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Sheltered Housing | Guildford

Castle Gate

Located just a few minutes walk from Guildford High Street and adjacent to the beautiful Castle Grounds, Castle Gate provides sheltered accommodation for up to eight residents with the services of a resident House Manager.

The house is designed to foster continuing independence for more active older people while providing amenities to prevent loneliness and to provide companionship.

8 ensuite studios

Sybil Bradburn – House Manager

Sybil was born in Durban, South Africa. She became a qualified nurse in 1974 and worked at the Anaesthetic Clinic for 9 years and then a sales representative for 9 years selling industrial components. Sybil then worked in A & E for 12 years in south Africa. Sybil moved to the UK in 2008 and did 2 years caring for UK work experience. Sybil started working at Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in 2011 as House Manager in Kemnal before moving in 2018 to Castlegate also as House Manager.

Home-from-Home Comfort

All bedrooms benefit from good natural light and are pleasantly decorated & fully carpeted with a kitchenette area to house residents’ own fridges & kettles etc, to enable the independent preparation of breakfast and snacks.

All rooms have their own ensuite with shower and toilet.

The residents’ rooms are cleaned weekly.

We encourage residents to personalise their living space with furniture items, ornaments and pictures.

For security and safety, all rooms have an emergency call system with a personal alarm pendant connecting them to an external monitoring unit.

The light airy conservatory encourages residents to meet together to watch television and play games.

The attractive garden with views to the Castle, is an ideal place to relax with friends on a sunny afternoon.

• Lift to allow access to all floors of the house.
• On site hairdressing salon
• Laundry room for residents’ use
• Limited Parking

High-quality Cuisine

We’re fussy about the food we serve and believe that every meal should be an occasion. We understand how important good quality, nutritious food is in supporting the health and well-being of older people.

Our House Manager serves two main meals a day to form a varied and balanced weekly menu and supplies residents with the basic ingredients enabling them to prepare their own breakfasts in their own rooms.

The two main meals are cooked in our own well-equipped, clean kitchen and to ensure freshness, we source locally produced fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. We happily cater for special diets and food preferences.

The residents sit together in our family sized dining room and the House Manager joins them for lunch to create a warm, companionable atmosphere.

Friends and family are very welcome to join us for all meals, but particularly on big occasions and birthdays when we push the boat out, serving a special tea with cake, decorations and fun for all.

Sample Menus

  • Weekday Menu

  • Breakfast

    Cereal and tea made by the residents in their own rooms


    Tea & Coffee with biscuits
    Served in the lounge every day at 10.30

  • Lunch

    Cottage pie and 3 different Fresh Vegetables

  • Dessert

    Lemon surprise, served with Crème Fraiche or Cream

  • Tea

    Eggs Benedict, Yoghurt, Cake & Fruit

  • Sunday Menu

  • Breakfast

    Cereal and tea made by the residents in their own rooms


    Sherry served in the lounge on Sundays at 12

  • Lunch

    Roast Lamb, Roast Potatoes and 3 different  Fresh Vegetables

  • Dessert

    Cinamon pudding served with Crème Fraiche or Custard

  • Tea

    A selection of sandwiches, cakes & biscuits

Out & About

Guildford High Street is just a few minutes walk away and offers a huge variety of shops and restaurants plus a library, theatre, concert hall and cinema and many churches of several denominations.

The beautiful Castle Grounds are next to Castle Gate and are a lovely place to wander and sit at any time of the year.

Trains from Guildford reach London in 45 minutes and the house is only a ten minute drive from the A3 – making it easy for friends and family to visit.

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Regular monthly trips and activities are organised by the Friends of Abbyfield . These include visits to the seaside and local National Trust properties, canal trips, cream teas and a Christmas shopping trip as well as a series of concerts and talks specially organised for us at our houses. Every summer a Garden Party is held in Roundhay’s beautiful garden to which family and friends are warmly invited and in December we have a special Christmas Dinner for staff and residents in a local restaurant.

Regular groups and activities such as painting and keep fit classes and film and game nights are organised depending on resident demand.


Castle Gate is served by several local doctor’s surgeries or family doctors are able to visit the house if necessary.

We continue caring for our residents for as long as possible. Those whose needs increase may be able to obtain domiciliary care within our houses. However, we do not (and legally cannot) provide personal care. When the time comes that we are no longer able to look after a resident we will assist them and their family with the decisions that must be made.

One payment pays all, meaning freedom from so much paperwork and worry of dealing with numerous accounts. As soon as I stepped through the door I knew my mother could be at home here

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Castle Gate

1 Castle Hill

Guildford GU1 3SX

01252 735507

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