Life in winchesterA popular historic town in the heart of Hampshire
Our retirement homes in Winchester are perfectly situated to give residents access to everything this great city has to offer and the delights of the wider areas and counties. So whether you’re a fan of high street shopping, country walks, trips out or you simply want the peace of mind in knowing all the amenities you need are close by, your every preference will be catered for.
This is all in addition to the luxury living that can be enjoyed at our developments and ultimately can make Winchester a fantastic choice as a location to retire in.
Retirement living in Winchester
In the heart of the city you’ll find the magnificent Winchester Cathedral. This spectacular medieval cathedral has been welcoming visitors for over 900 years and is one of the country’s most historically significant buildings. There are daily guided tours that can be perfectly rounded off with a trip to the Cathedral’s Refectory for afternoon tea.
Other historical sites in Winchester include the ruins of Winchester Castle and the Peninsular Barracks, which houses a number of military museums, including the Royal Green Jackets Museum and the Gurkha Museum.
Then there’s the impressive Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium – the perfect place for science buffs - and grandchildren - to learn about the wonders of the universe. This spectacular building is the largest Planetarium in the UK.
In addition to lively social scene that you’ll find in all our retirement communities in Winchester, the city itself has a big focus on togetherness and inclusion. This is seen in the many community and recreational events that are held throughout the year and include everything from car boot sales to music festivals, life drawing to ukulele lessons, poetry evenings to yoga classes.
There are also some hugely popular annual festivals like the Winchester Comedy Festival which features some of the biggest names in the comedy circuit, Winchester Mayfest which marks spring with traditional Morris dancing and the Beer and Cider Festival which celebrates local craft tipples.
Did you know? 83% of McCarthy Stone homeowners experience a sense of community in their new property.
Winchester is conveniently located the heart of the Hampshire countryside on the edge of the South Downs and just an hour outside of London.
Winchester train station offers direct trains to London Waterloo as well as the UK including Bournemouth, Birmingham and Manchester Piccadilly.
It’s also well served by road networks. It’s close to the M3 and the A34 takes you to Oxford and Newbury.
For holidays abroad you’ll have three international airports within easy reach. Southampton International airport is just 15 minutes away, London Heathrow can be reached in around an hour and London Gatwick in less than an hour and a half. If you’d rather travel by sea, Southhampton’s cruise terminals can take you around Europe and the Caribbean in style, while Portsmouth ferry port is perfect for a trip to France.
Winchester is just on the edge of the South Downs National Park, a beautiful place filled with picture-perfect views and country walks. But no matter which direction you head there’s plenty to enjoy in the surrounding areas of Hampshire and beyond.
The south coast and cities including Southampton and Portsmouth are under an hour away via the nearby M3. You can also head west to Salisbury, another historical place with a famous cathedral. The New Forest, Cranborne Chase and the North Wessex Downs are also within reach and Winchester’s main railway station has a direct route to London.
If you’re a fan of Downtown Abbey you’ll also want to head about 25 miles north of our retirement homes in Winchester to visit Highclere Castle – home of the popular TV series.