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King Edward VII Estate


King Edward VII sanatorium in Midhurst, West Sussex was opened in 1906 as a leading establishment for the rest and recuperation of patients with respiratory diseases, such as tuberculosis.  It is an Arts and Crafts building designed by two influential architects of the period Charles Holden and Percy Adams.  Gertrude Jekyll, the eminent C19th horticulturist, was responsible for planning the gardens and the surrounding grounds and produced over 40 detailed drawings and planting plans for the site.

The gardens are listed as Grade II and have been recently undergoing restoration along with the conversion of the hospital building into privately owned apartments.  Lady Penelope are responsible for the care of the recently restored Jekyll gardens, management of the acid heathland meadows and for managing the 100 acre woodland, predominantly pine, on the boundary with Woolbeeding Common.  This includes restoration of the measured walks, parkland and communal areas.  The site is in the South Downs National Park Authority.

"Lady Penelope have been contracted by ‘Encore’ Estate Management company to work at the King Edward VII Estate for the past 12 months 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."

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