Retirement Properties in East of England

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Retire to the East of England

The Norfolk Coast

RETIREMENT LIVING IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND

Magnificent countryside, canals, coastline, culture and an ancient kingdom

The East of England contains the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The latter trio are also known collectively as East Anglia – the remains of an ancient kingdom. Unsurprisingly then, the region is steeped in history and culture as well as enjoying unrivalled countryside and a spectacular sandy coastline. Both active and intellectual types will enjoy exploring its endless delights.

The Broads, Norfolk

SURROUNDING AREAS

If you love rural pursuits and outdoor adventures then the East of England is the perfect place to explore.

As well as plentiful opportunities for fishing, golf and boating, it has a network of specular walking trails. Try strolling through the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale made famous by Constable’s paintings; meander the historic Cambridge colleges walk, take a tour of some of the best beaches in East of England with the breath-taking Norfolk Coastal Path or wander the towpaths of the canals and waterways in the unique wildlife haven of the Norfolk Broads.

Cyclists are well catered for too. The National Cycle Route 1 begins (or ends) with dramatic views of the white cliffs of Dover, Essex.

And if you’re after a hit of city living, you’ll find culture, arts, nightlife and shopping in Bedford, Norwich, Ipswich and Peterborough.

RHS Garden at Hyde Hall, Essex

TRANSPORT AND CONNECTIONS

All McCarthy Stone retirement apartments and developments are carefully located be close to attractions and amenities. Despite a noticeable lack of motorways, the East of England is accessible by major A roads and rail networks like the Great Eastern Main Line, the West Anglia Main Line and the East Coast Main Line. By train you can get from Norwich to London in under two hours and Ipswich to London takes just over an hour. The Cambridge to London train takes just 50 minutes.

For East of England travel abroad, chose from Norwich Airport, which offers flights across the UK and mainland Europe. Cambridge Airport also offers travel to some European cities, but for a huge range of global destinations, Stansted Airport, Essex, is the best bet.

food festival McCarthy Stone

COMMUNITY

The East of England is a proud, traditional and friendly place to live, with plenty of opportunities to get involved in the community. For example, the annual East of England Food and Country Fair, at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, showcases country sports like fishing and shooting as well as local delicacies. For more local produce visit the annual Spring Beer Festival in Chelmsford and the Crab & Lobster Festival in Cromer

There are plenty of other festivals too, from the Latitude rock music festival in Suffolk with its colourful sheep, to Aldeburgh Festival of classical music, or the  Cambridge  Folk Festival. Great Yarmouth holds a huge Maritime festival every year and Peterborough Festival of Antiques Market is perfect for vintage and antique enthusiasts.

retirement location Cambridge

ATTRACTIONS

There are  cultural attractions aplenty to keep you busy in the East of England. As well as the famous university town of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, there are the many stunning historic houses and gardens around the region, like the Italianate Palace of Ickworth, Suffolk, the RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, or the Roman Theatre of Verulamium, St Albans, Hertfordshire. Or perhaps you’ll find Bad King John’s lost treasure in  East Anglia? Legend tells it’s hiding in the Wash National Nature Reserve in Norfolk.

So where are the best places to visit on the east coast of England? There are so many spectacular beaches in the East of England it’s hard to choose. From Essex to Lincolnshire, you'll find everything from traditional seaside fun at Southend-on-Sea and Great Yarmouth pleasure beach, to pretty Victorian beach huts on Southwold, Suffolk or the wild unspoilt beauty of Horsey beach, Norfolk, where, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot seals.

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