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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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28 days ago

Spring Poetry Competition

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

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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.

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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.

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29 days ago

Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

Our chef's recipe for traditional Easter Simnel cake

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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.

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28 days ago

Easter wine pairings

A selection of wines from Morrisons to have at Easter.

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55 days ago

The McCarthy Stone Bread Book

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

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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.

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38 days ago

Lancaster Estates Manager Pulls Retirement Community Together

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

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38 days ago

Seven gardening tips for spring

Seven spring gardening tips and tasks to do in March

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38 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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42 days ago

Celebrating International Women's Day

We mark International Women’s Day with five remarkable women

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43 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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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.

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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.

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45 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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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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64 days ago

Finding Love in Later Life

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

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64 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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66 days ago

Bao buns with char sui pork

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66 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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73 days ago

Italian Wedding Soup

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79 days ago

House manager keeps retirees safe and happy through challenging times

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79 days ago

Pulling the community together in tough times

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79 days ago

Moving to a new home during lockdown

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79 days ago

Quorn photo competition winner

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87 days ago

Moving couldn't be simpler

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87 days ago

Community at our heart

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88 days ago

Vegan Gingerbread

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94 days ago

Engineering History

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95 days ago

Working out at home

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98 days ago

A candid Q & A with Gransnet

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98 days ago

Thinking about getting a dog?

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101 days ago

How to attract birds to your garden

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115 days ago

An Award Winning Year

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116 days ago

Everyone has a story

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116 days ago

Five super healthy winter foods

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116 days ago

Vegan Hoisin Pancakes with tofu fried rice

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116 days ago

Vegan Paella

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116 days ago

Reading list

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119 days ago

Kinder New Year’s resolutions for 2021

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144 days ago

Looking after yourself

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148 days ago

Our top five places for invigorating winter walks

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150 days ago

Introducing the new McCarthy Stone Foundation!

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151 days ago

Winter Roots Casserole with Cheddar & Thyme Dumplings

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154 days ago

Moving into their dream home

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157 days ago

Living Life To The Full During Lockdown

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158 days ago

A Picture Postcard Balcony

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158 days ago

Chana Masala Curry

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158 days ago

Television series

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164 days ago

Helping others, helps ourselves

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172 days ago

Blackberry Macaroons

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172 days ago

One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

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176 days ago

Nuneaton Is Officially Opened

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177 days ago

The secret life of Doreen

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80 days ago

Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas

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182 days ago

Appeal Launched By Poundbury Retirees To Complete Their Community

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182 days ago

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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182 days ago

Moving Stories

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182 days ago

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

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185 days ago

Discover Qigong

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196 days ago

Tandem Skydive Ticked off Residents Bucket List Despite Lockdown

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199 days ago

Podcast Picks

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207 days ago

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

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212 days ago

Art, craft and charity

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221 days ago

Of Landscapes and Living Things’

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226 days ago

Downsizing Is the Key to Happiness

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233 days ago

Lockdown Diary

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235 days ago

Age Is No Barrier to Staying Active

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242 days ago

A Day in the Life of an Estate Manager

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270 days ago

10 great tips to sleep well tonight

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273 days ago

The Most Popular Hobbies for Retirees

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275 days ago

The Expert View: How to Feel Younger in Retirement

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277 days ago

Caring for House Plants

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280 days ago

Your Guide to Online Entertainment

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282 days ago

Jigsaws Are a New Craze

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284 days ago

Inspiring the Next Generation

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289 days ago

Yoga for the Over 60s

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294 days ago

Keep on Learning

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296 days ago

Seaside smiles at Tudor Rose Court

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298 days ago

Easy Stove-top Eggs

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303 days ago

Thanks for the Memoirs

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