Car parking
Beautiful surroundings
Communal lounge
Activities schedule
Guest room
Delicious meals

Steeped in history, Sir Charles Starmer House was once the mansion of Lady Starmer of Darlington, married to local benefactor Sir Charles Starmer. Lady Starmer left her grand Edwardian mansion to the town of Darlington and today it offers sheltered housing to older people who want to live well in later life. 

This house sits in the Danby Lodge estate along with two other Abbeyfield Darlington homes, JF Latimer House and Earl Keelan House.

Sir Charles Starmer gives you the chance to retain your independence, whilst remaining part of an active and social community.

Our home is made up of eight bedrooms and one guest room. Five of our rooms are en-suite with the remaining three having access to the communal bathrooms which are located throughout the house. Each room comes with a small kitchenette, fridge, and beautiful views over the gardens. Laundry is offered as a service to all of our residents but there are facilities available should you wish to do your own. We have ample parking for those who need it, and you are more than welcome to bring your own car.

We encourage residents to decorate their room with their favourite pieces of furniture, ornaments and photos to make your room a real home from home. There is also the possibility to repaint or hang your own curtains should you wish.

Our communal lounge and dining room are available for residents to use at their leisure, and we always welcome your family and friends to join us for lunch, dinner or coffee mornings. We are lucky to have stunning gardens which residents are encouraged to help maintain, with several of our residents tending to their own flower beds and helping staff grow fruit and herbs.

Our staff are extremely dedicated to Abbeyfield and embody the Abbeyfield ethos; always willing to go that extra mile for the residents.

We have regular coffee mornings, afternoon tea and games. We do trips to the local wildlife centre and restaurants. We also run lots of events throughout the year such as garden parties and BBQs.

This house is managed by Abbeyfield Darlington.

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What's included in the cost?

Sheltered Housing

The services charges for the majority of our sheltered houses typically includes meals, utility bills, council tax and garden/household maintenance. However this can vary by house so please check individually with the house for full details.

On-site staff
Security
Communal Utilities
Gardening
Accessibility
Gas Safety Check
Warden Call Alarm
Water Management
*Depending on your personal circumstances you may be eligible for financial support to cover some of these costs

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