Our Houses

What is included…

  • A dedicated House Manager/Relief House Manager in each house on duty every day
  • Two nutritious home-cooked main meals each day
  • Ingredients provided for ‘continental’ breakfast which each resident prepares at a time of their choosing
  • A volunteer ‘befriender’ for each resident
  • A volunteer house committee helping look after welfare of all residents
  • Outings and events organised by friends of Abbeyfield
  • Broadband access and computer facility ( where requested by residents, and funded by donations)
  • Visits to places of local interest in the Society’s minibus
  • All water and council rates and taxes
  • Heating and lighting
  • Cleaners/gardeners to maintain communal rooms and gardens
  • Up to date fire safety systems and procedures
  • Basic contents insurance
  • A 24-hour emergency call system
  • Volunteer executive committee looking after property and service sustainability
  • What is not included: Landline telephone & TV licence.  TV licence  £7.50 pA for age 74 and under – Age 75 and above free.

The Old House

Type of Accommodation: Supported sheltered housing

Tenure: Rent

Room Type: Single

Lifestyle at The Old House

The Old House has all the modern conveniences whilst retaining the charm of its heritage. It provides a peaceful and friendly atmosphere where residents can remain as independent as they wish. We encourage a range of activities including coffee mornings, film nights and exercise classes. It is a home from home with support when you need it from our professional and caring house team and volunteers.


10 bed-sitting rooms (7 en-suite)

Beautiful gardens, with large veranda

Lift to first floor

Buggy charging point


On-site parking

Community Alarm Service

Administration Team Tel: 0208 394 0050


The Old House,

Epsom Road,



KT17 1JZ

Adjacent bus stop: Routes 293, 406, 467, 470 & E16

Ewell East railway station: 15 minutes walk or 470 bus

West Ewell railway station: 15 minutes walk or 467 bus

Ewell village High Street: 5 to 15 minutes walk. There is a PO, 3GPs, 2 Pharmacies, 2 dry cleaners, a museum, a library and a park with a lake.

The Old House Pictures




Purley Knoll

Lifestyle at Purley Knoll

Type of Accommodation: Supported Sheltered Housing

Tenure: Rent

Room Type: 

A friendly, welcoming house in a pleasant area. Residents are offered good food, security and companionship.  As with all our houses, two home-cooked meals, lunch and supper, are provided daily. There are regular optional activities including outings and social gatherings. Each resident is supported by volunteer.

Purley Knoll Pictures





en-suite bed-sitting rooms with own facilities and one two-roomed apartment

Large conservatory

Beautiful gardens

Summerhouse and comfortable benches

Stair lift to first floor

Guest Facilities


Community Alarm Service

You are welcome to visit us. Please contact our administration team to make an appointment.

Administration Team Tel: 0208 394 0050


2 Purley Knoll,




Adjacent bus stop: 100 yards

Railway station: Purley 10 minutes walk

Town Centre: 10 minutes walk

GP Surgery: Keston Medical Practice 15 minutes walk

York Road, Cheam

Type of Accommodation: Supported Sheltered Housing

Tenure: Rent

Room Type: Single

Lifestyle at York Road

We provide a peaceful, friendly atmosphere where residents can remain as independent as they wish. We encourage a range of activities including coffee mornings, film nights and exercise classes. It is a home from home with support when you need it from our professional and caring house team and volunteers.


9 en-suite bed-sitting rooms

Beautiful gardens with patio

Spacious Dining Room

Comfortable Lounge overlooking the garden

Lift to first floor

Buggy charging point

On road Parking


Community Alarm Service

Administration Team Tel: 0208 394 0050


82 York Road,




Adjacent bus stop  470: Services every 30 minutes (except Sundays) to Cheam village (5 minutes), Sutton (5 Minutes), Epsom town centre (10 minutes)

Railway stations: Cheam, Sutton and Epsom


York Road Pictures










Mulgrave Road

Type of Accommodation: Supported Sheltered Housing

Tenure: Rent

Room Type: Single

Lifestyle at Mulgrave Road

A friendly house with a beautiful garden room looking out onto the garden, a patio and summerhouse. Residents enjoy a range of activities and frequently join residents in other Abbeyfield Southern Oaks houses for celebrations and outings. It is a welcoming home with support when you need it.

Mulgrave Road Pictures





7 ensuite bed-sitting rooms

Step-free access to house

From on-site parking

Double glazed windows

Garden Room

Garden with patio and summerhouse

Lift to first floor


Buggy charging point

Administration Team Tel: 0208 394 0050



82 Mulgrave Road,




470 Bus – 5 minutes’ walk

Sutton Station – 15 minutes’ walk

GP Practice – 5 minutes’ walk

Our new venture – an exciting building with 60 appartments.  Different in approach from our sheltered houses, but take a look to see if it suits you!

Nonsuch Abbeyfield

Type of Accommodation: Independent Living with Care

Tenure: Rent or purchase see link to Nonsuch Abbeyfield site

Appartments: 2 bed/2bathroom or 1 bed/1bathroomSingle or Double

Lifestyle at Nonsuch Abbeyfield

A friendly environment with a beautiful views. Residents enjoy a range of activities and frequently join residents in other Abbeyfield Southern Oaks houses for celebrations and outings. It is a welcoming environment with support when you need it.


Nonsuch Abbeyfield

Old Schools Lane,



KT17 1FL

Adjacent bus stop: 3 minute walk

Railway station: Ewell West


60 Appartments

Beautiful views and surroundings.

2 Lifts to all floors


Fitness Suite

Cinema Area

Community Garden

Club Room

On-site parking



Nonsuch Abbeyfield




What our residents say

“I moved into Abbeyfield Purley 6 months ago and would highly recommend living here. I like the social side of having people to talk to and having our meals together while also having my own room and space. Brenda the house manager is a lovely person and has really helped me settle in here after my husband died, plus Gill and Anthea too.”

What our residents say

“Mel and the Abbeyfield team were very helpful when I was looking to move here, arranging visits so I had a good feel for living here and making my move go smooth.
The Friends of Abbeyfield put on social events like games evenings and outings for example to the garden centre.”

What our residents say

“I like Abbeyfield being near the centre of Purley, close to Tesco and other shops, bus stop and Purley library. It’s living in a community but with the freedom to continue with activities outside the house if you wish.”

What our residents say

“Abbeyfield supplies the best of all worlds.
The feeling of comforting support and the freedom to spend one’s time as wished are much appreciated, as is the pleasant accommodation. These coupled with the pleasure of mealtimes shared with extremely friendly residents, excellent food expertly prepared by the House Manager, for whom it seems nothing is too much trouble makes Abbeyfield a great place to be!”

What our residents say

“I was made most welcome by Committee members, staff and residents. I also appreciate the friendship of my ‘shadow’ – a wonderful bonus.” 

What our residents say

“We have our own space and are able to do our own thing, which has always pleased me. The Housekeeper plays a big part in this, advises if requested, but never interferes. I enjoy the outings and visits to see my grandchildren. I also look forward to visits from my ‘shadow’, who calls regularly.”

What our residents say

“I received a very friendly welcome when I came to Abbeyfield both for my trial week and now permanently.
Brenda did everything she could to make the move an easy one. – answering questions and explaining anything I didn’t understand.

The other residents were and are very friendly. Everyone seems interested in all that is going on.It is also a great blessing to have so many volunteers interested in helping in many ways.”

Resident – Purley Knoll

What families say

Pre-Abbeyfield Mum didn’t have any social interaction, so her life has been enriched here.” (son)

What families say

“She particularly liked being in the spacious garden, being able to potter about and tend the beds.  She has enjoyed the social side of being in Abbeyfield Purley Knoll, especially the opportunities to visit garden centres and Anne Carrington’s home and garden.  She has made good friends with many of the staff and committee members over the years.  I know she hoped to live out her years at Abbeyfield but unfortunately her dementia has meant she needs 24 hour specialist care now.  Adaptations such as arranging carers to help with medication were accommodated which meant she could live at Purley Knoll for longer, which I think she has appreciated.  She has been able to live more independently that she would’ve done for this long by having the support of the staff at Abbeyfield, and this has meant she didn’t need a Care Home until now.  For this the family are very grateful.  (granddaughter)

What families say

“My father has now been a resident of Abbeyfield House in Purley for a few months, and I cannot praise the house and the organisation enough.

It was a difficult decision to move dad into a residence, but it has been a great success all around. The office administration and Brenda (the house manager) all worked very hard to ensure a smooth transition into Abbeyfield for us all.

Dad quickly settled into the house and has found he has his independence back due to the location of the house being so close to the town centre. He can now get to the doctors, shops and his club all by walking, which has been excellent for his health and well-being.

I would happily recommend Abbeyfield to anyone – it really is a home from home, and when it sadly becomes too difficult for an older person to stay alone, it is the absolute best alternative to their being in their own home.

T. Delgrosso (daughter of resident)

A Special Story

I became a resident in August 1998 and since then 2 Purley Knoll has been my home for 20 years, and I have seen the building enlarged with a beautiful garden and conservatory lovingly created, the Committee work tirelessly arranging fund raising events, garden parties, games and fitness routines.

Abbeyfield made a great fuss of me when I became 100 years old. Yes, I received my letter from the Queen. My birthday cards and pictures remained strung out across my wall for a year or more. It was nearly 20 years to the day

when I had to leave Abbeyfield, nearing 104, I was not able to live as independently or as safely as I could without extended support.

Abbeyfield retained my dignity and privacy and maintained in house companionship in equal measure. My weekly Church magazine brought to me by a Volunteer from the House Team kept me in-touch with my faith. These Abbeyfield years were most happy and many who knew me could and would pop in to see me, but the list gets shorter each year.

O.H Purley Resident 1998 – 2018.

News and Updates


Frequently Asked Questions

What is 'supported housing'?

Supported housing is for people who are still able to care for themselves and wish to remain independent. They most likely do not want the responsibilities of maintaining a house or flat or a garden but they are not ready to go into a care home. They may also like extra support for things like meals, cleaning and most of all they would like the company of others if they wish. Our supported housing offers that extra help: someone around to offer a bit of security in case they fall or feel unwell. Supported housing is not for people who need more dedicated care. Supported housing is offered at The Old House, Purley Knoll, York Road and Mulgrave Road.

What is 'independent living with extra care'?

Our new facilities at Nonsuch Abbeyfield will offer much greater support for different degrees of independence. We understand that people want to stay in their 'own home' for as long as possible and Nonsuch will offer a wider range of services so that people can stay independent for longer. There is a mix of leasehold and rented apartments which are arranged around a community hub.

You can see much more about the services on the Nonsuch Abbeyfield website.

Is it possible to stay for a while to see if I like it?

Yes! So often people are very reluctant to give up their own home and it takes time to adjust to the idea. We support potential residents and their families in helping with that transition. Staying with us is often the good experience that helps with the decision to become a permanent resident.

We have a four stage process:
1. A viewing of available rooms at the houses.
2. An invitation to lunch to meet the other residents.
3. Completion of our application form to ensure we are a good fit for each other. If you decide to proceed to the next stage, we can arrange a short stay.
4. If all goes well, we agree a date when you can move in.

Can residents have pets?

We do understand how important pets are to older people and we welcome visiting dogs at with their owners. Sadly, we are unable to cater for resident dogs or pets at the houses. Pets will be very welcome at the new development, Nonsuch Abbeyfield.

How often can residents have guests?

As often as they like. Friends and family can join residents for lunch or supper (a little notice is required). In summer the gardens are a glorious place to meet with friends over a cup of tea or a gin and tonic.

Is it possible to have a microwave?

Yes. Each room has a small kitchenette for the preparation of breakfast, drinks and snacks. Residents make their own breakfast which means they are free to choose their own time according to their personal routine.

What happens if I need an operation and some time recuperating?

If you need in-hospital medical treatment and you require extra help for a period, then we work with you and your family or sponsor to make arrangements for that extra care. We do not have facilities for full-time nursing over an extended period.

What other services are available?

Each house has a chiropodist and a hairdresser who visit regularly. Some residents like help with cleaning their own room.

Abbeyfield Southern Oaks requires all contractors, paid by them, to have appropriate insurance cover and a current DBS.

Residents or whoever pays for a service, other than by a Abbeyfield Southern Oaks contractor, for work inside their apartment/bedroom need to make their own safety checks that the person has appropriate insurance cover plus a current DBS certificate and inform the House & Operations Managers of the person’s details for fire and insurance purposes.

How much is the rent and charges?

The rental varies from house to house and room to room. There are a small number of rooms which are not en-suite and they attract a lower rental. There is a one-off charge which includes rent, services charges for maintaining and repairing the house, staff costs, 2 home-cooked meals each day, cleaning and care of the common parts, utilities and council tax. Residents cater for their own breakfast and drinks and each room has a small kitchenette. The only extra charge would be for your own phone line and for any additional care needs. For a full breakdown, please contact us.

How often is the rental increased?

A rent review takes place annually in March and is effective from 1 April in each year. However, if a resident joins the community part way through the year then their rent will not be reviewed until the following year's review. For example, if you join us in June 2019 then your rent will not be reviewed until 1 April 2021.

What kind of activities are available to residents?

There are so many activities organised both for and by the residents. It is an essential part of what we do to support social interaction to maintain good health, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Residents have frequent gatherings over coffee and tea, there are exercise classes, games and crafts, volunteers are regular visitors to help with new skills or assist with projects. There are frequent visits to other Abbeyfield homes, trips out to the coast or other places of interest, birthday parties, entertainers, the list goes on and we are always looking for new ideas to keep our lively residents on their toes.

How much interaction is there with the other houses?

There is already a good deal of interaction with other houses and this will become more frequent when the facilities at Nonsuch Abbeyfield are commissioned. Nonsuch is designed as a community hub with a full range of rooms and services including a cinema with comfortable seats, a spa, hairdresser, spaces for musical and craft activities and a restaurant.

What are the parking arrangements?

There is on-site parking at The Old House, Purley Knoll and Mulgrave Road and additional on-street parking at no charge. Purley Knoll also has pay and display. York House has on-street parking.

Can residents invite guests for meals?

Yes they can. We encourage residents to stay in touch with friends and family. Joining for lunch or supper is a very good way of sharing their life with friends. We ask for a little advance notice so we can make sure we cater for everyone!

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