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Moving to Cornwall and retiring

Hello, I'm looking for advice and possible options. My mother and father in law are selling there house in Kent and moving to Cornwall to retire and be closer to family. We are really stuck with what they should do, mid 50's and mid 60's Do they, rent, buy, or buy a lodge/caravan on a residential site. Its such a big move and dont want to put money into something that might possibly be the wrong decision so would like some positive advice. Thanks

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15th Jan 2021 22:52:19 (Last activity: 25th Jan 2021 10:37:20)
Thanks for voting!
I would advise short term rental in a place that they fancy so that they can really find out about the town/village e.g. nice areas to live, are the locals welcoming, are their any clubs/groups/U3A to join so that they can make friends with other people quickly. Lodges and static homes on residential sites can be fairly cheap to buy but then there is usually a hefty ground rent to pay plus they might be tied to one gas/electricity supplier because the park owners have a contract with them, the same with broadband.
Response from Twohoots made on 25th Jan 2021 09:56:27
I think that’s good advice. Even a few weeks holiday somewhere gives you a taste of what it would be like permanently.

Regarding U3A, I joined about 18 months ago and found it very cliquey. I lasted about 6 months which is odd for me because I get on with anybody normally. Our group was held at various people’s homes once a week and a lot of time was wasted because often the host would want to show off their new sofa/curtains etc. I just didn’t like it.
Response from CaroleAH made on 25th Jan 2021 10:37:20 > @Twohoots
That is such a shame about your local u3a, Twohoots. I wonder if there are any other branches in your area which might be more inclusive. I'm lucky with my local branch - quite a few groups do meet in each others homes (when we are allowed to) but we also have a Holiday group which is great as the trips set off from my village, a Garden group which visits gardens in the area and also has plant swaps at members' homes so we can re-cycle unwanted plants etc. We have walking groups ranging from Strollers through to extra-fit walkers and a lot of groups use local community centres when the Covid rules allow. We also have Zoom meetings which can be fun.

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