Retirement homes in Essex

If you're looking for a retirement home in a picturesque backdrop that's still within reach of the capital, you could find that Essex is the perfect place to begin the next stage of your life.

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Experience the true rural beauty of England

Essex is a county that's famous for its seaside adventures, from the busy international port at Harwich to the lively resorts at Clacton-on-sea. But it's also a place that's alive with nature and wildlife: more than 70% of Essex is rural land, despite most of the county being just an hour's train journey from London. 

Essex is home to nine different country parks, from the green meadows and sandy beaches of Cudmore Grove to the deep woodland and graceful deer of Weald Country Park. You could spend years exploring the gardens, lakes and historic sites of these expansive retreats – and you would have still barely scratched the surface.

It also has one of the driest climates in Britain, which makes it perfect for relaxing along its 350 miles of coastline. It's full of seaside fairgrounds, bucket-and-spade beaches and cliff-top views – and that could mean plenty of extra visits from your younger family members!

If you like the idea of living among green hills, sandy beaches and some of the most important history in the country, just look through some of our impressive and comfortable retirement homes.

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Home of the oldest town in Britain

With over 14,000 listed buildings across the region – spanning the Roman, Saxon and Norman eras – you'll discover hundreds of historically significant sites. See the Roman remains at Colchester, the coastal forts at Harwich and Tilbury, or tour the gardens and stately manor at Audley End House.
And there's a whole lot more than just ancient history in Essex. You can explore preserved windmills, timber-framed houses and gunpowder factories, or experience the medieval cloth industry in Braintree.

Going out around Essex

From culture and attractions to sports and active pursuits, there's plenty going on around the area. You can see drama and music at the Princes Theatre in Clacton or the Braintree Arts Theatre, and there are more than 15 different museums and heritage centres dotted around the region – as well as the renowned Colchester Zoo, or the Sealife Adventure at Southend.

And if you'd rather live a retiring lifestyle full of open space and fresh air, there are plenty of both to enjoy. Essex has more than 60 tennis clubs, more than 70 different golf clubs, and there are countless miles of dedicated walking and cycling routes to show you everything the county has to offer.

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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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