Parents getting on a bit? If they need a bit more support they're going to love Silvermere. It's pure luxury from cocktail hour to cinema hour.
None of us really wants to think about getting old, but like it or not, we are and we will. And if we’re still quite a way off, our folks may not be, which is why I found myself at Silvermere Care Home in Cobham, a luxury retirement complex the like of which I reckon is pretty unique to Surrey, and probably most of the UK.
It is a state-of-the-art home that feels a more like a luxury holiday resort with a 5 star restaurant, hair salon, spa and gorgeous views out over Silvermere lake and neighbouring Silvermere Golf Club. So if retirement living options are on your radar, for whatever reason, this is definitely worth a visit! Here are five reasons to check it out…
Silvermere’s top 5 WOW factors:
1. The look
Think more five star hotel than sanitised care home. There’s a swish looking reception area with a check in desk for all visitors and an atrium café, which leads through to the conservatory café and dining room and out to a beautiful terraced garden with views out over the lake. It’s a memorable first impression.
There’s a beautiful light and airy feel to Silvermere which definitely makes the most of it’s stunning locale with big windows and glass ceilings that make the most of the lakeside view and the wooded garden. The interiors are decorated in calm and elegant neutral tones.
Outside, the landscaped gardens are well stocked with beautiful flowers and architectural plants, lawns are manicured and there are comfortable tables and chairs for those who like to take their afternoon tea alfresco.
Silvermere is set out over three floors – Lakeside on the ground floor, Fairway (the memory care floor) on the first floor and Treetop on the second floor. Each has its own dining room and lounge rooms, but residents can chose to dine in any of the home’s dining rooms. The Lakeside lounge opens onto a pretty terrace overlooking the gardens and lake, and as well as bookcases and attractive sofa and armchair seating, there’s a baby grand piano.
Location wise, you’re in a pretty up-market part of the world – on the Cobham / Weybridge borders and neighbouring the exclusive St George’s Hill.
2. The food
Hotel style fine dining, with freshly cooked, nutritionally-balanced food made with local seasonal produce as much as possible. Residents have a three-course meal for lunch and dinner, and choose from a daily menu. As you’d expect from a hotel style home, wine is served with meals, and each resident’s dietary needs are taken into account.
Most residents choose to eat in one of the elegant dining rooms, but if you’d rather dine in your room, that’s okay too. And if you have family or friends coming to visit, there are private dining areas. Special occasion? No problem, the chef is happy to whip up a birthday cake.
3. The entertainment
There’s an extensive recreation and leisure diary that includes activities both on site as well as day trips. Film buffs enjoy the Movie Club, and there’s also music and live theatre, plus a Gardening Club. As you’d expect, there’s also a strong focus on wellbeing, with tai chi, yoga classes, swimming and fitness classes as well as ballroom dancing, plus massage sessions. There’s pub-style karaoke, comedy and a regular pianist tinkling at the ivories.
Days our are also planned for each week, with trips to the Cobham and Weybridge for those who like to do their own shopping, and excursions to places like Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in Compton and Garson’s Farm in Esher. There are also regular events, like the Silvermere summer barbecue.
4. It’s all-inclusive
It really is a very impressive place and will shake off any stereotypes about care homes you have. It aims to be a home from home where there’s no hassle of managing a property and with the simple all-inclusive monthly fee, everything is covered – housekeeping, laundry, travel – so there’s no worrying needed. Even dining (with wine!) and the daily socials are thrown in – and if residents want to invite their own guests for lunch or dinner there’s no additional cost. The all-inclusive really does means all-inclusive with no service charges added at any point – although guests do pay for the spa and hair salon. Fees are £1,800 per week per individual all inclusive but there is a negotiated lower rate for couples.
5. The lifestyle
With a spa and a hair salon on site, and a beautiful golf course right next door, there’s no doubting this is luxury living. Some residents play golf, others simply take a stroll around the golf course – or if they can’t quite manage that distance, Silvermere’s own gardens.
The ensuite bedrooms are spacious and each comes fully furnished to a high standard, ready for residents to add their own personal touches. But if residents would like to bring their own furniture, that’s okay too. There are ‘single’ rooms as well as a few doubles for couples – and I loved the engraved name plates on each resident’s bedroom door and luxury robes in each bathroom.
It’s the personal touches that really stands out at Silvermere. Every staff member knows each resident, , what support is needed, and their likes and dislikes. Every month each resident’s care plan is reviewed and tweaked if necessary. I was hugely impressed to find out that resident’s are involved in the recruitment process, sitting in on interviews and having a say. There are also a resident community meetings, where resident’s can have their say. While Silvermere may look like a hotel resort, the staff and managers haven’t forgotten that this is, after all, the residents’ home. And that’s really rather lovely.
So what do you think? You can book a visit if you fancy a nosey round.
Silvermere Care Home, Redhill Rd, Cobham KT11 1EF