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Larger retirement village companies

There are many retirement village companies. Here, we tell you about the largest to help you start exploring.
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Anchor Hanover Audley Villages Inspired Villages McCarthy & Stone
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Anchor Hanover

Anchor Hanover is well known for its many care homes around the country, but it also has retirement villages in Buckinghamshire and Hampshire. Each apartment has one or two bedrooms designed to help maintain independent living. 

Audley Villages

Audley offers the choice of a house, cottage or apartment in 19 retirement villages around England, from Yorkshire to Devon. It also offers care at home services. Each new property is sold with a lease of either 125 or 250 years, depending on the village, and you’re free to sell at any stage on the open market. Audley is a member of ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators).

Inspired Villages

Inspired has seven retirement villages spread around England, with several new villages also under development. The properties range from one to three bedrooms and each village has a range of facilities and care and support services. Rental options are available at most of the villages. It is also a member of ARCO.


Find out more about what to expect from a retirement village, plus the questions to ask before choosing a property: the pros and cons of retirement villages.

McCarthy & Stone

McCarthy & Stone has retirement properties all over the UK. They offer retirement apartments and assisted living apartments with an onsite restaurant and a range of care and support services. Properties are also available to rent at many of their locations.


MHA is a Christian charity providing care, accommodation and support services for more than 18,000 older people throughout Britain. They offer a range of retirement living communities, including retirement villages, apartments and other housing options. MHA also operates residential care homes that provide specialist dementia or nursing care. MHA is a member of ARCO.

Retirement Villages

There are 16 villages built by Retirement Villages spread across the home counties, the south west and the east of England. Most properties offer independent living only, but some sites also offer residential care, nursing care and specialist dementia care provided by the care home group HC-One.

Richmond Villages

Owned by Bupa, Richmond Villages offers luxury homes in ten retirement villages for people aged over 55. Facilities include spas, swimming pool and gym, hairdressing salon and beauty therapy and on-site restaurants. It also offers care at home services, plus a residential care home and specialist dementia care.

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Searching for retirement properties

There are many other companies offering retirement properties. HousingCare has a directory of retirement villages, retirement communities and care villages in the UK.

ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators) is the main body representing the retirement community sector in the UK. In 2021 ARCO had 30 members and over 100 partner organisations. You can search or retirement villages operated by ARCO members on their website.

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Last updated: 21 Apr 2021