Georgina Walters, a Marketing Director from Hertfordshire, has recently purchased a second home as a base for herself and her polo playing daughter, Rebecca, at King Edward VII Estate, a restored and converted Grade II* listed, former hospital in West Sussex.
Rebecca, who took up the game at university, has spent the last three seasons playing at Cowdray Park Polo Club, less than three miles from the converted estate.
Georgina admits that the first priority when looking for a second home was to find a practical location close to the polo club: “We were looking for a second home to be used at weekends and especially during the polo season near to Cowdray. Our horses are kept locally, which is how we found out about the development.”
After visiting the Estate Georgina quickly purchased an apartment in the converted Sanatorium, and her property retains many period details and features. She notes: “The Estate is very striking, particularly the Grade II* Listed Sanatorium, and it is lovely to live with modern comforts in an historic building which has been so carefully restored. The location couldn’t be better for Cowdray polo, and during the season we anticipate spending a lot of time here.”
Built in 1901, the King Edward VII Estate is a masterpiece in Arts & Crafts design and holds a fascinating history. Designed to serve as a specialist tuberculosis Sanatorium, the building was officially opened by His Majesty King Edward VII in June 1906, and heralded as ‘one of the three finest buildings of the time’. The design for the hospital and its grounds was undertaken by an important triumvirate of the day; Charles Holden, Percy Adams and Gertrude Jekyll - a partnership which played a pivotal cornerstone of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Having lain empty and at risk of decay for a number of years since it officially closed, the estate has now been given a new lease of life, with City & Country fully restoring and converting the majestic Grade II and II* listed buildings. This includes the transformation of the outstanding central Tuberculosis Sanatorium and a breathtaking Arts & Crafts style Chapel. The Registered gardens - originally designed and planted by highly acclaimed horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll - are also being lovingly restored and reinstated.
The stunning homes juxtapose contemporary, high quality specifications with interior decoration that has been influenced by the Arts and Crafts period. Owners also have access to the surrounding grounds as well as a concierge service.
Despite originally planning to use the property mostly during the polo-season, Georgina envisages the whole family making use of the apartment throughout the year and is now looking forward to spending further time at the estate. Georgina explains: “It is so lovely to be in the South Downs National Park and we are looking forward to exploring the extensive walks in the grounds, whilst a gym and swimming pool will soon be open to residents which are an added bonus. It is easy to commute to London from nearby Haslemere station so I think we’ll be spending more time here than we first thought!”
Prices for a one bedroom apartment start from £252,000 and range to £1.25M for a stunning three bedroom property with a vast external terrace overlooking the rolling South Downs National Park. For more information CLICK HERE or call 01730 81 79 79. The Sales Suite is open daily 10am to 5pm, postcode for Satellite Navigation GU29 0BJ.