Exquisite honey-coloured villages, a thriving arts scene, award-winning restaurants and splendid garden attractions make the Cotswolds the perfect retirement destination
Covering 800 square miles across five counties, the breadth and beauty of the Cotswolds resonates with both local residents and the many visitors the area attracts each year.
The area offers so much to see and do including a stunning arts and crafts garden at Hidcote as well as some of the finest restaurants to be found anywhere, including the Michelin-starred Wild Rabbit at Kingham. The Prince of Wales loved it so much that he made his home there at the Highgrove estate.
An increasing number of discerning retirees are choosing to make the Cotswolds, which is fringed by so many cultured small cities, their home as they look to embark upon fulfilling retirement years within one of the most sought after locations in the UK.
McCarthy & Stone offers a wide choice of retirement developments, each providing the opportunity to live independently and flexibly in a privately-owned one-or-two bedroom apartment, and in some of the area’s most popular locations including Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton and Moreton-in-Marsh.
The developments provide homeowners with the safety and security of living in a community of like-minded individuals, and the option to socialise when they choose. The 24-hour emergency call points provide peace-of-mind, and all the maintenance of external areas is looked after.
Apartments are individually finished to the highest specifications, with open plan living areas, en-suite bathrooms and modern kitchens equipped with the latest appliances
Bourton-on- the-Water has a friendly, welcoming feel. There are plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and independent shops just a moment’s stroll from the exquisite gated development of Willoughby Place which embodies elegant Cotswold living combined with contemporary comfort. Meticulously designed in honey-coloured Cotswold stone, Willoughby Place is an exclusive collection of 20 one-and-two bedroom apartments priced from £299,950. Only three apartments remain so book an appointment to view today.
Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful town with a large and lively market square and a monthly farmers market. It’s also a popular shopping spot, with a variety of local boutiques and national stores.
Stow is also a great base for exploring the Cotswolds countryside, and nearby Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Sezincote House. Cricket fans can visit the Cricket Museum and its collection of artefacts, and the 11th century St Edward’s Church is an architectural gem.
Hawkesbury Court offers one-and-two-bedroom apartments from £254,950 for those over the age of 70, and all apartments feature a fully fitted kitchen and bathrooms. There is also an on-site restaurant serving freshly-prepared meals daily, and domestic support packages should you need a little extra help now or in the future, can be tailored to your needs.
Watson Place enjoys an idyllic location in Chipping Norton and is surrounded by beautiful scenery.
A walk of less than 10 minutes brings you to the centre of town with its theatre, local museum and host of high street and boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Watson Place offers one-bedroom apartments available to reserve off plan from £254,950 and two bedroom apartments from £324,950. Each home features double-glazing, chrome fixtures and an elegant neutral décor. The bedrooms are generously sized and a spacious living area offers plenty of scope for relaxing or entertaining friends. The high-spec kitchens and shower rooms are fully-fitted and easy to maintain. Book an appointment today to visit the brand new show complex.
Moreton-in-Marsh is a gorgeous town in the northern Cotswolds. Once a thriving 13th century market town, residents stock up on local produce and handmade goods at the weekly market where some 200 stalls attract locals and visitors every Tuesday.
The High Street is lined with elegant 18th century inns and houses, with the town’s oldest building, the 15th century Curfew Tower being its showcase.
One-bedroom apartments priced from £222,500 and two-bedroom apartments from £319,000 are available at Keatley Place. Designed to complement the unique local architecture, the development is in a secluded location within striking distance of the thriving town and local community.
Each apartment is well appointed and the development is over three floors. There are only six properties remaining, so book your appointment to view today.
To find out more about Retirement Living in The Cotswolds, contact McCarthy & Stone on freephone: 0800 3100 383, or visit: www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/cotswolds
TOP COTSWOLD PLACES TO VISIT
Painswick is set high above the Severn Valley with charming winding streets offering sudden and dramatic vistas. Visit the 14th-century church of St Mary and its churchyard with lines of neatly bulbous, clipped yews (legend has it there are 99 trees and the devil won’t allow any more). Crossed by the Cotswold Way, the village is also an excellent hub for walking trails.
The Five Valleys
Take in Cotswold mill country with a driving tour or a walk around some of the five sublime valleys that converge at the busy town of Stroud. To the north are steep Painswick Valley and Slad Valley, made famous by Cider with Rosie author Laurie Lee. To the east is the glorious Golden Valley of the River Frome and to the south lies the deep-wooded Nailsworth and Cam valleys.
Britain’s national arboretum Westonbirt lies about three miles south of Tetbury. Whatever the time of year, visitors can’t fail to be impressed by the rural landscape of some 16,000 trees, well-kept trails and 17 miles of paths.
Cotswold Farm Park
Established to preserve rare breeds, Cotswold Farm Park is run by BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson and lies some four miles south of Bourton-on-the-Water.
This exquisite old market town lies on the northern reaches of the Cotswold escarpment. Don’t miss the glorious wool church and lovely 17th-century covered marketplace. A stone just beyond it marks the start (or end) of the Cotswold Way walking trail.