‘Country club’ the hub at friendly Waterford resort
"WE call it the country club and it's our hub for healthy fun and entertainment," said Jenny Spencer, who shares caretaking duties at the Palm Lake Resort at Waterford with her husband Norm.
Jenny was talking about the grand hall at this friendly resort for over-55s where residents gather for a host of activities including dancing, dining, card games, Scrabble, bingo, carpet bowls, trivia nights, pool, darts and ping pong.
"There's a mini-grand piano and great dining facilities, too," Jenny said.
"And a complimentary roast dinner and dessert for two are offered to every household once a week."
The resort's community resides in 246 owner-occupied houses with all "mod cons''. Both retirees and those still working live in the gated complex.
"Our residents include a lot of caravanners who are often tripping off somewhere, so we have provided them with plenty of storage space at the resort,'' Jenny saidt.
Add to this a 60-seat theatre, well stocked library with computers (unlimited broadband), barbecue area, outdoor pool, undercover bowling green and rooms for woodwork and other crafts.
As one retiree at Palm Lake Resort said: "We had a nice house in the suburbs but felt we needed a change and my husband was sick of gardening and cleaning the pool. The hardest part was making the decision to change our lives for the better. We both feel 10 years younger now and we are looking forward to spending many happy years here."
Palm Lake Resort is staging an open day on September 26 from 11am to 2pm when visitors will have a chance to inspect seven houses that are for sale, starting at $315,000.
The event will include a choir and a group of musicians - all residents of the resort - a sausage sizzle, tea and cakes and a display of toys crafted by the resort's "toy-boys'' which will be for sale to raise funds for charity.
Contact Palm Lake Resort, 29-71 High Rd, Waterford. Call Jenny or Norm on 3489 1985.