When Bryan, 45, and Paul, 46, started to consider life away from the capital, they knew that what they were looking for was a big ask, but found a home which ticked every box at City & Country’s King Edward VII Estate in Midhurst.
Retiree Bryan explains: “We have owned various homes across London since our early twenties, but our best was our stunning warehouse in St Katherine’s Dock which we completely renovated, thinking it would be our forever home. However, after a few years we were keen to start a different adventure and find somewhere with a slower pace of life.”
The couple knew that they wanted some peace and quiet outside of the city but were also keen to find a happy medium between countryside escapism and plenty of amenities. They also wanted luxury conveniences, such as a concierge, swimming pool and gym, but were aware their wish list was potentially unrealistic. That was until they discovered the renovation of the Grade II* listed hospital in West Sussex.
“The key thing for us was finding a balance between the quality of life we had in London, without the frenetic pace that came with it,” Paul, an investment banker, continues. “We’ve definitely found that here at King Edward VII Estate: a magnificent and unique building, nestled in acres of natural beauty but with all the modern luxuries we wanted and more.
“On our doorstep is the South Downs National Park, Cowdray polo, theatres, Goodwood, country pubs, incredible food and local produce - we’re spoiled for choice with things to do locally, if anything we do more here than before! It’s central to everything we need, with London still only 50 minutes away and the coast 35-40 minutes’ drive, with stunning countryside in between.”
Bryan says: “Paul commutes into London, and I quite often pop back into the city to see friends. The journey is rather pleasant and straight forward, and the drive to the station, winding through the country roads, is so lovely too, you feel a million miles away from the busyness of the city.”
Paul concludes: “One of our favourite things about King Edward VII is the community. In London, people keep to themselves, whereas here the thing we noticed straight away was the feeling of warmth and inclusion from other residents. The building City & Country has renovated has such an important history that everyone feels privileged to be a part of it. We thought we’d compromise our lifestyle by moving here, but we’ve definitely enhanced it.”