Gloria Hunniford officially opens new McCarthy & Stone development in Leek

One of the nation’s favourite television and radio presenters, Gloria Hunniford, joined retirees in the market town of Leek to celebrate the grand opening of McCarthy and Stone’s new Retirement Living development, Portland Grange, located on Portland Street.

Guests were given a tour of the professionally-styled show complex, as well as a chance to take a closer look at the contemporary homeowners’ lounge and guest suite – all whilst enjoying a glass of fizz and light refreshments. Throughout the day, the McCarthy and Stone team were on-hand to answer any questions, and to advise on how they can make moving to Portland Grange even easier.

Officially opening the development as a special guest, Gloria Hunniford gave a short presentation to discuss her career as a television and radio presenter. Gloria also spent time chatting to homeowners and guests about the development and its benefits for retirees.

Speaking of the event, Gloria Hunniford commented: “It was an absolute pleasure to mark the official opening of McCarthy and Stone’s new Retirement Living development in Leek, and to meet with guests and homeowners. It was great to see first-hand what a fantastic development Portland Grange is and the many benefits it will bring to retirees.”

Fiona Brooks, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone North West, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to officially open our fabulous development in Leek. Our easy to maintain, luxurious apartments allow homeowners to enjoy their independence, with the added benefit of communal areas for socialising with neighbours.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Gloria Hunniford for joining us and giving a thoroughly interesting presentation on her career. We would encourage anyone over the age of 60 who is considering downsizing to take a look at the development themselves, they won’t be disappointed!”

Portland Grange features stunning homeowners’ lounges which lead out to the development’s garden and roof top terrace, ideal for enjoying a catch-up with friends and neighbours; beautifully landscaped gardens, which are fully maintained by McCarthy and Stone’s expert team; and a guest suite, which is available for when family members and friends come to stay.

For added peace-of-mind, a House Manager is on hand to take care of the smooth-running of the development, as well as a 24 hour emergency call system should assistance be needed day or night.

Portland Grange’s enviable location close to stunning countryside of the Peak District makes it an ideal place to retire to. The town centre, with its traditional market feel of cobbled stones and historic buildings, will offer future homeowners an array of local amenities such as cafes, pubs and shops.

Prices at Portland Grange currently start from £160,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and from £199,000 for a two-bedroom apartment.

More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 14 years’ running. McCarthy and Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 14 years, which is every year the awards have been run.

For further information about Retirement Living at McCarthy and Stone’s Portland Grange, call 0800 201 4741 or visit