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The Vines at Bethlehem has been open since 2017 and is now home to 230 Residents who happily populate this Classic Life retirement village.

Previously the iconic Mills Reef winery building, the village’s vibrant and modern Clubhouse (completed February 2022) was officially opened and celebrated on Friday 2nd June by residents and those involved in the project from its earliest beginnings.

The landmark project, nominated in the Property Council’s Industry Property Awards, retains much of its original Art Deco look and feel and includes an in-house coffee lounge, as well as a movie theatre, bar, hairdresser, beautician, meeting room, library, arts and crafts rooms, cards room, pool and snooker rooms, indoor bowls, a function room, an indoor heated swimming pool, gym, as well as outdoor space for bowls, and pétanque. 

Classic Life General Manager Stuart Cheeseman noted, “I am thrilled with the delivery of the Clubhouse. The design and execution of the project has been conducted with precise attention to detail, ensuring that it meets the specific needs of all our residents and is fit for purpose.”

The Vines Sales Manager Tony Stack added, “The Clubhouse has proven to be a compelling selling point for our retirement village development. Its unique and attractive character has drawn the interest of many prospective residents, helping to set our development apart from competitors in the marketplace.”

Drawing from Classic Group’s land development, commercial construction, residential building, and retirement village businesses, the project showcases what can be achieved with the consolidation of expertise and experience from across the Group.

Peter Cooney, Director of the Classic Group said, “Central to our vision for the Clubhouse was social connection and creating spaces that accommodate but also inspire and satisfy the needs of our residents. This was considered in every step of our planning and development, and we are delighted with the outcome.”

Cooney went on to say: “With 1 in every 6 people in New Zealand being 65+, there is an obvious need for more lifestyle villages like this. It is vital to create an environment that residents can transition into yet still live independently with the safety and security offered by a village like this one.”

For more than 26 years, Classic Group has developed places and spaces that create communities, prosperity, and happiness for Kiwis. The Vines at Bethlehem is owned by Classic Group and Kauri Investments Ltd, and is managed by their retirement operation business, Classic Life.