Downsizing to a later-living apartment is a massive step and the decision-making process raises a lot of questions

You are probably asking yourself. If I leave my large family home will I miss the extra space, the garden – the memories?

Will I fit in and make new friends? Is this the right move for someone like me?

That’s why McCarthy Stone encourages you to speak to one of its homeowners.

It’s the best way to get an honest insight into life at one of its communities, first hand.

It will not only remove your fear of moving but give you the chance to ask all those questions to someone who has gone through the experience themselves.

Christine and Muriel are two homeowners who volunteer their time to speak to prospective McCarthy Stone purchasers or tenants.

As Muriel says: “It’s a big thing moving out of your family home. There’s always mixed feelings and that’s understandable.

“When we moved, we looked at a number of places, and having a homeowner to talk to about their experience would have been a huge help when deciding where to call home.”


Muriel has lived in McCarthy Stone’s Watson Place in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire for over two years.

She has a lovely ground floor apartment, with a pretty patio full of flowers.

“Everyone here always gets so excited when someone moves in,” she says.

“There’s such a fantastic sense of community and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming new homeowners to the last few remaining apartments.”


Sitting on her sunny balcony in Hawkesbury Place in Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire, Christine says, “You don’t expect to get this experience at my time of life. For me, it’s great.

“I could not say to anybody that I’m not enjoying it here. And given the circumstances during the lockdowns, it can only get better! … life here is wonderful.”

Having moved to be closer to her daughter, Christine recommends taking advantage of McCarthy Stone’s Smooth Move service where you enjoy a free specialist removal service that includes help with decluttering, packing, unpacking and heavy lifting, as well as financial contributions towards estate agents and legal fees.

“I didn’t want all the fuss of estate agents and solicitors, and the Smooth Move service took this all away. The move really was smooth,” assures Christine.

If you’d like to arrange to speak to a homeowner about life at McCarthy Stone, please call 0800 201 4652.

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Watson Place

Hawkesbury Place