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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 - 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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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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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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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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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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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Suits You

From Oscar Wilde’s claim that “a well-tied tie is the first serious step in life” to Tom Ford’s declaration that “dressing well is a form of good manners,” there’s no denying that the way we present ourselves to the world has more meaning than the bare materials of our clothing.

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Where Life Takes You

“I was born and bred in a mining village, following in the steps of several generations of miners in my family,” says Tom Robson, a retired mining engineer who now rents an apartment at the newly built Herriot Gardens, Sunderland.

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Five tips for finding your perfect retirement property

Moving home is a huge step – and if you’re looking for a retirement property, you need to be sure it’s the right one for you, now and in the future. Here’s five things to consider before making your move.

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Renting in Retirement

Unsure whether renting in retirement is for you? Use our ‘renting in retirement ultimate checklist’ to help you decide.

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A Free Spirit

Curtains-up on a new act for Space Odyssey actress now living in Amersham.

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Len Gray on retirement living in Harrow

Now happily living in a two bedroom apartment at Randolph House, a McCarthy Stone Retirement Living development in Harrow, Len recalls the moment that eventually led to his decision to move.

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Patricia Flack on retirement living in Colchester

When Patricia Flack and her partner, Michael Pearson, decided to downsize from their terraced house in the centre of Colchester, they took one look at McCarthy Stone’s Lancer House retirement development nearby and were instantly won over by the lifestyle on offer.

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Retirement living - the best of times

The McCarthy Stone community is rather special and it’s the inspiring insights into our homeowners’ lives that best tell the tale

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Retirement living story - Dot Connolley

Read the story of Dot, a former TV script supervisor who lives at Riverwood, a McCarthy Stone Retirement Living development near Glasgow

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Why Retire to a Bungalow House

A bungalow house could be a great choice as a retirement accommodation option, find out more about the benefits here.

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5 Great British Towns to Retire to

The UK has some of the best places to retire to, here’s our selection of five towns around the country you might want to consider.

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