Discover Retirement Living with a big PLUS

In our delightfully hassle-free and high-spec Retirement Living PLUS apartments, we help you take care of the little things –as well as the bigger chores - so you can focus on doing what you love.

Exclusive to the over 70s, you’d find all the benefits of a Retirement Living development but with thoughtful extra amenities and services that are there for you now, and in the future. They include a chef run bistro or restaurant, for when you don’t feel like cooking – or just fancy a barista-style coffee with a friend. An hour’s domestic support every week is included – more if you want it, plus the option of tailored personal care on tap should you need it.  Our care and support services are totally flexible and personalised to you - so you can have as little or as much help as you want with daily life. Some developments have additional amenities like event rooms and wellness suites including hairdressers and beauty salons too.

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The perfect mix of privacy, community and support

While the beautiful communal facilities are designed to make socialising a joy, your home is owned - or rented - by you, and is self-contained, personal and private. Our retirement developments also offer a lively programme of clubs and events – but there’s no pressure to join in. It’s the perfect blend of complete privacy with a friendly community – and caring support - on the doorstep.

"We enjoy having our friends over for afternoon tea or for a meal at lunchtime at the on-site restaurant. We don’t have to do a thing, including the washing up!"

- Dr Barber & Ms Scholes, McCarthy Stone Homeowners

"I've thought about this and there's only one word to us that describes this place and that's "Utopia", It's absolutely fantastic!"

- Michael Byrne, McCarthy Stone Homeowner

Some of the benefits of Retirement Living PLUS*

A retirement living plus living room

A fantastic contemporary new home

Your own beautiful, safe, energy efficient and spacious apartment brilliantly situated close to local amenities, attractions and transport links. Many apartments have private outside space like balconies and patios, and car parking is usually available too.

McCarthy Stone retirement living plus bistro

Beautiful communal facilities

Lounges, large gardens, courtyards or roof terraces are designed to make socialising and relaxing a joy. Best of all, we take on all the maintenance of shared areas, inside and out, so you can devote more of your time to doing the things you most enjoy.

McCarthy Stone Retirement Living Plus Care

A helping hand 24/7 

You’ll benefit from a friendly CQC regulated manager and care team onsite at all times. The manager is there to run the development, fix issues and to help you with anything you need. They also facilitate clubs and events and are a reassuring presence in case of an emergency. You have the peace of mind of someone onsite at all hours every day and night.

  • Domestic assistance – you enjoy one hour per week of domestic help as part of your service charge and more if you would like it- for an additional fee. The team can help with tasks such as household cleaning and changing the beds, as well as errands like shopping for groceries and posting letters. 
  • Personal support – we offer flexible care packages so you can choose the help you need when you need it. We can help with things like going to bed and getting up in the morning, preparing breakfast, getting to and from medical appointments or support during a period of convalescence.
  • Laundry service - if you’d rather not do the laundry yourself, the team can take care of it all for you. They’ll collect your laundry and return it washed and ironed.

You can find out more about our independent lifestyle support services here.


Serving everyday classics and tempting treats, barista-grade coffees and your favourite tipple, you’ll have access to a subsidised on-site chef-run bistro serving freshly prepared, seasonal and delicious food all year round – perfect for those days when you don’t feel like cooking. Guests are welcome (but they pay slightly extra). Read more about our bistros.

A Retirement Living Plus guest suite

Hotel-style guest suites 

No more making up the spare bed (unless you want to!). Our lovely hotel-style guest suites make it simple to have family and friends for overnight stays – and as a homeowner you can also book guest suites across the country for a fantastically priced holiday or short break.

McCarthy Stone Retirement Living Plus wellness suite

Wellness Suites

In need of some pampering? Our Wellness Suites offer services like hairdressing, beauty treatments and massage onsite.

Clubs and events

The communal facilities at our developments become social hubs – a hive of informal gatherings and regular clubs, events and meet-ups to suit all sorts of interests. You’ll find things like film nights, gardening clubs, pie and mash lunches, knitting clubs, cocktail evenings, musical events, yoga, birthday parties and even the odd fiesta.

A safe, secure and energy efficient home

All our new retirement apartments are designed with intelligent ergonomics and eco-friendlier modern methods of construction to ensure they are a joy to live in, energy efficient, light and warm. They have the latest safety and security features built in. You’ll benefit from a 24-hour emergency call system, fire detection and video door entry, as well as the reassurance of managers onsite at all times.

Pet Policy - McCarthy Stone

Pets are welcome

Pets are very much part of your family and ours, which is why, with a few exceptions - like venomous snakes (!) - we welcome well-behaved animals into our retirement developments - while being mindful of the needs of the pet-free people in our communities too. Read about our Pet Policy here.

Homeowner perks

Homeowners enjoy special offers just for being part of the community. These include deals on Sky television and broadband, free supermarket deliveries that can be arranged over the phone and cheaper car club membership and car hire.

Who we are

As the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement developments, McCarthy Stone creates award-winning private retirement properties for sale or for rent — but it’s the people - the homeowners and our caring onsite teams - that turn our developments into fun-filled, friendly, communities. We are experts at creating spectacular and low-maintenance retirement apartments, bungalows and cottages, in superb locations with fantastic facilities and thoughtful onsite services designed around you. Currently, McCarthy Stone runs 475 retirement developments across the UK and means ‘home’ to over 20,000 people. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: to champion the role, wellbeing and happiness of older people in society.

Homeowner testimonials

What’s it really like to live in our retirement developments? We regularly ask for feedback on everything from the sales and moving in process to the lifestyle and services.

Five tips for finding your perfect retirement property

Moving home is a huge step – and if you’re looking for a retirement property, you need to be sure it’s the right one for you long-term. Our guide explains the five main things to consider before making your move.

Helping you buy your new home

Moving home is always daunting, but our expert teams are here to make the process of buying a new property, and selling your old one, as straightforward as possible. Our friendly sales consultants will guide you through every stage, giving as much – or as little – support as you want with things like finding solicitors and estate agents. With part exchange, we can even act as a cash buyer on your current home, so you’ll avoid the hassle of viewings and chains. While our Smooth Move service gives you help with everything from decluttering and packing, to unpacking and putting up shelves. 

*Facilities vary depending on the individual retirement development. Extra charges apply for some services.

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