There are lots of reasons to think about downsizing your home. Perhaps your children have long since left the nest, you’re on the edge of retirement or your partner has recently passed away. Whatever the impetus may be, it can be tough to give up the familiar comforts of somewhere that’s been your home for many decades.
However, in recent years there has been a movement towards building luxury retirement communities around the UK. These upmarket homes are especially designed for older buyers who are hoping to downsize without compromising their quality of life. Here’s our pick of some of the best luxury retirement communities around the country.
The UK’s best luxury retirement homes
For a retirement community that’s akin to a permanently relaxing holiday resort, take a look at Richmond Villages. Owned by Bupa, Richmond has luxury homes for people aged over 55 and care homes in several locations in England, including Oxfordshire, Cheshire and Warwickshire. Two of its villages even have a Wellness Spa, so you can be sure that the word luxury really means something here.
Another well-known name in the luxury retirement home market is Audley Retirement Villages. Audley has several retirement villages around England, from Yorkshire to Devon. The company specialises in building retirement houses, cottages and apartments, each of which prioritises a luxury standard of independent living. You’ll own your home and you can sell it for market value at any time. To find out more, request a brochure from Audley online.
Make sure you take a look at McCarthy and Stone‘s retirement property developments as well. McCarthy and Stone prioritise luxury retirement living, with energy efficient private apartments that have a guest suite, landscaped gardens, a house manager and a homeowners’ lounge.
Retirement Villages is another excellent company developing luxury retirement communities in the UK. Currently, their villages are spread across the Home Counties, the south west and the east of England, but they have many more currently in development. In addition to homes for independent living, Retirement Villages also has several upscale care home options, including nursing, residential and dementia care.
If you’re on the hunt for luxury retirement homes with specialist care facilities, make sure that you don’t miss Sunrise Senior Living. This retirement community offers a special standard of care that aims to recreate the comforts of home. Browse their website to find communities specialising in dementia care, residential care, assisted living, nursing care, respite care and independent living. And if it’s dementia care in particular that you’re seeking, LuxuryCare’s dementia care homes are worth a visit too.
Where to find out more about luxury retirement communities
Whether you’re looking for a luxury retirement property for you, a family member or a friend, there may be more choice available than you realise. Keep abreast of market developments with the Telegraph’s retirement property news section and watch out for their regular top 10 lists for older readers, from the top 10 places to retire to the 10 best properties for early retirement.