Erith House – About the Home

Erith House Torquay

Erith House provides 20 en-suite rooms in Keychange’s only purpose-built care home.

Erith House has an interesting history: in 1854 a Trust was established in Torquay as there was a need for a superior home where board and care could be provided during the winter months.  The imposing Victorian building that was erected in 1860 specifically for this purpose was named Erith House, and a blue wall plaque by Torbay Civic Society gives more details.  Erith House was set up by the same committee of the nursing home where Miss Florence Nightingale, the founder of Nursing, had her first job.  Among the first residents were 2 patients sent by Miss Nightingale from London to “benefit from the mild climate of Torquay.

Erith House is a Grade II Listed building and there are many interesting architectural features.  It boasts the widest front door in Keychange, with a huge key reminiscent of fairy tales of long ago!  The fabric of the property is maintained to the high standards required of Grade II Listed buildings.

The fully-accessible garden is an outstanding feature of the ambience of the home.  The well-appointed flower beds and lawn areas, together with 2 summer houses make it a very popular place with residents.

Torquay is built on 7 hills, and Erith House is in the charming residential area of Wellswood.

Additional information, services and facilities

  • Respite care/short breaks
  • You are welcome to bring your own furniture when moving in
  • On-site laundry service is included in the price
  • Visiting Dentist, Optician, Hairdresser and Chiropodist
  • Weekly hand massage and nail care
  • Wi-Fi is available