First time buyers Adam and Jennifer Bridger have bought an apartment at King Edward VII Estate, a restored and converted Grade II* Listed sanatorium in West Sussex. Both were attracted to the development’s fascinating history and character. Jennifer, an artisan crafter, explains:
“We love it. The location and the history of the building particularly appealed to us as we always look for something that is unique and unusual. The Estate is certainly that! We like being in the country but not too far from civilization. We especially love our spiral staircase and the beautiful surroundings.”
Originally designed to serve as a specialist tuberculosis hospital, the sanatorium was officially opened by His Majesty King Edward VII on 6 June 1906. The hospital and surrounding buildings were designed by renowned Arts & Crafts architects Charles Holden and Percy Adams, with the attractive gardens designed by famed horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll.
However, Adam and Jennifer were not originally looking for a heritage property. Adam, who runs his own company, had clients based mostly in Surrey, so the couple started searching for a home close to that area. Adam says:
“We wanted to buy a place of our own and had been living in a new build development near Esher in Surrey. We found out about the Estate via Rightmove and we didn’t know much about the area before moving here. We weren’t searching for a home in a Listed building, but we love that we own a piece of history now, the Estate has such a great story.”
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