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Lovat Fields Village

Japonica Lane, Willen, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK15 9LE. Extra care housing

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Managed by: The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Creating better lives for older peopleThe ExtraCare Charitable Trust is committed to developing inspirational villages for the over 55s, as an alternative to the traditional care home. We enable older people to enjoy healthy, active, and independent lifestyles in their later years.

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Manager's description

“The Village offers an affordable home-for-life and independent lifestyle to over 300 local older people and is the result of a partnership between Milton Keynes Council, English Partnerships, Touchstone Housing Association and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust.
Up to 24 hour support is available for those who require it and an enriched activity centre with sensory garden is planned to support residents with dementia.
At the heart of the community will be the Village Centre with over 15 social and leisure facilities including a purpose-built gym, spa pool, hair-beauty salon and wellbeing centre. A shop, restaurant and bar are expected to be a partly-run by residents themselves whilst an arts and crafts room, woodwork shop, greenhouse and IT suite will offer opportunities to learn new skills with support from volunteers and community groups”

Main facts

  • Extra care housing
  • 258 flats, bungalows. Built in 2007. Sizes 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom
  • Extra Care scheme with on-site care staff (24 hours / 7 days), Non-resident management staff (24 hours, 7 days) and Careline alarm service
  • lift, lounge, dining room, laundry, guest facilities, garden, hobby room, activities room, cafe, shop, hairdressing salon, jacuzzi, bar/pub, library, assisted bathing facility
  • Whole site accessible by wheelchair. Access to site easy. Distances: bus stop 0.5 mile(s); shop 1 mile(s); post office 1 mile(s); town centre 3 mile(s); GP 1 mile(s)
  • Regular Social Activities include: Numerous. Some meals available (restaurant on site). New residents accepted from 60 years of age. Both cats & dogs generally accepted, but not to be replaced
  • Tenure(s): Rent (social landlord) and Shared Ownership and Leasehold
  • Care provider: ExtraCare Charitable Trust
  • Developed by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

Info updated: 16/06/2014. Update info


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Comments made in nominations for the EAC National Housing for Older People AwardsEAC Housing for Older People Award - Retirement housingEAC Housing for Older People Award - Housing with care

  • Inclusive community of residents from different backgrounds and walks of life. A real 'BIG FAMILY' feel led incredibly well by Village Manager Made by a staff member in 2017

  • A wonderful situation, a bus ride from the Milton Keynes centre and with beautiful walks round the lakes and along the canal. Friendly residents look out for each other in the main, and an excellent manager. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Caring, friendly, supportive, great staff offering a high degree of help whatever the need. It is my home, warm and welcoming. I am able to volunteer and offer my skills, giving me satisfaction and keeping me involved with the life here. Made by a resident in 2017

  • No Layout is perfect, but Lovat Fields is as near as you can get. The staff are all committed to providing good service and help. The activities available are very good as is the entertainment. Most of all the residents and staff make a happy succesful community always smiling. Made by a resident in 2017

  • It is a happy place for both residents and staff Made by a staff member in 2017

  • It is a solid community with residents and staff enjoying a mutually caring and supporting environment. There are an exceptional amount of activities and entertainment available to please all residents. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Safe, secure & very friendly, Having planned our retirement it is all we could want on our budget and the best possible for our future. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Safe and Secure and it is a good place to live plenty of people to talk to, also residents are treated by the staff with respect and everybody gets on, and any issues are always acted on. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Great location, compact village, friendly staff, good amenities and feeling of security. Made by a resident in 2017

  • No one needs to be lonely . Made by a visitor in 2017

  • It is so friendly - it is a pleasure to volunteer along with other like minded people - I love our apartment - we have plenty to do - loads of entertainment - and a great manager who really cares about us. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Wonderful atmosphere. Security. Everyone very friendly. Very caring support workers and office staff always willing to listen or help. First rate entertainment and catering facilities. All this co-ordinated by a wonderful manager. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Lovat Fields is so homely and so safe. We are all like one big happy family. Everyone should get the opportunity to live here, Just love it at Lovat Fields. Made by a resident in 2017

  • It is a safe, secure and caring environment, with excellent staff, great residents and very supportive friends, family and supporters. Activities and entertainment are 1st class. Our wellbeing is well catered for. A fantastic place to live. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Great atmosphere between residents, lovely staff, lots of good events. Made by a visitor in 2017

  • I have lived here since it opened and love every moment here, the staff and residents are all wonderful. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Fabulous environment filled with caring staff giving the residents security, safety and comfort. An excellent concept and lesson in what the NHS should be looking at to equal. Made by a visitor in 2017

  • Comfortable surroundings, friendly, no need to be lonely, always safe, and in this day and age that means a lot. Manager is 100 % involved with us, independent living at its very best. Made by a resident in 2017

  • A lovely homely place - that has everything you need. Made my parents very happy. Made by a visitor in 2017

  • Friendly, lively village. Made very welcome. Plenty of activities. Near to public transport and surrounded by lovely walks e.g. Canal, Willen lake. Made by a volunteer in 2017

  • Very friendly atmosphere, excellent staff, and entertainment varied and enjoyable. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Close knit network between staff and residents Made by a staff member in 2017

  • Lived at village 10years so many activities and entertainments. The staff are so helpful at all times of day and night. It is a family friendly environment to live in and stimulating for older people. We were so glad we made the decision to move in. Made by a resident in 2017

  • There is always a caring, sharing, friendly relationship between residents and staff, shown by the cheerful atmosphere, full of happy laughter, which fills the building. Many residents volunteer to do simple tasks, keeping costs down and helping everyone to get to know each other. It's a real home from home. Made by a resident in 2017

  • A great place to live where you live in very comfortable well maintained apartments and have a whole community of activities just outside your door. These include areas for casual meetings with friends in the coffee shop or bar to activities from dinner dances and shows to cards and crafts. Made by a resident in 2017

  • It provides safe and secure accommodation for the elderly. The level of care can increase as required and so residents don't need to move and be unsettled at difficult times in their lives. It's first class and a brilliant facility. Made by a visitor in 2017

  • Very friendly Made by a visitor in 2017

  • Warm friendly environment wonderful staff and facilities. What more could I want. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Welcoming, clean, spacious and most importantly the people that I know who live there are happy there! Made by a visitor in 2017

  • There is a wonderful sense of Community here. The Village Manager is fantastic, always has time for a listening ear when needed. A wonderful friendly safe environment , but full of interest groups, entertainment and opportunity to volunteer to serve the Village if wish. The best move we have made. Made by a resident in 2017

  • The location, the building, the staff, the other residents are all happy Made by a resident in 2017

  • It is a warm friendly welcoming community where I would love to live when I retire. It is fantastic to know that my parents are happy, safe and secure where they are living, surrounded by friends. Made by a visitor in 2017

  • An excellent place to live Made by a resident in 2017

  • Original conceptions (2005) still alive. Age youthfully, volunteer, and partake in village life, as one may wish. Management Extracare, consult and guide village life and support, with integrity, and in a caring manner. Our age 71&75 still going strong since 2007 our moving in date. Very Happy and satisfied. Made by a resident in 2017

  • My parents have lived there for four years and absolutely love it. They feel secure and surrounded by friends and caring members of staff. Made by a visitor in 2017

  • As a wheelchair user this village is ideal. All necessary amenities are here. A great community spirit exists so I never have to be alone. A truly wonderful place in which to live. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Supportive staff friendly atmosphere Made by a visitor in 2017

  • It is well managed, well maintained and is a safe, secure and very hospitable place to live with plenty of activies for residents. Made by a resident in 2017

  • It is a first class residential village with excellent caring staff. The environment is well maintained with plenty of activities and entertainment. It's a pleasure to live here. Made by a resident in 2017

  • The Village is a wonderful place to live, and provides us with companionship, a social life, activities, good care and a well being service 2nd to none. Made by a resident in 2017

  • I visit most days to go to the gym. Facilities just right, parking easy, and most of all it has the best resident volunteers and gym manager one could ask for - friendly, helpful and efficient. Made by a visitor in 2017

  • Wonderful supportive community spirit amongst both residents and staff. Made by a staff member in 2017

  • Very happy feeling around the village,staff always friendly and helpful. Good situation and a good sense of wellbeing and fellowship amoung residents. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Lovat Felds Village is a warm friendly, homely village. Well managed, many willing volunteers wonderful staff, great facilities and entertainment second to none. We are so fortunate to live here, everyone should have the chance we have had. Husband Made by a resident in 2017

  • It is extremely well managed by the Village Manager and this in turn has resulted in well trained and informed staff at all levels who are highly motivated and a valued part of a dedicated team to who continually strive to deliver an exceptional service. Made by a staff member in 2017

  • It is a fantastic, beautiful, friendly place to live. Large apartments, plenty of activities you can join in day or evenings. Independent living that's good for everyone's health, with plenty of volunteering things to do to keep you young. Like a Cruise Ship on land. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Very friendly community. Excellent facilities. Wonderful staff who help us enormously. Lots of activities to keep our brains and bodies working. Made by a resident in 2017

  • We are a close knit community, staff look out for all the residents and the residents look out for all the staff, we all join in together especially pantomimes, dragon boat race, different charity events Made by a staff member in 2017

  • It's full of life Made by a visitor in 2017

  • Initially I was a village volunteer. Later I moved in and have never looked back. Lovat offers security, friendship, entertainment and activities, warmth, comfort, coffee shop, restaurant, corner shop. What more could you wish for as an OAP? Made by a resident in 2017

  • It is safe and warm. I always have someone I can ask for help. Plenty of things you can do if you want to. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Independent living. Own flat. Care package if required. Village has restaurant, coffee shops, bingo, shop, library, hairdressers/beauty room, woodwork, etc. Made by a resident in 2017

  • The best move I made. Made by a resident in 2017

  • I have been in the Village for 2 years. I am happy here. The staff and residents are most helpful. I would not want to be anywhere else. Made by a resident in 2017

  • As a widow, the Village gives me support, friendship and an excellent social life. Very secure, and peace of mind. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Lovely surroundings, lakes, canal & rideways. Quiet. Lovely group of residents. Lots of activities every day 9-4pm. Superb restaurant, bar + cafe. Facilities good. Entertainment by VAF, dances, shows & films. Staff, carers, nothing too much trouble & not forgetting our marvelous manager Anna. Made by a resident in 2017

  • I like the security, with plenty to interest everyone. The staff and residents are friendly. Management and staff are all very helpful and encouraging. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Came here 4 years ago just after the death of my wife. Have found residents and staff very friendly. Accommodation ideal. Village well kept and with many facilities and activities. Made by a resident in 2017

  • I find it a pleasant environment and the support is very good. I have no complaints at all! Made by a resident in 2017

  • Since the manager has been here, she (Anna Selby) has improved the facilities such as the coffee bar, pub & the linkcard facility (hole in the wall). I enjoy all these facilities. Also good to have a shop here. Made by a resident in 2017

  • I have lived here for nearly 10 years and what a wonderful 10 years. I love never been lonely. Plenty to do, including voluntary work. this is a good thing for mind & body, and I enjoyed doing one thing. I mus sat we have a fantastic manager. Lovat Fields the best. Made by a resident in 2017

  • It is a wonderful place for retirees, with numerous activities and clubs, gym, cafe, bar, dance hall, restaurant, hairdressers, library, computer room, draft and metalwork rooms, shop, bowls green, visiting entertainments and trips. No need to be lonely here. Made by a resident in 2017

  • The best form of living when you cannot do your gardening and all the odd jobs needed around the house. Made by a resident in 2017

  • We live in a secure, warm, friendly environment, with many activities and friends. We are never lonely. Made by a resident in 2017

  • After only two days in the village, the response from the staff and the residents is so marvellous! I wish I had made the decision to move years ago. They cater for everyone. Made by a resident in 2017

  • This is a very friendly, homely place to live, with plenty of activities and entertainment. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Many interests to take up if you wish – no pressure. Plenty of entertainment. Good restaurant, cafe and bar. Nice apartments to living. Good maintenance team. Care team available at all times. Good manager. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Best move we (now myself) ever made in 66 years. There is something to do here if you're so inclined. Made by a resident in 2017

  • First of all it is safe to live here. The company of lots of people at all times. Staff will do what they can to help you if needed. Made by a resident in 2017

  • I'm on my own, but I couldn't think of a better place to live. Near my daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren. I love volunteering in the gym three times a week. Made by a resident in 2017

  • It is just the right size, so that there are usually enough people to run any kind of activity wanted. There is a very good mix of people, both in terms of age and backgrounds. The staff are efficient and helpful. Made by a resident in 2017

  • Everything I need is on-site. Friendly staff and residents. I feel safe and secure. This has given me a new lease of life! Made by a resident in 2017

  • This is the best place to live. Friendly people (including management), good coffee shop, restaurant, all good facilities and regular entertainment for those who want it. Peace and quiet if you need it. Made by a resident in 2017

  • I have lived her for 10 years. My husband and son died. The support from the manager, staff and friends helped me through the bad times. It is a wonderful life in the village. Made by a resident in 2017

  • The environment, everyone is there to help. Made by a staff member in 2017

  • Great atmosphere, good relationships between staff, residents and visitors. Made by a staff member in 2017

  • Always somebody to talk to & help if required. Plenty of activities & restaurant for lunch. Coffee shop for meeting up with friends, hairdressers, library & shop, launderette. Best place to live when reaching old age. Made by a resident in 2017

  • The staff are amazing and the residents are even better!! Pleasure to be apart of this! Made by a staff member in 2017

  • It's very comfortable and they you look after us with kindness and consideration. Made by a resident in 2017

  • My husband & I have lived here for 9 years. We wholly endorse the ethos of the lifestyle in the presentation of the activities,social contacts, together with the availability of support in our own homes if this becomes necessary. Our independence is assured, but support is there if needed. Made by a resident in 2017

  • I like to live here because the village is a lovely place and the residents are lovely too. We also have a very good manager. Made by a resident in 2017

  • great opportunities for older and young older people Made by a staff member in 2017

  • Security, area..., shops, theatre, etc, few minutes bus ride. Location in Willen Park without even crossing a road. Take part in activities in village and assist as volunteer - well being. Made by a resident in 2017

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National Housing for Older People Awards

Winner EAC Housing for Older People Awards - Housing with Care 2017
Highly commended in the EAC Housing for Older People Awards 2017.
Category: Housing-with-care, Housing-with-care 59 units and over.

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