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Barley Place, Blandford St Mary, Dorset, DT11 9GN View on map
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Exclusive to the over 60s, this retirement development consists of 45 one or two-bedroom apartments conveniently located close to the banks of the river Stour in historic Blandford Forum, Dorset, on the site of the old brewery.

WE ARE NOW ALMOST 50% SOLD!! Call today to find out about our Shared Ownership purchase option and take a tour of the stunning apartments and homeowners' lounge.

Low maintenance and sociable
With our light and spacious one or two-bedroom retirement apartment, you’ll enjoy intelligent design, high specifications and quality modern flourishes. Many properties will benefit from balconies too. This retirement community will also offer a luxurious communal lounge where you can meet with friends and neighbours, a beautiful shared garden to relax and socialise in and a hotel-style guest suite for when people come to stay.

Safe and secure
All our new retirement properties have integrated security systems, including a 24-hour emergency call out system, fire detection and camera entry system. There will also be a friendly House Manager onsite in office hours for added peace of mind.

Plenty to do on the doorstep
Just across the River Stour, you’ll find the lively heart of Blandford Forum, with its mix of restaurants, pubs, independent shops and high street brands – including an M&S food hall and the popular Blandford Forum Indoor Market – a haven for collectibles and bric-a-brac with a charming café. With the river close by, there are plenty of opportunities for a scenic stroll into the glorious Dorset countryside. Try the Stour Valley Way which begins at Blandford Bridge and meanders through the Crown Meadows and Deer Park.


Development Highlights

  • Retirement Living, exclusive to the over 60s
  • Spacious homeowners' lounge
  • Near to amenities including a Tesco Superstore
  • Beautiful landscaped gardens
  • Safe and secure with a 24/7 emergency call system and camera door entry
  • Easy access to Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset countryside

Key Features

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    24/7 call system
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    Camera entry system
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    Communal lounge
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    Landscaped gardens
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    Pets allowed
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    House Manager
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    Wheelchair access
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    Car parking

Interactive Site Plan

Our interactive site plan allows you to easily find available retirement properties. Click the tabs to view each floor. You'll see that one-bedroom homes are in yellow and two-bedroom homes are in purple. When you click on a property, you'll find out whether it is available for sale, rent or shared ownership, as well as pricing. Click on 'view property' to find out more. Retirement homes shown in red are already reserved, sold or rented out, but may be available on our Resales website.

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Occupancy options

Found a property that takes your fancy? Find out more about the practical details including information on service charge and FAQS.

The properties at this development are leasehold properties with a term of 999 years from and including 30/09/2023

You can buy properties on this development. If you’d like to own your retirement property, we can help make the move as stress-free as possible, including support with packing and removals. If you have a home to sell, we can even act as a cash buyer, so you’ll avoid chains and estate agent fees.

Living at Stour Gate, Blandford

What to expect at Stour Gate, Blandford's luxury retirement development.

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Our people

The Team at Stour Gate

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Dominique Schafer
Sales Consultant
I look forward to welcoming you to experience the lifestyle available here at McCarthy Stone. Whether you are looking for security, support, friendship or just want more time to enjoy your retirement, I am here to assist you in finding your new luxurious home, assisting you every step of the way!

Join us at one of our events

  • 21 May to 25 May
    10:30 - 16:00

    May Open Week

    21st May
    Join us at our Open Week!

    We're opening our doors for the week and offering you the opportunity to come and experience our development. Come and take a tour, meet the homeowners who already call Stour Gate home and get a taste of the lifestyle that we have to offer. 

    And, if you’re a first time visitor, you’ll receive a £20 M&S Gift Card too*.

    Friends and family are warmly welcomed.

    Don't delay, secure your appointment today by calling on 0800 185 5480.

    *Terms and conditions apply.
  • 21 May
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    13:30 - 14:30

    Fizz and Flowers with Charlie Dimmock

    21st May
    Join us for sparkling wine, delicious light refreshments and a potting demo by local celebrity Charlie Dimmock! Places are limited and strictly by appointment only so ensure to RSVP to book today. We look forward to welcoming you to Stour Gate!
  • Every Wednesday
    11:00 - 13:00

    Welcome Wednesday

    Every Wednesday
    Next event: 22nd May
    Stour Gate, 1-45 Barley Place, Blandford St Mary, Blandford Forum, DT11 9GN

    Come and experience life here at Stour Gate. Join us for coffee and light refreshments in the communal lounge and discover the McCarthy Stone lifestyle.

    You’ll meet Dominique and while you’re here, you may wish to take a tour of our stunning show apartments. Feel free to bring your family and friends along too.

    Call 0800 201 4811 or book below by filling out a quick form.

  • Every Saturday
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    11:00 - 13:00

    Pastries and Papers

    Every Saturday
    Next event: 25th May
    Barley Place, Blandford St Mary, Blandford Forum, DT11 9GN
    Join us for Pastries and Papers at Stour Gate every Saturday morning! Enjoy delicious refreshments with our friendly Homeowners and find out what retirement living at Stour Gate is really all about! Feel free to bring along a friend or family member. Please RSVP to book your place. We look forward to welcoming you.
  • Every Month
    14:00 - 16:00

    Fizz Fridays

    Every Month
    Next event: 31st May
    Stour Gate, Barley Place, Blandford St Mary, Blandford Forum, DT11 9GN
    Join us for Fizz Fridays at Stour Gate every last Friday of the month! Enjoy sparkling wine and delicious refreshments with our friendly Homeowners and find out what retirement living at Stour Gate is really all about! Feel free to bring along a friend or family member. Please RSVP to secure your place. We look forward to welcoming you!
  • 19 Jun
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    12:00 - 14:00

    Summer Garden Party

    19th Jun
    Come along to our Summer Garden Party on Wednesday 19th June and enjoy live entertainment and a delicious lunch with our friendly homeowners. Take in the beautiful river views whilst sipping some sparkling wine and find out more about the retirement you have always wanted at Stour Gate. Feel free to bring a friend along too! Please RSVP to book your place.

Offers Too Good To Miss

  • Smooth Move

    Smooth Move

    Nobody expects moving home to be easy, but we’re here to help you every step of the way; from the moment you make a reservation, through to the day you move in. Our Smooth Move service ensures everything goes like clockwork, which includes helping with the cost*.

    To find our more please call 0800 201 4811.

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    Part Exchange for a fast and hassle-free sale

    With Part Exchange, we can act as a cash buyer for your home. There’s no estate agent fees, no viewings and no chains. Just a guaranteed sale at a great price - so you could be enjoying the McCarthy Stone lifestyle sooner.

    To find out more please call 0800 201 4811.


Retirement living in Blandford Forum

The retirement development is situated in Blandford St Mary on the south bank of the River Stour, immediately opposite the centre of Blandford Forum. The village was built around the Badger Brewery and you could do worse than enjoy a craft beer – or coffee and cake - at the beautifully restored Brewery Tap, Blandford. Or for an usual day out why not explore Blandford Fashion Museum which also boasts a lovely tearoom.



Stour Gate
Barley Place, Blandford St Mary, Dorset, DT11 9GN
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Blandford nestles in the heart of the gorgeous Dorset countryside and is close to an array of attractions including the impressive National Trust Kingston Lacey estate, with its scenic walks down to the Eye Bridge or Pamphill Green.

You can reach the breath-taking Jurassic coast in under an hour, for cliff tops walks, fossil hunting and kayaking at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The beaches of Bournemouth are just 40 minutes away and it is easy to hop onto the Blandford to Bournemouth or Blandford to Poole bus to enjoy a traditional seaside day out.

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Please note that images are for illustrative purposes only. Images may include upgrades and optional extras which may be available for you to purchase at an additional cost. Please click here for further explanations. Floor plans and pricing are accurate at time of publication. Floor plans are for guidance purposes only and are subject to change. Prices may fluctuate depending on market conditions and availability.