On Saturday the nurses who worked at the former King Edward VII Hospital enjoyed a private visit to the recently transformed King Edward VII Estate. They were invited by City & Country, who created the event to celebrate the former nurses’ work at the hospital; the visitors were treated to a comprehensive tour of the impressive Sanatorium and its surrounding grounds which have also recently been restored to their former glory.
On the day, 170 people attended and many commented on how pleased they were that the Estate had been restored to its former glory. The guests explored the measured walks around the Estate set amongst the South Downs Way and the newly restored interiors of the main building. Trudy Parris an attendee commented: “I would like to thank the staff at King Edward VII today. You made us feel so welcome. I’m sure you now realise just how much the old place means to so many and how many experiences and memories are held in those walls! I was really pleased to see it loved again! Thank you.”
Daphne Chennell also commented: “What a great day seeing King Edward VII Estate being brought back to life in such a caring way”
Suzanne Aplin, Sales and Marketing Director at City & Country, comments: “We were delighted to host the nurses and to show them how far the project has come; they provided invaluable support to the local community with their work at the former hospital. With the newly reinstated gardens and measured walks, the Estate has really been transformed. This is such a wonderful journey for City & Country and we are very proud of the results thus far.”
The hospital, which closed its doors in 2006, had fallen into a bad state of disrepair before City & Country acquired the site. “The King’s Sanatorium” was founded in 1901 to care for those suffering from tuberculosis and was officially opened on 13 June 1906 by His Majesty King Edward VII. The Estate is a masterpiece in Arts and Crafts design and was designed by famed architects Charles Holden and Percy Adams.
In 2004 the status of the original buildings of the Estate was upgraded to a Grade II* listing. Heritage specialists City & Country were thrilled to take such a unique project on board. Since taking ownership of the development, they have undertaken the full and apposite restoration work required to regenerate the Estate including restoring the original 1906 light fittings, historic Tudor roses and removing unsightly later additions.
King Edward VII Estate is home to a remarkable collection of Grade II*and Grade II listed buildings, as well as nationally important gardens designed by the renowned horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll. City & Country has expertly restored and converted these heritage buildings to ensure they are sensitively brought back to life. The estate was reopened in April 2015 and is now home to a selection of beautiful apartments, some with balcony views looking over the South Downs National Park.
Properties start from £410,000 and range up to £1,250,000 for a beautiful three bedroom apartment with panoramic views across the gardens to the rolling South Downs National Park. Interested parties should call 01730 81 79 79 or click here. The Sales Suite is open daily 10am to 5pm, postcode for Satelite Navigation GU29 0BJ
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