Retiring in England? Here are some of the top destinations

Posted by siteadmin on Monday 9th of January 2017.

Whilst the impact of Brexit is yet to be known, one thing that may become trickier is relocating to the European continent after the UK leaves the EU. It’s a change that will affect those at the end of their working life, as in the past many have chosen to live outside the UK for their retirement years. Whether your plans to move to Europe have to be shelved, or you were always intending to spend your retirement in the UK, there are plenty of popular retirement destinations throughout England to consider. Here are some;

North Yorkshire’s rural district of Craven is a popular retirement choice. Taking in the market town of Skipton, together with the larger towns of High Bentham and Settle, as well as a sizeable area of the Yorkshire Dales, Craven offers the best of both town and country living. The high street in Skipton is a past winner of the ‘greatest street in England’ from the Academy of Urbanism, which considers such factors as environmental and social sustainability, local character and distinctiveness and user friendliness. The average house price is around £205,000, with a detached house costing about £310,000.

West Devon is another area to consider. The variety of landscapes is by far the most attractive feature of this part of England, with chocolate box villages, agricultural landscapes and Dartmoor National Park providing a picturesque backdrop to your retirement. Average house prices come in at just over £250,000, although you can find semi-detached houses for under £200,000. One drawback is that travel can be an issue, with no mainline stations in the area and at least a three hour train ride into London from the nearest stations Exeter and Plymouth. So bear this in mind if you have reason to venture out of the county regularly.

If you’re looking for somewhere with a name as evocative as the place itself for your retirement, then Eden in Cumbria could be the right choice. A rural haven, Eden offers you part of the Lake District National Park, the lakes and mountains of Ullswater, the beautiful countryside of the Eden Valley and the breathtaking landscape of the North Pennines. Eden also has only 63 people per square mile, making it the place with the lowest population density out of England’s 324 local government districts. The average house price is a remarkably low £190,000, and you could easily pick up a flat for under £125,000.

But, as you know, retirement living is not just about the landscape, however beautiful it may be. Other considerations, such as access to healthcare, friends and family are crucial matters to be taken into consideration. Drawing up a check list with these matters listed in order of importance may be the key to finding your ideal retirement home. When you have narrowed it down to a short list of say three locations, it is often worthwhile to spend a month or so renting a house in each area, to get the real feel for the place, before committing to purchasing a retirement home. Building the rental cost into your financial plan in advance makes the exercise all the more manageable. It can be a very enjoyable and exciting prelude to your next adventure!

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