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Retirement at 25 years old
Total Guide to Bristol had the amazing opportunity to live for 24 hours in The Chocolate Quarter which is a luxury retirement community with fantastic facilities in Keynsham brought to us by St Monica Trust. The buildings were originally home to the Fry’s Chocolate Factory built in 1922 and have lovingly been refurbished into apartments and care facilities. They have expertly blended a taste of the past with modern living.
There are many facilities available to the residents and some open to the public too! Some of these facilities include an art studio, wood workshop, cinema, gym, sauna, spa, hairdresser/barber, fitness classes, games clubs and the list goes on!
There are currently 2 restaurants on site; B Block and Somer Dining. Both are accessible to the residents, their families, locals and to the public! We sat for lunch in Somer Dining and the food was an excellent price for the quality that was served. We tried the burger and the special which was duck, to then be followed by summer pudding and sticky toffee pudding. This was a great way to start our retirement.
Following the tour, we spent a few hours in the art studio. There were 2 activities lined up for us, the first was to take part in “The Big Draw 2019”. The theme is “Autumn Forests” and if you’d like to take part then follow this link to find out when and how. I had no idea my business partner was so artistic! He grabbed the paint and paintbrush and just went with the flow and painted a very large tree. I sat pen in hand with a mental block, which I am sure most would, so the artist in residence saw the blank page in front of me and suggested ideas and brought a book over to give me inspiration. It then suddenly clicked so I grabbed the brightest colours I could find and off I went. When I finished the first picture, I just wanted to do more so created another piece. They were then ready to be contributed to The Big Draw Project!
In the evening we went for dinner in B Block where they often hold comedy events and jazz nights. B Block serve freshly made, stone baked pizzas; they put their unique twist on the toppings and I can not get over how tasty dinner was! I had buttermilk chicken and pancetta with garlic bread and I only wish I could eat it every day! We also had a garlic bread and oyster mushroom pizza which instead of tomato sauce had a garlic and cheese base.
The following morning we went to B Block for breakfast where the food was simple, affordable and very filling. Overall our eating experience was excellent and would encourage anyone to go and try both of the restaurants for any meal of the day.
Overall it was an amazing experience and if that is what retirement looks like then personally I cannot wait!
If you or someone you know would like more information then follow this link.