A retirement development in Cowes has opened its doors to showcase its newly refurbished swimming pool for residents.

The pool at Briary Court – which is home to 60 residents – is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the development originally built in 1989 and managed by FirstPort Retirement Property Services.

Residents’ friends and family, local clients and prospective buyers were all invited to see the new pool, which is described by the Development Manager as ‘a little bit of paradise.’

L-R Residents Terri Sheridan, Beryl Allen, Chris Mathews, Tom Tyson

The pool has been completely gutted, redecorated and modernised with a new air conditioning system, specialist flooring, LED spotlights, reconfigured changing rooms and new furniture to complement the decor.

Development Manager, Cherry Kingdom, said:

“We’re so thrilled with the results of the pool refurbishment. The furniture is sleek and sophisticated and the beautiful colours used to paint the walls and pool itself make you feel like you’re swimming in the ocean.”

The pool is a huge contributor to the health and wellbeing of residents at Briary Court. Many of whom use it to ease conditions such as arthritis and to enhance their mobility. It also acts as a social hub that creates a real sense of community.

It’s expected the pool will be used from 6am until late into the evening, and the residents are looking to set up a group aqua aerobics class.

Resident, Tom Tyson – the first person to take a dip in the new pool

Cherry added:

“Whoever thinks retirement living is slow-paced has never visited Briary Court!”

Resident, Ken Parker, said:

“As residents of Briary Court since 2007, my wife and I are enjoying a long and happy retirement and can think of no other place we would rather live.

“The swimming pool has been a great asset, both to our health and pleasure. Now that it has been modernised, it will again add much to our lives.”