The first residents have moved into a new luxury retirement development for the over 65s in Cheltenham following a major renovation and building project.
Located in Montpellier, New Court has opened its doors for the first time to residents who have moved into some of the 53 apartments that make up the development.
Of the 53 apartments, six are located in the renovated Grade II listed building, with the remaining 47 in the newly developed contemporary building which is joined by a glazed link.
As well as providing a mix of one and two bedroom apartments, including two penthouses, the development also offers a range of onsite facilities including a bar, restaurant, library, wellbeing room and private gardens.
New Court was initially commissioned as a family home in 1862 but has since been used as a Voluntary Aid Detachment hospital in 1914, the first of its kind for the area, providing a home for nearly 1,700 men while they recovered from injuries sustained during the First World War.
The building was then rented to the Gloucestershire Constabulary, before being turned into the New Court Hotel and later acting as a feeder school to Cheltenham Ladies College and Gentleman’s College. Most recently, New Court was home to a range of local businesses as well as the dedicated museum.
Barbara Melough, New Court’s manager, said: “We are very excited to see our first residents moving into their new apartments. New Court is a beautiful place for them to call home with many of the building’s original architectural features still here and the renovations are very much in keeping with its unique style.
“We look forward to welcoming more residents over time into this stunning development and hope they will all be very happy here.”