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We’ve put together a selection of the best that Britain has to offer. So, pack a bag and plan a trip to the following places. Plus, most of our developments offer guest suites, so as a McCarthy & Stone homeowner, you can stay for just £25 a night, making planning that summer escape a breeze.
With rugged coastline and breath-taking beaches, it’s unsurprising that Cornwall is a popular location for holiday-makers all year round. If you’re heading here, make sure you visit Trebah Garden.
Set in the Cornish valley, close to Falmouth, Trebah offers a sub-tropical paradise with vibrant, exotic blooms. Not only can you explore the four miles of footpaths, Trebah also has its very own secluded beach. Perfect for those days when you want to avoid the crowds.
Although Bath often steals the limelight when it comes to the best UK spa towns, Buxton is a close favourite. Until recently, Buxton Crescent, which was modeled on Bath Crescent, had fallen into disrepair. However, it has now been carefully restored to become Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa.
If this historic town captures your imagination, then take a look at our nearby development of Portland Grange in Leek. Whether you stay in our guest suite or choose to stay elsewhere Buxton is a wonderful place to base yourself to enjoy all that the Peak District has to offer.
Slapton Sands is a picturesque beach a short distance from our Pincombe development in Exmouth. Not only is it a popular seaside resort, this beach was also the site to a dramatic historical event. In 1943, the beach was taken over by the allied forces as a rehearsal area for the D-Day Landings. Sadly, poor visibility and live ammunition meant that Operation Tiger didn’t go to plan, resulting in the deaths of 749 American servicemen. To commemorate the operation, a stone monument was erected and is well worth a visit.
If you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, then be sure to visit the New Forest. With miles of well-marked trails, you can explore the National Park by foot or bike, where you’ll be sure to encounter a variety of wildlife.
If you enjoy culture and history, then you won’t be disappointed. The New Forest is home to a wide variety of historical sites, houses and gardens, of which many are easily accessible by train and bus.
We have 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in the nearby vibrant city of Southampton at our development, The Boathouse. Perfect if you enjoy combining the convenience of city living with the tranquillity of the countryside.
For the classic British seaside experience, then head to the resort of Scarborough, staying at the guest suite in Sycamore Court. The stunning scenery and miles of sandy beaches, of the North Yorkshire town, have been drawing crowds to the town for over 400 years.
Perfect for a family trip, the traditional amusement arcades and miniature railway will entertain all ages. Be sure to take a break at Scarborough Spa, which is home to the last remaining professional seaside orchestra, as well as a variety of music and theatre performances.
Lampeter is a market town in the Teifi Valley, ideally placed for exploring the nearby Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay coast. In the summer months, there are two key events taking place. The Lampeter Food Festival takes place in July on the ground of the university college, offering local produce and chef demonstrations. Also taking place in July is the annual agricultural show, which has taken place every year since the 1870s.
If you’re headed to the Norfolk coast, then it would be easy to bypass Dereham, a small town dating back to the Neolithic Bronze Age. The town gets its name from the nearby deer park, which now no longer exists. Despite several fires having destroyed several ancient buildings over the years, there a few which still stand, including Bishop Bonner’s Cottage, now the Local History and Archaeology Museum. Another attraction in Dereham is the Mid Norfolk Railway, which runs steam trains along the line to Wymondham.
If you’d like to explore Dereham and everything else that Norfolk offers, then, as a McCarthy & Stone homeowner, you can stay in our guest suite at Daisy Hill Court in Norwich.
Portmeirion Village is a unique tourist village on North Wales coast, at the western edge of Snowdonia National Park. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the array of things to see and do – from the colourful buildings housing shops, restaurants and cafes and 70 acres of sub-tropical gardens, not forgetting the Dwyryd Estuary’s white sandy beaches.
If you want to enjoy the magic of Portmeirion for longer visit, there are several hotels and self-catering cottages available to stay in. To explore everything that the village offers, go here.
On a beautiful summer day, the spectacular High Force waterfall in Durham is well worth a visit. Pack a picnic and enjoy a woodland walk leading towards England’s highest uninterrupted drop of water. As the path gently descends the slope, taking twists and turns, enjoy ever-changing views until you encounter the roar of this naturally occurring sight.
If you are feeling adventurous, High Force is located on the Pennine Way, a National Trail offering a variety of different walks on 268 miles of rugged paths. The smaller Low Force Waterfall is also situated 3 miles along the trail and a lovely accessible walk.
Known for the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Whitby is a traditional seaside town in North Yorkshire. The Blue Flag beaches, historic attractions, gardens and parks make Whitby the perfect Summer destination. Whether it is family fun or peace and tranquillity that you seek, the town has it all.
Then after a long day enjoying everything on offer, make sure you visit Quayside, which is home to the best independent fish and chip takeaway in last year’s Seafish awards.
Our guest suites within our developments provide a home away from home, ideal for spending the summer exploring everything that the UK has to offer this summer. When you choose to become a homeowner, this is just one of the many benefits you can enjoy. To book, simply speak to your house manager who will be happy to help. If you’d like to find out more about this and the many other benefits of a McCarthy & Stone retirement lifestyle, call us on 0800 201 4811.
For many people, collecting and eating wild plants and fungi has been part of life since childhood, filling punnets with wild edibles from ripening berries to sweet chestnuts. ...Read more
At McCarthy & Stone, we like to make the process of selling apartments simple. To help you, we’ve put together this guide on how to sell your apartment. ...Read more
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This July it’s ‘National Picnic Month’, so to give you a little inspiration for this we’ve explored everything you need to know about hosting the perfect summer picnic. ...Read more
McCarthy & Stone homeowner Sylvie Morgan recounts her tour of the UK, visiting developments and staying in our guest suites whilst visiting friends and family. ...Read more
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The summer season is packed with a variety of events to appeal to a range of interests and ages. Savour the delights of new and exciting cuisine, enjoy the thrill of world-class horse racing and discover the latest super cars, at events taking place across the summer months. ...Read more
Sparkling white beaches, deep blue seas, sugar-cube villages and venerable ancient sites make the
Greek islands an idyllic holiday destination for many. Tourists can immerse in the Greek cuisine,
century-old sites and local culture each island has to offer, while enjoy luxurious accommodation
and the locals’ warm and welcoming hospitality. ...Read more
2019’s summer fashion trends provide plenty of great options for retirees. Here, McCarthy & Stone provide a rundown of the very best. ...Read more
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A McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living Plus apartment is about getting more from life for the over 70s. It’s the perfect combination really - company when you want it, help when you could use it, care when you need it. And all in the comfort of your own stylish new home. ...Read more
Retirement Living PLUS is all about making life easier. This includes providing a great value in-house restaurant or bistro, where you can enjoy freshly prepared food in good company. ...Read more
Although warmer weather can be a welcome sight for many, the increased temperatures can lead to
added risks for some, particularly those with health issues or those that are more vulnerable. Stay well with these tips. ...Read more
We want to create retirement communities that enrich the quality of life for our customers and their families, and look to respond better to our customers’ evolving needs. ...Read more
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Graham Oakley's intricate, detailed drawings of fictional characters over the years have captivated families, becoming bedtime story favourites. ...Read more
There are many benefits of downsizing and if this is something you are considering, here, we share our knowledge about downsizing, and explain why it could be one of the best things you can do for your retirement. ...Read more
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The world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It’s the most glamorous day out in the gardening calendar.
The grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are once again blooming with flora as the Royal Horticultural Society prepares to welcome 157,000 spectators to their annual five-day flower festival in May. ...Read more
After her husband passed away in 2014, Sylvie Morgan decided to move from her home in Malmesbury to Paxton Court, Tenby, where she is enjoying an active social life, and has met many new friends! ...Read more
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Last summer, we honoured eight inspirational over-60s whose impressive feats were changing the lives of the people around them. Our North London Inspirational Generation winner, Jean Hoare, was invited to an exclusive event thanks to her work. ...Read more
McCarthy & Stone have introduced a new range of rental and buying choices that can make retirement living even more accessible. ...Read more
Bettys Cookery School tutor Jenny Culver shares her favourite food moments and tells us why Bettys is still one of the UK's favourite places for afternoon tea, 100 years on. ...Read more
McCarthy & Stone has officially launched its charity partnership with Beanstalk, a national children’s literacy foundation. ...Read more
McCarthy & Stone have carried out a survey to determine the UK’s top 10 favourite pieces of ‘mums’ advice’. Read on to find out more. ...Read more
If you’re looking to book a holiday and need some inspiration, then take a look at our selection of some of the best UNESCO World Heritages Sites to help you plan what could be the trip of a lifetime. ...Read more
eharmony’s relationship expert, Rachael Lloyd explains why online dating can be a great choice for anyone over 60. ...Read more
There are many extra demands placed on our bodies as we progress through life and because of this our nutritional needs also change as a result. It is never too late to revamp your nutrition and nurture your body with a healthier diet. ...Read more
We understand the problem of loneliness amongst older people and we want to do something to combat it. That’s why we have created our latest Pen Pals programme, an outlet to connect older people with other older people in communities by the writing and exchanging of letters. Click to find out more. ...Read more
Friendship is hugely important at every stage in life, and retirement is no exception. What’s more, in retirement you could make the most of the extra free time you have to discover different experiences and meet new people – leading to new friendships and relationships. ...Read more
After decades of 9-5 and routine, the newly-found free time that retirement provides can feel overwhelming. ...Read more
Rather than being a time to slow down, retirement can be a chance to try new experiences and become the best version of yourself. ...Read more
The McCarthy & Stone intergenerational living project encourages customers to spend time with children from their local primary school. ...Read more
Why should retirement stop you from trying a new passion? Angie and Edson Chace, prove that age is just a number with their newfound acting success. ...Read more
Famed for its industry and innovation, the green, modern cityscape now replaces the smoking chimneys from the industrial revolution. There’s a friendly, independent and alternative spirit that can be hard to find in other cities alongside a thriving cultural scene. ...Read more
Following the appointment of John Tonkiss, as McCarthy & Stone’s new Chief Executive Officer in September, we speak to him about his vision for the future.
Popular North Gate Court customer Wally Blazey moved into their McCarthy & Stone apartment with his wife Gladys seven months ago, and the couple have just celebrated their 72nd anniversary. At 92, Wally is one of the two last surviving drivers of the Flying Scotsman, the most famous steam locomotive in the world. ...Read more
Loneliness, being closer to family and downsizing are just a few reasons why moving into a retirement apartment can become a better option in later life. ...Read more
2018 marks 100 years since the end of conflict – a year to remember the bravery of those who fought, lived and died in the First World War. ...Read more
The passing of a life-long partner is, of course, devastating and changes your life irrevocably. Regardless of how near they lived to you, or how resilient your character, a feeling of loneliness is inevitable following your loss. ...Read more
With darker days and cooler weather heading our way, there are plenty of interesting and exciting things you can do with your grandchildren this winter. ...Read more
From recipes that grandchildren will want to make, to seasonal dishes ideal for a night in, our selection of Halloween themed recipes will bring out everyone’s wicked side. ...Read more
Plant containers are a space-saving option for the garden that's easier than working the soil. Leigh Hunt, Horticultural Advisor for the RHS tells us all that's needed to know about upcycling them. ...Read more
Marie Bird, who is 91 and a homeowner at Bilberry Place, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, tells us how moving to a Retirement Living PLUS development has helped her achieve her ambition of living the retirement she always wanted....Read more
Property owners, Cecilia Smith and Jean Ryder, both 64 live at Charlotte Court, Ainsdale, Southport and Grove Court, Crosby, Merseyside. Here, they tell us why moving to a development has transformed their lives for the better....Read more
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September 23rd marks the first day of autumn with cooler days, darker nights and annual harvests ahead. But how can you prepare for the season? ...Read more
As summer fades, England’s largest history and culture festival is back. This September, hundreds of historic monuments and buildings throughout England – including many usually closed to the public – will throw open their doors for free. ...Read more
Discover Inspirational Generation winner and former Olympian, Marjorie Carter’s inspiring story, with a sports career that spanned over 70 years and a refusal to ever give up gymnastics! ...Read more
Whether you're a pet owner or have a pet free home, animals of all kinds have been proven to improve the happiness of their human counterparts. To find out more McCarthy & Stone conducted a survey to see how pets enrich their owners lives. Here are the results! ...Read more
McCarthy & Stone spoke to Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Writer and Broadcaster Corinne Sweet about the psychological benefits of owning pets. ...Read more
Summer has arrived and Wimbledon is right around the corner, so for all the tennis enthusiasts, we've got 5 surprising facts to get you right in the mood! ...Read more
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