Retirement homes in Hertfordshire

With historic buildings, scenic countryside and London just a short journey away, a retirement home in Hertfordshire really can give you the best of both worlds.

Discover a county full of historical sites

From the remains of the ancient Roman town of Verulamium to the modern-day film studios at Leavesden, there's a lot to take in around the diverse county of Hertfordshire.

You can visit St. Albans, the second-longest cathedral in the UK, take a tour of the Jacobean Hatfield House and its restored gardens, or see the thousand-year-old ruins of Berkhamsted Castle, a remnant of the Norman conquest.

You'll find a wide range of animal specimens at the Natural History Museum at Tring, the world's first jet airliner at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, and the world's first garden city at Letchworth.

Retire to an area surrounded by natural beauty

Whether you're looking for green hills or intriguing wildlife, there's plenty to keep you busy away from Hertfordshire's bustling towns.

Just outside of the county town of Hertford, you'll find Lee Valley Park, covering 10,000 acres of lakes, nature reserves and trails, running all the way from Ware down to London.

On the other side of Hertfordshire, near Hemel Hempstead, you'll see the Chiltern Hills, a 300-square-mile Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that starts near Hitchin, continuing down into Oxfordshire.

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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 out and about in a county packed with culture and arts

From fine art to the latest theatrical performances, there’s a lot to see and do around Hertfordshire. You'll find local history and art collections at the Watford Museum, exhibition galleries and theatre at the Rhodes Art Complex, or see the work of local artists at the community-led New Maynard Gallery.

There's drama, dance and pantomime at the 600-capacity Watford Palace Theatre, comedy and variety shows at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage, or music, sports and film at the massive Alban Arena.

Stay fit and active in Hertfordshire

Whether you're after a challenging hike or a relaxing round of golf, there's plenty to do around the county to help you keep up an active retirement.

There's a huge range of walking and cycling trails to help you explore the Chiltern Hills, or you can go boating, fishing and horse-riding at Lee Valley Park.

You'll find more than 70 golf courses and over 60 tennis clubs dotted around the area, skiing at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, or a range of facilities and activities at the Sports Village in Hatfield.

If you like the sound of retiring to a place with scenic landscapes, busy towns, and London just a short train ride away, take a look at our latest retirement properties in Hertfordshire.