For most of our Extra Care Housing estates we have agreements with the local authority to let a percentage of our vacant properties to people nominated by them. Hanover’s agreement for this estate is that all of the allocations are managed by the local authority, Durham County Council, who can be contacted on 03000 26 0000.
Located in a pleasant residential area close to the edge of town, The Orchards in Brandon comprises a range of 45 Extra Care retirement apartments. You’ll enjoy use of a wide variety of on-site facilities including a residents’ lounge, hair salon and guest room. Midday meals can be enjoyed in the on-site restaurant, which offers a choice of food.
Situated within strolling distance of open green space, the properties are convenient for local shops, amenities and transport links. The estate manager is on-site every week day to assist with any queries you may have and also arrange any maintenance required for the buildings and grounds.
Frequent social events and trips out add to the friendly and inclusive environment of The Orchards, while Durham Council provides weekly entertainment.
In the local area
The village has a library, post office, Co-op store, a doctor’s surgery and some historic pubs serving food. A football and cricket ground are close by. The little village of Brandon has stunning countryside views and walks to enjoy.
Many more shops and amenities can be found in nearby Durham. The Gala Theatre is situated on the banks of the river Wear in the heart of the city. It has a modern theatre, spacious café-bar and two cinema screens.
History and culture
Brandon village grew up around the coal mining industry - the local colliery finally closed in 1968. The villages’ community garden was created in 2010 from a derelict allotment.
Further afield Durham’s rich heritage is brought to life at award-winning attractions including Beamish Museum, Locomotion and Killhope. Durham has some glorious gardens to visit, including Crook Hall and Durham University’s Botanic Garden.
Where we are
Brandon is a village in County Durham, situated around three miles from the city of Durham. The estate is located not far from the A690, which connects to the A167 and the A1(M).
Arriva bus routes 49 and 49a serve the village, taking around 12 minutes from Durham bus station. The nearest railway station is at Durham where services include London Kings Cross, Manchester and Newcastle.
Distance to GP: 1 miles
Distance to shop: 0.01 miles
Distance to bus stop: 0.5 miles
Distance to Post Office: 1 miles