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Hear from our owners why they chose to make
Scalesceugh Hall & Villas their new home

We've had the pleasure of speaking with some of our owners to find out about their moving experiences and why they chose to start their next chapter at Scalesceugh Hall & Villas.

These are just a few of the friendly faces you can call neighbour when you join our community.

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A love of the outdoors and an active lifestyle: Meet Katie

Katie loves paddle boarding. She loves wild swimming. Fell walking, too - and running. And she’s loving life as a homeowner at Scalesceugh.

A local government officer who moved here from West Cumbria with her two gorgeous border collies and an elusive cat, Katie is now keen to get involved in the pursuits she adores on the east of the county.

“Scalesceugh appealed to me because of its proximity to Carlisle and Penrith,” explains Katie. “The connections are really good - the motorway and the railway. I’ve got family in Edinburgh, friends in Lancashire, it’s a real benefit.

“I’m pretty outdoorsy. As well as walking the dogs, I want to get back to fell running or road running. I’m going to look for a running club round here.”

Lured by a friendly community: Audrey and Trevor Harris

An adventurous spirit and desire to be part of a happy community are driving the lives of Audrey, 67, and her husband Trevor, 69.


They moved into a ground floor apartment at Scalesceugh Hall at the start of summer, and have quickly settled in, largely thanks to the other homeowners in the grand mansion.


“The day we arrived, we were so impressed because all the residents here came rushing to see us, they were so friendly,” recalls Audrey.


“It became apparent straight away that this will be a nice community to live in,” agrees Trevor.


“Scalesceugh owners Bruno and Anita are also nice people, they chat to you and mix in. It’s a nice atmosphere here.”


Making the move for an easier life: Stewart & Jean Cross

Stewart & Jean Cross made the move to a new villa at Scalesceugh after life in their converted chapel in the nearby village of Great Corby was becoming increasingly difficult for Jean, who has limited mobility. Scalesceugh offered the couple a spacious home designed with many modern features for flexible and low-maintenance living.

“We liked the space, the availability for installing a lift, and the fact it was freehold. We’re now glad we don’t have to maintain an old home and can benefit from the many features of our new villa, including the underfloor heating which is very warm and cosy! We feel really comfortable here and like the feel of the place.”

Bringing family closer: Shirley and daughter, Jo

Shirley Turner made the move to Scalesceugh from her family home in Wolverhampton to be closer to her daughter, Jo, who lives just a short drive away in the nearby village of Cumwhinton.


With family no longer living near her, and having experienced a health scare earlier in the year, Jo knew that her mum and her would enjoy peace of mind if they lived closer to one another.

“After mum took unwell in the summer, I knew it would be better for her to be closer to me in Cumbria, so that if anything should happen to her again, I’m only a short drive away. Both me and mum wanted her to have her independence and a social life as part of a wider community and Scalesceugh offers that."

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Moving home during Covid-19: David & Christine Sammans

Making the decision to downsize to a new home in a different location is a daunting process, never mind doing so during a global pandemic; however David, 81, and wife Christine, 77, from Crow Edge in West Yorkshire did just that.


Despite experiencing some challenges along the way, the couple were determined to make the move to their new villa, and thanks to the help of our team, are now settling into their new home and look forward to enjoying their new life here.

"We like how tranquil it is here and the fact it’s in the countryside. Walking is a big part of our lives. We walk every day. Here we have plenty of places we can enjoy different walks which is great." 

"Despite the rollercoaster journey we’ve been on to move here; we knew this was the right place for us.”

Relocating closer to family: Bob & Pat Sawyers

Bob, 84, and Pat, 82, joined our community after moving from their home in the town of Ludlow, Shropshire. 


After discussions with their daughter and son-in-law who live in Edinburgh, they knew that they didn’t want to spend any more of their years living at such a great distance from their family and so decided to make the move up North to benefit from easier access to the Scottish Capital.

"When we viewed one of the three-bedroom villas at Scalesceugh, we were delighted with the spaciousness of the property and the fact it had its own garden looking out onto beautiful countryside. We were also excited at the experience of being part of the growing community here."

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