We had a lovely chat with our beautiful & friendly resident – Cecilia Brundy who lives on our St Dominic Park in Callington Cornwall. She completed 3 years on the park last week and has some lovely experiences to share with us.
Q. How did you decide to move to St Dominics Residential Park in Cornwall?
We were living in a park home before so we were already sold on to the idea of park homes.
We retired a few years back, I used to be a dental nurse & my husband was in the army. We had decided that we would spend our retired life in a nice residential park as we love the concept of how peaceful & friendly they are.
St. Dominics has exceeded all our expectations and more & we love living here.
Basically our daughter moved to Cornwall & we sort of decided to follow her from where we lived in Surrey. We looked for good resiential parks in the Callington/Looe area & found St Dominic & have never looked back since.
Q. How is life on the park?
Oh its lovely! The views around the park are gorgeous & the whole area is very peaceful & breathtakingly clean & beautiful. Even a trip to the Tescos is full of breath-taking views.
The community on the park is lovely & extremely friendly it’s your choice on how much you want to be a part of it. There are some residents who prefer to stay away, which is fine.
Then there are residents like us who like to meet frequently & get involved in various get-togethers & activities – so its all a personal choice.
We have a community centre on the park which is open 2 afternoons a week & also Friday nights. We love to catch up with everyone there & spend some fun times together.
Q. Are there amenities close-by?
Everything is close-by. Most of the beaches are less than 30 – 40 minutes away including the lovely beach towns of Looe & Bude.
We have a Holiday Park called the Honicombe Manor holiday park about 2.5 miles from our park. It has a great leisure centre which includes a heated indoor pool & a heated outdoor pool, a gym, spa & other things.
All St Dominics Park residents can access these facilities as they are open to all locals. I am currently learning swimming with a trainer & my daughter joins me for some Aqua Aerobic sessions.
Q. Anything else you would like to share with us?
Well the park & area are beautiful. We have the National Trust Cotehele House nearby which is a beautiful place to visit. It has a lovely Tudor house, glorious gardens & a restaurant among other things. It also hosts lots of events & shows & there is something going on for most of the year.
We also celebrate all the big events in our lovely community centre which is inside the park. Also, most of us ladies get together & go out for an evening or a meal at least once a month as well.
There is so much to see & do around our park plus the lovely friends which we have made on the park make it such a fabulous place to live
This is how we had always imagined retirement life to be & we are happy that we made the right choice.
Thank you so much Cecilia for sharing your lovely story with us! We wish you great health & happy times in your lovely ‘forever home’ for years to come.
The gorgeous St Dominic Park is nestled in a secluded valley situated just outside the historic town of Callington, Cornwall (3 miles) and about 14 miles north-west of the city of Plymouth.
This well-established, popular park is surrounded by fabulous fields, woodland walks and a tranquil flowing stream running alongside. Leading up to the park is a private walled drive with fantastic rural views.
The park boasts of a very friendly community & has a community centre inside the park.
We have a brand new Omar Newmarket park home bungalow 36 x 20 available to view on the park & a further choice of plots available to source a bespoke home as well.
Things to see & do near St Dominics Residential Park
Calstock is a picturesque village situated right on the River Tamar with an impressive viaduct running across the valley. It is a great place to start a walking or cycling tour around the valley, taking in the breathtaking views and peaceful scenery.
2. Tamar Valley Donkey Park
Cornwall’s only donkey sanctuary and located within 2 miles from the park, the Tamar Valley Donkey Park houses over 25 donkeys on site.
The attraction is also home to goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, Guinea pigs to feed & pet & a huge indoor barn as well as a soft play area.
3. Launceston Steam Railway & Castle
The narrow-gauge railway offers train rides through the unspoilt countryside of Cornwall. All trains are hauled by lovingly restored Victorian Steam Locomotives and standard tickets are valid all day – travel as many times as you like! It is about 14 miles from St Dominic Park.
You can spend the whole day at Launceston and the steam railway – use the train to travel to Newmills and its popular Farm Park, enjoy a tasty lunch or sweet treat in our Café, browse the fascinating exhibits in our Museum, take home a souvenir of your visit from our well-stocked Gift & Book Shop, and explore the historic Cornish town of Launceston with its famous castle.
Travel through the countryside in style viewing the glorious countryside from steam locomotives built in Victoria’s reign and soak up the history of the area.
Tavistock is a thriving, beautifully friendly market town that is worthy of any visitor and is less than 8 miles from St Dominic Park.
An ancient stannary town and home of the cream tea, Tavistock is the only town in Devon to hold world heritage status. The vibrancy and uniqueness of Tavistock is undeniable with a range of beautiful local independent shops which are a far cry from today’s typical high street. Not to be overlooked is the famous pannier market or the award-winning farmers’ market. It is truly a shoppers paradise.
Tavistock has direct access to Dartmoor. The Western Moor is magical and fantastic for walking, cycling and riding. Several National Trust properties are in easy reach: Lydford Gorge, Buckland Abbey and Cotehele are all nearby.
National Cycle Route 27, Drakes Trail and the West Devon Way to Plymouth are all easily accessible from the town centre. There are guided walks from and around the town, wild swimming in the rivers, a golf course, museum, gym, swimming pool and arts centre.
Whether you come to experience the inspiring heritage, the unique shops, the wonderful locally produced food or to enjoy the outdoors we guarantee that Tavistock will not disappoint.
5. Plymouth & the Barbican Maritime Village
Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City is home to breath-taking views, plenty to see and do and lots of fresh, sea air. Explore the waterfront, shop ‘til you drop or experience world-class events.
Some of the famous explorers who set sail from this naval town include Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.