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Sandford Station - CQC Rating: Good

Sandford Station retirement village is situated in the beautiful North Somerset countryside, close to the Mendip Hills.

What’s on the site?


Servings of Gazphaco soup in individual shot glasses

  • Pullman Restaurant
  • Indoor and outdoor bowling
  • Library with computers and internet access
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Croquet lawn
  • Physiotherapy
  • Hairdresser
  • Allotments
  • A comprehensive programme of activities and events
  • Regular shopping trips by mini-bus
  • Access to the Strawberry Line cycle path

A rural retirement village community

Residents enjoying a gourmet dinner in the Pullman Restaurant

Located in the heart of the beautiful North Somerset countryside, Sandford Station retirement village stands alongside the famous Strawberry Line cycle path. The original station building forms part of the site, and the Station Master’s cottage is now a retirement home for purchase within the sheltered accommodation in the village.

There are 108 retirement homes, consisting of cottages and flats for independent living, each boasting the usual mod-cons: central heating; a fitted kitchen and a 'wet-room' level access shower. Many of the first floor flats here have a 'room in the roof', which provides additional living space that is useful as an extra bedroom or for a hobbies room in which to spread out.

The mixture of care and facilities that are available combine to provide for every aspect of an individual's needs for retirement where everyone has the privacy of their own front door and space to live independently.

Continuity of care

A resident touches palms with an instructir during a chair exercise class

Adjacent to the main hub of the village, you will find a 30 bed general needs nursing care home, Sherwood; a single-storey building in which all the rooms have their own bathroom and open directly onto the gardens and patio areas via their own private doors.  The design of this building was carefully planned so that there is plenty of light and space in the lounges and dining rooms and the outside spaces are easy to enjoy – even from bed.

Award-winning dementia care home

A carer dressed in vintage 1950s clothing kisses a resident on the cheek

Occupying its own part of the site at Sandford Station, The Russets is a very special element of the Trust’s most recent development.  A network of five individual bungalows, built around a central secure garden with a clubhouse in which daily activities take place, every aspect of the environment here combines to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere for a total of 73 people who are living with dementia.

There are 13 or 15 rooms in each ‘house’, each decorated in different colours (on the inside and outside), so that residents are more readily able to find their own way around.  Bedrooms open straight into the shared spaces so that residents are immediately able to determine where they are and a flexible approach to daily living allows individuals make their own choices about each day.

A choice of tenure

We have retirement homes for sale at Sandford Station retirement village through our lease purchase scheme, which enables individuals to buy a lifetime lease or on a shared ownership option. There are also 15 retirement homes available to rent through North Somerset Council.

We advise that you seek independent advice, support and representation as appropriate in connection with a move to a retirement community.

Inspected by the Care Quality Commission

All St Monica Trust’s services and facilities are regularly inspected by the Care Quality Commission ( The CQC inspected Sandford Station's care and support service on 4 December 2015 and the latest inspection report is available to view online.

Why not come and see for yourself?

Every 6 weeks or so, the Trust holds open days at our retirement villages in Bristol and North Somerset. If you would like to learn more about buying a St Monica Trust retirement home and enjoy a guided tour by one of our residents, please call the sales team on 0117 949 4004 or email

Our care homes admissions team are also on hand to discuss individual's needs in more detail, and can organise for you to visit our Bristol and North Somerset-based nursing care homes and dementia care homes to see the different locations first-hand. If you would like to explore the options in more detail, please contact Vicky Thorne on 0117 949 4735 or email

To find out more about North Somerset Council’s eligibility criteria for Sandford Station retirement village, please contact Care Connect on 01934 888 801.