A bright new beginning

  in later life

Abbeyfield – here’s to enjoying

  your retirement

For over 60 years everyone has been made welcome at Abbeyfield. Wherever you find us, you’ll find we’re warm, open and friendly. Community is at the heart of Abbeyfield, where people come together to share meals, company, and enjoy life. Abbeyfield is more than a home, it’s a neighbourhood, a community, a family.


Our Locations


Welcome to the Abbeyfield Braintree Bocking & Felsted Society. We provide supported sheltered housing firmly rooted in the local community. All our properties are either purpose built or adapted from existing buildings which have been fully modernised with ensuite facilities to meet the needs of older people. You can see more detail on each location below.

Abbeyfield House

In the lively and friendly village of Felsted, Abbeyfield House has recently been refurbished and is supported by the local community who regularly visit and provide various opportunities to socialise with others. Walking distance to a local shop, post office, G.P. Surgery, dispensary, churches, pubs and restaurants.

Great Bradfords House

Close to Braintree town centre, Great Bradfords House is an extra care scheme offering 35 spacious apartments. Residents live independently, safe in the knowledge that we have staff on site 24/7. Enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch in our dining room every day and join in with a range of activities.

Polly’s Field Village

At Polly’s Field Village we’ve created a brand-new retirement community where people over the age of 55 can be as active or relaxed as they want to be, surrounded by the village's inspiring countryside views. Situated on Church Lane, in a quiet and pleasant suburb of Braintree overlooking open fields, Polly’s Field Village is conveniently close to the centre of town with its shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. This high quality development has 99 homes, comprising 39 one bedroom apartments and 60 two bedroom apartments, set around a vibrant village hub helping over 55s make more of their independence. Facilities include a gym, a village hall, an activities room/library, a hairdressing and beauty salon, a bistro/restaurant, a greenhouse, guest room and spa bathroom.

Wickham House

Situated in Braintree, Wickham House opened in October 1993 and was thoroughly refurbished in 2015. Offering a balance of privacy and companionship in a modern town house, the house has 17 studio rooms. Residents bring their own furniture and have a studio with an en-suite shower room, TV and telephone points. This friendly, warm house for over 65's provides all meals, along with laundry and housekeeping.

View All Our Locations

What makes Abbeyfield different?

High Quality

Premium specification and a 10 year warranty for peace of mind.


A range of options to purchase, rent or shared ownership.

Flexible Care

Care and support is available as and when you need it.


Each home is designed with you in mind to make living in later life easier.


Located within easy reach of local amenities.


Approved and regulated by NHBC.

What our residents say…

My life since moving into Polly’s Field Retirement Village has changed so much, but fortunately all for the better!

I no longer have to make decisions about which energy supplier to use or about maintaining the house, but instead which activities I’m going to or what I’m going to eat in the Bistro!

I have company when I want it and my wonderful apartment if I want time alone.

I love the hairdressers, beauty salon, gym, village hall, library and of course the Bistro and they are all so easy for me to access.

I feel very lucky to be here and it was certainly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as I love it here!

Thank you Polly’s Field for changing my life from a lonely one to a very happy one!

Linda Bland

A massive thank you to everyone at Polly’s Field. My parents Maureen and Gordon moved in recently and I am so happy to see them settled and loving life in such a beautiful setting.

They have found their feet quickly and have taken to life in the village really well. They have made friends, joined in the activities (even if Dad said he wouldn’t run the bowls!)  and loved the Bistro.

All the staff are friendly, helpful and chatty and the facilities are top class. I have visited a couple of times with my partner and both of us love coming to visit. The design of the building is spacious warm and inviting.  Future residents are going to love living here too. The owners of the village should be very proud of what they have provided for the area.

Once again thank you. And I look forward to my parents making many more happy memories for many more years to come.

Simon Page

I have been living here for 10 months now and I have found every member of staff are supportive, helpful and caring and there when they are needed, I cant find any faults at all.

Carol Divall

I have found the staff and residents very welcoming, people here are lovely and the food is fantastic.

Douglas Wade

It would be difficult to ask for anything better, I was looking forward to the new chapter in my life and I was not disappointed.

Mr C E

I have found Abbeyfield a safe and secure haven. I have a pleasant flat, made new friends and I know care and help is on hand when I need it.

Mrs J J

I am coming to Polly’s Field for the peace of mind it will give me in the future, knowing that the Village is part of the Abbeyfield charity. It is also reassuring to know that the lovely members of staff who helped me during my apartment purchase will continue to work at Polly’s Field Village.

Helen Schriber

Our Properties

For Rent

Great Bradfords House

159 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 9GD

For Rent

Abbeyfield House

Jollyboys Lane North, Felsted, Essex CM6 3DU

For Rent

Wickham House

338-340 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 9EH

For Rent

Polly’s Field Village

Church Lane, Bocking, Braintree, Essex CM7 5XD

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