The first homes for sale within The Mansion at Sundridge Park are nearing completion, following extensive restoration work by award-winning heritage developer City & Country. Located in Bromley, the outstanding Grade I Listed mansion was designed by legendary architect John Nash, with the surrounding gardens designed by Humphry Repton. These famously received Repton’s “Red Book” treatment – handwritten landscaping proposals which were presented and bound in Moroccan leather.
The Sundridge Estate dates back to 1200, with the Mansion recognised as a nationally significant heritage asset that has passed through the hands of English nobility, including the Bishop of Rochester. The majestic building has now been transformed into a boutique collection of spectacular period properties, which will soon be launched for sale.
As part of the conversion, an abundance of original features has been retained and enhanced, including unique alcoves with original decorative plasterwork, wall and ceiling cornicing, window shutters and oak fireplaces. One of the most striking properties incorporates the huge original wine cellar, whilst others situated within the building’s iconic rotunda boast views over Sundridge Park Golf Club.
“It has been a privilege to restore such an architecturally significant building,” said Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country. For a company like ours, it is a joy to rediscover so many magnificent original fittings, details and fixtures, enhancing these for future generations to enjoy and bringing the building back to life with a suitable use for many years to come. The Mansion at Sundridge Park combines world-class building design and iconic landscaping which makes it an incredibly attractive new residential address.” she added.
The Mansion boasts a distinguished history and owes its existence to Edward George Lind, who in 1792 set about greatly improving the estate, enlisting the help of Humphrey Repton, the last great landscaper of the eighteenth century.
To help potential clients visualise his ideas, Repton produced books bound in red leather, illustrated with annotated watercolours and overlays to show 'before' and 'after' views. Repton advised on the siting of Sundridge Mansion in his Red Book of 1793 and produced a layout for formal pleasure grounds to the east of the Mansion. Remarkably, the estate has survived largely in the form depicted by Repton, with the Red Book for Sundridge now on permanent display at The Garden Museum in London.