Marian Grove Independent Living Village, a part of the Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged not for profit organisation, was established over 25 years ago. It is located approximately ten kilometers south of Coffs Harbour and four kilometers from the seaside town of sunny Sawtell.

Set within 27 acres of landscaped award winning gardens and surrounded by a bushland sanctuary, Marian Grove is a vibrant, happy community, with a great reputation and an enviable resident lifestyle.

Accommodation Options – The village offers 178 quality one, two and three bedroom newly renovated units waiting for your arrival. Safety is a design priority, ensuring elimination of trip hazards, inclusion of convenient handrails, wide doorways, high-seat toilets, emergency response pendants & internal access from the garage. The units range in price from $250,000 to $450,000 with occupancy by Licence Agreement.  The Agreement requires a 45% Capital Contribution with the balance comprising an Interest Free Loan from the resident to Marian Grove repayable under the terms of the Licence Agreement.

Our Village Lifestyle – Our residents enjoy a fabulous social life, from meeting at ‘The Grove’ Cafe, to joining  the many activities available in the recreation centre each week. From  carpet bowls, table tennis, snooker and mahjong to exercise classes, choir singing, the Ukulele Group and bingo, there is always something to participate in. The community also organises regular bus trips and concerts. Village Management  hosts a monthly  Village Luncheon, where residents relish a delicious meal followed by the chance to catch up and spend time with each other.

Perhaps you’d rather take some time out to relax and browse the wonderful selection of large print books, magazines, paper backs, DVDs and CDs available in our Library.
Or, why not take a stroll on the “Marian Grove Wildlife Walk” providing an opportunity for bushwalking through a forest and wetland habitat.

Our Village Support Services – Our residents are provided with a twenty-four hour emergency call system and a Care Services Team who provide health, welfare and spiritual support. Free transport is available to take residents to appointments and shopping. This service is supported by our wonderful team of volunteers.

Our Vision The vision of Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged is to offer excellent care to the aged in a nurturing environment where he dignity of the residents, carers and families is recognised and affirmed.  This vision is inspired by the life of Jesus Christ, the patience, love and strength of Mary and the trust and support of the Sawtell Parish.


  1. What will make me decide to live at Marian Grove Retirement Village?

The freedom to continue to live independently in a safe and secure environment.


  1. What are the terms of occupancy?

Occupancy of the units is by way of Loan Licence Agreement which affords the resident uninterrupted right of residency under the terms and conditions of the Agreement.


  1. Can I leave the unit to any of the family?

No, under the terms of the Loan Licence Agreement the actual unit itself cannot be bequeathed. You are entitled to the refundable interest loan and this may be bequeathed in the usual way.


  1. Who pays the rates?

Water, Land & Sewerage Rates are paid by Marian Grove.


  1. Who pays for telephone and electricity?

Residents are responsible for payment of electricity and telephone connection and use.


  1. Do I need Home & Contents Insurance?

Marian Grove insures all buildings however the residents are responsible for insurance of their personal possessions.


  1. Does Marian Grove have a resident emergency response pendant?

Yes – an emergency pendant is installed which is activated


  1. Can I have pay TV?

Yes, however approval for installation must be obtained from management.


  1. I have an organ/piano/some musical instrument that I play – can I still play it?

Depending upon the instrument, the laws regarding noise and nuisance will be no different to those in the general community. Under the agreement, noise should not cause nuisance outside of any unit between the hours of 10pm and 9am.