Retirement Properties in South West

Discover more about senior living in the South West and find the right retirement housing for you.

Retire to the South West

McCarthy Stone Swindon Stonehenge


Lush countryside, magical legends, dramatic coasts and lashings of local cider

South West England, also known as the West Country, is made up of the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It also includes parts of the gorgeous Cotswolds. With a mild climate, as well as lush green rolling countryside, truly unique and globally renown historic attractions, innovative and artistic cities, ancient towns, quaint villages, mythical tales, fantastic local produce and a jaw-droppingly stunning coastline, the region is a magnet for holidaymakers and retirees alike.

McCarthy Stone Durdle Door Dorset


With over 600 miles of spectacular coastline and the South West Coastal Path to explore, the region is a mecca for walkers, surfers, kite surfers and wild swimmers

So which are the best beaches in the South West? It’s a difficult with so much to choose from but three of the best are Bournemouth beach, which offers golden sands and plenty of amenities. Summerleaze beach, Bude, Cornwall is a beautiful sandy beach popular with surfers and boasting a beautiful sheltered sea pool for swimming. Finally Lulworth Cove, Dorset is dramatically beautiful with stunning rock formations and fossils.

If you’d prefer country retreats in the South West, the rural landscape is verdant and unspoilt, with two National Parks: Dartmoor and Exmoor. Then there’s the lush countryside and chocolate box villages of the Cotswolds AONB too.

If you’re craving some city culture or shopping in a bustling market town, then the area’s excellent transport connections make it easy to enjoy trips to Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Gloucester, Exeter and Cheltenham.

Bournemouth Pier


All of our coastal or country retreats in the South West are in fantastic locations close to amenities and attractions - making exploration of the West Country a breeze. By road the region is easily accessible via the M4 and the M5, which takes you all the way to Exeter. From there you can connect to the counties via easy to navigate A roads. From London the journey will take you between 3-5 hours by road.

The Great Western Railway main line, instigated by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which runs from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads all the way down to Penzance, Cornwall. The Bristol to London train takes around an hour and 15 minutes. Penzance to London take around five and a half hours. London Waterloo to Bournemouth takes just under two and a half hours.

McCarthy Stone Cider food festival


Whether you’re after a coastal, or rural retreat, in the South West, the West Country is known for its laid back attitude and artistic, artisanal sensibilities and close knit lively communities. You’ll find plenty of arts and crafts, sports and social clubs to get involved with.

Festivals are popular too, from the huge Pilton pop festival to smaller celebrations of the sea like the Boardmasters surfing and wellness festival at Watergate Bay, Cornwall, or festivals to celebrate all the glorious local food. Try Salcombe Crabfest, Devon, Taunton Gin, Fizz and Food Festival or Dorset Seafood festival and sample some of the region’s finest treats, from clotted cream teas to crab, pasties to cheddar cheese. Not forgetting to enjoy a West Country cider or two.

The Roman Baths, Somerset


Looking for days out in the South West? You’ll be spoilt for choice. Perhaps you’ll head to glorious Bath, famous for its Georgian architecture, thermal spa water and Roman Baths? Or bohemian Bristol, renowned for its suspension bridge, hot air balloons, Banksy and Aardman Animations? Or free-spirited Glastonbury with its global festival (actually held in the nearby village of Pilton) mystical shops and ancient tor?

For legendary attractions you don’t get more famous than the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, one of the seven wonders of the world. Wiltshire is also famous for its chalk horses – including Cherhill White Horse near Calne. Dorset, meanwhile is home to another famous chalk image, the Cerne Abbas giant, as well as the stunning Jurassic coast and Durdle Door rock formations. These form part of the South West coastal path that takes you from Somerset through to Dorset via gorgeous Devon and the rugged charm of Cornwall.

Popular places to retire in the South West area

Explore more brilliant retirement locations close to South West.

Browse by property types in the South West

Our retirement villages and developments offer a range of property types from superb apartments to brilliant retirement bungalows.

Apartments icon
Bungalow icon
Cottage icon

Browse by property TYPE

Browse our retirement housing by the number of bedrooms you'd like.

a living room with sofas
a living room with a blue couch and a coffee table
a kitchen with white cabinets
a kitchen with white cabinets
a kitchen with a dining table and chairs
a white couch in a room

Frequently asked questions

Browse our retirement homes by county and region

Search for the best places to retire in the UK by selecting a county or region to explore.

Stay in the loop

Keep updated on news, events & exclusive offers

We need your email to complete your request but you can unsubscribe from updates at any time.