Retiring to Devon

What with the cultural attractions of Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth, the wilds of Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and the stunning sandy beaches of Woolacombe, Bantham and Croyde, it’s no wonder our retirement villages in Devon are so popular.

With an abundance of opportunities for swimming, surfing, cycling, golf, fishing and coastal walks it’s ideal for those looking for an active retirement, but there are plenty of independent shops, eateries and arts to enjoy too — including in lively Exmouth — one of our favourite seaside towns!


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Retire to Devon

Why retire to Devon?
The River Avon at the Bantham Quay and Sailing Club in Devon

There are many reasons to retire by the coast and Devon ticks all the boxes: 400 miles of glorious coastline, rugged clifftops, bustling harbours and stunning golden sandy beaches. Many beaches including, Seaton, Beer, Exmouth and Sidmouth have Blue Flag status and Woolacombe is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. Pretty fishing villages abound too: Clovelly, Appledore and Salcombe are all picture perfect. It also has lush green countryside and is home to both Exmoor National Park and Dartmoor National Park.

Wildlife lovers are in their element. You can spot dolphins, porpoises and whales off the coast and wild ponies on Dartmoor. Lundy Island is famous for its puffins and the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth makes for a great day out.

There’s plenty for history enthusiasts too. Agatha Christie famously wrote ‘And then there were none’ in the Art Deco hotel on Burgh Island. You can view the astronomical clock at Exeter Cathedral, ride the Dartmouth Steam Railway, or visit Castle Drogo, the youngest castle in the country.

Life in your retirement apartment or bungalow in Devon will never be short on culture and community spirit either. There are music, theatre, arts and sports events in the buzzing cities of Exeter and Plymouth and the smaller towns and villages host a range of annual fayres and regattas celebrating their maritime heritage and local food.

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Independent Retirement Living

Our Retirement Living developments for the over 60s offer the very best of independent living with a friendly community on the doorstep.

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Retirement Living PLUS

Our Retirement Living PLUS developments offer independence combined with assisted living for the over 70s.

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Enjoy a Smooth Move

Moving is easy with free specialist removals, £2,500 towards estate agent fees, £1,000 towards legal fees and a free tradesperson service.

Make your retirement dreams come true with McCarthy Stone

If you’re looking for a retirement village in Devon, Dorset or another coastal hotspot in the South West or beyond, McCarthy Stone developments are in all of the best places, so you can make the most of your retirement by the sea. But if you prefer the lively inner city life or to find contentment in the countryside, we have retirement apartments and bungalows in fantastic locations across the UK. Browse our over 60s retirement housing now.

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