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Shared Ownership Property Guide

McCarthy Stone now offers shared ownership retirement apartments across a growing number of developments nationwide. Find out more in this property guide.

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Five reasons our homes for retirement are different

Learn more about what sets our homes for retirement apart, the types of property and occupancy options to choose from, and the services on hand.

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Worthing memory cafe receives vital boost from McCarthy Stone Foundation

The McCarthy Stone Foundation has given Guild Care’s Memory Café in Worthing a welcome boost with a £500 grant to help support those living with memory loss or dementia and their carers.

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Top property tips for keeping safe during a heatwave

Our guide explains the best ways to keep your property, and yourselves, cool during a heatwave.

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Retirement housing guide: which property type is right for you?

In the UK we have a variety of retirement housing options, but choosing the best one isn’t always easy. Here, McCarthy Stone explains what you need to know.

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Entertaining made easy

Hugh and Jessie Constable’s day-to-day lives are an assemblage of lunch dates and soirees at the couple’s apartment. As a hostess, Jessie takes great pride in cooking up a storm in the kitchen for their many friends and family, and Hugh has been known to bring his own musical entertainment in the form of his beloved bagpipes.

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What is Sheltered Accommodation?

Learn more about what sheltered accommodation is, how it works and the similarities and differences between it and McCarthy Stone’s retirement living options.

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Helen Armitage: Retired but still on the job

After an illustrious career in television and television news spanning 40 years, Helen Armitage is relishing her retirement, living at her new apartment at Clemens Place in Ampthill and has used it as a great opportunity to give something back to her local community and to try new things.

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Interior Design Inspiration 2022: expert tips for updating your home

As the adage goes: ‘out with the old, in with the new’. Trends and fashions sweep us away in almost every aspect of our lives, and interior design is no exception to that rule.

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Don't let scammers ruin your retirement

Our expert guide explains how to protect yourself from common but clever scams on the phone, online and on the doorstep.

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Top Rental Retirement Villages in the South West

Considering retiring to the South West of England? We've compiled our top five rental retirement villages in the South West to help you find your favourite.

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The cost of the royal property portfolio

How much does a royal residence cost? In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we used our property expertise and insights here at McCarthy Stone to estimate the value of the monarchy’s property portfolio, based on research, to demonstrate the sheer scale and size of her majesty’s abode.

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Elizabeth Place commemorative tree planting

Homeowners at Elizabeth Place Retirement Living Plus development in Market Harborough have come together to plant a number of trees to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Inspiring Interiors - Margaret Kingsley-Smith

Always looking to live life to the full, when Margaret Kingsley-Smith was offered the chance to put her own stamp on her apartment at McCarthy Stone’s Hewson Court in Hexham with the help of Emma Valerio, a Home Designer for John Lewis, she couldn’t wait to get started.

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Inspiring Interiors - John Pritchard

John Pritchard was determined to put his own stamp on his new apartment so when his family and friends walked through the door, they would immediately know it was his. “Every man needs a man cave!”

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Inspiring Interiors - The Harrisons

When John and Geraldine Harrison were offered the opportunity to make their McCarthy Stone apartment at Farnham House in Quorn as individual as they are, with the help of Emma Valerio, a Home Designer for John Lewis, they jumped at the chance.

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Top tips for moving house: stress-free tips from experts 

From sorting out your gas, water, electricity, and council tax bills, to packing in advance, there’s always more you can do to be prepared to move.

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Inspiring Interiors - Bill Davies

Visitors to Bill Davies’ McCarthy Stone apartment are often surprised to find he has such a natural flair for design. But, says Bill, the only difference between men and women when it comes to interiors, is the soft furnishings. “I really enjoy decorating - I’ve done it all my life. I’m just not a cushion person,” he laughs.

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Inspiring Interiors - Ann Carroll

After living in Spain for 15 years, fun-loving Ann was keen to bring a little bit of the sunshine to her new home with her. The neutral colour scheme has been the perfect blank canvas for her love of bright shades and bold art.

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Inspiring Interiors - Gilly Tilden

“My style is an eclectic mix of traditional, antique and modern - like my fashion sense. I enjoy bright colours, the brighter the better, I say! And like my go–to jerseys and scarves, I love soft, velvety fabrics.”

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New Year Honour recipient is presented with his British Empire Medal

McCarthy Stone homeowner Peter Hosking, who celebrated his 90th Birthday in September, has been named in the New Year’s Honours List for his commitment to supporting people with Prostate cancer. Find out more about his story.

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Dedicated community philanthropist Peggy Reeveley enjoys new lease of life in Burton Joyce

Peggy Reeveley, 73, has a reputation which precedes her. With a heart of gold and a gift for kindness, she has spent over 25 years of her life supporting others in her community via her local church, in Carlton, Nottingham.

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Generational Living Hotspots

The nation’s generations cost up their dream homes – but who has the most expensive taste?

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Memories of Mum

We asked our homeowners to tell us some of their favourite memories of their mums for Mother's Day. Here's a selection of our favourites!

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Birmingham retirees lead the way this Womens History Month

With a former Birmingham University Professor, star of stage and screen, former Olympian and gardening expert amongst its residents, the remarkable women of McCarthy Stone’s Ryland Place Retirement Living Plus development in Edgbaston certainly know a thing or two about living life to the full.

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Dermot and Sue join warm Twyford retirement community

When Twyford retirees, Dermot and Sue Bradley, made the decision to downsize from their five-bedroom house after 15 years, they found the comfort they were looking for at McCarthy Stone’s Twyford Retirement Living development, Loddon House.

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Blyton House Enjoys Mexican Fiesta

Residents at Blyton House in Bourne End blew the January blues away with a Mexican themed Fiesta, complete with Margaritas and a Pinata!

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The Shirley community centre awarded £500 grant

The McCarthy Stone Foundation has given The Shirley Community Centre a welcome boost with a £500 grant to support its vital work within the local community.

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Artist Graham on still painting portraits in his 90s

After one true love and a lifelong bro-mance, 91 year old artist Graham Adams shares his inspiring life story - and tips on how to charm the ladies.

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Making a Difference

Over the past year, the McCarthy Stone Foundation has made great strides in helping to make a lasting difference in the communities we live and love.

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