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If you go down to Crown Wood today

16th October 2014 Print
Crown Wood

Properties within a national park in England are of 58% more expensive than the country average, according to Lloyds Bank. The premium is linked with the high quality of life associated with living in a beautiful area. Millgate’s prestigious new development Crown Wood, nestled in the 165 acres of woodland in the King Edward VII Estate in Midhurst, is set to impress potential purchasers who are looking for a bespoke country home set in the magnificent South Downs National Park.

Comprising of just eight highly coveted, five bedroom, triple-garage detached houses, the properties will be designed in an Arts & Crafts style ranging from 3,500 to 4,800 sq ft. Each property will be meticulously crafted with landscaped gardens, fringed by coppices of mature trees, while each home will be a testament to the skills of architects and designers, some split over two floors and others over three.

Sales and Marketing Director for Millgate, Jonathan Cranley comments: “Imbedded in history, The King Edward VII Estate has provided us with the rare opportunity to create country homes cushioned by the breath taking backdrop of the South Downs. We expect future homebuyers to be delighted by the individually designed properties, created to best reflect the use of the space and light in this enchanting woodland.”

Regarded as an irreplaceable heritage asset of national and local significance, the former King Edward VII Sanatorium Hospital and gardens is being renovated by heritage developer City & Country, for which Millgate residents will be able to benefit from the on-site amenities. Plans for the estate include a swimming pool, tennis court, gym and concierge service. Residents will also have access to some of the original hospital communal areas, including the dining room which will be available for events.

In addition to this, the estates unique Grade II listed chapel with views over the grounds will be occupied as a community shop/café offering Millgate residents easy access to basic supplies and a wonderful space to socialise. The King Edward VII Estate Gardens, originally designed by 19th century landscape designer, Gertrude Jekyll, will also be brought back to their former glory.

The measured walks first introduced by the hospital in the early 1900s, involved a series of routes around the estates through mature oak woodlands and heathlands, expected to cure patients of ailments with fresh air. These public walks are to be reinstated and enjoyed leisurely.

Close to the old market town of Midhurst, paths and bridleways extend across the county — providing breaths of fresh air to walkers, off-road cyclists and pony-trekkers. Midhurst is superbly preserved architecturally; many of its cottages’ vivid yellow doors and window-frames show them to be owned by the Cowdray Estate. And nearby Cowdray Park is the wondrous home of Sussex Polo.

The Goodwood Estate is just over half an hour away, which is the site of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, The Goodwood Revival and the glorious Goodwood racecourse, with events taking place in the summer season.

Although situated in parkland surroundings adjacent to Midhurst, Crown Wood is well positioned for travelling, as the A286 runs through the town, north to Haslemere and south towards Chichester. The A272 provides westward links with Petersfield and the A3, with Billingshurst in the east. The nearest rail station is Haslemere (6 miles to the north) which is on the London Waterloo to Portsmouth line.

Prices at Crown Wood start from £1.6 million. For more information, visit

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Crown Wood