What are the benefits of downsizing?

It may be that moving would mean downsizing from your previous home. This should be seen as a positive, sensible action.

You would be free of many monthly expenses and continuous upkeep associated with larger properties - and downsizing could also release equity.

Many people find themselves unburdening a lot of financial or practical concerns by downsizing, and of course it allows you to start a new chapter in your life in a beautiful new location. 


The UK has fallen behind in providing options and choices to people in retirement, particularly as people are now living 20-30 years more. 


In other countries the attitude towards retirement is seen as a time to enjoy the fruits of your labour and do the things you could not do before.


Having seen many people suffer from loneliness and isolation in my medical career, I was determined to do something different. 

To create exceptional places with exceptional services - it is after all a time to enjoy and we want to help you continue to do so. 


When you come to look at one of our houses, the journey is quite different. We spend a lot of time getting to know you, understanding the places you enjoy in your house.


We embark upon on a journey through the spaces where you spend time, the things you enjoy. What 'good' looks like to you.

Dr Anita Ray-Chowdhury Herdeiro

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How we help you achieve a stress-free move

Discounted Solicitors Fees

We have established reliable relationships with reputable and experienced legal firms in the region to give our customers the best possible recommendations when it comes to conveyancing.

To deal with all legal matters, we can recommend you solicitors that are familiar with our properties and have regularly worked with our business. They can assist with both the sale of your current home and moving in to your new one at Scalesceugh.

Part Exchange Service*

To help you avoid the stress of selling your own home, we can offer to sell it for you through the process of Part Exchange. Offered through one of our partner estate agents, this service can allow you to get moving faster with a guaranteed buyer for your home.

There are a number of benefits to selling your home through Part Exchange, including not having to worry about long property chain delays, avoiding the hassle of time consuming house viewings and saving money by not having to pay for estate agent fees.


Removal Service

We have partnered with a local removal company who have worked with a number of our homeowners to date. They are familiar with our development and can offer you a reliable service at great rates.


Interior Design Services

Our partner interior designer can offer a complimentary phone consultancy to discuss interior styling ideas for your new home at Scalesceugh, and should you opt to use their services, they will offer them at a discounted rate.

We have also partnered with a local specialist in bespoke fitted wardrobe and storage designs, whilst we can further assist in sourcing a range of additional suppliers for the styling and decoration of your new home, such as curtain and blind fitters.


For more information on any of the above services and how we can help you move, please contact us today.

07853 190765


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Who can buy a home at Scalesceugh Hall & Villas?


Scalesceugh Hall & Villas welcomes any residents who meet the qualifying minimum age of 55, subject to terms and conditions.

How many properties are there in the development?

There are 13 villas and 15 apartments in Scalesceugh Hall.

Will I own my own home?


Yes, you will. Unlike moving into a residential care home, which would probably involve selling your existing home to meet future costs, buying a villa or apartment at Scalesceugh Hall & Villas means the property is yours.

Are appliances included in the purchase price?

Yes. All apartments and villas are complete with fully fitted kitchens which include a range of integrated appliances. These include an induction hob with extractor, waist-height oven, combi-microwave oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher and a washer/dryer. Please refer to our brochures or ask a member of staff for further details.

Is parking provided?


Each apartment includes one parking space. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. One additional car parking space is available per apartment for a permit fee of £300 per year. Visitor car parking will also be available in the Spa car park adjacent to Scalesceugh Hall.


Each villa offers at least one private car parking space. Visitor car parking will be available in the Spa car park adjacent to Scalesceugh Hall.

​Are the properties leasehold or freehold?


All of our apartments are leasehold.


All of our villas are freehold.

Is there lift access?


Yes, there is lift access to all floors within Scalesceugh Hall.


Lift access in our villas isn't included as standard, however there is space in all of our villas for a lift to installed as an optional extra (additional cost applies).

How do I reserve a property?


Please contact our sales team. They will take you through the simple buying process and offer advice on making the move to our community at Scalesceugh.

If you have any further questions or would like to find out more about Scalesceugh Hall & Villas, please get in touch with us today.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Is there a service charge?


Yes. The service charge fee for our apartments will be as follows:

- 1 bed apartment = £169.80 per month

- 2 bed apartment = £219.40 per month


The service charge for our apartments includes: 

  • Communal gardening and landscaping fees

  • External electricity

  • Private and communal water

  • Sewage 

  • Public Liability Insurance

  • Administration fees

  • Lift maintenance

  • Heating maintenance

  • Cleaning of communal areas in the hall

  • Window cleaning

  • Buildings insurance

  • A Services Manager

  • Contribution towards the running and maintenance of the Spa & Wellness Centre



Yes. The service charge fee for our villas is currently £146.90 per month*.


The service charge for our villas includes: 

  • Communal gardening and landscaping fees

  • Window cleaning

  • External electricity

  • Private and communal water

  • Sewage 

  • Public Liability Insurance

  • Administration fees

  • Contribution towards a general estate reserve fund

*From January 2021, there will be an increase in the monthly service charge fee for our villas to cover the following costs:

  • Contribution towards the running and maintenance of the Spa & Wellness Centre (upon completion of the Spa in February 2021)

  • A Services Manager (employed from January 2021)

Is the service charge fixed?


Any increases in service charges will only occur if the costs of providing and maintaining facilities and services increase, or if any future Government legislation causes an increase.

The management company is owned by the owners and therefore price changes have to be consulted with owners. 

What expenses are not covered?


Residents’ own electricity, telephone rates and charges, as well as council tax, TV licence, satellite/cable subscription and contents insurance are not covered.


Additionally, the service charge does not cover the replacement of plant for individual plots, as well as optional services which can be requested by homeowners at an additional cost, such as cleaning or grocery shopping.


Is there a ground rent charge?


No, there will not be a charge for ground rent.


Will there be any exit fees when I sell my property?



Yes. As the apartments are leasehold, when you sell your apartment in Scalesceugh Hall you will be required to pay a deferred management/contingency contribution. The fund covers spending for the repair of communal areas (including roofs, painting of the building, road maintenance, etc.), renewal of lifts, as well as a contribution towards management costs. The contribution is 1% of the ‘open market value’ at the point of sale/transfer, for each year or part-year of ownership up to a maximum of 10%.

Example 1:

A leaseholder who sells a property owned for two years for £250,000 will have to pay £12,500 calculated as follows:

  • 1% of £250,000 = £2,500

  • 2 years x £2,500 = £5,000

  • Deferred fee = £5,000

Example 2:

A leaseholder who sells a property owned for fifteen years for £250,000 will have to pay £25,000 calculated as follows:

  • 1% of £250,000 = £2,500

  • 15 years x £2,500 or up to 5% of the sale, whichever is lower= £12,500

  • Contingency Fund Contribution = £12,500


No. As our villas are freehold, there is no exit fee to pay upon the sale of these properties.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How is social isolation tackled?


Being in Cumbria, we are aware of the importance of communities, especial in rural areas. Social isolation - being lonely - can become a chronic condition and a long-term illness. It affects a million elderly people in the UK.

We are supportive of The Cumbria Ageing Well Programme, which was set up to ensure that the county is a 'good place to grow older'. It aims to do this through 'Five Ways to Wellbeing': Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Give, and Take Notice.


The emphasis on, and importance to longevity of living active, healthy later years has been commonplace in Scandinavia and New Zealand, for example, for a number of years. Only now is the UK beginning to catch up.


We at Scalesceugh Hall & Villas are at the heart of this movement. And the manor hall itself will be at the heart of our own community, with a cinema room and communal lounge available for all residents to enjoy a range of activities and social events with fellow homeowners. We are offering a new perspective on retirement here at Scalesceugh. People talk about growing old with dignity and grace. To us that’s all about staying healthy and active in mind and body, keeping connected to friends and family and being part of a vibrant community.

What if I live alone?


Loneliness can have a negative effect on health, increasing the likelihood of depression and anxiety in particular. You will really appreciate the community feel of Scalesceugh Hall & Villas. It could greatly improve your health and wellbeing. 

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