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Where Life Takes You

“I was born and bred in a mining village, following in the steps of several generations of miners in my family,” says Tom Robson, a retired mining engineer who now rents an apartment at the newly built Herriot Gardens, Sunderland. more

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, now and in the future. Here’s five things to consider before making your move. more

A Free Spirit

Curtains-up on a new act for Space Odyssey actress now living in Amersham. more

Renting in Retirement

Unsure whether renting in retirement is for you? Use our ‘renting in retirement ultimate checklist’ to help you decide. more

Len Gray on retirement living in Harrow

Now happily living in a two bedroom apartment at Randolph House, a McCarthy Stone Retirement Living development in Harrow, Len recalls the moment that eventually led to his decision to move. more

Patricia Flack on retirement living in Colchester

When Patricia Flack and her partner, Michael Pearson, decided to downsize from their terraced house in the centre of Colchester, they took one look at McCarthy Stone’s Lancer House retirement development nearby and were instantly won over by the lifestyle on offer. more

Retirement living - the best of times

The McCarthy Stone community is rather special and it’s the inspiring insights into our homeowners’ lives that best tell the tale more

Retirement living story - Dot Connolley

Read the story of Dot, a former TV script supervisor who lives at Riverwood, a McCarthy Stone Retirement Living development near Glasgow more

Why Retire to a Bungalow House

A bungalow house could be a great choice as a retirement accommodation option, find out more about the benefits here. more

5 Great British Towns to Retire to

The UK has some of the best places to retire to, here’s our selection of five towns around the country you might want to consider. more

New faces at McCarthy Stone

“We share a vision of transforming lives.” Fiona Carleton, Managing Director of Services and Angela Harding, Service Operations Director disclose insights about their lives and passions. more

Thinking about getting a dog in retirement?

Our handy guide will help you consider the pros and cons of dog ownership and picks out some of the best breeds for retirement living. more

Where can I find Retirement Villages with Bungalows

It’s easy to see why these properties are so popular with retirees, bungalows are easy to maintain, offer a garden and are designed and built with older people in mind. more

Rent for Retirement The Future is Flexible

If you’re looking to maintain flexibility throughout your retirement years, then renting is the perfect solution. more

Top 10 Best British Towns to Enjoy the Expat Life without Leaving the UK

If you want to get a taste of the expat life without leaving the UK, you could take a trip to the places around our country which offer a similar lifestyle and setting to popular global expat destinations. more

British expats returning to the UK advice and tips

If you’re a retired expat returning to the UK, we’ve put this useful advice hub together to help make the process as simple and as stress-free as possible. more

Reclaiming your access to healthcare

Before you can access any NHS services you will also need to meet several eligibility requirements. You can find out more about this in another guide here. more

Benefits and entitlements

Whether you’re moving abroad or returning back to live in the UK, learn more about how your benefits and entitlements as an expat may be affected. more

Avoiding the impact of Brexit

The implications of Brexit are also currently causing a number of issues to both the legal and logistical aspects of repatriation. We discuss this more in this useful Brexit guide here. more

Sorting Finances

From your taxes to your pension, benefits and bank accounts, your finances will all be affected in some way. Learn more about this in our expats’ finance guide here. more

Celebrating McCarthy Stone's caring teams

Meet just a few of our amazing support staff who go the extra mile for homeowners in our retirement developments. more

Buy or rent - an expert interview

McCarthy Stone offers a number of flexible rental and purchase options. Our expert explains. more

Publishing her first novel in her 70s

Retirement stories: publishing your first fiction novel as a 72 year-old grandmother of three is quite a coup more

Bungalow life in Hadleigh

Mrs Bane shares the benefits of bungalow life in Hadleigh, Suffolk more

First homeowners in Plas Elrych

McCarthy Stone welcomes the first homeowners to Plas Elyrch, its new Retirement Living development on Tudor Street in Abergavenny. more

Twford spring performance

Twyford retirees at McCarthy Stone’s Loddon House Retirement Living development are treated to a swing musical performance. more

Support our online charity lottery

The McCarthy Stone Foundation has started an online charity lottery with a jackpot of £25,000! more

Homeowner advocate programme

Our homeowners are in the know, and what’s better, they’re just a call away. more

Has the pandemic made Brits’ relationships with their neighbours stronger?

In such a turbulent period of history, small sparks of hope, optimism and faith in the human race have begun to shine through more

Our experts’ guide to stress-free moving

Our removal partner Bishop's Move give their 10 golden rules to make moving house easier. more