Sir Charles Starmer House

Supported Housing



Danby Lodge
Ashcroft Road
United Kingdom

Contact the house:

01325 369673


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Welcome to Sir Charles Starmer House. Our home 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 supported living to older people who want to live well in later life.

Our home sits on the substantial estate of Danby Lodge with two other Abbeyfield homes, Earl Keelan Lodge and JF Latimer House.

We offer older people the space to retain their independence whilst remaining part of an active and social community.

Your Room

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 communal bathrooms located throughout the house. Each room comes with a small kitchenette, complete with a fridge, and beautiful views over the gardens.

Residents can furnish their room with their favourite pieces of furniture, ornaments and photos from home to make the room their own. There is also the possibility to repaint or hang your own curtains should you wish.

Communal areas

As well as having three communal bathrooms with bath and shower seats to make bathing easier, our home has a conservatory, lounge and dining room. Residents are encouraged to use these spaces at their leisure – after all it’s your home. Family and friends and always welcome to visit and use these facilities, as well as join us for lunch, dinner or coffee mornings.

As mentioned, we have substantial grounds which residents are encouraged to help maintain. Several of our residents tend to their own flower beds and help staff grow fruit and herbs year-round.


Our staff are extremely dedicated to Abbeyfield and embody the Abbeyfield ethos. Kath, our house manager has been with Abbeyfield for two years and made a big impact across all three houses.

Joining Kath are Sue and Cathie, both house keepers who combined have been with Abbeyfield for over 15 years.

Extra services

Laundry is offered as a service to all of our residents but should you wish to do your own there are laundry facilities in the house.

Ample parking.

Sir Charles Starmer House is managed by Abbeyfield Darlington

Key features

  • Alarm system

  • Car parking

  • Communal lounge

  • Conservatory

  • Dining room

  • Garden

  • Guest facilities

  • Laundry facilities

  • Library

  • Pets allowed

  • Stairlift

Life at the house

Each week we host a variety of activities and are fortunate enough to have volunteers from the neighbourhood and local 6th form.

From music appreciation to truffle making, gardening club to scrabble there is always something to look forward to and something to suite everyone’s taste.

Every Saturday the three houses get together for a coffee morning and raffle. And each Sunday afternoon we join together for afternoon tea and a catch up.

Some of our favourite activities include:

Wine tasting
- Talks from local 6th formers
- Bingo
- Card decoration
- Armchair aerobics

We also host annual events in and with the local community. These include:

- Visits to farm shops
- Christmas lunch at a local restaurant
- Annual garden party
- Trip to the local pubs

Additionally, we’re often visited by our neighbourhood nursery who love our annual Easter egg hunt!

Local area

We’re based at the end of a leafy, quiet cul-de-sac with excellent transport links into the town centre. For those who enjoy walking, we’re just a short stroll away local amenities and a beautiful park which often hosts summertime activities.

We also have several churches nearby for anyone wanting to partake in regular worship.

What’s on the menu

Mealtimes are a highlight of our day at Abbeyfield Darlington. Each day starts with breakfast, taken in residents' rooms for a leisurely start to the day.

Our staff then prepare a two course meal every lunchtime, hosted in the dining room. Followed by high tea in the evening where residents have the choice of several dishes.

We always sit down to a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings and often enjoy an impromptu bacon sandwich or French breakfast during the week.

Other items often found on our menu include:

- Braised steak with mashed potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli
- Poached cod with cheese sauce, new potatoes, broccoli, peas and beetroot
- Homemade rhubarb crumble and custard
- Homemade pecan pie and ice cream

Residents are consulted regularly about food choices at our Residents’ Voice meeting where we encourage their feedback and suggestions.

Contact the house

01325 369673

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