Our sheltered/extra care housing consists of ten ground floor and nine first floor unfurnished flats, each with a separate external entrance. The ground floor of the main house is given over to communal space for meals, meetings and other social activities. A room with computer and printer is also available for use by our Tenants, who also have access to the gardens and the facilities of a craft room and a laundry. Guest accommodation is available for a nightly charge.
Each flat consists of a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and a shower room, plus hall and storage cupboards and is large enough for one or two people. Central heating is by gas, and cooking by electricity, both services being individually metered. All flats are wired for telephones, have a communal TV aerial and Satellite Dish, and are fitted with a warden call system. There is also parking space for a limited number of cars.
| Two views of a typical Living Room
| Shower Room
The Common Room in the Main House, serves a variety of functions:
- It is the Dining Room for lunches Monday to Friday
- It is the Meeting Room for Meeting for Worship on Sunday mornings Windermere Local Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) to which all are welcome
- It is also the room where all Board and Committee meetings are held
- It is a general Social Room
- With the tenants’ approval it may be used for other activities
- It contains a good library of fiction, non-fiction, and reference books and a TV and music centre
The Craft Room is another common room, a place to work on hobbies, or to share your skills with others
The Laundry adjoins the Main House and contains two washing machines and two tumble driers. Some tenants prefer to book a regular weekly session to use the machines; others find it more convenient to take “pot luck”, as the machines are not much used in the afternoons. The staff are always on hand to assist.
The Garden at Gatesbield is almost two acres in extent, with an excellent collection of shrubs, as well as rockeries and many mature trees. Exploring it at different times of year, along its wandering paths, or sitting in one of its four very different lawn areas make it a constant delight to tenants.The gardens are maintained by gardening contractors supported by an enthusiastic team of garden volunteers.
Tenants may undertake the special care of a part of the garden should they wish, by arrangement with the Scheme Manager and the lead garden volunteer, who are responsible for its maintenance.