Relax into retirement living and enjoy the view

Advertising feature in association with Auchlochan Garden Village / 01 March 2019

MHA’s Auchlochan Garden Village in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, combines countryside, beautiful views and homes designed for a carefree, enjoyable retirement

‘’It’s so picturesque. Everywhere you go, it looks beautiful.’’

Many of us dream of a retirement surrounded by gorgeous countryside, with beautiful views to wake up to, and a warm and welcoming community to match. Living in Scotland, it's not hard to find these things, but finding everything in one package, and an environment where you can feel supported as you grow older, can be tricky.

With retirement potentially lasting 30 years or more, it’s so important to make sure that the place you decide to live is the right choice for now and looking ahead into the future

Fortunately one solution can be found within retirement living communities. Comprised of detached cottages, apartments and studio living, retirement villages are designed for older adults who would like to carefree and enjoyable retirement filled with opportunities to pursue the things they love

And that’s what many find life to be like at MHA’s Auchlochan Garden Village in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, which boasts a choice of individual cottages, and stylish apartment living in one bedroom, two bedroom, or studio-sized accommodation.

‘’I feel as if I’ve landed in heaven.’’

Auchlochan Garden Village retirement community sits within a 50 acre estate, featuring a beautiful walled garden that blossoms with seasonal flowers and a well-stocked fishing lake for residents to enjoy. The village is landscaped with four small man-made lochs known as lochan, and it’s around these lochan that the apartments and cottages are located .

The residents at Auchlochan are quick to point out how much they enjoy waking up to a view of the distant rolling hills, and combined with the stunning 50 acre garden right outside their front door, this gives a perfect backdrop to retirement life. All of this space and none of the stress of the upkeep makes it an ideal solution to living a semi-rural life


‘’I wouldn’t be without this place now, it’s really done wonders for me’’.

Auchlochan, the small village with a big heart, is made up of four different independent Retirement Living apartment buildings, detached cottages, and one care home on site and another in the nearby village of Lesmahagow. There really is something to suit everyone, especially as we offer rent before you buy, rental properties, shared ownership and full ownership options.

Each of the apartment buildings has its own character and style of accommodation, most have great communal spaces where you can sit and watch the world go by or socialize with your friends. This choice helps us to meet your needs and expectations. In addition, Auchlochan Garden Village boasts 24/7 onsite care-packages, which are designed to take away some of the everyday hassles associated with living in your own home in later life.

Having the option to take advantage of these ‘bolt-on packages’ gives residents the peace of mind knowing that help is on hand if and when they need it. Note that separate charges will apply for these bespoke services.

‘’We help each other and I think that makes for a really nice community.’’

As you would expect from great retirement living villages, Auchlochan also has a strong sense of community and lots of opportunities to make new friends and socialise with neighbours. The impressive auditorium used for regular events and celebrations and the comfortable communal lounge facilities mean there’s always a chance to catch up with fellow residents.

‘’Whatever your interests, there’s something for you at Auchlochan.’’

As well as getting back to nature and making new friends, retirement living also enables you to indulge in your favourite hobbies. Those moving into Auchloachan will also have access to an on-site Bistro, putting green, hairdressers and a wide range of clubs and social groups including indoor bowls, yoga, seated Tai Chi and many more. With all of this going on and regular themed evening  events, there’s never a dull moment... but if you would rather not join in then don’t worry, the choice is yours.


‘’Stop thinking and come!’’

We know that it can be daunting moving to a new home and so once you have been to the village and met with our Community Living Advisor, if you feel that you need a better view of village life Auchlochan style, we have B&B accommodation available so that you can ‘try before you buy’.

In the future, you can invite all of the family to come and visit without worrying about whether you have room at your place! Our village minibus means that there are regular outings to interesting locations and shopping centres, so no need to feel cut off from the outside world. In fact, we are only 30 minutes by car from Glasgow and 3 miles from the main M74 motorway. Locally we are very close to a GP surgery, Chemist, Bank and Supermarket. With all of this convenience coupled with the stunning landscape and so much enjoyment to be had, many people wish that they had moved here sooner!

Your questions answered

If you are not sure if independent retirement living is for you, then perhaps these questions and answers will help you decide:

Q Is retirement living another term for a care home?

No, Retirement Living is a lifestyle that offers you a chance to be part of a community where your home is your own and you are living independently within your home.

Q Does it feel like a care home?

Absolutely not the look and feel of our facilities reflects that of any modern apartment, providing a great space to live and socialize

Q Will I surrender my independence?

Your own well-appointed apartment is your own independent home, but with all the peace of mind that if something goes wrong there are people around to out it right

Q Will I feel lonely?

There is no need to feel alone. Weekly activities, social groups and village bus trips, ensure everyone who wants to join in can, and if you don’t want to the choice is yours.

Find out more 

We often have open days but you can make an appointment to come anytime and see what village life is like Auchlochan style

Our experienced Community Living Advisors are on hand during office hours Monday to Friday – call us on 01555 442109

You can also email us at

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