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Our Top 5 Places to Retire in the UK

When you’re looking to retire in style, there are a wide variety of factors to take into consideration. These include amenities, transport, house prices and access to key areas of interest and local services, for example. The south of England is always popular with retirees as it offers so much, including ancient historical sites; superb architecture; rolling countryside; and thriving market towns and cities. Here we take a look at some of the top 5 destinations to retire to in the South.

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Places to Retire in Hampshire

For stylish retirement homes, Hampshire has some great options. You’ll find thriving retirement complexes on the South Coast, with beautiful stretches of coastline in Southsea and the wonderful naval city of Portsmouth, with its ancient heart and its busy historic marinas. Gunwharf Quays offers shopping, eating and entertainment and Port Solent, close to Hayling Island, is also popular with retirees seeking a great quality of life by the sea.

The New Forest is another huge draw in Hampshire, offering miles of varied forestland and wild ponies, in addition to outstanding gastro pubs and thriving towns and villages. Lymington village is one such attraction, with its historic landscape and situated just a ferry or train journey away from the delights of Southampton with its shopping district and marina.

Places to Retire in West Sussex

This area is home to the beautiful city of Chichester, which boasts cobbled streets, independent high-end shops and a thriving farmers market. You’ll love the stunning architecture and friendly atmosphere. You’ll find excellent quality residential care homes in West Sussex, perfectly placed to access all of the local facilities and with friendly residential communities. It’s also a great spot for local food festivals and town carnivals in the summer, and a popular destination for tourists and families with young children.

Places to Retire in Dorset

Another lovely part of the world, the retirement community in Christchurch is particularly welcoming and benefits from easy access to the Jurassic coast and Bournemouth beach. Even better, Christchurch itself has a quay for boat lovers, and is ideal for strolls in the sunshine. The town ducks are also quite a feature and always popular with visiting grandchildren. Look out for great retirement communities in Highcliffe, Mudeford, Hurn and Burton, all with good access to the coast and the fresh sea air. If you love boating or the beach, this is the ideal destination.

Places to Retire in Somerset

This part of the world has a truly idyllic countryside landscape and is ideal for those who love rural living and small, friendly village communities. It is the seventh largest county in the UK but it has a low population density and vast, stunning open spaces which are perfect for exploring. Somerset really is a place of contrasts, with caves and beaches, bustling market towns, sweeping moors and Exmoor National Park. You’ll find Somerset retirement and residential care homes in and around Avalon, Mulberry, Glastonbury and Cheddar.

Places to Retire in Surrey

Steeped in history and with incredible verdant countryside, Surrey offers a mix of modern amenities and quaint villages. There are wonderful retirement villages and retirement homes in Surrey, for those seeking an active retirement with plenty of like-minded people in the area. For retirees who need a little more living support, the range of care homes in Surrey is also extremely good.

Balcombe Care Homes has an impressive portfolio of care homes in some of the most sought after locations. To find out more simply get in touch or request a brochure.

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