The UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, Ortus Homes*, enlisted the help of some of the first homeowners at Sovereign Court to perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the official opening of its new development in Stamford Bridge.

Local retirees and their relatives joined Mr and Mrs Irving and Mrs Birch, to celebrate at the Ortus Homes development on Low Catton Road. Mr and Mrs Irving along with Mrs Birch, had the honour of officially opening the development after deciding to relocate from her McCarthy & Stone apartment at Ryebeck Court, Pickering to Sovereign Court.

Mrs Birch commented: “It was an honour to officially open Sovereign Court and I am looking forward to joining the already thriving community at the development. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at Ryebeck Court in Pickering, another McCarthy and Stone development, but I am looking forward to moving to the beautiful village of Stamford Bridge for a new adventure.”

After a guided tour of the stunningly furnished show apartments and communal areas, guests at the event enjoyed a beautiful performance from harpist Sarah Paterson, who played a section of calming classics and light jazz.

Liz Green, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Ortus Homes, commented: “It was a complete pleasure to our first homeowners cut the ribbon to officially open the development. It is so great that our homeowners like to stick with McCarthy and Stone when relocating as we fully support and assist homeowners with selling their existing apartment.

We are so thankful for Sarah’s beautiful performance and it was great to see so many familiar faces there from the local village.  We are very proud of the bustling community which is emerging at Sovereign Court and the official opening provided us with the perfect opportunity to showcase the development to the people of Stamford Bridge and surrounding areas.”

Ortus Homes is part of the McCarthy and Stone Group, which recently achieved the full five-star customer service satisfaction rating for the twelfth consecutive year from the Home Builders Federation (HBF). Exclusively for people aged 60 and over, Ortus Homes are designed to bring together a community of like-minded people desiring a premium lifestyle. With the beautiful grounds maintained by the development’s Management Services Team, homeowners have the benefit of enjoying their retirement without the hassle of maintenance.

The development consists of 24 luxury one & two bedroom apartments, each with intelligently designed modern interiors and spacious master bedrooms with en-suites. Homeowners can enjoy underfloor heating throughout, fully fitted modern kitchens and bathrooms designed to the highest specification.

The highly desirable village of Stamford Bridge has plenty to offer those looking for the flexibility of living in a picturesque village setting but with direct access to major towns and cities. Stamford Bridge offers the best of both worlds and as the only development of its kind in the area,Sovereign Court represents a truly unique opportunity for local retirees.

For further information about Sovereign Court or Ortus Homes, please call 08002014739 or visit

*Part of the McCarthy and Stone Group