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Your retirement years provide you with a new-found sense of freedom.

When it comes to selecting the right location to retire to, we are spoilt for choice in Great Britain. There is a huge range of landscapes and lifestyles to choose from, each providing unique benefits for those looking to retire.

Many retirees choose to move to locations that they have a personal connection with, perhaps areas they spent childhood years in. Others look to relocate closer to family once they have retired, looking to bring family closer together and spend precious moments with grandchildren and great grandchildren, whilst also maintaining an independent lifestyle in their own property.

It’s not uncommon for individuals to want to retire to a peaceful location, such as the coast or countryside, away from the busy towns and cities where they may have spent most of their lives up until now.

Above all, in our many years creating retirement villages, we have found that people want to retire to a location that provides them with a fulfilled, active lifestyle in a home that they adore.

Best places to retire in the UK

Cornwall – An iconic part of the country, Cornwall is famed for its dramatic panoramic views, beautiful beaches and warm temperatures, making it a popular location to retire to. Perfect for those who want to remain active, or just enjoy the outdoors, Cornwall possess an abundance of iconic landmarks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the opportunities to take up new hobbies. For those concerned about accessibility, the county is home to fantastic transport links, including an airport. Our village Roseland Parc is located in the village of Roseland, 6 miles south of Truro, at the gateway of the awe-inspiring Roseland Peninsula, one of the most unspoilt parts of the country.

Devon – The ideal location for those individuals looking to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life, Devon is a sought-after part of the UK. Set in to the backdrop of the Jurassic Coast and the English Riviera, you are never far from a welcoming local town, offering wonderful local cuisine, including the famous Devonshire cream teas, along with many facilities that cater for all interests and hobbies. We have two locations in Devon. The Priory is situated in Abbotskerswell, close to both the coast and Dartmoor National Park, while Gittisham Hill Park is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Honiton.

Hampshire and Sussex – Quaint and quiet locations, both Hampshire and Sussex provide a wonderful hybrid of seaside spots, lively towns and beautiful countryside – not to mention the rich history of the area. The varied landscape means there are plenty of places to visit, beaches to enjoy or woodland to explore. The diverse surroundings also invite an assortment of wildlife. We have retirement villages located in both East and West Sussex. Gradwell Park is in development, nestled close to the pretty village of South Chailey. Charters Village is located in historic East Grinstead, a wonderful medieval market town that offers plenty of local landmarks to explore. The area also boasts fantastic transport links to London, Gatwick, Brighton and the South Coast.

Essex – Being so close to London, Essex is a popular commuter county, for those working in the city. For this reason, many retirees have family in and around Essex, making it an attractive location to retire to. The beautiful scenery on offer in Essex is often overlooked. Those that call Essex their home can indulge themselves in rolling green countryside, charming market towns and historic areas of interest. We have two purpose-built retirement villages in Essex. Moat Park can be found close to Great Dunmow, a small town steeped in history and close to the ancient royal hunting forest, Hatfield Forest, and new development Debden Grange in Newport, is close to Saffron Walden.

Countryside retirement

There are many positive aspects of town and city life, but there is a notable tranquillity that accompanies a move to the countryside.

The opportunity to withdraw from the noise, traffic and hustle and bustle of urban living, and instead enjoy the peace and quiet of a countryside retirement, is welcomed by those who opt to spend their retirement years in a rural location.

It’s important to note that ‘rural’ doesn’t mean secluded. Many of our retirement villages are set into beautiful landscapes, surrounded by rolling hills or encased in Areas of Natural Beauty with residents enjoying stunning views, but are also close to surrounding towns with local amenities and places of interest.

The majority of villages also run a mini bus service, making local amenities easily accessible.

Retire to the coast

Retiring to the coast provides an enviable lifestyle, and one that is very popular with those who have retired.

Views that include picturesque estuaries, spectacular shorelines and a warmer climate to enjoy them in, it’s a well-known fact that these idyllic coastal surroundings contribute to retiree wellbeing and provide a high quality of life. Of course, locals must be prepared to share their beautiful surroundings with tourists across the seasons.

An active lifestyle goes hand in hand with coastal living, many individuals finding the fresh surroundings encourage them to want to spend more time outdoors, enjoying walks along the beach, or exploring the coastal towns, often steeped in history.

If you would like to learn more about our locations that lend that lend themselves to coastal or rural retirements, please contact a member of the Retirement Villages team today.

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