The Best Retirement Villages in the UK

Posted 14 November 2017 by Keith Osborne

What are the best retirement villages in the UK? Read about our pick of these special developments here

With the percentage of people in the UK over 65 increasing significantly in recent years and into the future, the need for high-quality retirement homes is also increasing, whether they be in single buildings or spread over retirement villages dedicated to residents.

Some of these developments are limited to those over 55-years-old – typically the ‘age-exclusive’ and retirement living sites – while the higher level of care and services provided at assisted living and Extra Care sites are typically only available to those over 70. It’s worth checking this early in your search if you’re after your own retirement home.

So, what qualities make a development one of the best retirement villages in the UK? We have looked around at places that might be considered as providing the very best level of home and lifestyle: a high standard of housing with desirable locations and a range of excellent facilities and services providing fun, practicality and peace-of-mind to residents.

Here are the top five retirement villages we have chosen:

Cooper’s Hill, Englefield Green, Surrey

Cooper's HillHaving won two Gold and one Bronze at the WhatHouse? Awards 2016, Audley is certainly one of Britain’s best builders of retirement homes right now.

Cooper’s Hill is a new development that combines 78 apartments in a restored Victorian manor house set in 67 acres of parkland, with concierge and Extra Care levels of service. The ‘standard’ facilities include a fitness centre, pool, lounge and library, with extras available such as a hair salon, treatment rooms and several bar/restaurant/bistro options.

This development is by the River Thames and within easy reach of Egham, Windsor and the M25.

Hampshire Lakes, Yateley, Hampshire

Hampshire Lakes ​Another winner in 2016, Anchor has been building homes for retirees for 50 years, with this lakeside village demonstrating the best of quality. Phase 1 is already sold out, with Phase 2 coming on sale soon. There’s a mix of retirement living and assisted living properties to choose from.

The village centres on a wellbeing centre and spa with a host of facilities inside, the village also includes a deli, juice bar, bistro and reading room among the facilities. Outdoor life is a big focus too, with a walkers’/joggers’ trail, dedicated picnic/barbecue areas and gardens within the exclusive grounds.

Yateley and Sandhurst are both close by and the M3 is only a few minutes away.

Gittisham Hill Park, near Honiton, Devon

Gittisham Hill ParkSet among 12 acres of parkland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this Retirement Villages Group development, reserved for residents over 65-years-old, has a perfect location, with easy access to the nearby town and to the beautiful coastline. 

Accommodation in the village comprises 32 independent living bungalows in addition to a 39-bed care home, with the communal clubhouse offering delightful views across the surrounding countryside. 

With assisted living and Extra Care services available, there are some good communal facilities too, including a dining space, small kitchen, outdoor terrace and library area, and facilities such as a minibus service for shopping trips and outings.

Durrants Village, Faygate, West Sussex

Durrants VillageSet in 30 acres, there are 174 properties on this WhatHouse? Award-winning development from Renaissance Villages and Helical Bar. The mix of apartments and cottages are centred on the clubhouse, which features fitness and swimming facilities as well as a meeting room and games room.

Bar, restaurant, library, a village store and a range of services are available at this sophisticated retirement living scheme, with a nurse attending at certain times throughout the week in addition to the 24-hour emergency call service.

Faygate is near Horsham, a town with great amenities and transport connections, and the hamlet is an ideal place from which to explore the region’s delightful landscape.

The Croft, Bourne, Lincolnshire

The CroftLarkfleet Homes and Keystone Developments joined forces to make this award-winning scheme, which is based around a refurbished Edwardian manor house that offers a range of residents’ services.

A handful of villas, chalets and cottages are still available at this age-exclusive development for over-55s, close to the heart of the popular and well-located town of Bourne. Homes are set around landscaped communal gardens and courtyards and accessible to the main road by an impressive long drive.

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