Retirement villages (also known as retirement communities) are built to exclusively cater for retirees looking to unwind and relax in a post-work environment, surrounded by people of a similar age. Often, numerous facilities are included for residents to enjoy, along with differing levels of on-site support. What’s more, every resident has their own property to spend time in.
The UK plays host to an ever-increasing number of retirement villages. This rising number can make it difficult to find the perfect retirement home to suit your individual preferences.
To help, we’ve handpicked 15 of the best retirement villages in the UK for your consideration.
Use our directory to find a retirement village near you.
Situated in a prime location on the north bank of the River Thames, Riverstone Fulham’s riverside terraces and gardens make the most of this superb location. The popular Thames Path that runs alongside this retirement village is ideal for a morning or evening stroll.
Every apartment has been built with an open plan design to make the property feel as bright and spacious as possible. Floor-to-ceiling windows further amplify this roomy feeling, while plenty of storage space and an elegant neutral decor mean that Riverstone Fulham accommodation serves as a brilliant blank canvas for you to make your own and call home. Every apartment has a private terrace, allowing you to connect with nature throughout the year.
The landscaped areas in and around this retirement village form a series of green promenades, filled with colourful plants that can be enjoyed all year round. Here, you can take advantage of this space to remain active or simply take in your surroundings and relax.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 161 properties
Prices - Starting from £895,000 when buying a one-bedroom apartment and from £2,225,000 when buying a three-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - You can choose between one, two and three-bedroom apartments
Facilities and Activities - Riverstone Fulham boasts plenty of top-notch facilities, including a gym and exercise studio, spa, restaurant, espresso bar, cinema and landscaped gardens
Fitzjohn’s Retirement Village is located in the heart of Hampstead - one of London’s most popular and vibrant neighbourhoods. With that being said, this location still offers plenty that a retiree might desire, including lots of green spaces (particularly the lovely Hampstead Heath) and quaintly cobbled streets.
In many ways, Fitzjohn’s can provide retirees with the best of both worlds - giving residents a flavour of London’s hustle and bustle, yet also the unique village life that Hampstead can bring.
29 artistically designed one, two and three-bedroom apartments can be enjoyed along with facilities that rival the world’s best hotels, including a spa, lounge bar and 24-hour concierge service.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 29 properties
Prices - Starting from £2,220,000 when buying and £6,478 per month when renting
Type of Properties Available - A mixture of artistically designed one, two and three-bedroom apartments
Facilities and Activities - Some of the best facilities Fitzjohn’s has to offer includes a spa, lounge bar and 24-hour concierge service
There are few more desirable places to live than in one of the UK’s most sought after postcodes. Set in the idyllic Cheshire countryside, Gifford Lea Retirement Village offers exactly that, with the gorgeous village of Tattenhall providing residents with the opportunity to enjoy the very best that rural Britain has to offer.
Cheshire itself is bursting with numerous things to do and see, including picturesque gardens, stunning stately homes and some of the UK’s top shopping outlets.
Along with social facilities and modern properties, residents can benefit from 24/7 site security and personalised care within their own home. Every property is finished with an open-plan dining area and fully equipped kitchen for your convenience.
Prices - Starting from £246,000 for a one-bedroom property or £412,000 for a two-bedroom property
Type of Properties Available - Pick between one, two and three-bedroom apartments at Gifford Lea
Facilities and Activities - There’s an excellent range of lifestyle facilities at Gifford Lea, including a wellness spa and relaxation pool, beauty salon, hairdressers, bistro restaurant, gym and fitness studio
Woodbank Apartments are situated in the lovely village of Hook Heath, just a five-minute drive from Woking. This area is thought of by many as one of Surrey’s most desirable, thanks to easy access to Woking, Guildford and London itself.
The 51 retirement apartments at Woodbank are tastefully designed with space and light at the forefront. Finished with a modern flair and to the highest standard, each apartment - one and two bedrooms - includes a fully fitted kitchen with waist-height appliances for easy operation and use. You’ll also be able to best maintain your independence, thanks to en-suite showers and a balcony or patio for taking in your beautiful surroundings.
A welcoming environment is helped by regular events and activities that further contribute to the friendly community lifestyle at Woodbank Apartments. On-site restaurant dining and landscaped gardens provide residents with numerous opportunities to get to know one another.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 51 properties
Prices - Starting from £3,878 a month when renting a one-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - One-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are available at Woodbank
Facilities and Activities - Regular events and activities keep residents busy, while some of the best facilities include on-site dining, a club room, fitness studio, spa and a woodland walk
Pegasus Winchester Holts Retirement Village offers a range of beautiful retirement homes, state-of-the-art facilities and like-minded neighbours, all within a vibrant community that’s jam-packed with plenty of things to see and do.
Set within the beautiful city of Winchester, this retirement village benefits from an idyllic setting, with nature reserves and walks only minutes away, most notably the gorgeous New Forest. Thanks to Pegasus Winchester Holts' close proximity to Southampton, residents can flick between countryside and urban living.
There are a range of retirement properties available, including those with balconies and scenic views. In between a shared lounge and social kitchen, there are lots of facilities available as well, many of which allow you to relax, unwind and catch up with your neighbours.
Prices - Starting from £540,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and £780,000 for a two-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - Pegasus Winchester Holts offers one and two-bedroom apartments
Facilities and Activities - At Pegasus Winchester Holts you'll benefit from relaxing balconies, a courtyard and a landscaped garden. Pets are also allowed at this retirement village
Richmond Village Cheltenham is a lovely collection of one and two-bedroom apartments within a tranquil woodland setting. Here, residents can take advantage of easy access to the popular town of Cheltenham, thanks to on-site transport options.
Cheltenham is right next to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - one of the UK's most gorgeous expanses, with rolling grassland and numerous postcard villages. The village itself has lots of amazing facilities for residents to enjoy, including a wellness spa, bar and restaurant, library and communal lounges that are perfect for socialising.
With plenty of different lifestyle packages, a packed-out activities schedule and some top-notch facilities, Richmond Village Cheltenham really does have something for everyone. Shared ownership and rental options are also available upon request.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 55 village suites
Prices - Starting from £255,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and £395,000 for a two-bedroom apartment
Types of Properties Available - One and two-bedroom village suites are available to buy or rent
Facilities and Activities - Some of the best facilities at Richmond Village in Cheltenham include a spacious fitness studio and well-equipped gym, a hair salon, a nail bar and spa treatment rooms
A large retirement village that contains over 100 properties, Mount Battenhall is a brilliant choice, with spacious apartments complemented by balconies providing picturesque views. Residents can pick from luxurious new builds and converted properties packed with beautiful, original features.
Located minutes away from the centre of Worcester, retirement village residents can enjoy numerous attractions with picturesque views, particularly Worcester Cathedral, the Tudor House Museum and the pretty Gheluvelt Park.
One of Mount Battenhall’s top attractions is Spriggs, their exclusive restaurant. This space offers fine dining in a vibrant and contemporary setting, with an extensive terrace area for al fresco drinks and food, all while overlooking the stunning landscaped gardens. Each apartment features an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining space for modern, flexible living.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 106 properties
Prices - Starting from £295,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and £400,000 for a two-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - Mount Battenhall offers one and two-bedroom apartments
Facilities and Activities - A restaurant, gym, library and landscaped gardens are just a few of the most popular facilities at Mount Battenhall
Located in Weybridge on the stylish Queens Road, Campbell House can provide residents with the ideal blend of scenic surroundings and excellent facilities, all in a highly desirable area.
Weybridge itself has plenty to offer, including many restaurants, pubs and supermarkets for convenient shopping. Being well-positioned for access to the A3, M25 and M3 means that the neighbouring towns of Guildford and Woking can also be easily accessed.
At Campbell House, every apartment benefits from a private balcony or patio. What’s more, the kitchens have been built to a modern specification, featuring granite worktops, integrated appliances and a dishwasher. A 24/7 call system means that residents can seek assistance throughout the day while camera entry ensures a high degree of security.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 43 properties
Prices - Starting from £495,000 when buying and £3,945 per month when renting
Type of Properties Available - Choose between one and two-bedroom apartments
Facilities and Activities - The most popular facilities at Campbell House include a Bistro restaurant, landscaped gardens, communal lounge and guest suite
Situated on Wetherby Road in Harrogate, Matcham Grange provides residents with the perfect opportunity to downsize. At this development, you’ll find some amazing facilities that are ideal for encouraging social interaction, including a Bistro that serves freshly prepared meals every day and a beautifully landscaped garden.
With excellent transport links, including a bus stop right outside the retirement village, you’ll be able to explore all that Harrogate - which is regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the UK - has to offer, as well as the rest of North Yorkshire. You can even visit one of the town’s superb and relaxing spas, including the original Turkish baths.
Meanwhile, the apartments at Matcham Grange do a fantastic job of combining luxury with comfort for the best of both worlds.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 52 properties
Prices - Starting from £289,999 when buying a one-bedroom apartment and from £424,999 when buying a two-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - You can choose between 34 one-bed and 18 two-bed apartments to buy or rent
Facilities and Activities - Some of our favourite facilities at Matcham Grange include a bar, café, communal lounge, courtyard and a gorgeous landscaped garden
Located just outside of Wolverhampton, Thorneycroft is a complex of one and two-bedroom retirement living apartments that can be purchased or rented. All of these apartments contain luxurious yet also practical features like large wardrobes, modern kitchens and bathrooms with heated towel rails.
This Staffordshire retirement village is set within the desirable village of Tettenhall and is close to several useful amenities, including a Co-op, a hairdresser, butchers, a delicatessen, an artisan bakery and a brilliant selection of restaurants.
At Thorneycroft, all retirement apartments are designed with modern construction methods to ensure they’re a joy to live in. Along with being well-insulated and energy efficient, they also have the latest safety and security features built in.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 57 properties
Prices - Starting from £200,000 when buying a one-bedroom apartment and from £328,450 when buying a two-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - You can choose between 29 one-bedroom and 28 two-bedroom apartments for sale or to rent
Facilities and Activities - Here, all apartments are fitted with luxurious features like large wardrobes, modern kitchens and purpose-designed bathrooms. This retirement village also contains a bar, restaurant, courtyard, landscaped gardens and communal lounge
You can begin a fabulous new chapter of your life at Pegasus Chapelwood in Cheshire. Set in the heart of idyllic Wilmslow, Chapelwood’s elegant design is inspired by the country manor houses that are dotted around the surrounding landscape.
This stunning collection of one, two and three-bedroom homes is complemented by some amazing facilities which aim to encourage better health and wellbeing amongst its residents, including a gym and spa. You’ll also find a restaurant and communal lounge which is perfect for socialising with friends, family and fellow residents.
What’s more, Wilmslow is one of the most sought-after locations in the UK - making Chapelwood a brilliant place to retire!
Development Size - This retirement village contains 57 one, two and three-bedroom properties
Prices - Starting from £350,000 when buying a one-bedroom apartment, £490,000 when buying a two-bedroom apartment and £570,000 when buying a three-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - You can choose between one, two and three bedroom apartments to buy or rent
Facilities and Activities - Chapelwood is complimented by a number of first-class facilities with health and wellbeing in mind, including a spa, gym, restaurant and communal lounge
Situated in the peaceful market town of Garstang, Lancashire, Stanley Place is a McCarthy Stone retirement village that offers a collection of one and two-bedroom apartments to buy or rent, many of which even have their own balconies with stunning views over the landscaped gardens.
At Stanley Place, you’ll also find a communal lounge which is ideal for socialising and holding events that the village staff put on, plus a scooter storage room and an on-site car park.
There’s no doubt that Stanley Place benefits from its location in the heart of Lancashire, with relatively easy access to stunning areas like the Forest of Bowland and the North West coastline.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 36 properties
Prices - Starting from £199,999 when buying a one-bedroom apartment and from £299,999 when buying a two-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - You can choose between 15 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom apartments to buy or rent
Facilities and Activities - With an elegant communal lounge for socialising and expertly designed apartments with ease of living in mind, there’s plenty to love at Stanley Place. This village also has landscaped gardens and rooms with balconies
Within the stunning Leicestershire village of Quorn, you’ll find Mill Gardens and Farnham House. This rural retirement village contains a superb collection of one and two-bedroom apartments, along with a collection of bungalows.
With a dedicated community manager, an extensive security system, a spacious communal lounge and hotel-style guest suites, retirees can spend their post-working years in luxury and comfort.
Quorn’s village centre is just a few hundred metres away. Here, you’ll be able to explore numerous traditional English pubs, cafés and restaurants. What’s more, the nearby Woodhouse Railway Station allows residents to travel to the vibrant city of Leicester and beyond if they wish.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 48 apartments and 12 bungalows
Prices - Starting from £234,450 when buying a one-bedroom apartment and from £399,950 when buying a two-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - You can choose between one and two-bedroom apartments to purchase or rent, along with several freehold bungalows
Facilities and Activities - All apartments have fully fitted kitchens and plenty of other comfort features, while this retirement village also contains a communal lounge and relaxing courtyard (not to mention Wi-Fi within all of these communal areas)
Comprising one and two-bedroom apartments, Seymour Court excels in making everyday life easier and more enjoyable for its residents. With a focus on socialisation, this McCarthy Stone development is home to a contemporary communal lounge, quiet gardens and a superb guest suite for visitors coming to stay.
Located in the coastal town of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, this retirement community has excellent transport links, including a bus stop just outside of the development that allows residents to access the town centre and beyond. Within South Shields, you’ll find plenty of cafés, bars and delicious eateries!
Development Size - This retirement village contains 49 properties
Prices - Starting from £170,999 when buying a one-bedroom apartment or £1,095 a month to rent a one-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - You can choose between a selection of stylish one and two-bedroom retirement homes to buy or rent
Facilities and Activities - Almost all of the light and spacious properties at Seymour Court feature a patio or balcony, while you’ll also find a communal lounge, peaceful gardens and a luxurious guest suite
A brand new retirement living development in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Beckett Grange offers a selection of lovely one and two-bedroom apartments that are available to buy, part-buy, rent or part-rent.
This village is set in the heart of Barnsley and has excellent transport links, including that of the M1 and a plethora of public transport lines which make accessing places like Leeds, Sheffield and the gorgeous Peak District much easier.
In the stylish communal lounges and idyllic gardens, residents can connect with one another, while the apartments themselves boast numerous modern features like fitted kitchens and spacious living rooms.
Development Size - This retirement village contains 49 properties
Prices - Starting from £177,999 when buying a one-bedroom apartment and from £219,999 when buying a two-bedroom apartment
Type of Properties Available - You can choose between one and two-bedroom apartments to buy or rent
Facilities and Activities - At this development, residents will have access to a communal lounge and communal kitchen, spaciously designed apartments, landscaped gardens and much more
Picking the right accommodation is one of the most important steps to an enjoyable retirement with a high quality of life. The most important factors to consider when choosing retirement homes are location, the facilities and activities on offer, the level of care provided (if it's needed), how expensive the retirement village is and whether you can buy, rent or part buy part rent.
Do you want to stay in a similar area or relocate somewhere totally different? A big benefit of retirement villages is that they’re often set in scenic surroundings, usually within rural parts of the UK that are especially popular with retirees. If you wish to live near the coast then many of our best retirement villages are by the sea.
We’d recommend looking at what else is close to the retirement village. While countryside living is great, being a short drive from a large town or city for an urban escape may end up being the clincher when making a decision.
If someone were to ask which facilities and activities you’d most like to have at the tip of your fingers then what would you veer towards? Restaurants and cafes? A classic British pub? Libraries, cinemas, a health club or tennis courts? All of these are examples of what some of the best retirement villages in the UK will typically feature, so be sure to make a list of your must-haves and see which village ticks the most boxes!
Retirement communities across the UK are starting to move towards a more flexible support structure for residents. This means that you can pick the level of care you require - this amount may increase as you go past the retirement age and get older.
With that being said, some retirement villages still offer limited care, while others offer round-the-clock services. These services can include housekeeping assistance, home care from a registered care provider or an actual on-site care home. Be sure to check exactly what will and won’t be available to you.
Work out your budget and whether you’d prefer to buy or rent. While buying is always preferable as it gives you a physical asset, renting is a solid alternative when working with a limited budget.
Most retirement villages offer buying and rental options for properties, while some only allow outright purchases. We have a guide dedicated to highlighting some of the best retirement rental properties in the UK.
Retirement Living developments offer safe, secure and luxurious housing with retirees in mind. With Lottie, you can pick from several stylish retirement living options throughout the UK. Choose between 1 bed, 2 bed and 3-bed properties with varying levels of care and support available.
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Our data shows that the cost of living in a retirement village varies across the UK. In London, the average cost of buying a one-bedroom apartment is £708,200, while this amount is just £215,922 in the north of England, £260,082 in the South West, £342,900 in the South East and £224,560 in the East Midlands. Meanwhile, service charges vary from £136.52 a week for a one-bed apartment and £181.74 for a two-bed apartment.
Data suggests that in terms of property value, retirement village properties normally end up being solid investments that can be passed on to other family members.
The vast majority of retirement homes come with an age restriction for residents. The lower limit of this age restriction usually varies between 55 and 60 years old, but can also be slightly higher than this (around 65 years old).
There’s no right or wrong answer to this question. It ultimately depends on what you want out of retirement. Renting can provide the freedom to move around as you wish and spend extra money on the holidays you’ve always dreamed of taking, while buying a retirement property provides the security of having your own home and can be an excellent investment to pass onto your children.