Retirement homes in Cumbria

From the mountains, forests and open water of the enormous Lake District to the historic city of Carlisle, a retirement home in Cumbria can give you some of the most spectacular scenery in England.

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Retire near a historic trading hub in the North's Border City

Just 10 miles from the border to Scotland, the city of Carlisle covers a massive 400 square miles, making it the largest city in England by area.

It's also the only city in the county, which means it's a convenient centre for all of your favourite brands, shops and restaurants. You'll find more than 70 big names in the huge Lanes Shopping Centre, or you can explore a wide variety of local produce at the Market Hall, one of the last remaining Victorian covered markets in England.

To the north of the city centre, you'll find the historic Carlisle Castle, a 900-year-old strategic site that was in a crucial position near the border between Scotland and England. You can explore its dark dungeons, or see hundreds of years' worth of weapons and vehicles at the Museum of Military Life.

Admire some of the most breath-taking landscapes in England

With more than a third of the county taken up by the world-famous Lake District, it should be no surprise that a retirement home in Cumbria puts you right on the doorstep of all sorts of natural environments.

It's the home of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, with views from the summit stretching as far as the Irish Mourne Mountains and the Welsh Snowdonia. You can visit both the deepest and the longest lakes in the country – Wastwater and Windermere – or explore the extensive woodlands, where you can spot rare red squirrels.

But there's still plenty of exceptional beauty outside of the Lake District, too. You can visit the charming Victorian seaside resorts of Seascale, St. Bees and Allonby, with their sandy beaches and long, coastal walks, or learn about the history of the shipping and mining industries in the Georgian port town of Whitehaven.

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Retirement Living - The perfect blend for many buyers - your own apartment, maintenance taken care of and the chance to socialise.

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Retirement Living PLUS - All the benefits of Retirement Living plus support and on-site catering for those wanting a little more help.

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Lifestyle Living - This pioneering concept provides luxurious homes in stunning locations for active over-55s.

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Get involved in the Cumbrian outdoors

Whether you can't resist the fresh air, or you just want to keep up an active retirement, there's plenty to keep you busy and fit around the county.

You can hike up challenging hills, take a walk alongside Hadrian's Wall, or enjoy a leisurely bike ride down country lanes or across off-road trails. You'll find water-sports, horse riding, fishing and even archery in the Lake District, or you could take advantage of Cumbria's 30 golf courses and almost 20 different tennis clubs.

If you like the sound of a retirement property near the coast, the mountains and the lakes, take a look at some of the developments we have around Cumbria:

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