Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Guest Post: Enjoy relaxed living in sunny Devon

When most people think about their retirement they dream of spending their increased leisure time in pleasant surroundings with an active social life and amenities that will suit their interests.

Ilfracombe in Devon is the perfect place

One of the major benefits of moving to this beautifully sunny North Devon town is its proximity to the sea, and the fact that there is so much to do and occupy your time. Retirement apartments in Ilfracombe will give you the opportunity to relocate to this lovely town, retain your independence and engage with a group of other neighbouring homeowners.

One of the main advantages of this type of retirement living is that help is on hand if you need it, but you’ll also be able to continue with your own style of life for as long as you can. Ilfracombe is well marked with access guides; in fact there is even a group that promotes access for those with mobility problems in the town. You can borrow or hire a mobility scooter, should the need arise.

Activities in Ilfracombe, Devon

As you’ll be living by the sea, you should try and explore the Tunnels beaches. These were erected in the 1820s and were designed to separate males and females in order to preserve Victorian decorum. If you do decide to spend a day here, relax with a drink or a meal at the stylish Café Blue Bar, right on the beach.

Ilfracombe is jam-packed with cultural activities. There is a wonderful 66-foot Damien Hirst sculpture of a pregnant woman, called Verity, on the pier. The town also has a theatre, The Landmark, where you can go to hear music, watch a play and see a film. This unusual building is also right on the seafront. Further along the pier, you’ll be able to visit the local Aquarium and admire all the beautiful marine life housed in this centre.

Attractions close to Ilfracombe

If you’re thinking of having a day out, then a trip on the nearby Lynton and Barnstable steam railway will be great fun. This iconic narrow guage steam railway has been featured by Michael Portillo, and will take you back in time across moorland and rural countryside in one of its wonderful old-fashioned carriages. The railway is always looking for volunteers, so if you fancy for a new hobby and want to boost your social life, this might be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.