- Annett House
- Sibley's Orchard
- St. Mary's House
Annett House is the only purpose built Abbeyfield House in the Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead district. It was built in 1983 in Common Gardens, Potten End when the resident of nearby Pond Cottage donated half of her garden to the Society. The house has recently undergone further improvement and now contains ten two room suites to provide separate living and sleeping areas, all with en suite facilities and all of which are on the ground floor for easy access. Most of the suites have a door onto the grounds as well as a lockable door from the main house and apart from a fitted vanity unit with cupboards is unfurnished so that residents may provide their own selection of furniture and furnishings. The bathrooms contain a walk-in shower, toilet and hand basin with the exception of two bathrooms which has recently been refurbished and contains a bath. A separate communal bathroom with a bath is available to other residents.
In addition to a large communal lounge/dining room there is a spacious and comfortable conservatory (adjacent to the lounge) which can be enjoyed throughout the year. A door from the conservatory allows direct access to the grounds and a small courtyard. There is a small car park at the front of the building for use by residents or visitors. Annett House is surrounded by a well-tended garden which some residents choose to assist with (as much or as little as they wish).
As well as Potten End village hall which is opposite Annett House, the house is conveniently situated for the village green, a small village shop and Holy Trinity church (C of E).
Annett House has a dedicated House Manager who oversees a team of staff, and is responsible for the welfare of the residents and the day to day running of the house. Annett House is staffed 7 days per week, and staff are responsible for providing the delicious home cooked meals daily. There is a careful hand over between staff to ensure any matters of concern can be dealt with efficiently.
Annett House as with all Abbeyfield houses is run by a committee of volunteers who are dedicated to the well being of its residents and the smooth running of the house for the benefit of all. They make regular visits to the house and provide invaluable support to the housekeeper with one member of the committee always on call should they be needed. They are always willing to meet with residents or their sponsor to discuss any concerns which arise.
- Annett House Address
House Manager: Maz Mateus
Telephone: 01442 871239
- Annett House Location
Sibley’s Orchard is well situated in the leafy residential area of Leverstock Green. Originally a private house it was purchased in 1969 when the local Rotary club decided to ‘sponsor’ a house as the inaugural property of the Abbeyfield Hemel Hempstead Society (in 1989 the Abbeyfield Hemel Hempstead Society merged with that of Berkhamsted). It was converted and a modern extension has been added with a light and airy conservatory at the front of the house. It contains eight bed-sitting rooms on the ground floor and two flat's on the first floor (there is a chair stair lift available). In the past one of the rooms has been used to provide accommodation for temporary guests who for various reasons only wish to stay for a short time although this is not the case currently. It had been the case previously that following a number of short stays a guest has made the decision to become a permanent resident of the house.
The house is virtually opposite Holy Trinity Church (C of E), and only minutes away from Leverstock green community centre and a range of local shops. There are a number of bus routes nearby which service Hemel Hempstead town centre, St. Alban’s and Watford for those who wish to venture further afield. As with all our Abbeyfield houses residents are completely free to come and go as they wish and are simply asked to let the house manager know if they intend to be absent for meals.
At Sibley’s Orchard there is a team of excellent cooks who are responsible for providing the delicious home cooked meals overseen by the dedicated House Manager who is responsible for the welfare of the residents and the day to day running of the house. There is also a team of overnight sleepers who are on call overnight so residents are reassured that there is someone on hand if there is a problem. A deputy housekeeper is available for her days off and also remains on call overnight so residents are reassured that there is someone on hand if there is a problem. A large garden which is beautifully kept surrounds the house and there is a small car park at the front. Many of the rooms have a door leading directly into the grounds and there is also access through the dining room. The garden has a number of benches and chairs for the residents use and is used to host an annual Garden Party for all those associated with the Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Abbeyfield Society.
Sibley’s Orchard in common with all Abbeyfield Houses asks that each resident has a sponsor. Each resident is asked to nominate a trusted relative, friend or professional advisor to be a sponsor who can be contacted and consulted in case of emergency. The role of the sponsor or advocate is to support the resident, ensure that their interests are met and to liaise on their behalf with the Society if circumstances require it. For example this may mean taking responsibility for arranging for appropriate ‘personal care’ if this becomes necessary as this is not a service that Abbeyfield Houses in this area are able to provide directly. Sponsors are encouraged to visit residents regularly as are family and friends and occasionally it may be possible to arrange overnight accommodation within the House is there is a room available.
As with all Abbeyfield houses the management of the house is undertaken by a volunteer house committee who work closely with the house manager and who are always available to residents or staff if needed.
- Sibley's Orchard Address
House Manager: Carron Byfield
Telephone: 01442 242823
- Sibley's Orchard Location
St. Mary’s House is the oldest property of the three Abbeyfield houses within the Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead district and is believed to have been built between 1860 and 1875. The house was used as a private residence for many years until falling empty in 1963, and after a brief period when its future was uncertain, it was purchased by the Abbeyfield Society. Members of the congregation from nearby St. Mary’s church formed the nucleus of the house committee and gave the house its new name of St. Mary’s. Links to the Church remain with some of the house committee continuing to be drawn from the congregation and a monthly service being held in the lounge at St. Mary’s House.
Whilst there have been some additions to the house since that time it has maintained a unique atmosphere and still has many original features. There are now five en-suite bed-sitting rooms and one 2-room suite on the ground floor, two 2-room suites on the first floor (serviced by a lift), two bungalows and two self-contained flats. The flats and the bungalows are at the rear of the house with the bungalows having been converted from the original stables. The residents of the flats live independently but have the companionship of the residents of the main house and the attention of the house manager. It is also possible for these residents to arrange to dine with the residents in the main house occasionally (although this is charged separately).
St. Mary’s House is in George Street just minutes away from Hemel Hempstead Old Town. As well as the individual shops that make up the Old High Street, there is the Old Town Hall now used as a theatre and restaurant, St. Mary’s church and Gadebridge park. The Marlowes shopping centre, the town centre and the main bus station are approximately ½ mile away following the Marlowes from the end of the High Street.
The house itself is set back from the road behind a brick wall with shallow steps leading up to the house. There is a large lawn to the front and a series of small courtyards to the rear. Some of the residents have adopted a small area near to their room to grow their own choice of plants and this is welcomed although entirely optional. A large new conservatory has been added to the lounge giving an alternative sitting area which has quickly become the favoured sitting area. There is a small library room on the ground floor containing a selection of books and jigsaws for the residents use.
As at Sibley's Orchard, St. Mary's House has a dedicated House Manager who overseas a team of cooks and other staff. There is a careful hand over between staff to ensure any matters of concern can be dealt with and the overnight staff visit each of the residents during the evening so that anything worrying the residents can be discussed before they settle down for the night.
Members of the house committee visit regularly and family and friends of the residents are encouraged to visit. Abbeyfield is a home for its residents and they are expected to treat it as such.
- St. Mary's House Address
St. Mary's House
9 George Street
House Manager: Paula Toresse
Telephone: 01442 247553
- St. Mary's House Location