Retiring to Dorset

From sandy beaches and historic buildings to miles of unspoilt countryside, a retirement home in Dorset offers the best of rural England on the doorstep. Famed for its Jurassic Coast, our retirement properties in Dorset are close to world-beating attractions including Durdle Door and Weymouth Beach. Whether you’re looking to relax on the seashore, ramble on nature walks or explore the rugged coastline, Dorset is a fantastic retirement location.


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Weymouth Harbour in Dorset at sunset

Why retire to Dorset?

If you’re looking for a coastal retirement, Dorset is hard to beat. You’ll find soft sands and safe swimming in Weymouth, clear waters in Swanage, immense views at West Bay and breathtaking beauty at Sandbanks, near Poole – one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

With over half of the county in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it's no wonder that our retirement properties in Dorset are so popular. From your new home you can explore a thousand acres of woodland, navigate trails and enjoy outdoor activities at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. Wildlife adventures include taking llamas for a walk at New House Farm in Mosterton, seeing the swans at the 600-year-old Abbotsbury Swannery, visiting the unique Brownsea Island, where you'll find rare red squirrels and a huge variety of birds, or strolling through the award-winning gardens of Bournemouth - which of course also has a beautiful beach.

Corfe Castle ruins in Dorset

Fitness enthusiasts have 5,000 footpaths to explore as well as over 40 golf courses and more than 20 tennis clubs. Plus you can sail, windsurf, swim or snorkel your way across the entire Jurassic Coast.

History buffs will delight in fossil hunting along the coast and exploring the many interesting buildings, like the ruins of Corfe Castle, the Grade I listed Forde Abbey, or the restored shell of the 17th century Lulworth Castle. You’ll also find 300 military vehicles on display at the Tank Museum and life-sized prehistoric animals at the award-winning Dinosaur Museum.

Sound tempting? Explore our coastal retirement properties for sale in Dorset to make the move to this gorgeous county.

McCarthy Stone Community Life

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.

Enjoy a coastal retirement with McCarthy Stone

Our beautiful coastal homes are not restricted to Dorset. We’ve desirable retirement villages across the South West including the charming counties of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Our independent living retirement apartments and bungalows for the over 60s are designed so you can make the most of retirement by the coast, or in the heart of the  countryside, or in the cultural hotspots of the city, if that is more your thing. Many of our communities offer assisted living services like on-site restaurants, bespoke personal care and laundry too. Browse our retirement housing now.

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