Live your retirement to the full with McCarthy & Stone

Advertising feature in association with McCarthy and Stone / 23 March 2018

McCarthy & Stone believe your retirement should be everything you hoped it would be, with all the freedom you want and help available when you need it.

That’s why they offer the things they do. Beautiful privately-owned apartments in prime locations, with spacious social lounges, built-in security and gorgeous landscaped gardens. Not to mention a team of friendly and enthusiastic staff, there for you whenever you need them.

They even take care of things you don’t want to do, from mowing the lawn to cleaning windows, so you can spend your time living your retirement to the full.

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Enjoy the privacy and independence of your own apartment

Enjoy the privacy and independence of your own apartment

How would you like to spend your retirement?

Stylish apartments, catering exclusively for retirees looking to enhance their lifestyle, are McCarthy & Stone’s trademark. Here’s what to expect from the property types on offer.

Lifestyle LivingLifestyle Living at McCarthy & Stone

Lifestyle Living at McCarthy & Stone

Enjoying the perfect home and lifestyle in our retirement years is a widely shared aspiration.

Some people long for a coastal retreat; for others a luxury apartment in a thriving market town ticks all the right boxes. You might crave the peace of rural life, or the hustle and bustle of city-centre living.

Whatever your dreams, Lifestyle Living is about breathing life into them with age-exclusive developments in some of the country’s most enviable locations.

Designed to maximise space and light, each apartment is built to high specifications with a contemporary feel. Aimed at over-55s, developments sit in beautifully landscaped and fully maintained grounds.

Enhanced security features mean you can lock up and leave at a moment’s notice, confident that your home and its contents are safe and secure at all times.

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Retirement Living

Retirement Living at McCarthy & Stone
Retirement Living at McCarthy & Stone

Embracing retirement means finding ways to focus more of your time and energy on enjoying the lifestyle you worked so hard to achieve.

That’s the ethos behind Retirement Living, where you have the privacy of your own high-spec apartment with the option to share luxurious social amenities with like-minded neighbours.

A house manager ensures all external maintenance is taken care of and coordinates optional social events and activities. A secure camera-entry system means your property is safe, whether you’re in it or not.

Specifically for over-60s, design features include ovens and plug sockets at waist height, and non-slip flooring in the bathroom. Plus you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having access to a 24-hour emergency call centre, should you ever need it.

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Case study: Elizabeth Foster, 79 on her experience of Retirement Living

Elizabeth Foster in her McCarthy and Stone apartment

Making the move to retirement living wasn’t something Elizabeth Foster did lightly. She loved her old house in Leven, on the Fife coast, and its beautiful garden. But the upkeep was eating up far too much of her time and energy.

‘Within a few days of moving into my apartment here I was wondering why I hadn’t done it sooner,’ says Elizabeth, whose husband James died in 2011. ‘I can enjoy my lovely home and the beautiful grounds without worrying about cleaning the windows or mowing the lawn. It's a relief to have that hard work behind me.’

Now, Elizabeth has plenty of time to enjoy the lifestyle on offer to her at her development. ‘I love my apartment,’ she says. ‘My niece decorated it for me, and it’s just how I like it.

‘Then there’s the homeowners’ lounge, which I share with my neighbours, which is like something you’d find in a luxury hotel. We use it for social evenings, exercise classes and coffee mornings.

‘I go to a weekly knit and chat group, which is great fun. There are film nights and I always look forward to our fish and chip supper on the last Friday of each month. We even have t’ai chi classes!’

Elizabeth shares her apartment with her pet dog, Milo. ‘He loves it too – there are some lovely walks round here and there’s always someone wanting to make a fuss of him.

‘Our house manager is a gem, and looks out for us all. And I find the fact that visitors can’t just walk in – they have to be let in – very reassuring.’

Retirement Living PLUS

Retirement Living Plus at McCarthy & Stone
Retirement Living Plus at McCarthy & Stone

Luxury living, with extra care and support you pay for only if needed, defines Retirement Living PLUS.

You enjoy the independence of your own apartment, with qualified support on hand day and night, and flexible care packages.

Built exclusively for over-70s, each thoughtfully designed home boasts quality features for your needs now and in the future, with no compromise on style.

Everything is positioned at just the right height to avoid unnecessary bending, while handrails can be fitted as required. These also feature throughout the shared areas.

Landscaped gardens and light and airy lounges are great places to socialise with neighbours as well as entertain family and friends.

Chefs at the onsite restaurant or bistro take pride in knowing homeowners’ personal tastes.

Many developments provide guest suites for overnight visitors (also available in Retirement Living).

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Case study: Rowena Hampton, 79 on her experience of Retirement Living PLUS

Rowena Hampton never gets bored at McCarthy & Stone

Rowena Hampton is a busy lady. A keen artist, she runs Bowes Lyon Court’s art group, handing out words of encouragement and helpful advice to its eager members. Then there’s bridge club, gardening club, not to mention games of Scrabble and weekly film nights.

‘I certainly don’t get bored,’ laughs Rowena, who used to live in Bridport, Dorset. ‘There’s always something interesting to do here, and there’s a great sense of warmth and community among the staff and homeowners.

‘If I want peace and quiet I have my beautiful apartment. But I need only step outside it to find someone friendly to talk to. I missed out on all that before I moved here. I feel safe, too – and it’s comforting to know that if I’m less active in the future I’ll be able to get any support and care I might need in my own home from people I know.’

Rowena also enjoys the restaurant. ‘The atmosphere is lovely and I like how the chef makes a point of knowing our various likes and dislikes. It’s such a personal touch.’

Some facts about retirement living with McCarthy & Stone

Think of your next move as ‘rightsizing’. These properties are designed to maximise space and comfort. If you need more room for entertaining, there’s the homeowners’ lounge, and hotel-style guest suites for overnight visitors (for a small fee) are available at most developments.

McCarthy & Stone is expert at removing the hassle and reducing the expense associated with moving house. Specialist removal teams can help you declutter, pack up and unpack.

Along with landscaped gardens, most properties have patios outside ground-floor apartments and often balconies on higher floors. At many developments homeowners can look after a bit of the garden or grow fruit and veg.

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