City & Country sets new record at the WhatHouse? Awards 2023
Four unique homes now available within the historic former Engine House
Leading heritage developer City & Country has released the final and limited collection of conversion properties at its award-winning King Edward VII Estate in Midhurst, West Sussex.
The exclusive collection within The Engine House comprises just four homes that are all completely unique, but with each benefiting from private balconies, terraces and gardens, spacious open plan living areas, and a high-quality specification that takes its design cues from the industrial nature of the building’s prior use.
As its name suggests, The Engine House previously served the main sanatorium with power, including the laundry, heating and hot water services and telephones. It also hosted two large Lancashire boilers which generated steam to power the electricity for the estate, installed in 1905.
Beautifully appointed interiors are sensitive to the historic building. They are cleverly designed to maximise the internal space and champion the original features, which include iron roof trusses and roof lanterns, glazed brickwork, large feature windows, fantastic high or double height ceilings, terrazzo flooring and original staircases.
Kitchens have luxurious grey finishes, with traditional shaker-style units, white marble style worktops, premium Siemens appliances and a wine cooler. Bathrooms are cool and contemporary with Laufen Pro sanitaryware, Hansgrohe chrome brassware and porcelain and ceramic tiling to the floors and walls.
Sophisticated finishes, including polished brass ironmongery and cast-iron radiators, provide a final touch of class while acknowledging the Engine House’s industrial past. Modern luxuries make the properties exude elegance and add style, with Amtico herringbone flooring and 100% wool carpets, underfloor heating to ground floors and LED lighting.
Principle bedrooms are complete with en suites and private dressing areas or built-in wardrobes, giving a boutique hotel feel, while further bedrooms are generously sized and served by sumptuous bathrooms and shower rooms.
Buyers will also benefit from fibre optic broadband (providing high speed and reliable internet connection) and smart technology, including Nest thermostats and SimpliSafe intruder alarms.
Residents at The Engine House will have access to the Estate’s extensive amenities and facilities, which include a concierge, spa-style swimming pool and gym, as well as the unique communal rooms in the converted sanatorium, including the former Ladies’ Reading Room and Dining Hall – both offering elegant extensions to buyers’ homes and ideal spaces for relaxing, socialising or working.
A rich history
The Estate remains an outstanding example of Edwardian architecture and design. Its buildings, originally designed by Arts & Crafts architects Charles Holden and Percy Adams, offer a wealth of features that celebrate layout, design, and decoration. They were officially opened by His Majesty King Edward VII in 1906.
The landscaping on the Estate was the vision of nationally significant Gertrude Jekyll – the beautiful gardens included terraces, pathways, hedgerows, and herbaceous shrubs, and combined with the wonderful South Downs parkland to create 165 acres of idyll.
Over a century later, City & Country has restored and converted the Estate into a wide range of high-quality homes and reinstated the Jekyll-designed gardens, providing residents with an expansive, private haven like no other.
An unrivalled location
Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, a dedicated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Estate is surrounded by a beautiful English landscape. Residents can take advantage of the beautiful scenery, as well as the charming surrounding towns and villages.
The quaint market town of Midhurst is only a few miles away, while Haslemere, just seven miles away, has a wider selection of boutique shops and independent restaurants and cafes. There are several excellent pubs and restaurants as well as small boutique shops, well-known high street brands and supermarkets.
The location offers all the benefits of rural living within easy access to the M25 via the A3 and is just 45 miles from Heathrow and 39 miles to Gatwick. Commuter train links to London are excellent, with journey times of services from nearby Haslemere Station less than an hour.
The exclusive, limited collection of properties within The Engine House has guide prices from £960,000 to £1,375,000.