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. 
 

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1 day ago

Traditional summer pudding recipe

This perfect summer pudding is jam-packed with beautiful seasonal produce. Make our easy summer pudding in just four steps

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11 days ago

Best summer picnic recipes

This is our pick of the best picnic recipes from our chef’s and homeowners. Just add sunshine, friends/family and a beauty spot.

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20 days ago

Top gardening tips for June

If you’ve questions about what to do in a garden in June and how to maintain your garden in summer, we’ve got the answers.

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11 days ago

Gluten free blueberry loaf recipe

Almost a health food, this blueberry loaf cake recipe from McCarthy Stone is gluten free, dairy free and low in sugar.

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20 days ago

Roast tomatoes with anchovy and basil recipe

A brilliant fresh tomato recipe to use up a glut of tomatoes.

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23 days ago

Publishing her first novel in her 70s

Retirement stories: publishing your first fiction novel as a 72 year-old grandmother of three is quite a coup

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25 days ago

Photography Competition

We’re asking the photographers among our homeowners and teams to send us their unusual angles for our summer competition.

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33 days ago

Triple choc brownies recipe

These triple choc brownies are the ulimate gooey chocolate brownies in our opinion.

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32 days ago

Actress Linda Robson, 63, on how looking after her grandchildren and trying to do the splits keeps her young

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33 days ago

Former Strictly judge Len Goodman reveals how dancing and exercise have been the secret to a great retirement.

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35 days ago

Former Strictly judge Len Goodman reveals how dancing and exercise have been the secret to a great retirement.

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36 days ago

Former Royal reporter Jennie Bond on the fear – and joy – of stepping outside your comfort zone as you reach retirement age

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56 days ago

May gardening tips

Wondering what to do in your garden in May? Read up on the top May garden tasks from McCarthy Stone and your garden will soon be blooming lovely.

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56 days ago

Meadow Mojito cocktail recipe

Celebrate with this refreshing spring/summer cocktail of gin, lime and mint.

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67 days ago

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

In such a turbulent period of history, small sparks of hope, optimism and faith in the human race have begun to shine through

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78 days ago

How to become a good neighbour

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

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88 days ago

The McCarthy Stone Spring Poetry Book

Spring themed poems from our wonderful homeowners and teams.

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69 days ago

Lemon and thyme pear tart with apricot glaze recipe

Delicate, fragrant, flavourful and very pretty to look at, this pear tart recipe is perfect for parties and picnics.

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56 days ago

Homeowner advocate programme

Our homeowners are in the know, and what’s better, they’re just a call away.

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75 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.

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69 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.

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78 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.

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78 days ago

Five top gardening jobs for April

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

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89 days ago

Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

Our chef's recipe for traditional Easter Simnel cake

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78 days ago

Our top five UK National Parks

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

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88 days ago

Easter wine pairings

A selection of wines from Morrisons to have at Easter.

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115 days ago

The McCarthy Stone Bread Book

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

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96 days ago

Expat experience: a place in the sun and back again

We spoke to Lesley Jones, who with her husband Paul, moved into a McCarthy Stone retirement apartment after 18 years as expats in Cyprus.

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98 days ago

Lancaster Estates Manager Pulls Retirement Community Together

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

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98 days ago

Seven gardening tips for spring

Seven spring gardening tips and tasks to do in March

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98 days ago

The Close Welcomes its First Homeowners

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

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102 days ago

Celebrating International Women's Day

We mark International Women’s Day with five remarkable women

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103 days ago

Honey Bee Biscuits

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

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105 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.

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105 days ago

Share the love

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

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105 days ago

Jobs for life

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

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109 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

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118 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.

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118 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

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113 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.

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124 days ago

Finding Love in Later Life

Valentine special: David and Ellen met and fell in love at their McCarthy Stone development.

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124 days ago

A match made in McCarthy Stone

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

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126 days ago

Bao buns with char sui pork

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126 days ago

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

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

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133 days ago

Italian Wedding Soup

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139 days ago

House manager keeps retirees safe and happy through challenging times

What has life been like for a House Manager of a retirement community for the over-60s during a global pandemic?

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139 days ago

Pulling the community together in tough times

A day in the life of an Estate Manager during the tough times of a global pandemic

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139 days ago

Moving to a new home during lockdown

Local homeowners made the decision to downsize during lockdown to a new McCarthy Stone development in Salisbury.

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139 days ago

Quorn photo competition winner

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147 days ago

Moving couldn't be simpler

Moving into a McCarthy Stone retirement property couldn't be simpler, here's why.

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147 days ago

Community at our heart

Life changed for us all in March, and for homeowners at Hillier Court in Romsey it was no different.

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148 days ago

Vegan Gingerbread

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154 days ago

Engineering History

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155 days ago

Working out at home

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158 days ago

A candid Q & A with Gransnet

Gransnet sent our Senior Divisional Sales Marketing Director their top questions, take a look here.

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158 days ago

Thinking about getting a dog?

Here's a guide to help if you are considering getting a dog in your retirement.

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161 days ago

How to attract birds to your garden

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175 days ago

An Award Winning Year

We are delighted to announce we have received the Housebuilder Special Recognition Award!

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176 days ago

Everyone has a story

Homeowner Wyllie Longmore travelled 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to pursue his career.

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176 days ago

Five super healthy winter foods

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176 days ago

Vegan Hoisin Pancakes with tofu fried rice

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176 days ago

Vegan Paella

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176 days ago

Reading list

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179 days ago

Kinder New Year’s resolutions for 2021

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204 days ago

Looking after yourself

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208 days ago

Our top five places for invigorating winter walks

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210 days ago

Introducing the new McCarthy Stone Foundation!

The Foundation aims to increase the wellbeing of older people while bridging the gap between generations.

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211 days ago

Winter Roots Casserole with Cheddar & Thyme Dumplings

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214 days ago

Moving into their dream home

Dr and Mrs Learner did not expect to be thrown into the middle of a global pandemic 24 hours before their moving-in date.

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217 days ago

Living Life To The Full During Lockdown

Homeowners of McCarthy Stone’s Clarendon House found new ways to continue to live life to the full

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218 days ago

A Picture Postcard Balcony

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218 days ago

Chana Masala Curry

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218 days ago

Television series

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224 days ago

Helping others, helps ourselves

Being a Buddy brought unexpectedly heartwarming benefits to our volunteers

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232 days ago

Blackberry Macaroons

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27 days ago

One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

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236 days ago

Nuneaton Is Officially Opened

There was cause for celebration last week as Mr Marcus Jones, MP for Nuneaton, paid a visit to officially open The Close

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237 days ago

The secret life of Doreen

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140 days ago

Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas

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242 days ago

Appeal Launched By Poundbury Retirees To Complete Their Community

Residents at Bowes Lyon Court are looking for the missing piece of their puzzle to join their community.

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242 days ago

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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242 days ago

Moving Stories

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242 days ago

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

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245 days ago

Discover Qigong

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256 days ago

Tandem Skydive Ticked off Residents Bucket List Despite Lockdown

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259 days ago

Podcast Picks

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267 days ago

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

Aleks discovered a new-found purpose in supporting the residents and staff at Priestley Court

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272 days ago

Art, craft and charity

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28 days ago

Of Landscapes and Living Things’

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286 days ago

Downsizing Is the Key to Happiness

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293 days ago

Lockdown Diary

What did a day in the life of a House Manager of a retirement community of over-60s look like, and how are things now?

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295 days ago

Age Is No Barrier to Staying Active

Hertfordshire retiree, James (78), finds he now has all the time (and energy) in the world to enjoy a life without limits

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302 days ago

A Day in the Life of an Estate Manager

What did a day in the life of an Estate Manager for a community of over-60s look like in lockdown — and how are things now?

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330 days ago

10 great tips to sleep well tonight

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333 days ago

The Most Popular Hobbies for Retirees

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335 days ago

The Expert View: How to Feel Younger in Retirement

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337 days ago

Caring for House Plants

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340 days ago

Your Guide to Online Entertainment

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342 days ago

Jigsaws Are a New Craze

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344 days ago

Inspiring the Next Generation

McCarthy Stone’s Chief Information Officer, Tracey McDermott, has become a Beanstalk reading helper.

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349 days ago

Yoga for the Over 60s

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354 days ago

Keep on Learning

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