69-year-old George Wilson had a successful career in Human Resources working for several investment banks. Having lived in the Midhurst area for many years, he had been keeping his eye on King Edward VII Estate before deciding the time was right to move. He says:
“I lived in a six bedroom home in Chiddingfold for fifteen years and then Petworth for five years before I decided it was the right time to move. I had been watching the progress of the development and I thought it would be a place I’d like to move to when the opportunity came. Sadly my wife passed away, but we would have both made it here.”
George loves the fantastic range of local entertainment and activities that the local area provides. He explains:
“Despite moving I’m still part of my old community and there’s just so much to do here, be it sporting or cultural, it’s just a great place to be. There’s everything you want in a five-mile radius; we have Goodwood Racecourse on our doorstep, many excellent cultural festivals, the speed racing and polo as well as special events in the summer. Added to that we’ve got some of the finest pubs and restaurants in Surrey and West Sussex.
“The lifestyle here is great. One of my favourite things to do is to get some lunch at the farm shop, head to the polo grounds and park the car, put the boot up and have a few glasses of wine whilst watching the polo.”
The Estate is home to a range of residents, from young professionals and first-time buyers to retirees and downsizers. George has really enjoyed getting to know his neighbours and the lively social scene that exists at the Estate. He says:
“The Estate is very diverse and you can meet new friends from all backgrounds. There are younger single people, younger married couples and then there are the older people like me who are retired. Once a month on a Friday evening we have a drinks night and use it as an opportunity to meet people. There have been wine tastings and we had a charity Christmas event helping people in the foodbank in Midhurst. There are things going on all the time and people are really friendly, so it’s a great place to be.”
King Edward VII Estate benefits from stunning communal grounds and gardens originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll. These are maintained by the Estate’s management company whilst a concierge service provides day-to-day support.
“The gardens are maintained to the highest possible standards and the Estate’s maintenance fees are cheaper than the costs of gardening when I lived in a private property. The landscaping, the plumbing, window-cleaning and general maintenance - when you analyse what’s provided, it’s superb.
“Having a concierge service and a specialist care team is fantastic. They respond very quickly to any concerns you might have and you don’t have to wait long. You can even call them to check that you haven’t left your central heating on full blast!”