With more high-quality care homes on offer than ever, choosing a care home in the UK is no easy task. This time we’re paying a visit to the east of England to explore Cambridgeshire, home to some of the most well-known and best-loved landmarks in England.
In Cambridgeshire, not only will you find the world-renowned Cambridge University and fabulous shopping and dining spots in the city of Cambridge itself, but also picturesque market towns, sunset-viewing spots along the River Cam and beautiful green spaces in the city’s parks and gardens.
As well as being a global technology hub, Cambridge and its surrounding areas are often voted one of the best places in the UK to live and offers the chance to discover attractions like Ely Cathedral, National Trust properties like Anglesey Abbey and Oliver Cromwell’s House and ancient woodland like Brampton Wood - and of course, you can’t miss a punt down the river on a sunny day!
With average weekly care fees of £662-£1,024, Cambridgeshire can be a pricey place to live, but your proximity to the stunning natural scenery of the countryside and the city’s numerous hotspots more than make up for the care costs.
So, if you’re starting out on your care home journey, take a look at our useful guide to the UK’s best care homes in Cambridgeshire - and for more options, check out our full list of Cambridgeshire care homes here.
First stop on our list of Cambridgeshire’s best care homes is The Grange, located in Saffron Walden, Newport. Accommodating up to 40 residents, The Grange is a warm and welcoming care home providing family-led residential and specialist dementia care. Its luxury facilities include en-suite bedrooms, a lounge and dining area on each floor, a cinema room, pub and a terrace where residents can enjoy afternoon tea with guests and visitors in warm weather.
The friendly care team, led by manager Maria, are passionate about delivering the highest standard of care, tailoring packages to meet each individual resident’s needs and wants. It’s no wonder this care home received a top score of 10 from carehome.co.uk!
The Grange is situated close to nearby shops, eateries and amenities, as well as being a short drive from the beautiful city of Cambridge and all it has to offer. There is also an on-site car park for visitors, who are welcome at any time.
Next up is Lyncroft care home, which can be found in the peaceful market town of Wisbech. Offering family-led residential and dementia care for up to 53 residents, Lyncroft is part of the Country Court Care group and was awarded high scores of ‘Good’ from the CQC and 10 from carehome.co.uk.
This recently renovated luxury care home features an original facade with modern interiors, including tastefully furnished bedrooms, pub, bistro café, enclosed courtyard garden and several cosy lounge and dining areas. Residents are encouraged to spend time relaxing with friends and family, as well as joining in the home’s activities programme.
Lyncroft is well-located to nearby shops and amenities and has great connections via road and public transport. There is lots to do in the surrounding areas too, including woodland walks, visits to breweries, museums, Walpole Water Garden and Wisbech library.
Situated in Girton, Arlington Manor is a purpose-built luxury care home offering residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 85 residents.
Facilities at the home include a hair salon, therapy room, café, music room, wellness suite and a roof terrace, as well as a dedicated cinema room. There are also seven double suites featuring an ensuite bathroom, sleeping area, small kitchenette and dining area, meaning that couples can stay together in the home and enjoy their own space. The home is surrounded by beautiful, landscaped gardens - and there’s even an outdoor activities room.
The dedicated care team at Arlington Manor strive to ensure residents are engaged and active every day through organising fundraising days, trips to the theatre in the home’s minibus and encouraging residents to partake in cooking, gardening and other fun activities. Residents can benefit from the home’s proximity to Cambridge too.
Arlington Manor’s focus on interaction, activity and enjoyment make it a truly amazing place to live.
Part of the Barchester Healthcare group, Melbourn Springs is the next care home on our list, located in Melbourn, Royston. Melbourn Springs offers high-quality residential care, respite care and dementia care for frail elderly people who need additional care and support.
Residents live in smaller communities with a family feel to foster a safe and comfortable environment and staff focus on independence, dignity and choice in their approach to care. The Memory Lane dementia care community at this care home is the jewel in its crown, incorporating person-centred design and thoughtful interior design features to help residents navigate the home easily.
Around the home, the beautiful village of Melbourn is there to be explored, with its rich history, thatched cottages, Melbourn Community Hub, Melbourn Bury springs and the River Mel. The home is well-connected by road and public transport and there is standard and disabled parking available for visitors.
Ferrars Hall is a luxurious, purpose-built care home located in Huntingdon, providing residential and specialist dementia care. Spread across three floors, the home is beautifully furnished and features include 66 bedrooms, spacious lounges, a cinema, a café and a dedicated hair salon.
The kind and caring team at Ferrars Hall, led by manager Susan Hall, make every effort to create a warm and homely environment for residents at the home. In-house chef Billal serves up nutritious and tasty meals made using locally sourced ingredients and regularly updates menus to keep things fresh, while the activities and wellbeing team organise fun, interesting and engaging activities to keep residents busy.
Ferrars Hall can be found in the centre of the town, close to nearby amenities and has great public transport links. It is also well-connected via the A14 and has a large car park for visitors.
We now move to Castor Lodge in Castor, Peterborough, a luxury care home delivering residential care, dementia care and short-term respite care for up to 80 residents.
Featuring bright and spacious communal spaces and stunning landscaped gardens, the home benefits from a village street that gives the home a heart. Residents can enjoy the bistro café, cinema, hair and beauty salon, special corner shop and the Cricketers Arms pub, as well as the Observatory bar on the rooftop offering gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside.
The dedicated care team, led by manager Nogi John, work hard to create a daily activities programme to keep residents engaged and the state-of-the-art care facilities available cater for a wide variety of care needs. Castor Lodge is well-connected by road and public transport and there is a large on-site car park for visitors.
Part of the Hamberley Care Homes group, Montague House in Huntingdon is a brand-new care home offering residential, dementia and nursing care, as well as short-term stays. This stunning care home boasts exceptional features and facilities, including 70 spacious en-suite bedrooms in a range of themes, a wellbeing and beauty salon for nail and hair appointments, a bar and café, bright living spaces and a deluxe cinema.
Montague House promises luxurious living coupled with an innovative approach to personalised care, facilitated by the award-winning Homemakers of Hamberley and the home’s resident wellbeing and lifestyle coach. The home will work closely with nurseries, schools and other local community groups to host seasonal events and virtual events, as well as dementia-friendly cinema clubs, coffee mornings and pamper days at the salon. \
Montague House benefits from good connections via road and public transport, making it easy for visitors to get to.
Next up is Aria Court care home in March, providing a high standard of nursing, residential and dementia care for up to 92 residents. Part of the Athena Care group, Aria Court was recently refurbished with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, so it’s no surprise the home scored a 9.6 from carehome.co.uk and a rating of ‘Good’ from the CQC.
Facilities at the home include a cinema, hair salon, multiple dining rooms and beautiful gardens with homegrown produce that is used in the kitchen. The expert care team have all been given special training to ensure they can provide the exceptional level of care residents need and the dedicated activities team work hard to ensure there are fun and interesting activities all seven days of the week.
Aria Court is well-located to March, making it convenient for shops, amenities and public transport links.
Located in rural Bottisham, Cambridge, our next care home is Hilton Park, a high-quality home providing residential care, nursing care and respite care for up to 93 residents. Set in extensive grounds, Hilton Park has a peaceful feel, with beautiful gardens, wildlife and wheelchair-friendly pathways to explore.
The expert care team work around-the-clock to ensure residents are comfortable and happy at all times, tailoring care packages to suit individual wants and needs. There is also a dedicated 12-bed mental health unit run by experienced Registered Mental Health Nurses. Personal interests are encouraged and there is a varied activities programme to keep residents entertained.
Hilton Park benefits from good connections to Cambridge city centre via road and public transport, as well as nearby Newmarket, Ely, Grantchester and Stansted.
Rounding off our list of Cambridgeshire’s best care homes is Care UK’s Heathlands House in Cambridge. A recently-opened care home, Heathlands House offers a wide range of personalised care services, including residential, nursing, respite and dementia care.
Inside the home, you’ll find beautifully furnished en-suite bedrooms, a number of cosy communal areas, café, hair salon and cinema room, plus landscaped gardens. There is also a modern dementia suite, featuring special colour schemes, lighting, signage and floor coverings.
The care team at Heathlands are passionate about helping residents to live an independent and fulfilling life through enjoying their lifelong hobbies and trying new things - and residents are encouraged to help with routine tasks around the home to maintain their sense of purpose.
Heathlands House is well-located to nearby Cambridge by road and public transport, and the home’s minibus is always on-hand to take residents for outings and day trips to surrounding areas.
So, that’s our comprehensive guide to some of the best care homes Cambridgeshire has to offer. Of course, there are many more care homes in and around the city, so if you’re starting out on your care journey and have any questions, feel free to get in touch for more information!