eharmony’s relationship expert, Rachael Lloyd explains why online dating can be a great choice for anyone over 60. ...Read more
Snaefell on the Isle of Man may not be as high as Snowdon, but on a clear day you can see Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England from the summit. Arrive in style on the Mountain Railway, and enjoy the many great walks on this beautiful island.
*Great Rail Journeys (greatrail.com) offers a six-day escorted Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man tour from £675, half-board, staying at the four-star Claremont Hotel.
Nestled in between the well-known beauty spots of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, the Eden Valley is one of Cumbria’s best-kept secrets. Head for Kirkby Stephen for a touch of history, and explore surrounding villages set among unspoiled landscapes.
*Stay at Corner Cottage (sleeps three) in Kirkby Stephen (sykescottages.co.uk), from £254 for seven nights.
The wonderfully named Manhood Peninsula is one of the last relatively undeveloped stretches on the south coast and home to the RSPB Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve. It’s a great base from which to explore Chichester Harbour, West Wittering and the East Head sand spit.
*Stay at the Crab and Lobster (crab-lobster.co.uk) at Pagham Harbour in Sidlesham, West Sussex. Rooms from £110 per night, including breakfast.
The Derbyshire Peak District is one of England’s most beautiful landscapes, divided into the Dark Peak (exposed moorland) and the White Peak (limestone dales). It’s similar to the Lake District but less crowded.
*Discover the gardens of grand stately home Chatsworth, follow the river Derwent towards the moors, and explore Hathersage and Castleton on a six-night self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking break with Inntravel (inntravel.co.uk). From £535 per person, including B&B, three picnics, luggage transfers, route notes and maps. Or stay near Tudor Haddon Hall at Peak Cottage, Bakewell, from £373 for three nights (sleeps five). More details at holidaycottages.co.uk.
The Jurassic Coast is well known for its beauty and fossils, but the Durham Coastal Footpath is equally uplifting. You’ll find fossils at Seaham’s marina, but do scour the beach for sea glass, which can be made into jewellery.
*Stay at the romantic cliff-top Seaham Hall (seaham-hall.co.uk), with its award-winning Serenity Spa, from £195 per night B&B in a junior suite, including use of spa facilities.
Belfast, like Bath, is surrounded by hills, providing a stunning backdrop. The Titanic was built in its shipyards, which are now home to a fascinating museum about the doomed liner. And the County Antrim coastline is glorious.
*Stay at the Culloden Estate & Spa (hastingshotels.com), on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough. From £240 per night, B&B.
There are so many beautiful cathedral cities in the British Isles, and one that is sometimes overlooked is Durham. Explore Open Treasure, the cathedral’s world-class exhibition experience, and discover 2,000 years of history. Also, explore the Secret Walled Garden at the medieval Crook Hall and Gardens.
*Stay at The Kingslodge Inn. It’s tranquil but close to central Durham. From £89 for a single room (kingslodgeinn.co.uk).
Harlech, a charming coastal town in North Wales, not only boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site medieval castle, but also – like St Andrews – a top links golf course at Royal St David’s.
*Stay at No 1 Porkington Terrace in the heart of town, with views of the castle, coast and mountains. From £500 per week (sleeps six); more information at dioni.co.uk.
If you love the Cotswolds, you will also enjoy Dedham Vale on the Essex-Suffolk border. Starting in Dedham, follow a circular four-mile trail across riverside meadows and fens, with signs marking the locations of paintings by John Constable, such as The Hay Wain and The Leaping Horse. A short detour from the walk will take you to Flatford Mill, also painted by Constable.
*Stay at country house hotel Maison Talbooth (prideofbritainhotels.com)
on the River Stour, from £300 for two people sharing a room with breakfast.
With amazing views, big skies, striking sunrises and lots of empty beaches, the Northumberland coastline is like Cornwall without the traffic jams. It’s awash with history, from Anglo-Saxon saint kings and their bloody battles to epic Border warfare.
Inland, the Kielder Forest Park boasts the largest protected Dark Sky Park in Europe, from where you can enjoy star-studded night skies and perhaps the Northern Lights, too.
*Stay at the Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses (bamburghcastlehotel.co.uk), from £79 for single occupancy of a standard room, B&B. Or self-catering at a Landal Kielder Waterside Lodge (landal.co.uk/uk/landal-kielder-waterside-kiel) from £254 for four nights (four sharing).
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
Stylish apartments, exclusively for retirees who are looking to enhance their lifestyle, are McCarthy & Stone’s trademark. Here’s what to expect from our property types on offer....Read more
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
Where are the best locations in the UK to visit... that you've probably not heard of? We've ranked the best hidden gems around Britain, that are easy to access, and offer a great weekend away with the family. ...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
Helen Bostock, Senior Horticultural Advisor at The Royal Horticultural Society shares her advice on creating the perfect environment for butterflies, by making the most of your outside space no matter what its size. ...Read more
It’s sociable and fun, and it’s good for your health and your brain – time to put on your dancing shoes ...Read more
What do you do with yourself now? It’s a question that retirees are often asked. And actually it's when the fun really starts, say these McCarthy & Stone homeowners. ...Read more
Baby boomers broke all the rules. Why should they change now they’re older, says Terry Tavner ...Read more
It’s never been easier to keep your most precious memories alive. From personalised photo albums and keepsakes to specially commissioned biographies and films, there are many ways to create a very special legacy – and have a lot of fun while you’re doing it. Here are a few ideas to inspire you ...Read more
Homeowners can book guest suites in McCarthy & Stone developments all over Britain from as little as £25 per night ...Read more
Shirley Tyler was struggling with the upkeep of her large home. Now she’s happier than ever ...Read more
A huge amount of care goes into every McCarthy & Stone development. Take a look at what goes into the planning, building and designing interiors of each development we build.
Now is a great opportunity to get out on the fairway and get practising. We've looked into some of the best golf courses in the UK, including golf courses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to get you ready and eager to tee off this spring and summer. ...Read more
Creating a beautiful outdoor space on a balcony can bring a lot of pleasure to you and your visitors for minimum effort. Balcony gardening offers the joy of plants but without the work that usually goes with a garden – you shouldn’t have to do much weeding for a start, you won’t get slugs, and there’s no lawn to worry about! ...Read more
It was the shop that gave Brits a passion for interior design, introducing us to flat-pack furniture, bean bags and a peculiar item of bedding called the duvet. ...Read more
Let’s be honest, we’d all love a gorgeous garden that would blossom with just the wave of a weed-wand. But I can’t be the only one who finds that a few minutes pottering turns into hours of pruning, trimming and raking at times. ...Read more
Nearly half of Britain’s pensioners would like to downsize, which could transform their lives and their emotional wellbeing ...Read more
Finding an activity that the whole family can enjoy together can sometimes feel like a tall order, especially amongst the hectic schedules of our day to day lives. However, spending time together in the great outdoors is the perfect way to leave behind those digital distractions and create some precious family memories that will last a lifetime. ...Read more
You may wonder just how you will spend your retirement or worry that you will not find enough activities to fill your time. This can be far from the truth, these active retirees share their inspirational retirement stories ...Read more
Here we put the spotlight on two retirees whose hobbies have taken them on trips all over the world. ...Read more
Here we tell the wonderfully colourful stories of two inspiring women who both have amazing stories to share of a career in aviation and being honoured by the Queen. ...Read more
It's just one tiny word but it can make enormous changes to your life, says Terry Tavner ...Read more
Enjoying a fulfilling retirement isn’t just about where you live. How you live plays an equally important role when it comes to getting the most out of what ought to be an extremely rewarding time of life. ...Read more
Love in later life can seem daunting. If you’ve been married for some years and are recently divorced or widowed, looking for love is a whole lot different today than it was back when you were young. But that’s no reason to be put off – you’re never too old to fall in love! ...Read more
There’s a vast team working all year round at McCarthy & Stone to make sure that every homeowner in every development receives the best of the best. Here we talk to three of them… ...Read more
McCarthy & Stone knows that communication is key when it comes to making a decision as big as moving into a retirement development, which is why it has staff ready to talk through the process, says Rachel Halliwell ...Read more
Having moved to a McCarthy & Stone development, many homeowners feel they’ve had a new lease of life. Rachel Halliwell speaks to three of them ...Read more
Are you member of the Inspirational Generation? We want to hear your stories. Enter our competition and tell us why - you could be in with the chance of winning £2,000! ...Read more
Many people feel apprehensive about selling their family home, says Rachel Halliwell. Yet McCarthy & Stone managers see the worry and weight being lifted from the shoulders of homeowners once they move in. It’s like being on a permanent luxury holiday, said one ...Read more
An escorted break can provide the best of many worlds – companionship and the chance to see places you may not have otherwise chosen. You may even learn a new take-home skill! ...Read more
Many people have misconceptions about what retirement living means. So we've answered your most commonly asked questions ...Read more
We asked you to vote for the top 10 best Christmas markets in the UK. Find out which town you voted as your favourite! ...Read more
With activities arranged throughout the year at McCarthy & Stone developments, how much you want to get involved is up to you, says Tim Adler ...Read more
House Manager Sue McGrath gives an insight into the life of Mallory Court's homeowners with their 'pot nest' creations! ...Read more
It was the most devastating storm to hit the UK in 300 years, claiming 18 lives, destroying 15 million trees and leading many people to wonder whether they could ever trust a weather forecast again ...Read more
The study by leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, reveals sitting exams, enduring the daily commute and the stress of running a family, are among some of the things the older generation DO NOT miss about being younger. ...Read more
McCarthy & Stone has a vast team working round the clock to make sure that every homeowner in every development receives the best of the best. Here, we talk to three of the key players......Read more
A lot of work and careful planning goes into creating the beautiful interiors of a McCarthy & Stone development. Interior designer Hannah Gernon explains how she arrives at the finished results ...Read more
There’s nothing more bonding for a family than spending quality time together. And a holiday is the perfect setting. With the growing trend for 3G (no, not mobile coverage – three generations!), there’s a huge variety of options. ...Read more
Mary Kent lived at the first McCarthy & Stone Development to be built, Waverley House in New Milton. Here, her granddaughter Tania Harland shares wonderful childhood memories of spending time there, which inspired her to work for McCarthy & Stone when a job opportunity came up 10 years ago. ...Read more
Retiring to the seaside – isn’t that every person’s dream? We’ve ranked your ten favourite British seaside destinations in order of preference. ...Read more
Why go abroad when we’re lucky to have so many beautiful islands of our own? ...Read more
House Manager Michelle Zoe Leggett gives an insight into the life of Carrick Court's homeowners and asks ‘what is retirement and do we ever really retire?’ ...Read more
Whether you've been a gardening enthusiast for years or only recently discovered the joys of green fingers, getting your hands dirty in the garden can become more difficult in later life. We look at tools that can make this hobby easier. ...Read more
Come to GrandFest and join us throughout June and July for a celebration of heritage skills in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service. ...Read more
It was a year of social unrest, high inflation, patriotism and punk rock. It was also the year that John McCarthy and Bill Stone built their first retirement apartments. As McCarthy & Stone celebrates its 40th anniversary, we take a look back at the highs and lows of 1977. ...Read more
McCarthy & Stone aims to raise £130,000 for Royal Voluntary Service this year. It’s a partnership of shared values, says Rachel Halliwell ...Read more
Sometimes bonding with a generation different from your own can be difficult, even if they are your grandchildren! Find out how to inspire and entertain your grandchildren this summer. ...Read more
Whether it’s making your own cards, pottery, wood carving or knitting, anything hand-crafted is having a bit of a renaissance ...Read more
Discover some of the most historical houses in Hampshire with McCarthy & Stone! Explore these beautiful homes all year round! ...Read more
Wrap up warm and get walking this winter with us! Discover new trails across the country and explore new scenery with McCarthy & Stone. ...Read more
Whatever you look for in a cruise, whether it's beautiful beaches, luscious green landscapes, city tours packed with culture, or a stop at one of the world's foodie capitals, there's a liner setting sail to suit. ...Read more
Celebrate 40 years of retirement living solutions with McCarthy & Stone. Discover how we are commemorating this special event here! ...Read more
They'd both lost their partners 9 years ago and moved to a McCarthy & Stone development, but little did Ann and Robin know they were about to start something very special......Read more
A new poll by McCarthy and Stone has revealed the simple pleasures that over 60’s most treasure about their childhood. ...Read more
Pack your bags and start your travels with McCarthy & Stone! Discover how retirement can be the perfect time to see the world! ...Read more
The easy way to sell your old home and move into a brand new McCarthy & Stone apartment. Enjoy a new lifestyle with minimum inconvenience! ...Read more
See how Part Exchange changes lives at McCarthy & Stone! Experience how wonderful downsizing can truly be with us today! ...Read more
We caught up with homeowner Mrs Pinkney in Lincolnshire to hear how she found using McCarthy & Stone's Part Exchange Service ...Read more
Our pet-friendly policy is a clincher for some looking to move into a retirement development. See how it gives animals a new lease of life too! ...Read more
Expectations are revisited at two of our properties in Yorkshire, where you can findfriendship, fine food and plenty of humour. ...Read more
Stuck on where in the world to holiday next? Take a pick from one of these amazing cruises and set sail with Life & Living today! ...Read more
Take a look at our top 10 picks for an Autumnal cruise this October! Evade the cold and soak up some last-minute sun before Winter! ...Read more
Explore Britain's most beautiful gardens this Autumn with our list of favourite UK destinations. Get your scarf on and get exploring! ...Read more
Is it the right size? Over-60s are being blamed for a lot at the moment: lack of jobs, the NHS crisis, and the high cost of housing ...Read more
We are excited about the next few months! Mother’s Day, the feel good movie of the year could well be perfect for your mom this Mother's Day! ...Read more
Tony Watts delves into downsizing following the Generation Stuck report, and talks about why we have downsizing all wrong. ...Read more
Take a look at our favourite Christmas Markets across the UK ! Make sure you get into the Christmas-spirit and make a few trips this festive season! ...Read more
Check out our brand new Guide to Grandparenting! Find out how you can make your days with your grandchildren even more fun! ...Read more
Clear out the clutter in your life and live simply with McCarthy & Stone’s easy tips on clearing out the mess in your life! ...Read more
Meeting someone new in later life, for companionship and love, can seem impossible, but these couples show that it can happen! ...Read more
Experience the excitement of the amazing Goodwill Revival! See what it's all about, and how much fun it truly is this year! ...Read more
What does happiness mean to you and those in your life? See what people had to say about their idea of happiness here! ...Read more
McCarthy & Stone go the extra mile with all their customers. Hear how Ruth traveled to meet new customers to go over downsizing plans! ...Read more
By moving to a McCarthy & Stone development, Don has able to carry on his passion for writing whilst making sure his wife has great care 24/7. ...Read more
Discover the charming town of Essex and all it has to offer with a brand new McCarthy & Stone retirement development. ...Read more
Read Mary's letter to her 21-year-old self, and see what lessons life she would give her younger self all those years ago. ...Read more
Experience the beauty of Cheshire with a selection of retirement apartments in multiple locations across the county with us today! ...Read more
Discover the answers to all your questions about retirement with our guide to later life! Download the PDF on Life & Living! ...Read more
Read up on what our GLAB member Ian has to say on retirement, and why they think retirement needs to be re-thought. ...Read more
Check out McCarthy & Stone's new assisted living property announcement for Scotland and Wales! This is an exciting one for all our residents! ...Read more
Check out our amazing garden, created by award-winning Chris Beardshaw, for McCarthy & Stone and Life & Living! ...Read more
Discover the British inspiration behind our brand new development in Poole. See how architects enhanced the buildings exclusive location here. ...Read more
Discover Edwina Currie’s life advice on retirement living, and why she refuses to be deemed as ‘old’ in life’s lottery. ...Read more