Extra Care Housing Schemes
Whether you crave rest and relaxation, or prefer an active and lively lifestyle, Rosewell House offers something for everyone. You can enjoy the privacy of your own beautifully finished modern apartment, whilst being part of a welcoming and vibrant community. From film nights and Zumba to the book club and breakfast club, it’s all going on at Rosewell House.
Nestled in a quiet lane just a mile from Tonbridge Town Centre, Rosewell House offers 59 apartments alongside communal facilities for over 55s. Apartments are available to buy through Older Person’s Shared Ownership (OPSO) and on to rent on an affordable basis, via the local authority, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council. Personal and domestic care can be provided* by our on-site domiciliary care team, Caring Companions, alternatively your support needs can be met by a care provider of your choice, a friend or a loved one.
Those living at Rosewell House enjoy living independent lives within the community, with peace of mind that they are in a safe environment with housing staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should an emergency arise. The restaurant offers a daily two course lunch**, enabling residents to socialise and get to know their neighbours. Your guests are welcome to join you for lunch, for a small charge.
You will have all you need at Rosewell House but if you’re heading out, there is plenty do to in the local area. There is a pub/restaurant and hotel within walking distance, which may be useful should your guests wish to stay. Tonbridge itself has plenty to offer, including a bustling high street, theatre, leisure centre, castle and lots of great restaurants.
If you’re still active, there is a bus stop a short walk from Rosewell House, which provides easy access into the town and nearby places of interest. The local council also operates a minibus service, arranging return pick-up from Rosewell House to Tonbridge and Maidstone, for a small fee. The scheme sits close to the A26, making it extremely accessible for the A21, A228 and M25. The train station is approximately a mile away, which provides easy and quick access into London.
We do not charge ground rent at our extra care housing properties and we do not require exit fees on resale.
To find out more about renting an apartment, contact the scheme’s housing officer, Jackie Little, on 01732 363081 or email Jackie.email@example.com. If you are interested in buying, please use the tab on the right to view available properties.
*extra charges apply for care packages
**extra charges apply for leaseholders, cost included in tenants’ rent
Rosewell House is a finalist in the 2019 Inside Housing Development Awards, Best Older People’s Housing Development Category.
Our first-class range of on-site facilities mean you’ll have everything you need, all under one roof. Catching up with friends over coffee in the lounge, or a weekly trip to the salon, it’s all on your doorstep, without leaving the scheme.
Rosewell House facilities comprise;
• Hair salon and therapy room
• Club room with cinema area
• Coffee lounge
• Activity room
• Landscaped gardens
• Pantry service by scheme’s caterers, so you can easily buy bread, milk, cheese etc
• Wheelchair accessibility to apartments and communal areas so you can move around the development without difficulty
• WIFI available in selected communal areas
• Lift access
• Off road car parking
• Mobility scooter store and charging points
• Support available with arranging activities and events
• Welcomes pets
• Fob access to building and apartments
General services include;
• Care packages which are person centred to meet your individual needs
• A housing management team ensures the smooth day-to-day running of the development
• Opportunity to contribute to and take part in events and activities
• Housing staff on-site 24 hours a day so there’s always someone there if you need assistance in an emergency
• External maintenance is included in the apartment service charge
• Handyman service if you need someone to change a light bulb, put up pictures, shelves or hang curtains**
• Washing and ironing can be carried out for you*
* Additional charge applies
** Service charge covers in part depending on what you require
Step inside a Rosewell House apartment and you will instantly feel at home. Designed with attention to every detail and later life in mind, our apartments are perfectly appointed for a peaceful and easy life.
Our apartments comprise modern kitchens, alongside a spacious and inviting open plan living and dining area and one or two bedrooms. The hall offers sufficient storage space, whilst the high spec wet room is easily accessible with grab rails and level access, supporting you to live independently and comfortably.
All of our apartments have been designed to meet the specific needs of people in later life and are finished with expert touches to support you to live in total comfort, whilst feeling proud of your new home.
- Neutrally decorated and carpeted
- Emergency call system
- Visual door entry system
- Smoke detectors and sprinkler system
- Provision for a phone line, Sky, terrestrial TV and Internet
*Selected rented apartments have Juliet balconies
- Fitted kitchen with coordinating tiles and worktops
- Integrated hob and oven
- Integrated fridge freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher*
- Quarter turn taps for ease of use
*OPSO apartments only
- High spec adaptable wet room
- Tiled and fitted with non-slip vinyl flooring
- Level access shower
- Quarter turn taps for ease of use
- Comfort height toilet
To be eligible to live at Rosewell House, all applicants must be aged 55 or over. At least one of the applicants must be assessed to have a minimum care and/or support need of 3.5 hours per week. A care and support need could include requiring some domestic assistance to maintain your home through to personal care.
Buying an apartment
Our apartments are available to buy through Older Persons Shared Ownership (OPSO). When buying through OPSO, you purchase 75% of the property whilst Rapport Housing & Care retains the other 25%, we will not charge you any rent for our share. By retaining 25%, Rapport Housing & Care will ensure that affordable homes for older people remain available for future purchasers.
Rapport Housing & Care will be your landlord and will be responsible for arranging and carrying out maintenance to the building and grounds but as a leaseholder, you will be responsible for your own apartment, including any repairs, as well as paying a communal service and support charge, your council tax and utility bills. The scheme is heated via a centralised communal heating system, so residents benefit from the cost savings of buying gas in bulk and the efficiencies of a commercial modern heating system. You will be billed for the heat you use on a quarterly basis and able to view your usage either online, or on your heat meter.
To buy an apartment through OPSO you will need to meet the government’s Help to Buy criteria, which states that applicants cannot have an annual income of over £80,000. In addition, you will need to spend at least 50% of your capital (including the sale of your current home, if appropriate) on the purchase. You will be required to complete an application form so that your eligibility can be checked, our staff will be able to help you to do this.
More information on the Help to Buy scheme is available at, www.helptobuyese.org.uk. You can also view our OPSO help sheet.
Renting an apartment
Thirty-five of the apartments at Rosewell House are available on an affordable rent basis, via the local authority. Those wishing to rent an apartment will need to be nominated by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council (TMBC), which will mean being accepted onto the council’s housing register.
For more information on renting an apartment, please contact TMBC’s housing department on 01732 876214, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.