King Edward VII Apartments, Kings Drive, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0EX, from £200,000, King & Chasemore

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There are now three opportunities for buyers to move into the luxurious estate in the heart of the Sussex countryside, converted from the renowned King Edward VII Hospital in Sussex.

The three flats currently on sale are among the 100-plus luxury apartments in this iconic building. They come complete with gymnasium and parking.

The hospital was opened as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1906 after King Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria, decided to help poor TB patients. It was converted into an NHS hospital in the 1960s and closed in 2003.

Gardens King Edward VII development

Now the estate in Midhurst, West Sussex, which was once home to hundreds of patients, sent there to be nursed in an atmosphere of fresh air and beautiful gardens, is a prestigious address with many of the flats costing top dollar. 

The three apartments currently available range in price from £200,000 to £269,950. All are beautifully presented and offer a great place to either retire, use as a country retreat or as a full-time commuter base, or even as a lock-up-and-leave investment. The wonderful views over stunning countryside are a great part of their appeal.

The listed historic building nestles within the South Downs National Park. The nearest town is Midhurst which offers a wide range of shops, schools, churches, public houses, a sport/community centre, regular bus services and a health centre. Cowdray Park where golf and polo may be enjoyed is nearby and sailing on the south coast is within 20 miles, racing at Goodwood six miles and Chichester Festival Theatre is 12 miles away. Haslemere, with its main line station (Portsmouth/Waterloo) is eight miles north.

Club house King Edward VII development

The beautifully preserved building also houses a club lounge, library, gymnasium and offers concierge service. Outside there is access to acres of stunning grounds for country walks.

The estate is accessed via a gated sweeping driveway and offers exclusive access to acres of grounds, and the gymnasium.

Reception Room King Edward VII development

The estate has been converted into individually designed apartments, each offering something different. A video entry and security code allow access to the magnificent main hall with a lift providing access to all floors.

The King Edward VII Hospital was the brainchild of the monarch, after he was given £200,000 to spend on charitable purposes following his accession to the throne in 1901. He was inspired by similar tuberculosis sanatoriums overseas.

After a public competition to solicit ideas for how to build the new hospital, architect Percy Adams won the commission. The facades were designed by Charles Holden, who later became known for his innovative Tube stations, and leading garden designer Gertrude Jekyll laid out the hospital grounds. Among the fine Arts and Crafts-inspired buildings is an unusual chapel in an L shape, originally so that men and women could each have a separate wing. After 12 years of standing empty, the Grade II listed estate was re-opened as a luxury block of flats, with larger family homes located in the grounds. The sanatorium gardens were restored to their original splendour to boost the attraction of the estate, which is less than an hour from London. Developer City & Country said that the restoration was carried out with particular sensitivity in a bid to undo the aesthetic damage caused by the modern hospital. At the time a spokesman for City & Country said: “Offering a hugely desirable combination of history, stunning listed buildings, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, combined with breathtaking wider surroundings and excellent commutability to local towns and London, the estate is set to become a highly desirable new address for those seeking a beautiful home.”

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