The Oaks On Neville
One of the newest and exciting places to pop up in Warkworth township has been ‘The Oaks on Neville’. Offering its residents a prime location to relax into retirement and enjoy the amenities on their doorstep.
One of the main attractions of The Oaks for Don and Wendy Hawkings is the security of the village. Don appreciates the quality of the view from their apartment and the facility itself, as well as the ease of access to all the community facilities on his mobility scooter. Being in the centre of town he is close to everything and hardly ever has to use his car, which entails lifting his wheelchair in and out. And there are no parking issues!
Both Don and Wendy say they couldn’t speak highly enough of the staff with regular residents/staff meetings keeping everyone fully informed about village activities.
Companionship and social interaction are a big attraction for the couple and they both make the most of the The Oaks Café, library, gym and lounge on a daily basis. Their visitors comment on the standard of the fittings and finishings within The Oaks.
Wendy says, “we all need to make wise decisions about our future while we are still able to."
Warwick and Hueline Massey say that downsizing from a rural lifestyle block was a requirement. “The Oaks provides easy and convenient access to all the amenities that Warkworth offers – on foot! Our car is in the garage much more than on the road.”
“The operators have been easy and honest to deal with from our first contact. The staff are always cheerful, helpful and love to get feedback on ideas and services. We both use the gym and pool – the aqua-exercise classes have added another dimension to the keep-fit/get active adage. The library is also growing in content and variety.”
They both say they feel very secure and enjoy having safe access to the parking facility. “Being in the heart of the township is much better than being in a remote location. We love it and it fulfils all our expectations.”
Gay Greig says she decided to come to The Oaks to be closer to family and chose The Oaks because it is very much part of the community. “Banks are close by and the post office is only minutes away. The council library is just along the road and the supermarkets are a just a few minutes walk.”
The Oaks on Neville is a family owned business and the staff have been very welcoming, spending time to help Gay settle in. She says, “We have a lovely view of the trees and garden. There is a large communal lounge with comfortable seating where we can have afternoon teas, drinks and nibbles. The Oaks Café adjoins the communal lounge and you can choose to either eat in the café or in the lounge itself.”
The Oaks van takes its residents on regular outings, such as to the movies in Matakana or to places of interest, and as more residents arrive the variety of trips and gatherings will increase.
Barry Ferguson and his sister Nancy were among the first residents to move into The Oaks as they decided it was time to simplify their lives and have less to take care of. They enjoy the sunny setting and outlook from their apartment, with interesting, peaceful views of the bush and the Mahurangi River. “Everything is new and convenient, and the apartments are well designed and laid out. The staff are all first rate – friendly, concerned, thoughtful and very helpful.”
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