Life, well lived

Feel connected to the McCarthy Stone retirement community through our inspirational homeowner stories. And get motivated with our unique recipes, health and wellbeing tips, hobby ideas and help with creative ways to stay in touch. 

Latest posts

7 days ago

Has the pandemic made Brits’ relationships with their neighbours stronger? more

9 days ago

Our experts’ guide to stress-free moving

Our removal partner Bishop's Move give their 10 golden rules to make moving house easier. more

18 days ago

Chipotle chicken grilled cheese sandwich recipe

Gooey, tangy, spicy and tongue-tinglingly delicious this decadent chicken and cheese toastie is just the ticket for an indulgent lunch for two. more

18 days ago

How to become a good neighbour

Read our ‘how to be a good neighbour guide’ and turn your neighbours into good friends. more

28 days ago

Spring Poetry Competition

Send us a spring sonnet and be in for a chance to win our spring poetry competition! more

15 days ago

Wild swimming

Swimming in wild waters has seen a surge in popularity in a year when many of us have reconnected with nature. more

18 days ago

Five top gardening jobs for April

April is a busy month for gardeners with ideal conditions for planting flower and vegetable seeds. more

29 days ago

Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

Our chef's recipe for traditional Easter Simnel cake more

18 days ago

Our top five UK National Parks

We explore some of our favourite national parks. Perfect for picnics, long rambles and wildlife spotting. more

28 days ago

Easter wine pairings

A selection of wines from Morrisons to have at Easter. more

55 days ago

The McCarthy Stone Bread Book

Download these free recipes for bread week and for something new to try! more

36 days ago

Expat experience: a place in the sun and back again

With more and more British expats returning to the UK, we spoke to Lesley Jones, who with her husband Paul, moved into a McCarthy Stone retirement apartment after 18 years as expats in Cyprus. more

38 days ago

Lancaster Estates Manager Pulls Retirement Community Together

Estate Manager, Andrea, shares experience of lockdown in her development. more

38 days ago

Seven gardening tips for spring

Seven spring gardening tips and tasks to do in March more

38 days ago

The Close Welcomes its First Homeowners

Retirees in Nuneaton are celebrating six months in their new homes at The Close. more

42 days ago

Celebrating International Women's Day

We mark International Women’s Day with five remarkable women more

43 days ago

Honey Bee Biscuits

Soft, sweet and simple to make this recipe for delicate honey shortbread biscuits is perfect for spring. more

45 days ago

World Book Day

Homeowner enters short story competition for World Book Day and captures the humorous side of her time as a young chambermaid in the early 1960s. more

45 days ago

Share the love

House Manager Jacqui was on BBC Radio Solent to speak about sharing the love at her development in Lymington. more

45 days ago

Jobs for life

Here’s a round-up of some of our remarkable homeowners who have enjoyed extraordinary careers. more

49 days ago

Herby Spring Chicken Pie

Spring is in the air! And this recipe for zesty Herby Spring Chicken Pie is perfect right now. Quick, easy, light and delicious more

58 days ago

Random Acts of Kindness

We've put together a few of our wonderful development managers who have carried out an act of kindness. more

58 days ago

Sharing The Untold Story Of Her Husband’s War

A Retired Lady From South Shields Shares The Untold Story Of Her Husband’s War more

53 days ago

Evelyn's Scottish Shortbread

Homeowner Evelyn Currie from Cartwright Court, Malvern shared this melt-in-the-mouth recipe for traditional shortbread, made with plenty of butter. more

64 days ago

Finding Love in Later Life

David and Ellen met and fell in love at their McCarthy Stone development. Read their story. more

64 days ago

A match made in McCarthy Stone

Valentine special. This couple found true love in later life after meeting at McCarthy Stone more

66 days ago

Bao buns with char sui pork more

66 days ago

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

Give in to temptation with this decadent recipe for Valentine’s Day Red Velvet cupcakes. more

73 days ago

Italian Wedding Soup more

79 days ago

House manager keeps retirees safe and happy through challenging times more

79 days ago

Pulling the community together in tough times more

79 days ago

Moving to a new home during lockdown more

79 days ago

Quorn photo competition winner more

87 days ago

Moving couldn't be simpler more

87 days ago

Community at our heart more

88 days ago

Vegan Gingerbread more

94 days ago

Engineering History more

95 days ago

Working out at home more

98 days ago

A candid Q & A with Gransnet more

98 days ago

Thinking about getting a dog? more

101 days ago

How to attract birds to your garden more

115 days ago

An Award Winning Year more

116 days ago

Everyone has a story more

116 days ago

Five super healthy winter foods more

116 days ago

Vegan Hoisin Pancakes with tofu fried rice more

116 days ago

Vegan Paella more

116 days ago

Reading list more

119 days ago

Kinder New Year’s resolutions for 2021 more

144 days ago

Looking after yourself more

148 days ago

Our top five places for invigorating winter walks more

150 days ago

Introducing the new McCarthy Stone Foundation! more

151 days ago

Winter Roots Casserole with Cheddar & Thyme Dumplings more

154 days ago

Moving into their dream home more

157 days ago

Living Life To The Full During Lockdown more

158 days ago

A Picture Postcard Balcony more

158 days ago

Chana Masala Curry more

158 days ago

Television series more

164 days ago

Helping others, helps ourselves more

172 days ago

Blackberry Macaroons more

172 days ago

One Door Closes, Another Door Opens more

176 days ago

Nuneaton Is Officially Opened more

177 days ago

The secret life of Doreen more

80 days ago

Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas more

182 days ago

Appeal Launched By Poundbury Retirees To Complete Their Community more

182 days ago

Perfect Pumpkin Pie more

182 days ago

Moving Stories more

182 days ago

Unstoppable At Seventy - Proving that Age Really Is Just A Number more

185 days ago

Discover Qigong more

196 days ago

Tandem Skydive Ticked off Residents Bucket List Despite Lockdown more

199 days ago

Podcast Picks more

207 days ago

Volunteer Buddy Meets Self-Isolators in Ilkley for the First Time more

212 days ago

Art, craft and charity more

221 days ago

Of Landscapes and Living Things’ more

226 days ago

Downsizing Is the Key to Happiness more

233 days ago

Lockdown Diary more

235 days ago

Age Is No Barrier to Staying Active more

242 days ago

A Day in the Life of an Estate Manager more

270 days ago

10 great tips to sleep well tonight more

273 days ago

The Most Popular Hobbies for Retirees more

275 days ago

The Expert View: How to Feel Younger in Retirement more

277 days ago

Caring for House Plants more

280 days ago

Your Guide to Online Entertainment more

282 days ago

Jigsaws Are a New Craze more

284 days ago

Inspiring the Next Generation more

289 days ago

Yoga for the Over 60s more

294 days ago

Keep on Learning more

296 days ago

Seaside smiles at Tudor Rose Court more

298 days ago

Easy Stove-top Eggs more

303 days ago

Thanks for the Memoirs more