Published in Wantage & Grove Herald 29 March 2023

Today’s retirement buyers are looking for well-located properties that require little in the way of day to day maintenance, are easy and secure to lock up and leave and that are energy efficient. Cognatum’s new retirement development in Oxfordshire ticks all these boxes.

Just moments away from the amenities of Wantage, within easy reach of Oxford, and with easy access to national and international road, rail and air connections, The Rivus is in a prime position.

The development offers all the benefits and reassurances of a managed environment with an estate manager to take care of any issues that arise. Individual apartments benefit from a highly efficient communal boiler with residents’ heating costs forecast to be significantly lower than for the average home. Retirees are also attracted by the dip-in dip-out nature of a community of like-minded people. There are a collection of communal spaces at The Rivus, carefully designed to create attractive areas where residents can meet to discuss the events of the day, catch up for a chat, enjoy a game of backgammon or cards, or read the paper in companionable quiet.


‘The Hub’ provides an excellent space for a casual get-together with friends and neighbours in a spacious social area with comfortable seating areas and an honesty bar. Organised events include movie nights and televised sporting events, while there’s plenty of space for residents to meet friends for a game of cards, chess or backgammon. Other on site facilities include:

  • Wellness suite with infrared sauna, gym, stretch studio and treatment room
  • Internal courtyard, roof terrace and indoor communal socialising areas
  • Car Club
  • Guest suite available for residents to book for family and friends.
  • High-speed broadband
  • Lift to all floors
  • 24hr personal emergency alarm service

There’s a wide variety of one, two and three bedroom apartments; all have bespoke kitchens and underfloor heating and many have a private balcony.

Prices from £299,355

For more information:
01491 821170 /

Cognatum, a not-for-profit company, has 60 retirement estates in 21 counties across central and southern England, a total of 928 retirement homes. All are in prime locations within vibrant market towns or villages, within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Each estate benefits from thoughtful architecture, landscaped grounds, and a dedicated estate manager.