The boutique Silverstream retirement Village in Bishopdale/Harewood is almost too good to be true, for the over-65s seeking the exciting,
but easy life.
Walking up The Boulevard to the village’s heart, there were sounds of jazz entertainment wafting from the sunlit lounge, that adjoins the spa, lap pool and coffee area. It is a perfect spot for anniversary parties. Upstairs there’s a gym, hair salon and library; with 24/7 access to this leisure centre, it’s a holiday resort at home.
From outings to barbeques, there’s always an activity to join; residents also run their own social club. “It’s very social and friendly here,” Village Manager Donna O’Reilly says. “You participate as much or as little as you like. We provide a personal service, such as checking up if someone’s unwell. We’re central to everywhere – such as doctors, shops and the airport.”
Silverstream has 49 beautiful villas, set amongst established gardens, all architecturally designed by Weir Walker. Spacious with high ceilings and entrances, large lounge areas, ample storage and carpeted garaging, there’s no need to downsize. Pets are even welcome, with prior permission, and there’s room for visiting family. Each villa is unique, with French doors to private courtyards. These villas are built solid of mainly plaster over brick, with underfloor heating, some with gas fires, and range from 115-142sqm.
A couple of the two-bedroom villas are now available, one with street frontage and larger grounds, and a very spacious three-bedroom villa.
As the automotive writer for Metropol, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Autosure Golf Tournament at the wonderful Harewood Golf Course. Joined by car people from across the industry, we started the event with a slap-up BBQ which gave us time to meet and network.
I was assigned to the team from Car Clearance Centre, Craig Erickson and Hilton Arlidge, with Heather McFarlane from Autosure to keep us in check. I could tell from the start it would be a challenging 18 holes of golf, not for the game but the laughs and comedic routine of the group I was with. I wasn’t disappointed.
What was great about the event was it brought together all those people from the automotive industry to network and have an enjoyable day in the sun. After such a fantastic event at a superb golf course I’m looking forward to the next Autosure event.
James Searle says, “It was a great opportunity to take time out from day to day work with our dealers and partners to enjoy each other’s company and to chat about the industry in this fantastic weather”.
Autosure was established in 1986 and provides car insurance, mechanical insurance, lifestyle protection insurance. Mechanical breakdown and payment protection plans are, after all, an essential purchase these days and with such pleasant, professional people to deal with, you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Although our score on the course wasn’t brilliant, the fun on the day got a 10/10.