Rownhams Manor, the latest addition to the Oyster Care Homes family, celebrated its grand opening on 14th May, in the idyllic Broadleaf development on the outskirts of Southampton. This milestone event marked a new chapter in comprehensive care within the community.

The grand opening ceremony was graced by local dignitaries, community members, and media personalities, including South Coast celebrity Fred Dinenage, who had the honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon, alongside the care home’s very first resident, Shirley. The event was a delightful gathering that also welcomed school children from the local area who enjoyed an array of treats and cakes.

Rownhams Manor is committed to setting a high standard in care with a focus on sustainable living. The entire facility operates on Solar PV panels, aiming for net-zero carbon emissions, in partnership with LNT Care Developments.

Guests at were treated to a showcase of the home’s premium facilities, including a fully equipped bistro, state-of-the-art cinema, professional hair salon, and a cosy café. The opening also featured delightful cuisine prepared by the care home’s Head Chef Dominic, adding a taste of luxury to the day’s festivities.

Among the special guests were representatives from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Menshed, who gifted a handcrafted bird table. The Mayor and Mayoress of Itchen Valley were also in attendance, alongside members of The Big Difference charity, highlighting Rownhams Manor’s community involvement.

“We are thrilled to open our doors and welcome the community into our home,” said Samantha Squibb, General Manager at Rownhams Manor. “Our mission is to provide unparalleled care while fostering a nurturing and modern environment for our residents.”

Shirley, the first resident of Rownhams Manor, symbolises the beginning of what promises to be a thriving community. A former hairdresser, Shirley brings her vibrant spirit and rich life stories to the Manor, much to the delight of the team and fellow residents.

The luxury care home offers 24-hour residential, dementia, and respite care and is equipped with a skilled team that ensures the highest standards of service and care.

For more information about Rownhams Manor or to book a tour, please visit or call 02381 102 248.