5 Nutritional Summer Herbs to Grow in your Kitchen Garden

There’s nothing better than the taste of fresh herbs in a freshly cooked meal, but if you don’t have a garden, these herbs can easily be grown on a windowsill or in a window box and have fantastic health benefits too.

Many mainstream supermarkets sell these in small containers, so there is no need to grow them from seed.

1. Fresh Coriander
Use in: Soups and curries
Why is it good for you as you get older? Coriander is high in fibre and is packed full of healthy vitamins such as A, C, E and K.

2. Fresh Parsley
Use in: Soups and fish dishes, or simply sprinkle onto mashed potato
Why is it good for you as you get older? Parsley is high in antioxidants, fibre and has a multitude of vitamins in including vitamin A, C and K in it.

3. Fresh Thyme
Use in: Roast chicken, rice, potato gratin, lamb or cookies
Why is it good for you as you get older? Thyme is packed full of great vitamins such as C and A, however it also includes copper, iron, manganese and fibre.

4. Fresh Basil
Use in: Italian dishes such as pizza, spaghetti bolognaise, bruschetta or simply sprinkle on top of salads.
Why is it good for you as you get older? Basil is also packed full of healthy vitamins such as vitamin A, C and K. It also includes magnesium, calcium and more surprisingly omega-3 fatty acids.

5. Fresh Mint
Use in: Mint is probably one of the hardier herbs and can be grown quite easily. Add a few sprigs into a pot of new potatoes for a fresh finish or add to alcoholic cocktails such as Mojito or Pimm’s.
Why is it good for you as you get older? Mint is thought to help digestion, so is good to use for a tummy upset, wind or ingestion. It includes vitamin C and A but also has a small amount of potassium in it, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.
Age UK provide a wealth of information on healthy eating in later life.

Five Fun Food & Drink Festivals with fabulous retirement developments nearby!

Five Fun Food & Drink Festivals with fabulous retirement developments nearby!

Wherever you live in the UK there is bound to be a wonderful food or drinks festival nearby selling locally produced food and drink and if you’ve been thinking of moving a loved one closer to you recently, and they are visiting soon, why not view one of these fantastic luxury retirement developments during their visit?

Orpington Food Festival, Orpington, Bromley
Orpington’s Food Festival is on for a few days during the end of the summer, usually around the beginning of September.
Take a visit to this food festival to discover how Orpington showcases the choice and quality of food available and enjoy a celebration of good food.

Precista Court, Orpington, Bromley
Precista Court is a fantastic retirement development situated in the heart of Orpington Town Centre. A Bryant Home development of retirement apartments offering independent living for the over 55’s. Altogether there are 24 apartments with lift and an equal number of two and one-bedroom properties. See what retirement flats we have for sale in and around Orpington.

Fleet Food Festival
2019 marks the 6th year of the Fleet Food Festival. This is a well-established artisan food festival celebrating the very best food and drink in Fleet in Hampshire. This two day event is usually held at the end of June.

Kings Place, Fleet, Hampshire
Kings Place in Fleet is a relatively new assisted living a retirement development, built by house builder McCarthy & Stone and is within walking distance of the food festival. The development is specifically designed for the over 70’s. The Kings Place Platinum Retirement Apartments are conveniently located close to shops, bus stops, the mainline station and Fleet Town Centre. Fleet Pond Nature Reserve is just half a mile away. See what retirement flats we have for sale in and around Hampshire.

Tonbridge Food & Drink Festival, Kent
Tonbridge food festival boasts over 70 stalls selling a fantastic range of food and drink that’s produced in and around Kent. The event usually takes place in the towns beautiful castle groups during early summer.

Kings Lodge, Maidstone, Kent
Designed by Churchill Retirement Living, Kings Lodge is a fantastic retirement development located in Maidstone Kent. See what retirement flats we have for sale in and around Kent.

Littlehampton Food Festival, Littlehampton, West Sussex
Littlehampton food and family fun festival takes place in Mewsbrook Park Café and is on during the end of June.

Claridge House, Littlehampton, West Sussex
Claridge house is a fine retirement development consisting of over 50 flats, located in the lovely town of Littlehampton. See what retirement flats we have for sale in and around West Sussex.

Sutton Coldfield Food Festival
Sutton Coldfield Food Festival takes place during June and offers over 70 pop-up restaurants, street food vendors, local producers and breweries.

Poppy Court, Sutton Coldfield
Poppy Court is a beautiful assisted living retirement development consisting of just under 50 flats and designed for the over 70’s and built by housebuilder McCarthy & Stone. See what retirement flats we have for sale in and around Sutton Coldfield.

High street agent or specialist retirement estate agent?


If you’re thinking of buying or selling a retirement flat and can’t decide between using a high street agent or a specialist retirement estate agent, let us give you some food for thought by offering a sample of our fantastic 5 star customer reviews.

All of our customer reviews are hosted on allAgents, the UK’s largest customer review site for the property industry and its also an independent review website. Read all of our five star customer reviews.

5 Star Review
Thank you so much for all your hard work, Katie. My daughter helped me with the sale of my property and my new purchase through your agents and she was delighted with your proactive approach and attention to detail. We both thank you very much. Read review.
Graham H Jun 10 2019

5 Star Review
I cannot thank Kate enough. She was extremely helpful at every stage of our long and slightly fraught transaction. She greatly assisted us in helping our sale along (which was the problem), even though she wasn’t our selling agent. Read full review.
Maria May 21 2019

5 Star Review
Thank you Karen for all your help in choosing the right apartment in the right location for Dad. You were very kind and helpful in explaining everything and also negotiating a good deal for us. Many thanks and kind regards. Read review.
Melanie M Jun 05,2019

5 Star Review
Without the guidance and advice from George Spencer and his hard work we think that our purchase would not have progressed to completion. Read review.
Marilyn Dec 12 2018

5 Star Review
Andy was excellent throughout the Sale of my fathers apartment and I would not hesitate to recommend him to others. He was professional, efficient, knowledgeable and approachable at all times. A real asset to your company and I cannot praise him highly enough. Thank you. Read review.
Bev K Apr 12,2019

5 Star Review
Andy helped us to sell our Aunt’s flat when other agents couldn’t. He goes above and beyond. He knows his market very well. Read review.
Jane B Apr 23 2018


First time buyers… always in the news – but what about last time buyers?

old person

A recent report featured in the Financial Times has reported that “housing policy needs to focus on last-time buyers” to stand a chance of solving the UK’s housing crisis. This blog looks at the changes in the market and looks at options of where to find luxury retirement apartments for sale.

The FT reported that, rising longevity means that people aged 65 today can expect to live another 23 years. There are 11.6m people of retirement age now, but this is forecast to grow to 17.4m by 2040 — a faster rate of increase than for other age groups.

The number of older people living alone is forecast to increase to 11m by 2040, including 1.9m people over the age of 85. At the same time, there is a shortage of suitable retirement apartments for sale for people aged over-55 wishing to downsize.

This had led to an increase in under-occupied properties and a shortage of full-sized homes for young families. Prof Mayhew advocates tax incentives for older people to downsize and a targeted housebuilding policy.

In many articles it is stated that there is not enough retirement apartments for sale for the Over 55’s.

Retirementmove in an independent retirement estate agent so are not tied to any retirement house builders such as McCarthy & Stone or Churchill Retirement. There is a myth that people with a McCarthy & Stone flat can only sell through McCarthy & Stone but this is simply not true.
In addition, Retirementmove specialise in selling retirement flats so have decades of expert knowledge and can offer expert advice about the facilities available in the retirement developments, thus, helping people to find their dream retirement home that is right for them and they only wish they had made the move sooner.

Retirementmove have over 300 luxury and standard retirement properties for sale right now – if you are thinking of downsizing then why not take a look and see what is available? Here is a full list of the retirement apartments Retirementmove have for sale to view on Rightmove.co.uk

Or you can view retirement apartments for sale and retirement bungalows for sale on Retirementmove.co.uk.

Helping you Plan for Retirement – Part 1


As we grow older, we have different decisions to make at different stages of our lives. When we reach retirement, we could choose to live in a bungalow, flat or retirement development.

Retirement developments can differ slightly, but they mainly differ due to the age of the resident and the retirement development itself and the facilities available. These are designed to cater for that age group, giving residents more time to enjoy life.

Do I have to be retired to live in a retirement development?
There is a myth that you must be retired to live in a retirement development, but’s that’s not true. You don’t have to be retired to live in a retirement development. Many people continue to work while living in a retirement development.

What are the different retirement developments?
There are two main retirement developments: retirement living and assisted living. Retirement living is where the flat consists of a 1 or 2 bedrooms with a hallway, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and there is a communal lounge and usually a guest suite. The age criteria for residents is usually 60 years old. However, if you have a partner who is 55, you are usually allowed to purchase upon that basis.

The second is assisted living. This is where the retirement apartment consist of a 1 or 2 bedroom flat with a hallway, lounge, bathroom and kitchen, however, you get a few additional facilities like an on-site restaurant, communal dining room, communal lounge, function room, guest suite and staff are on hand 24-hours per day. In addition. the service charge includes 1 hour or domestic assistance per week. The age criteria for residents is at least 70 years old.

Why choose a retirement flat?
People make this decision for many different reasons. Simply because their current home is too big and they want to downsize so there is less to look after, or simply because of ill health and they need a bit of extra care whilst maintain an independent lifestyle.

“I downsized from a 3-bedroom house to a Retirement flat in a lovely retirement development. I was mainly looking for security and company and I’m very happy.”
Emma, retiree

Check out the retirement flats we have for sales across England.

6 Ways to Win the War on Reducing Plastic in the Garden

toilet roll tubes

Single use plastic has hit the headlines recently due to the adverse effect it’s having on our environment and wildlife. We can all aim to recycle more and reduce the amount of single use plastic we use in the garden and in our daily lives. This helps to alleviate or even irradiate the negative effect it is having on our environment.

  1. Reuse, Reuse & Reuse
    Plastic pots purchased from the garden centre are ok to use if they are reused again and again and then recycled once they are cracked. Instead of purchasing brand new seed pots, why not try using yoghurt pots instead which work well as seed pots.
  2. Wooden or plastic planters?
    As we are becoming more plastic conscious, when out buying new planters and troughs for the garden, try and opt for more natural materials from sustainable resources such as wood. Wood, if properly maintained can last for a reasonable amount of time.
  3. Watering cans
    Similarly, when considering purchasing a new watering can for the garden, consider all of the alternatives to plastic ones. A galvanized metal watering can works just as well as a plastic variety.
  4. Refuse Sacks
    Try and avoid using black bin liners to collect garden rubbish in, instead choose green plastic bin liners which are 100% biodegradable and are much better for the environment.
  5. Recycle – alternative seed pots & trays
    Instead of buying new pots and trays, think about alternative seed pots and trays. Microwave meal trays, kitchen roll tubes or toilet roll tubes all work well as either seed trays or seed pots. Some of these are biodegradable, so they can be put into the compost heap when they are finished with.
  6. Compost Bin – select a wooden variety over a plastic one
    Compost bins are available in plastic or wood. When considering purchasing a new compost bin try and look into the wooden varieties. Always ensure the wood is obtained from a sustainable forest.

If you enjoy gardening and are moving to a retirement development soon, ask about whether they have a gardening club, or set one up with a few of the other residents. Check out the retirement properties we have for sale near you.

Eating Healthily in Retirement – How to Reduce Salt in your Diet


So why is there so much salt in some of the foods we purchase? And why is it so bad for us?

Salt is added to foods not just to improve the flavour but also to preserve it. Too much salt is thought to increase blood pressure which can cause stroke, heart disease and sometimes chronic kidney disease, however, some of us do need to look at ways to reduce the amount of salt consumed. A certain amount of salt each day in our diets is good, but how much exactly are we meant to have?

The NHS recommends that adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium) – that’s around 1 teaspoon of salt and for children it depends on what age they are.

There are many products that have hidden salt in them, however, in order to try and keep to the recommended daily intake, look out for products with the low salt label such as gravy, tomato ketchup, bread, tinned goods such as baked beans, and tinned tomatoes, sausages and ready meals.

In addition, try not to add salt to the pan whilst cooking. If you have to add some salt, add it to plated food to enable you to easily measure how much salt you’re consuming. If you do want to add salt, look out for a salt substitute that’s low in sodium.

Choose foods that are naturally low in salt or that have no salt in them such as fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables.

Try and steer away from those which are high in salt such as fast food products or processed foods such as processed meats and cheeses, cured meats and pre-prepared meals, soups, pizza, sandwiches and more surprisingly, bread. This also includes snacks such as salt and vinegar crisps or pretzels. It also includes sweets such as salted caramel chocolate or salted fudge.

It’s always advisable to consult your GP before reducing salt in your diet or making any changes to your diet.


What does a Retirement Living Plus Property offer?

retirement living plus residents

When looking for a retirement apartment, the terminology can be quite overwhelming. To summarise, there are two common types of retirement property available in the UK. These are: Retirement Living and Retirement Living Plus (formerly known as Assisted Living).

The main differences between the two are the facilities on offer and the services available for residents at the retirement developments. The developments are all designed around an age group – making life easier and more enjoyable for those living in the retirement development.

What is Retirement Living Plus?
Retirement Living Plus (formerly known as Assisted Living) is another name for sheltered housing or extra care retirement housing. These terms are used by retirement housebuilders such as McCarthy & Stone, Renaissance and Churchill Retirement Living. This reflects the concept of properties that provide an independent lifestyle designed for people in their 70’s who want to live in their own home but need some extra help.

Retirement Living Plus properties are usually apartments, designed and built for older people’s needs, within retirement developments that have additional facilities available.

What’s on offer at a Retirement Living Plus (formerly Assisted Living) property?
Retirement Living Plus properties are all about making later life easier, with lovely modern apartments that are fitted with all the home assistance equipment you might need, on-site communal facilities where you can socialise with new friends, and extra care services such as domestic assistance and personal care.

People who have made the often very difficult choice of downsizing from their family home and buying a Retirement Living Plus apartment rarely regret doing so.

Facilities usually include a restaurant, communal lounge, laundry room, guest suite for visiting friends and family, area for private hire (for parties etc.), laundry room, communal landscaped gardens, outside seating and outside space, lifts to all floors, parking for cars and mobility scooter storage.

Security includes call points and a camera entry system in every apartment, as well as an emergency pendant alarm for each resident and 24/7 on-site staff.

Extra care can include domestic assistance, for example cleaning, shopping and admin, as well as personal care services such as help with dressing, washing, medication monitoring, meal preparation and exercise.

Similarly, these apartments are leasehold and require a monthly service charge. But unlike a regular flat, the service charge includes the cost of providing a property manager, the security systems, repair and maintenance of the building and grounds, heating, lighting and electricity of the communal areas including the laundry room, water rates and buildings insurance. In addition, some developments offer one hour of domestic help per week which is included in the service charge.

Take a look at the retirement apartments for sale near you.

What is a Retirement Living Property?

retired couple

When thinking about downsizing your home, there are a few housing options available out there, such as a small bungalow or chalet, a Retirement Living property or a Retirement Plus (formerly Assisted Living) styled property. However, some of this terminology can at first sound confusing.

For the latter two, it really depends on age as the retirement developments, facilities on offer at those retirement developments and the services available for residents at the retirement developments are all designed around a particular age group. This makes life easier and more enjoyable for the residents living there.

There are two common types of retirement property available in the UK. These are: Retirement Living and Retirement Plus (formerly known as Assisted Living).

What is Retirement Living?
Retirement Living is a type of retirement lifestyle property, designed and built specifically for the over 55’s by retirement housebuilders such as McCarthy & Stone, Renaissance and Churchill Retirement.

These modern retirement apartment complexes are suited to people who want to enjoy their later years without the burden of maintaining a family home. The design features and facilities ensure that residents can remain independent well into their retirement without further disruption to their lives.

What’s on offer at a Retirement Living property?
Retirement apartment developments are very secure. You have your own self-contained apartment with a front door, but there is also a main security door with video intercom. There is often a property manager on-site to ensure guests are signed in. This means that you can go off on a long holiday or spend a few months in a warmer climate without worrying about your house being burgled or the pipes bursting while you’re gone.

Retirement developments have comfortable communal lounges and residents often have a committee to help manage the property as well as a social committee that organises regular outings and evening events.

As with most apartments for sale, retirement properties are leasehold. This requires a monthly service charge. But unlike a regular flat, the service charge includes the cost of providing a property manager, the security systems, repair and maintenance of the building and grounds, heating, lighting and electricity of the communal areas including the laundry room, water rates and buildings insurance.

Take a look at the retirement living apartments for sale near you.

What our customers say about us


Retirementmove have been helping people to successfully find their dream McCarthy & Stone, Churchill Retirement Living or Fleur-de-Lis retirement apartments for many years and the team have over 120 years of combined experience between them.

All customer reviews are written by either vendors or purchasers on an independent reviewing website called allAgents.co.uk.

allAgents.co.uk are the UK’s largest customer review website for the property industry and help people make a more informed decision when deciding which estate agent to choose.

On allAgents.co.uk, retirementmove have an overall rating of 4.56 out of 5 with a 100% sales valuation accuracy, 92% fee satisfaction rate and 94% of people would recommend retirementmove.

Here are some of retirementmove’s 5* reviews:

“Andy helped us to sell our Aunt’s flat when other agents couldn’t. He goes above and beyond. He knows his market very well.”
By: ‘Jane B’

“Jess was extremely helpful in helping us buy the apartment in McCarthy and Stone for my mother. She was always friendly, supportive and efficient, and I can thoroughly recommend her to anyone who is contemplating the same move.”
By: ‘Pat’

“Great team and Andy was quick to market the property gave realistic pricing and sold within 3 weeks Thank you to all other staff involved”
By ‘Heather’

“Moving to Forest Court although a difficult decision was made easier through the welcoming approach of Andy Smith. My mother was nervous about the prospect of moving but never felt pressured or intimidated. Andy was excellent at rapidly always getting back to her and myself.”
By ‘Deva17’

“Without the guidance and advice from George Spencer and his hard work we think that our purchase would not have progressed to completion.”
By ‘MaralynG’

“Andy Smith, Katie Clinton and Anita Wheeler provided great help and support in the management of our sale of our Mother’s property. All communications were prompt, to the point and courteous.”
By ‘Miller Family’

Anyone who has sold or bought a retirement flat can leave a review on allAgents.co.uk – it’s free to do and only takes 10-30 seconds. There’s a link on retirementmove.co.uk or visit the retirementmove page on allAgents.co.uk.