Where to find the best retirement villages near you

There's plenty to choose from ...

In our accompanying articles, we have already covered what to expect at a retirement village, the cost of retirement villages and how to choose a retirement village.

But where can you find your new home and how do you go about finding the right retirement village near you?Best Retirement Villages Near You in the UK

There are hundreds of senior living schemes available right across the UK, with something to suit everyone, whatever it is you are looking for. There are developments in all parts of the country, from retirement villages in Yorkshire to retirement villages in Devon and Cornwall.

You’ll find Home Counties retirement villages near London, so you can enjoy everything the capital has to offer, Kent retirement villages on the South Coast with stunning sea views and rural retirement villages in Cheshire, surrounded by rolling countryside.

With so many retirement communities, you can choose between retirement flats, bungalows or even cottages. And with a host of different facilities to make the most of your retirement, along with a range of care levels ensures you’ll always be looked after any time while maintaining an independent lifestyle.

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Retirement village companies

Most retirement villages in Britain are operated by groups with a number of different locations on offer. The best way to learn about these is to visit their website. Not only will this tell you everything you need to know about each village, it will also give you a good idea of the ethos and approach of the company behind the properties.

Different companies have different approaches, with some going for all-out luxury, while others take a more value for money approach. Some are even charity based, such as Anchor and the Extra Care Charitable Trust.

There are a number of companies operating in the UK retirement village market. To give you a sense of what’s on offer, let’s take a look at a few of the larger players and what they have to offer. (Please note, Yes! Homebuyers has no links with any of these companies, and this retirement village review is presented for information only).

Audley Villages

Audley Villages operate at 18 retirement villages in England, with all villages boasting a health club with pool, a library and a restaurant, along with extra care and support available on site.

Audley Villages can be found at:


Mote House, Maidstone

Binswood, Leamington Spa

Nightingale Place, Clapham

Chalfont Dene, Gerrards Cross

Northcote Place, Ascot

Clevedon, Ilkley

Redwood, Bristol

Cooper’s Hill, Egham

Scarcroft, Leeds

Ellerslie, Malvern

St Elphin's Park, Matlock

Flete House, Ivybridge

St George's Place, Edgbaston

Hollins Hall, Harrogate

Stanbridge Earls, Romsey

Inglewood, Hungerford

Wilicombe Park, Tonbridge Wells

Retirement Villages

The aptly named Retirement Villages has 35 years experience in the industry and operates 15 retirement villages in the south of England. Facilities range from swimming pools to tennis courts and bowling greens, and all have a communal clubhouse described as the ‘social heartbeat’ of the villages.

Retirement Villages can be found at:

Lime Tree Village, Warwickshire

Mayford Grange, Surrey

Moat Park, Essex

Thamesfield, Oxfordshire

Debden Grange, Essex

Avonpark, Wiltshire

Park Place, Lincolnshire

Blagdon Village, Somerset

Castle Village, Hertfordshire

Gittisham Hill Park, Devon

Cedars Village, Hertfordshire

Roseland Parc, Cornwall

Charters Village, West Sussex

The Priory, Devon

Elmbridge Village, Surrey

Extra Care Charitable Trust

Extra Care villages are not aimed at the luxury retirement market, insisting that finance should not be a barrier to an enhanced quality of life. You won’t find luxury health spas here, but there is always a village hall, library and a restaurant or café to meet and mingle.

Extra Care currently operates 12 villages, mostly in the Midlands with a further four in development:

Bournville Gardens, Birmingham

Reeve Court Village, St Helens

Brunswick Gardens Village, Sheffield

Shenley Wood Village, Milton Keynes

Earlsdon Park Village, Coventry

St Oswald's Village, Gloucester

Hagley Road Village, Edgbaston

Lark Hill Village, Nottingham

In Development:

Longbridge Village, Birmingham

Hughenden Gardens, High Wycombe

Lovat Fields Village, Milton Keynes

Stoke Gifford Village, Gloucestershire

New Oscott Village, Birmingham

Wixams Village, Bedford

Pannel Croft Village, Birmingham

Solihull Village, Birmingham

Richmond Villages

Richmond Villages is part of BUPA and offers a choice of independent living apartments and suites for assisted living, as well as a care home on site. They also claim to have “the kind of luxury facilities most people dream of”.

Richmond operates seven retirement villages with an eighth one opening soon:

Witney, Oxfordshire

Nantwich, Cheshire

Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire

Bede, Warwickshire

Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire


In Development:

Painswick, Gloucestershire

Wood Norton, Worcestershire

Inspired Villages

Inspired Villages offer ‘a little luxury in later life’ with a wellness spa, bistro café and village concierge. They operate six villages from Cheshire to West Sussex:

Gifford Lea, Cheshire

Austin Heath, Warwickshire

Bramshott Place, Hampshire

Great Alne Park, Warwickshire

Millbrook Village, Devon

Durrants Village, West Sussex




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Award winning retirement villages

If you are looking for an independent recommendation, the WhatHouse? Awards are a good place to start. They named Churchill Retirement Living as Housebuilder of the Year in 2016, not only in the retirement sector, but overall, beating major companies such as Redrow and Barratt. At the same awards, Audley also picked up two golds and a bronze.

WhatHouse has named its five best retirement villages in the UK, featuring properties from several of the major players.

The complete list includes:

  1. Cooper’s Hill, Surrey from Audley, a restored Victorian manor house in 67 acres of parkland
  2. Hampshire Lakes from Anchor, a new build lakeside village with superb facilities indoors and out
  3. Gittisham Hill Park from Retirement Villages, featuring over 30 bungalows within an area of outstanding natural beauty
  4. Durrants Village, West Sussex from Renaissance Villages, which offers a choice of apartments and cottages over 30acres
  5. The Croft, Lincolnshire from Larkfleet Homes, with a choice of villas and chalets based around an Edwardian manor house

Industry assurance

For added reassurance, you can choose retirement village companies that are registered with the industry body, the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO). This has a database of registered schemes, and most of the major retirement village providers are part of the organisation.

However, membership is not compulsory, and does not necessarily mean that a registered company is any better, or more trustworthy, than one that is not registered with ARCO.

ARCO has 329 registered schemes in the UK, including retirement villages in Wales and retirement villages in Scotland. They list 97 retirement villages in the South East and 48 in the South West along with 66 Midlands retirement villages and 117 retirement villages in the North of England (18 in the North east, 63 in the North West and 36 in Yorkshire / Derbyshire).

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Do your research

Throughout this article we have provided links to the different retirement village companies and individual locations, and it is worth spending time online browsing them all. Choosing the right retirement village near you is a major decision and you need to consider all the options, even though there are a great many to look at.

To make it easier, most of the sites have videos online to give you a flavour of the village, and if you prefer a hard copy, you can always request a brochure to be posted out to you.

Remember, at the end of the day there’s no rush to make your choice, because you can get moving straight away as soon as you have decided, with a quick sale from Yes Homebuyers. Feel free to call Kelvin for for a friendly chat on any advice you may need with selling your property, you can call him on: 0800-278-2823or 0330-0297-371.