Theirs was a seaside love story

Tony and Janne found love at Elliot Gardens.

A love story set in the seaside town of Port Elliot, at the Lendlease Retirement Village Elliot Gardens is behind the sale of Villa 91.

After just over a year of dating, resident Tony Nelson popped the question to fellow resident Janne Waye while they were celebrating Tony’s birthday on Kangaroo Island. 


They were married in March this year in a civil service, with Janne’s daughter and son-in-law as witnesses, so the merging of their two houses was required, with Janne moving into Tony’s Regent style villa earlier this year.

“The furniture was sorted pretty quickly but I did discover Janne believes in having vast quantities of clothes,” said Tony, with a wink in his eye. “Luckily all the Villas have very large wardrobes, and she’s been able to fill two bedrooms.”

The village is in a beautiful location, just 15 minutes from Goolwa, which sits at the mouth of the Murray-Darling river system and the Coorong National Park is only 30 minutes away.

“We both feel Elliot Gardens is like living in a resort, rather than a retirement village. It can be very busy but laid back at the same time, and with more than 20 sporting and social activities there is always plenty to do,” said Tony.

“It is very social and has a strong sense of community with residents joining in breakfasts, lunches, dinners, film nights, organised trips, there’s something for everyone.”

It’s a community that provided support to Tony when he helped care for his first wife Sue, through the end stages of a serious illness.

“Janne had been here for five years and we spoke at gym classes from time to time and occasionally she would ask me how things were going,” said Tony

“We were at a gym-goers Christmas breakfast and I asked her what she was doing afterwards and said if you feel like it, come over for a drink on Christmas Eve and it evolved very happily from there.

“Jack our Lhasa Apso was my dog, but he’s firmly decided he is Janne’s dog now.  We are involved in various activities within the village, eating out is a speciality, as is travelling, particularly overseas.

“It really is highly flexible resort living at its best.”