Fitzroy of Merivale

Putting the fun in retirement: Fitzroy of Merivale

This Cup Day, folk at Fitzroy of Merivale will dress up, get together for drinks and nibbles in their graceful lounge, and have a sweepstake on the races.


Fitzroy of Merivale


“We make it like home and the focus is on fun,” says co-owner and nurse Vanessa Pirie. The affordable luxury retirement accommodation is unique, with only 29 units. “Because we’re so small, everyone gets to know each other.” Vanessa and husband Daryn have run the McDougall Avenue rest home since early 2016. Daryn sees to the marketing, but on Friday he presents the news, sparking jovial debate and banter – and if time permits, an afternoon outing. Jana, a diversional therapist, coordinates the activities and was recently trained to teach Chair Chi – that’s tai chi for seniors. There is never a dull moment.

Residents can rent a room, purchase under occupational rights agreement, or come for respite care and see how they love it. All charming units have private ensuites leading to the peaceful award-winning gardens and fish pond. The ambience is of yesteryear, evident from the Cecil Wood-designed architecture to the grand piano in the dining room – where the blackboard menu offers two deserts a day. Within walking distance to Merivale Mall, it’s convenient to shop with new-found friends.
Two residents are a spritely 101 and staff stay a long time. And there’s Kizzy, the resident 16-year-old tabby who has her own medication chart.
Wi-Fi is throughout the facility, and families from all over the world can check in and follow on Facebook.


Visit or phone Vanessa on 03 355 5888.