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Midhurst Magic; the King Edward Estate redevelopment

From hospital to homes - the ultimate makeover! Come and have a snoop round this amazing redevelopment of historic buildings in Midhurst.

Who doesn’t love a happy ending? At Muddy we love historic properties – all those gorgeous period features and character that give your home the wow factor.

And, the beautiful King Edward Estate in Midhurst has had the ultimate makeover – a former hospital with an interesting history that’s been cleverly transformed into stylish apartments and houses by the UK’s leading heritage developer City & Country. But what’s its’ story? Lets have a nose;

Healthcare endorsed by a King

In 1901 “The King’s Sanatorium” was founded to care for those suffering from tuberculosis and was officially opened on the 13th June 1906 by His Majesty King Edward VII, who gave permission for it to be named after him. At the time it was heralded as a significant advancement in the treatment of the sick, where the importance of rest, relaxation, fresh air and light were incorporated into the buildings and surroundings and seen as equally important as the medical intervention. After the eradication of tuberculosis it was transformed into a modern hospital admitting NHS and private patients with all types of illnesses, specialising in cancer care, cardiology and facial reconstruction.

Design & Architecture

The hospital was designed by Charles Holden and Percy Adams, the former going to become a leading English architect best known for his designs London Underground stations in the 1920’s & 30’s. He was also a highly regarded figure in the architectural community, with Charles Rennie Macintosh being one of the key figures he is known to have influenced. The hospital was highly acclaimed in the architectural press at the time and was said to be “one of the finest of the time” in the Royal Commission survey of English Hospitals: 1660 to 1948. Charles Holden could have been a Sir, but turned down the offer.

The main entrance before and after

Mid-century expansion

Until the 1950’s the building fared well, with the necessary extensions being designed in a sensitive manner. However, from the 1960’s onwards such sensitivity was put aside, with the practicalities of a hospital being the overriding influence leading to unsympathetic modern additions made to the original Grade II and II* listed buildings.

Original dining hall, now a stunning reading room

The hospital eventually closed in 2006 and thereafter, it lay abandoned and in decline.

In 2009 City & Country purchased the Estate. All unsightly interventions were removed and the buildings meticulously restored to their former glory.

The reading room

King Edward VII Estate today

The estate in Midhurst sits within the South Downs National Park an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in West Sussex. Comprising a unique mix of Grade II and II* listed buildings which have been meticulously restored and converted into exceptional apartments, duplexes and houses combining all the original character features of the existing buildings with a stylish modern specification.

In addition, ten beautiful, traditionally designed new build cottages, in the latest phase at King Edward VII Estate will complement the historic buildings and boast light-filled, flexible living spaces. The homes are surrounded by 165 acres of glorious private woodland – hugely popular with the Estate’s many dog owners. The Gertrude Jekyll gardens have been reinstated as closely to her original planting intentions and provide an oasis for residents to enjoy all year round.

A number of measured walks have been restored and lead you out to National Trust Land, perfect for those who love exploring and spending time in the great outdoors. There is also a collection of fantastic communal areas, from the tranquil restored reading room (above), with wonderful views of the landscaping to the boutique lounge where residents can socialise and enjoy a cup of coffee. Exceptional facilities include a private gym, spa-style swimming pool and steam room. Convenience, efficiency and a warm welcome are provided by the Estate’s Concierge, who can accept deliveries and hold keys.

The Engine House

A collection of just four exclusive properties are the latest phase to be released at the renowned King Edward VII Estate.

Just look at those interiors!

The Engine House at King Edward VII Estate

The four available homes in the Engine House are all completely unique, but each benefit from private balconies, terraces and gardens, spacious open plan living areas, and a high-quality spec 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 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 and 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 (above), 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.

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.

Properties within King Edward VII Estate’s Engine House are priced from £960,000 to £1,300,000.

TV’s George Clarke at the development

1 comment on “Midhurst Magic; the King Edward Estate redevelopment”

  • Carolyn Whitehorne January 26, 2022

    Lovely story behind an interesting historic building!


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