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 more

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. more

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. more

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. more

20 days ago

Roast tomatoes with anchovy and basil recipe

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

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 more

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. more

33 days ago

Triple choc brownies recipe

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

32 days ago

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

33 days ago

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

35 days ago

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

36 days ago

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

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. more

56 days ago

Meadow Mojito cocktail recipe

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

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 more

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. more

88 days ago

The McCarthy Stone Spring Poetry Book

Spring themed poems from our wonderful homeowners and teams. more

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. more

56 days ago

Homeowner advocate programme

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

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. more

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. more

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. more

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. more

89 days ago

Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

Our chef's recipe for traditional Easter Simnel cake more

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. more

88 days ago

Easter wine pairings

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

115 days ago

The McCarthy Stone Bread Book

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

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. more

98 days ago

Lancaster Estates Manager Pulls Retirement Community Together

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

98 days ago

Seven gardening tips for spring

Seven spring gardening tips and tasks to do in March more

98 days ago

The Close Welcomes its First Homeowners

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

102 days ago

Celebrating International Women's Day

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

103 days ago

Honey Bee Biscuits

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

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. more

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. more

105 days ago

Jobs for life

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

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 more

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. more

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 more

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. more

124 days ago

Finding Love in Later Life

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

124 days ago

A match made in McCarthy Stone

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

126 days ago

Bao buns with char sui pork more

126 days ago

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

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

133 days ago

Italian Wedding Soup more

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? more

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 more

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. more

139 days ago

Quorn photo competition winner more

147 days ago

Moving couldn't be simpler

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

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. more

148 days ago

Vegan Gingerbread more

154 days ago

Engineering History more

155 days ago

Working out at home more

158 days ago

A candid Q & A with Gransnet

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

158 days ago

Thinking about getting a dog?

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

161 days ago

How to attract birds to your garden more

175 days ago

An Award Winning Year

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

176 days ago

Everyone has a story

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

176 days ago

Five super healthy winter foods more

176 days ago

Vegan Hoisin Pancakes with tofu fried rice more

176 days ago

Vegan Paella more

176 days ago

Reading list more

179 days ago

Kinder New Year’s resolutions for 2021 more

204 days ago

Looking after yourself more

208 days ago

Our top five places for invigorating winter walks more

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. more

211 days ago

Winter Roots Casserole with Cheddar & Thyme Dumplings more

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. more

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 more

218 days ago

A Picture Postcard Balcony more

218 days ago

Chana Masala Curry more

218 days ago

Television series more

224 days ago

Helping others, helps ourselves

Being a Buddy brought unexpectedly heartwarming benefits to our volunteers more

232 days ago

Blackberry Macaroons more

27 days ago

One Door Closes, Another Door Opens more

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 more

237 days ago

The secret life of Doreen more

140 days ago

Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas more

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. more

242 days ago

Perfect Pumpkin Pie more

242 days ago

Moving Stories more

242 days ago

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

245 days ago

Discover Qigong more

256 days ago

Tandem Skydive Ticked off Residents Bucket List Despite Lockdown more

259 days ago

Podcast Picks more

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 more

272 days ago

Art, craft and charity more

28 days ago

Of Landscapes and Living Things’ more

286 days ago

Downsizing Is the Key to Happiness more

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? more

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 more

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? more

330 days ago

10 great tips to sleep well tonight more

333 days ago

The Most Popular Hobbies for Retirees more

335 days ago

The Expert View: How to Feel Younger in Retirement more

337 days ago

Caring for House Plants more

340 days ago

Your Guide to Online Entertainment more

342 days ago

Jigsaws Are a New Craze more

344 days ago

Inspiring the Next Generation

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

349 days ago

Yoga for the Over 60s more

354 days ago

Keep on Learning more