Modern living in historic Tunbridge Wells
Royal Wells Park is a sought-after neighbourhood in the heart of Tunbridge Wells town centre. A walk-through Tunbridge Wells is a stroll through history; visit one of the leafy parks and gardens, listed buildings, museums, or galleries. Relax in a café in The Pantiles or indulge your appetite in any of the quality local restaurants. The Assembly Hall Theatre and Trinity Theatre play host to a variety of live performances to suit all tastes. Anyone who enjoys shopping will find plenty of temptation amongst the town’s boutiques and high street stores. Located just off Mount Ephraim, one of the town’s most sought-after streets, homes at Royal Wells Park are inspired by the traditional Regency and Kentish architecture with steep pitched roofs, classic red brick and Juliette balconies. There is an abundance of green space, benefiting from mature trees, a children’s play area and a water feature in the centre of the development which reflects the spa towns heritage.
Royal Wells Park was built on the old site of The Kent and Sussex Hospital which was built on the site of a mansion called Great Culverden House, designed by Decimus Burton. The foundation stone was laid by the Duchess of York in 1932. The hospital building was designed by Cecil Burns, a local architect, and opened in 1934. The original building was surrounded by lawns on three sides, but the hospital expanded upwards and outwards over the decades. This expansion included the installation of six wartime emergency huts shortly after the hospital’s completion; four of these huts were still in use as wards into the 21st century.
Nearby Pembury Hospital was rebuilt as the Tunbridge Wells Hospital in the 2000s. Services were then transferred from the Kent and Sussex Hospital, which closed on 21 September 2011. Planning permission was granted to the Berkeley Group to redevelop the hospital site for a mix of housing, offices and a school in December 2012. Sustainability is at the heart of Berkeley. Its single biggest contribution is to create new places that grace their surroundings and will stand the test of time.
The Berkeley Group is the only house builder to have won the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development twice, in 2008 and 2014. In 2015, it was voted Britain’s fifth most-admired company across all sectors and also named British House builder of the Year by the Sunday Times.
The property was built in 2018 to a high specification with light, spacious accommodation arranged over four floors, with ground floor level entry into a wide hallway linking through to the smart wine room/study, utility room, cloakroom and the integral garage, with remote control doors. Driveway parking and further visitor parking is also available.
The raised ground floor has a formal and stylish living room with a Juliette balcony. The Leicht kitchen with integrated Siemens appliances, beautiful Silestone quartz worktops with full height painted glass splashbacks are fitted with a range of integrated Siemens appliances. The dining area has bi-fold doors out onto the landscaped town garden which is both ideal for entertaining and easily maintained. You can relax with a glass of wine while listening to music in the kitchen/dining room, sitting room and wine room through the zoned Sonos sound system. Or if you are working from home there are USB sockets in the kitchen, sitting room and master bedroom.
The principal bedroom suite is on the second floor with a well-appointed en-suite shower room and balcony to the front; a further double bedroom is also on this floor. The third and fourth double bedrooms can be found on the top floor with a family bathroom. Everything has been thought out intricately, from the textured wallpaper to the small but perfectly formed Georgian-type garden, and all of it, is the epitome of luxury living.
This property is on the market for £895,000. For further details contact Becky Card, Savills Estate Agents, Tunbridge Wells, on 01892 507000.