King Edward VII Estate



"Lady Penelope have been contracted by ‘Encore’ Estate Management company to work at the King Edward VII Estate since 2016 and during that time we have enjoyed working with a collaborative and engaging team of professional people - who clearly know their job and who undertake the tasks required of them in a considerate and respectful manner. Their attention to detail is excellent as is their knowledge and dedication to their work."

We were thrilled to be a Finalist in the 2018 Horticulture week Custodian Awards for our work here.

Lady Penelope are responsible for the care of the recently restored Gertrude Jekyll gardens, management of the acid grassland and for managing the 100 acre woodland, predominantly pine and beech, on the boundary with Woolbeeding Common. This includes restoration of the measured walks, parkland and communal areas.

In 2018 the Lady P team had great fun re-creating an historic photograph of C1910 gardeners tending the grounds (in fact, they were patients, gardening as part of their rehabilitation) – see our news page.

The gardens and grounds of the King Edward VII Estate near Midhurst are Grade II listed, and were designed by Gertrude Jekyll, the eminent C19th horticulturist, who produced over 40 detailed drawings and planting plans for the site. The building is in the Arts & Crafts style and was designed by two influential architects of the period Charles Holden and Percy Adams. The building itself was opened in 1906 as a leading sanatorium for patients with respiratory diseases, such as tuberculosis. The site has been recently undergoing restoration by City & Country along with the conversion of the hospital building into privately owned apartments.

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