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‘Little bit of paradise’ unveiled at Isle of Wight retirement development

Retirement development, Briary Court in West Cowes, Isle of Wight, has opened its doors to showcase its newly refurbished swimming pool for residents.

The pool is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of this stunning development originally built in 1989 and managed by FirstPort Retirement Property Services. It is home to 60 residents.

Residents’ friends and family, local clients and prospective buyers were all invited to be the first to see the new pool, which is described by the Development Manager as ‘a little bit of paradise.’

The pool has been completely gutted, redecorated and modernised with a new air conditioning system, specialist flooring, LED spotlights, reconfigured changing rooms and new furniture to complement the decor.

Development Manager, Cherry Kingdom, said: “We’re so thrilled with the results of the pool refurbishment. The furniture is sleek and sophisticated and the beautiful colours used to paint the walls and pool itself make you feel like you’re swimming in the ocean.”

The pool is a huge contributor to the health and wellbeing of residents at Briary Court. Many of whom use it to ease conditions such as arthritis and to enhance their mobility. It also acts as a social hub that creates a real sense of community.

It’s expected the pool will be used from 6am until late into the evening, and the residents are looking to set up a group aqua aerobics class. Cherry adds:“Whoever thinks retirement living is slow-paced has never visited Briary Court!”

Resident, Ken Parker, said: “As residents of Briary Court since 2007, my wife and I are enjoying a long and happy retirement and can think of no other place we would rather live. The swimming pool has been a great asset, both to our health and pleasure. Now that it has been modernised, it will again add much to our lives. This makes Briary Court the best retirement home on our much-loved Isle of Wight.”

Whoever thinks retirement living is slow-paced has never visited Briary Court!

Development Manager, Cherry Kingdom


The new pool

The stunning new pool.

Residents cutting the ribbon

L-R Residents Terri Sheridan, Beryl Allen, Chris Mathews, Tom Tyson.

Resident and Contractors in the pool

L-R Jack Hibberd, Tom Tyson, Justin Sweatman (Jack and Justin are from WH Brading & Son Limited, the contractors that completed the pool refurbishment).

Resident swimming

Resident, Tom Tyson - the first person to take a dip in the new pool.