In the Bromley suburbs, Sundridge Park has an impressive sense of arrival, with imposing gates and a leafy road that runs alongside a golf course and leads to a Grade I listed white stucco mansion built by Buckingham Palace architect John Nash.
Such was the estate’s status that Edward VII and Napoleon III attended shooting parties there in the 19th century, before a private golf course was carved out of the valley. The mansion later became a hotel and conference centre, and is now part of a new homes project of apartments and houses following the conversion of a crescent-shaped stable block and the demolition of a Sixties lecture hall.
Two-storey lodge houses, above, have been split into flats by specialist heritage developer City & Country. Prices from £399,950. The original grounds were laid out by the eminent 18th-century landscaper Humphry Repton, whose designs, including annotated watercolours, of Sundridge Estate are on public display at the Garden Museum in Lambeth.