Independent Living In Manchester, NH

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An Independent Life with Benefits

Live the active, independent life you love, and benefit from having the peace-of-mind you seek for the future. Our independent adults enjoy relief from home ownership, time to explore new interests, and security knowing they have a plan for the future.

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It is easy to meet people here.

Everybody is very friendly! It was such an easy transition, I hardly noticed the difference.

Live a Full Active Life Surrounded by Friends

Birch Hill Retirement Community Drone photo
Birch Hill residents in canoe fishing
Birch Hill is a Pet-Friendly Community
More Free Time for Dining
Birch Hill residents garden
Birch Hill residents golfing
Birch Hill residents birdwatching
Birch Hill resident and daughter
Birch Hill residents in fitness class

Minutes from Downtown Manchester

Yet a world away.

Surrounded by Nature

There's always something to do!

Pet-Friendly Community

Because your pets are part of your family.

More Free Time

Means you can enjoy a meal you didn't have to cook!

Get Outside

Put your green thumb to use in our raised garden beds.

Like to Golf?

Take advantage of one of the nearby courses.

Go Birdwatching

In the abutting 600-acre nature preserve.

Peace of Mind

For you and your children.

It's Never Too Late

To learn tai chi!

I enjoy yoga in the new fitness center

before settling in to read the paper and have coffee with friends in the nook. It’s so easy to exercise here – we have so many different classes, right down the hall.

Why Wait? Now is the time to make the best move


  • I don’t know anyone at Birch Hill. How will I make new friends?

    New residents often remark on the friendliness and warmth of the Birch Hill community. It starts with friendly, welcoming neighbors in the hallways and common areas when you move in. You might chat with someone in the Nook over breakfast or dine with them in the evening. If you join a fitness class or visit the Game Room, Library or Woodworking Shop, you’ll meet others who share own interests. Stop by the Milltowne Tavern on Tuesdays or Fridays or better yet, be the bartender. One step leads to another, and before you know it, you’ve lots of new friends and acquaintances in your life!

  • What types of activities are offered?

    Life at Birch Hill brings every resident the opportunity to make new friends who share your common interests. From organized outings to casual gatherings over shared interests, there’s always something going on and something fun to do at Birch Hill.

    Typical outings might be to restaurants, museums, wineries, the Palace Theater, the Seacoast, a historical tour, or perhaps to a sporting venue. Available activities include fitness classes, concerts, lectures, socials, French club, bridge club, walking club, religious services, watercolor classes, working in the woodshop, music recitals, volunteering, swimming at the YMCA, or attending a history class taught by a resident.

    Our community is created by residents for residents! If you have an interest, we’ll help you find an outlet.

    Click here for more information on our activities and social opportunities at Birch Hill.

  • What is your guest policy?

    Birch Hill welcomes your guests to visit as often as you like. All visitors are required to sign in and out at the reception desk for your security. As an added convenience, for a small nightly fee, any resident can reserve one of our fully-furnished Guest Rooms for visiting family and friends.

  • I don’t want to give up any freedom or independence. How will I know when I am ready?

    The best time to make a move is when you are active and in good health. The admissions process includes a health assessment, so don’t wait too long. Our goal is to provide an active, vibrant, maintenance-free lifestyle for healthy retirement-age individuals.

  • How far is Birch Hill from Boston and the Seacoast, and other sights of northern New England?

    There’s a reason that Manchester is known as the Center of New Hampshire – it’s central to just about everything! Birch Hill is conveniently located less than one hour from Boston and the beautiful New Hampshire Lakes Region and only 40 miles from Hampton Beach and Portsmouth.

    Your friends and family will never have a problem coming to visit — with Manchester-Boston Regional Airport just 15 minutes away.

    If critical health care is ever required, rest assured that two top-rated hospitals, Catholic Medical Center and Eliot Hospital and Health System, are both just minutes away.

    Here are a few of the driving distances to some of New England’s favorite destinations:

    • Boston, MA < One Hour
    • New Hampshire Seacoast < One Hour
    • New Hampshire Lakes Region < One Hour
    • Portland, ME ~ 90 minutes
    • White Mountains ~ 90 minutes
    • Stowe, VT ~ 2 ½ Hours