Business North August 2022

54 | Quail Ridge Country Club LIFESTYLE Serene living in beautiful surrounds Karen Phelps Quail Ridge Country Club is set in resort-like grounds next to the celebrated Rainbow Falls. Quail Ridge Country Club’s facilities redefine standards at retirement villages, says village manager Sally Cottle. “The village is set in resort-like surrounds and offers a choice of spacious villas and future apartments all providing exceptional features for discerning residents,” sasy Sally. “The floor plans are designed to capture the best views of the sub-tropical gardens, while maintaining privacy and security,” she says. Quail Ridge Country Club is a family founded retirement village for 65-plus, which has been under development since 2015. It has been developed by Sally’s parents, long-term residents of Kerikeri Don and Jill Cottle, who decided to transform their kiwifruit and mandarin orchard into a retirement village. Sally says that their vision was for a highend community where people could enjoy space and freedom, high quality homes and beautifully landscaped gardens. In April 2020 Electra Ltd acquired a 49.9% share in Quail Ridge Country Club. “Electra is best known for delivering power to the Kapiti and Horowhenua regions and is fast gaining a reputation as a forward-thinking and progressive business investing in areas of proven growth,” explains Sally. “One of its subsidiaries, Securely, will provide state of the art medical alarms for the retirement village.” Quail Ridge Country Club provides serene rural living just five minutes drive from the Kerikeri township. The village is set in resort-like grounds next to the celebrated Rainbow Falls, the Kerikeri River and the river track, which leads to the historic Stone Store basin. With 70% of the boundary adjacent to beautiful native bush in conservation reserve, the village has a rural aspect while remaining in close proximity to shops and services. A little further afield there are award-winning vineyards to visit, and the tourist town and beaches of Paihia and Russell are only a 20-minute drive away. At one end of the bay are the cultural treaty grounds of Waitangi, at the other the historic township of Russell, and the yachting mecca of Opua just over the hill. “Boredom is simply not an option in the Bay of Islands,” says Sally. “There is always plenty to do.” She says that Quail Ridge Country Club’s homes are designed for aging in place so that residents can live safely in their homes with care services being provided directly to them. Weekly Fees are set for life providing financial security for residents, and the village is very pet friendly, welcoming cats and dogs of all sizes. Sally says that Quail Ridge Country Club is extremely proud of the gardens, which have been featured in the Kerikeri Lions Garden Safari for three years. There is extensive ongoing planting of mature specimen trees and shrubs surround subtropical and native gardens. The village also features landscaped lakes, which residents enjoy sailing their RC yachts on, and a mandarin grove that provides fruit for the picking in the winter months. Once complete, Quail Ridge Country Club will include 125 stand-alone homes and 73 apartments, a clubhouse, and a 36-bed state of the art care and rehabilitation facility with aged, hospital, and palliative care. This building will provide care 24/7, will keep pace with residents’ needs for future care requirements, and also service the needs of the wider community. A four-lane bowling green opened in April 2019, and the new pool complex will be opened in August 2022. This building features a large indoor pool, gym, sauna and spa pools. Following that will be the community hub - a brand new clubhouse with a contemporary design to reflect the heritage of Kerikeri. Plans for this include a reception area, fireside lounge, restaurant, bar, mini theatre, library, billiard room and outdoor living and entertaining areas. Sally says that the existing homestead on the property serves as a temporary clubhouse and there is a full calendar of activities for residents to enjoy. A footbridge is to be installed at the southern end of the village, which will provide pedestrian access across the Kerikeri River to the township and 18 hole Bay of Islands Golf Course.