Anchor’s Hampshire Lakes retirement village in Yateley, Hampshire has been honoured at the What House Awards 2016.

The not for profit provider won the Silver award in the Best Retirement Development category.

Hampshire Lakes general manager, Rhona Smith, said: “We are thrilled to have won Silver in the What House Awards 2016. It’s wonderful to be recognised nationally for being a great place to retire and for our dedicated focus on providing happy living for residents.”

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Hampshire Lakes was praised by the judges for having a “good atmosphere and friendly staff as well as state-of-the-art facilities and well-designed living accommodation”.

The judges added: “The apartments in this purpose-built community are cosy without feeling cramped, having views of the gardens and grounds.

“Facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa, hair salon, library and craft room and a little deli that sells basic essentials and has a few tables where you can catch up with your neighbour over a cup of tea and slice of cake. Materials are of high quality with solid wood floors in all communal areas, lots of comfortable sofas and chairs and a décor that combines a palette of calming pastel colours.

“There is a real dedicated focus on the property owners at Hampshire Lakes, with a minibus service to take them on day trips and shopping excursions and a very cheery fellow to put them through their paces in the gymnasium.”

Hampshire Lakes offers more than 100 independent and assisted living apartments for over-65s, with a variety of on-site facilities and a 24 hour support team so that residents can enjoy retirement surrounded by like-minded people with the peace of mind that help is always available if required.

There is also a 36-bed care home on the site, offering both residential care and specialist dementia support.

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