A retirement living company recently celebrated the grand opening of its Alfred Lodge development in Bridport, where more than 50 per cent of the apartments have already been reserved.

More than 50 visitors attended the special event at Churchill Retirement Living's Lodge on Rax Lane, which comprises 26 one and two bedroom private, self-contained apartments specially designed for retired owners.

Potential purchasers were given the opportunity to visit the new sales centre and show apartments while being treated to sparkling wine and nibbles to celebrate the occasion.

Jo Ridehalgh, regional marketing executive at Churchill Retirement Living, said: "Now that the show complex is officially open interested purchasers can see for themselves the layout and design of the apartments as well as the attention to detail and high quality they can expect from Churchill.

"Our properties offer security, peace of mind and independent living, along with community and support. Being in a more manageable, low maintenance home can offer a new lease of life for our owners, while ensuring they are close to amenities and surrounded by a new community."

Jean Gosney, aged 76, has been an owner at Churchill's existing Bridport site, Folly Mill Lodge, for a year.

She said: "I enjoy the independence and freedom it gives me. I can carry on with all my charity work without having to worry about being somewhere at a given time. I help organize our coffee morning every week where I can catch up with all the other owners."

Alfred Lodge is named after King Alfred the Great who created the 'Burgh of Brydian' establishing the town as a burgh in the 9th century. The development offers the best of both worlds - a peaceful green corner right in the heart of town.

Situated adjacent to Bridport Millennium Green, it benefits from stunning views yet is also well located for the bustling High Street, which is home to a number of independent family-run shops, well-known high street stores and a popular street market.

For more information visit churchillretirement.co.uk