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A Culinary Journey through

Northern Ireland bedroom perfection

It’s certainly the challenge of

publishing that you always have your

head in the wrong season - each year,

Christmas begins for us in July, which

is about the same time as I start to

ask my friends and family what they’d

like as a present or if they’re free for a

meal in December - each year I’m met

with the same furrowed brows and

a ‘my god, I haven’t started thinking

about that yet!’

Forward planning aside, it is a rather

lovely, smug feeling to know that I’m

mostly sorted for the festivities - my

only issue being losing said gifts

between July and December 25th. If

your industry doesn’t quite prepare

you in the same way though, we’ve

got a bevy of festive features to help

get you prepped.

Our competition

page returns


Alongside Christmas features,

we’ve got a lovely interview with

The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda

Owen, plus some delicious recipes

from her new book.

If you’re receiving guests this year,

we’ve got some inspiration on

creating the perfect guest room

sanctuary. And if festive madness all

gets too much, you can always slip in

there yourself!

Yorkshire Shepherdess

Amanda Owen


Editor Katie Thomson


Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-Press Manager Kate Norris

Contributors Rebecca Rose, Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs

Angela Cave and Pete Lawrence. Front cover courtesy of Amanda Owen

Key Account Manager Marion Cassidy


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Recipes from

Amanda’s new book


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The news has been all doom and

gloom of late, but I think it’s important

that, toy shortage/turkey drama/fuel

crisis or not, this year’s Christmas is

looking so much brighter than 2020’s,

and there’s so much to be thankful

for. This quote from the legendary Bob

Hope really captured that for me:

“My idea of Christmas, whether

old-fashioned or modern, is very

simple: loving others. Come to

think of it, why do we have to

wait for Christmas to do that?”

We are looking forward to seeing

you again in January - we are doing

away with the New Year, New You

nonsense and instead focusing

on what 2022 can offer you. Until

then, take care, have a very Merry

Christmas and a peaceful New Year.


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The Good Schools Guide offers some suggestions to take into consideration when making the change

Whether you want to change from a

single sex school to co-ed or from day to

boarding, private to state, A levels to IB -

or vice versa there are plenty of reasons to

move schools post - GCSEs.

When to start looking

We’d advise getting the ball rolling

towards the end of their year 10 in time

for sixth form open days and applications

which generally take place the following


Discussions about post-GCSE options

will already be taking place at your child’s

current school by then and looking at

other sixth forms will widen your options.

Maybe the broader based curriculum

of the IB would suit them better than

specialising at A level? Maybe they want

to pursue a more practical, less exam

based, route? Or perhaps your child

simply feels ready for a fresh start and

new faces.

Choosing a new sixth form

The decision needs to be a joint effort

between parents and children, based as

much on personal preference as objective

research. Your child may have formed

opinions about other schools via friends

and social media but however popular a

particular sixth form may be, it’s no good

if it doesn’t offer the subjects they want

to study.

Guide your child to consider the areas

of study they genuinely enjoy or find

interesting. Also bear in mind that the

demands of some A levels, such as

maths, are a big jump from GCSE and

most schools will set higher GCSE grade

requirements for these.

It may seem too early when your child

hasn’t even finished their GCSE courses

to start talking about university subjects

and destinations, but if they are going to

change school for sixth form it’s important

to at least start thinking about the ultimate

goal. For instance, if Oxbridge or medical

school is the aim then A level choices

need to be made accordingly and a

potential school’s record of Oxbridge and

medical school places taken into account.

If university isn’t part of the plan then you’ll

need to ask the school or college about

provision for pupils who are interested in

alternative post-18 options such as degree


You can find latest information on a

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non-university destinations in the ‘Exit’

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Day to boarding

A move to boarding school for sixth form

- see this article for more - is often said

to be a good preparation for university.

But manage your expectations – in our

experience most sixth form boarding

accommodation is more luxurious than the

average university hall of residence!

Most boarding schools have separate

provision for sixth formers where they can

live more independently and with fewer

restrictions than younger pupils. If you

are looking at full, as opposed to weekly,

boarding then find out how many sixth

formers are in school at weekends and

what activities are on offer (our writers

suggest looking at boarding house

noticeboards to see sign-up sheets for

weekend activities).

While it’s usually possible, with

permission, for boarding sixth formers to

attend day pupils’ parties for instance,

it’s unlikely that any school will allow the

same freedom to socialise (particularly

with regard to sexual relationships) as day

school pupils. Discuss school rules and

regulations frankly with your child - if they

(or you) are horrified then maybe boarding

isn’t the right choice.

Independent to state

A move from independent to state school

is often determined by family finances, but

we wonder whether it could also now be a

strategic decision.

State school sixth forms or sixth form

colleges often have exam results that are

comparable to independent schools and

they may also offer a wider range of post-

GCSE choices.

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rebalance their admissions procedures to

correct what was (rightly) criticised as an

independent school bias, will this prompt

more independent school parents to send

their children to take A levels at state sixth

forms? Time will tell.

State to independent

If you think your child would benefit from

taking A levels at an independent school

but are worried about affording the fees, it

could be worth checking whether you can

apply for a bursary. Some schools offer

bursaries specifically for pupils joining the

sixth form from the local state sector.

Entry requirements

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GCSEs including English and maths at

grade 6 or above, with grade 7 or higher

in subjects to be studied at A level (can

be 8 or 9 for maths/further maths), is the

minimum for most selective schools.

Many schools set the sixth form entry

bar much higher and in addition to a

full set of GCSEs at grades 9-7, also

expect candidates to sit papers in their

prospective A level subjects. Schools will

usually interview prospective sixth formers


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Amanda Owen

The yorkshire Shepherdess

Tells us about her life in the Dales

Known to millions as The Yorkshire

Shepherdess, Amanda Owen is the author

of five best-selling books about her life

on Ravenseat ,one of the most remote

farms in the country, where she lives with

her husband Clive and nine children. She

currently stars in Channel 5’s popular TV

show Our Yorkshire Farm and her latest

book is Celebrating the Seasons includes

stories, recipes and photos from the farm

and is out now.

I understand that you had had no

previous links to farming, may I ask

how you became so involved in this line

of work?

I grew up in Huddersfield and no one in

my family is from a farming background.

I loved the James Herriot books when I

was a child, and watched the TV series.

Because of James Herriot I loved the idea

of being a vet, probably like most other

children of that era, but was told at school

that I was not academic enough to make

the grades. One day in the school library

I picked up a book called Hill Shepherd.

It was a photographic documentary of

hill farming in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Reading that book was an epiphany for

me, the pictures of the hill shepherds on

the moors with the sheep made me realise

it was where I wanted to be. It ticked the

box of wanting to work with animals in

the countryside and importantly it also

ticked the rebellion box as it was so the

opposite of my townie life up until then.

Years later after I had married my husband

Clive, we realised that there was actually a

photograph of him in Hill Shepherd! So it’s

a very important book to me.

How did you learn your crafts? One of

the many things I learnt from your book

was how important it is to get the grass

in - in good time.

I started out as a farm hand, and then

moved on to being a contract shepherd,

working on different farms all over the

country. But really, I learnt everything as I

went along.

Most of my crafts came through natural

progression, learning to ride a horse

by riding it, learning to clip a sheep by

clipping my first one, learning to work a

dog, by taking the dog out with me for the

first time.

You can only learn what to do by doing it,

you have to get practical on the ground

experience. Nothing comes close to

learning how to be a shepherd, other than

actually doing the work of a shepherd and

it’s not just about learning about sheep,

it’s about learning about the land.

With the grass it starts with the sheep.

You’ve got to have your sheep in good

order - we grow hardy stock through the

winter, so it’s absolutely vital that you grow

your crop well, so they have food to eat

throughout the winter.

You enjoy sheep shearing - were you

nervous when you cut your first fleece?

Of course, but you know, you have to be

nervous in order to be any good at what

you’re doing. If you’re lambing sheep you

are dealing with nature first hand, but

there is no room for you to have time to

be nervous as you have to get on with the

job. It’s you alone in that moment and it’s

not optional to be nervous. That pressure

makes you work fast.

The first time I clipped, I would clip the

sheep while the professional shearers

were having their dinner, and they

would encourage me or discourage me

depending on what I was doing, and then

the more you do it you get faster. You

keep practicing and eventually you will

get there.

How do you spread yourself between

9 children - it must quite a noisy

household at times?

It is a noisy household. But we’re very

privileged to live where we do which

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means that there’s plenty of room for

everybody to get some space outside. I

enjoy the busyness and noise of family

life in the house. But I can get away from

it by walking out my front door. Plenty

of people can’t as they leave their front

door and if they live in a city, it’s still loud

and busy when they get out. We’re lucky

here to have the wide open spaces and

the kids spend a lot of time outdoors.

We’re working farm and that means that

everyone mucks in - no matter what

the age, it could be collecting hen’s

eggs, feeding the horses, or helping find

uniforms for everyone, also cooking. Real

dough is just as good as playdough and

the kids love learning to cook. The only

time when we all come together is tea time

at the farm, when we all come together to

eat, it’s my favourite time of day, when I

get to hear what everyone’s been up to on

the farm and school.

Your children must have a wonderful

time and appear to have no fears with

any of the animals. Do they each have a

special one?

I suppose they do. Quite a lot of the girls

loves the horses. Violet loves the cows,

she was excited recently that our pet cow,

Ciara has now come in from the fields.

Violet hand reared Ciara from a calf, so

she thinks she belongs inside the house

and doesn’t like the other cows. Miles is

very taken with the hens and his flock of

30 sheep. Through the winter and up to

lambing time Miles looks after his flock of

sheep after school. Sidney has his own

dog, Nell a sheep dog and she runs for

him, so that’s quite a big thing for a young

lad to be able to work his own sheep dog.

It’s a level up from being a pet. The terriers

are wonderful they are real characters,

they are source of frustration as they

will have fights with each other, or they

wander off from the farm to the local pub

quite a few miles away! The terriers, are

Chalky and Sprout, sadly we lost Pippin at

the beginning of lock down. Tony the pony

(pictured above right) is loved by Annas,

Clemmie and Nancy, they look after him,

feed him, brush him and ride him. They

also love the bigger horses Josie and

Princess. Princess is very good with the

kids and often two of them ride her around

the fields. They also like to take the horses

down to the river and give them a bath

and wash and comb their tails.

Will any of them follow in your


Yeah, I think so, at the moment Miles and

Sidney are very keen on farming and Edith

is a good shepherdess. That said I never

place any expectation on any of them

to follow me into being a farmer and a

shepherd. You don’t know where life will

take you. I’m not sitting here going: “I want

you to be a shepherd”, because life goes

through stages, and what you want to do

changes, so I’d rather they make their own

choices, they can do whatever they want

to do. It’s a difficult thing to ask a child

what they want to do with the rest of their

life. They’ll figure it out as they go along.

What is your favourite season and why?

Summer. But really I mean June. June is

my favourite month, because all the sheep

have had lambs and been turned back

out onto the moor and it’s before hay time

and clipping, so there’s a lull and a pause

in the farm work, and at the same time

everything comes to life - the flowers, the

birds on the moor. In June, the Curlews

are back, as are the Lapwings, Golden

Plover, Black Grouse. All you can hear

is birds, wherever you’re walking. There

are woodcock and snipe too - they are

all ground nesting birds up here on the

moor, so you get to see their nests as

well - and it’s just beautiful. The flowers

you see in June are marsh marigolds,

globe flowers, all the hay meadow

flowers, rare orchids - it’s really pretty.

What made you decide to write this

book? It is a delightful read and the

recipes are a treat….

Celebrating the Seasons, came about

because I wanted to answer some of the

most frequently ask questions, how do

you cater for such a big family? Tell us

about the practicalities? What do you

cook? It was really difficult selecting

recipes for the book. I wanted to include

forgiving recipes. Recipes that it was

totally fine to get distracted in the middle

of and would still turn out good. Recipes

that were achievable with the most

basic of ingredients, simple feel good

food, that was nutritionally good too. My

absolute favourite is the Tagine recipe,

it’s a people pleaser, for me its so easy

and the smell always brings everyone

to the kitchen - which is helpful! Every

time I cook it it’s different, sometimes

chick peas, sometimes wild rice, some

times couscous - it always comes out

slightly different each time. In addition

to the recipes, people have told me they

loved my photos and images of the farm

that I post on twitter and would always

suggest I do a photograph book. If you

go back to basics it was a photography

book - Hill Shepherd - that inspired me

to become a shepherd. So it’s nice to

go full circle. I know how inspiring a

photography book can be - how it can

really steer you and how a picture can

tell a thousand words. I really hope that

when people buy the book, that they

look at the pictures over and over again

and still find something new in them, as I

have with Hill Shepherd.

What would you like to tell our readers

about your life?

I want people to know that Celebrating

the Seasons is a book about going your

own way. It’s not a blueprint for how you

should live your life, it simply says this

is what we do as a family this is how we

do it, feel free to follow the recipes, or

do them your own way. I want people

to not let themselves to be stereotyped,

to know that all things are achievable if

you really want to do it. So many people

said you won’t have time to write a book,

you won’t achieve that. But I believe you

can do anything you just have to start

doing it. If you want to write a book,

start writing. I got an E in GCSE English,

and this is my fifth book. Anything is



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Dinner is served

Tasty recipes from Amanda Owen

Wild Mushroom Soup with

Wood Sorrel & Hazelnut Pesto

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 35 minutes

Serves 4

2 tbsp Yorkshire rapeseed oil, plus extra for


1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 large clove garlic, crushed or grated

450g wild mushrooms, such as yellow

chanterelle, roughly chopped

50ml Madeira or sweet sherry

850ml hot vegetable stock

3 sprigs fresh thyme

200ml double cream

1 tsp mushroom powder

Salt and black pepper


25g chopped toasted hazelnuts

1 small bunch wood sorrel

2 tbsp olive oil

10g Parmesan


Handful of wild mushrooms

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add

the onion and garlic and fry gently for 5

minutes, until softened but not coloured.

Next, add the mushrooms and fry on a

medium heat for 8 minutes, until they are


Pour the Madeira over the mushrooms and

cook on a high heat for about a minute until

the alcohol evaporates.

Lower the heat and pour in the hot stock,

then add the sprigs of thyme. Bring to the

boil then cover and simmer gently for 20


Remove the pan from the heat, blitz with

a hand blender or in a liquidizer until the

soup is smooth. Return the soup to a clean

pan, stir in the cream and sprinkle over the

mushroom powder, then season the soup

and gently reheat over a low heat.

Meanwhile, place the pesto ingredients into

a small food processor and blitz for a few

seconds until combined. Add extra oil if the

pesto is a little thick and season to taste.

For the mushroom garnish, drizzle some

oil in a small frying pan and gently fry the

remaining mushrooms for a couple of

minutes until golden.

To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls,

scatter over the whole fried mushrooms,

and top with a spoonful of pesto.


Try serving with homemade spelt bread.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with

Jewelled Couscous

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 4


2 tbsp olive oil

600g lamb shoulder, diced

1 large onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tbsp hot smoked paprika

40g tomato purée

400g can cherry tomatoes

1 cinnamon stick

50g dried apricots, chopped

2 large pieces orange peel

285ml lamb stock

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

Jewelled couscous

200g couscous

200ml hot vegetable stock

1 red onion, chopped

100g pomegranate seeds

1 small bunch mint, leaves roughly chopped

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

3 spring onions

20g almonds, toasted

Salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ gas 4.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large

heatproof casserole dish, then add the

lamb and sear and brown on all sides for

about 5 minutes. Remove the lamb from

the casserole dish with a slotted spoon and

set aside.

Return the casserole dish to the heat and

add the remaining oil. When hot, add the

onion and fry gently for approximately 8

minutes until golden. Add the garlic and fry

for a further minute.

Sprinkle over the ground spices and stir

in the tomato purée then fry for a further

minute. Return the meat and any juices

to the pan with the remaining Tagine

ingredients (except the fresh coriander),

bring to the boil then cover with a lid and

transfer to the middle shelf of the oven.

Cook for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.

Meanwhile, while the Tagine cooks, put the

couscous into a bowl and pour over the

hot vegetable stock. Cover the bowl tightly

with cling film and set aside for 10 minutes

until the couscous has absorbed the liquid.

Season the couscous, then stir through

the remaining ingredients, saving a few

almonds and herbs to garnish.

To serve the Tagine, remove the cinnamon

stick and check seasoning, then sprinkle

over the chopped coriander. Serve in warm

bowls with the jewelled couscous.


This recipe can also be cooked slowly in a

Tagine over a barbecue. | 27

And time for pudding...

More tasty recipes from Amanda Owen

Rhubarb & Custard Crumble Cake

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Serves 4-6


250g Yorkshire rhubarb, cut into 2cm


50g caster sugar


50g plain flour

25g butter, cut into cubes

40g chopped mixed nuts

25g demerara sugar


170g butter, softened, plus extra for


85g caster sugar

85g soft brown sugar

3 medium eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

170g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

30g custard powder

Icing sugar to dust

Custard to serve

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas

Grease and line a 21cm round spring-form

cake tin.

Put the rhubarb into a saucepan and

sprinkle over the caster sugar. Heat very

gently until the sugar dissolves into a syrup.

Simmer for 6–8 minutes until the rhubarb

just begins to soften. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile make the crumble. Place the

flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the

butter with your fingertips until it resembles

breadcrumbs, then stir in the chopped nuts

and sugar.

Next make the cake. Beat the butter, caster

sugar and soft brown sugar in a bowl using

an electric mixer for 2–3 minutes, until light

and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract

with 2 tablespoons of the flour, beat for

a minute until combined, then fold in the

remaining flour, baking powder and custard


Drain any excess juices from the rhubarb

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and discard the syrup, then gently fold the

cooled rhubarb through the cake mixture.

Transfer the cake batter to the prepared tin

and gently smooth the top with a spatula.

Sprinkle the crumble over the cake and

press down lightly with the back of a spoon,

then bake on the middle shelf of the oven

for 40 minutes, until the cake is golden, firm

to touch, and when a skewer is inserted it

comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the

cake tin, then transfer to a plate.

Dust lightly with icing sugar before serving

warm with custard.


Also delicious served with ice cream or

single cream.

Hedgerow Nutty Crumble

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Serves 4

Fruit filling

40g butter

40g golden caster sugar

2 Braeburn apples, peeled and sliced

200g Bramley apples, peeled and sliced

300g foraged berries or any mixed berries,

such as blackberries and wild raspberries

Crumble topping

125g plain flour

85g unsalted butter, diced

85g demerara sugar

50g rolled oats

30g chopped toasted hazelnuts

Custard or ice cream to serve

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.

For the fruit filling, melt the butter in a

pan, add the sugar and apples and gently

simmer for 5 minutes. Add the berries and

simmer for 2 minutes, then transfer to a

23cm round oven-proof dish.

Meanwhile prepare the crumble topping.

Put the flour into a mixing bowl and rub

in the butter with your fingertips, until the

mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir

in the sugar, oats and hazelnuts.

Sprinkle the crumble topping over the

fruit, then place the dish on the middle

shelf of the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes,

until the crumb is golden and fruit


Allow to cool slightly before serving with

custard or ice cream.


Try using other seasonal fruits such as

damsons or gooseberries.

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The queues outside our door in the weekends, our numerous

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Ultimately you have to work with what

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many of us have seen our guest rooms

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The more things you can put in the room

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important, as are fresh towels, tissues,

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The same goes for the mattress as the

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Multi-level lighting is key for making a

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Good bed linen really is worth the money

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We all know it’s a bit stressful trying to

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Kit the room out with either fresh flowers,

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If your guests were hoping for hotel

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communities, retirement villages or extra

care housing, these settings give older

people the opportunity to rent or own

a flat or apartment, on a site with 24/7

staffing, high-quality care provision if

needed, and facilities like restaurants,

bars, cafes, gyms, activity rooms and

much more.

While long-standing options for older

people like care homes and traditional

retirement housing will continue to have

a vital place, there is a growing need

for middle options like housing-withcare

which allow older people to stay

independent and healthy for longer.

The evidence is clear: housing-withcare

improves health and well-being,

drastically cuts down hospital and GP

visits, and reduces feelings of loneliness.

Not only do older people themselves

benefit, but so too does the NHS and

whole social care system.

Housing-with-care settings can be in

either rural or urban locations, giving

older people the chance to choose the

lifestyle they want. Often, they are closely

connected with the town centre, and

people of different ages are able to use

the facilities at the retirement community

and mix with older residents. Far from

being ghettos of the elderly, housingwith-care

settings can be hubs of

intergenerational connection.

ARCO’s role as the representative body

for the housing-with-care sector is to help

our members provide the best possible

service to their older residents, and to

ensure the sector thrives and grows in

the way that it should. An important part

of ARCO’s work is helping members

set high standards through the ARCO

Consumer Code, a new edition of

which was launched in September this

year. The code upholds the principles

of transparency and fairness, giving

customers and residents confidence that

housing-with-care operators achieve

high levels of consumer protection in

everything from marketing, sales and

lettings, and resident relations.

Because, ultimately, housing-with-care is

all about the residents. About responding

to the growing demand from older

people for housing options that combine

independent, active living with care

and support if needed. About allowing

residents to live the life that they want

to live.

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Local retiree, Margaret Beard, talks

about how she’s living her retirement

years to the full at McCarthy Stone’s

Harvard Place in Stratford-upon-Avon.

When Margaret Beard decided she

wanted to downsize her home and

relocate from Leicestershire to enable

her to make the most of her retirement

years, she looked all over the UK for the

perfect location and lifestyle. Fortunately,

McCarthy Stone’s Harvard Place in

Stratford-upon-Avon popped up at just

the right time.

Margaret, a former civil service employee

and advertising executive, explains: “We

lived in a lovely village in Leicestershire,

but decided we wanted a lower

maintenance lifestyle, both in terms of

the upkeep of our home and proximity to

amenities. I’d been keeping my eye out

on retirement properties for over 10 years

and had been looking all over the UK.

We were regular visitors to Stratford and

loved the town, so when my daughter

mentioned Harvard Place, we got in

touch with the sales team right away. As

soon as I spoke with the McCarthy Stone

team, I knew it was the place for me and

signed up to buy a property off-plan.

“My apartment is lovely, and I have

fantastic views over the local woodland.

Harvard Place also has a rooftop terrace

and the views from there are even better,

perfect for enjoying with a nice coffee. The

gardens are fantastic too and it’s great to

be able to enjoy them without having to

bother with the gardening myself. The best

thing though, is that we have a Waitrose

next door and a bus service into town,

perfect for a shopaholic like me! I’ve made

some great friends here, one of which is my

kindred spirit when it comes to shopping,

so we love to hit the shops together.

“There’s a wonderful community here

too. We have film nights, a choir, keep fit

classes, coffee morning and afternoon

teas. There’s always something going

on and it’s brilliant to be able to pick

and choose when you want to socialise

or when you simply want to relax in the

privacy of your own apartment. Plus, we

have an on-site restaurant and options for

domestic support, so I really don’t have to

lift a finger if I don’t want to.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the team

here either. They’re always here to help

and are very accommodating of our

ideas. It’s like having a second family.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of the team

here either. They’re always here to help

and are very accommodating of our ideas.

It’s like having a second family. Moving

to Harvard Place was one of the best

decisions I have ever made and I can’t

recommend it highly enough to retirees

who are looking for a relaxed lifestyle that

will enable them to live life to the full.”

Harvard Place features a selection of 56

one and two-bedroom Retirement Living

Plus apartments, exclusively designed

for people aged 70 and over. Prices

at Harvard Place currently start from

£272,950 for a one bedroom apartment

and from £384,950 for a two bedroom

apartment. There is the option to

purchase an apartment outright or to take

advantage of flexible rental and part rent

part buy solutions.

More than nine out of 10 customers

would recommend McCarthy Stone to

a friend, ensuring it has received the full

Five Star award for customer satisfaction

from the Home Builders Federation for

16 years’ running. McCarthy Stone is

the only UK housebuilder of any size

or type to achieve this accolade for 16

consecutive years, which is every year

the awards have been run.

For more information about retirement living

in Stratford-upon-Avon, please contact

McCarthy Stone on 0800 201 4741 or visit

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one, call 01789 867338 or email



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Living at Ambleside is all about quality of life. Every colleague

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a fulfilling lifestyle, tailored around their unique needs and

preferences. The lifestyle team organises a huge variety of group

and one-to-one activities, with plenty going on each day.

Often families are so caught up in the day-to-day care of their

loved ones that the personal relationship they share can take a

step back. Once their relative has settled into Ambleside they

are able to focus on spending quality time with them again just

enjoying each other’s company.

Whether your loved one enjoys a quiet cup of tea in bed before

starting the day, loves going for strolls in nature, or enjoys a chat

over a beer, the team at Ambleside will spend time to enable

them to continue living life the way they want to.

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One and two bed apartments available in a

beautiful development designed to let you

live your way.

• Exclusively for the over 70s

• 1 and 2 bed apartments

• Buy from £264,950 #

• Rent from £2,640 # pcm

Harvard Place, Springfield Close,

Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 8GA

To book your viewing, call 0800 185 5483

or search McCarthy Stone Harvard Place.


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