Retirement homes in Poole

With award-winning beaches, a lively port and plenty of places to get out and active, the fresh air and bustling activity of Poole make it a top choice for a retirement home by the sea.

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Retire to a coastal town that's full of nature and wildlife

From the Blue Flag-winning golden beach of Sandbanks to the tranquil coastline at Canford Cliffs, a retirement property near Poole is always within reach of the sea.

You can relax by the boating lake in the nearby Poole Park, watch the birds around the harbour, or cross over the water to explore the huge Arne RSPB Nature Reserve. You can also take a short ferry ride to Brownsea Island, where you'll find rare red squirrels and deer.

A little further out from the town, you can visit the massive New Forest National Park, a 200-square-mile area full of ponies, deer and a wide range of birds.

Discover a town with a thriving arts scene

Whether you're looking for drama or modern art, you'll find plenty of places around the area to keep you busy.

You can see a wide variety of theatre, music, dance and film at the Lighthouse – the largest arts centre outside of London – or admire the painting, sculptures photography and textiles of both professional and non-professionals at the Peacock Gallery in Upton Country Park.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, based in Poole, plays over a hundred concerts each year, and you can also catch a huge number of outdoor performances during the annual Inside Out festival.

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As if moving into my beautiful new apartment wasn’t enough, everything that led up to the move was handled by McCarthy & Stone. I couldn’t believe how easy it all turned out to be; I was left with just two boxes to unpack which suited me and Meira just fine.

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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Keep up an active retirement in the fresh air of Dorset

With so many beaches and lakes around the area, there are plenty of places to get your feet wet. You can sail, row or kayak around the lakes at Poole Park, swim and snorkel in the water at Sandbanks, or even learn to canoe or powerboat around Poole Harbour.

If you'd rather keep your feet on solid ground, you can follow historical walking tours and relaxing cycling routes, spot wildlife as you hike around the nearby nature reserves, or just practise your swing at the 15 golf courses around the area.

Make the most of your south coast neighbours

Buying a retirement property in Poole doesn't just give you the beaches and bustle of one Dorset town. The popular seaside resort of Bournemouth is only 15 minutes away by train, and the beaches and castles of Christchurch are just a few minutes further than that.

If you'd like a home in a busy town that's still just a few minutes away from the sea, have a look at some of our high-quality retirement properties in Poole:

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I definitely made the right decision, and I’ve never looked back. My only regret is that I didn’t move in sooner!