National property consultancy Carter Jonas, has announced the launch for sale of a rare refurbishment and development opportunity in Avening.
The parkland which surrounds the property adjoins Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Estate.
The opportunity centres around The Old Quarries, a substantial Grade II listed former residence, and the 7.3 acre (2.95 ha) grounds which have detailed planning consent for the refurbishment and conversion of several existing buildings, to include The Old Quarries, and construction of six new dwellings.
The house was originally constructed in the 19th Century and later owned by Viscount Lee of Fareham who extended it, constructing a gallery to house his collection of artwork in 1938. During World War II, it housed artworks from the National Gallery and more recently it was used as a residential school for children with special needs. The property features large rooms with high ceilings, some original features and a historic walled garden.
The planning consent allows for change of use of existing buildings from Residential Institution Use (C2) to Residential Use (C3) to form 11 homes, through a combination of renovation, demolition and rebuilding.
Steve Morris, Partner, Planning and Development, Carter Jonas, commented: “We are very pleased to have a role in the future of what is undoubtedly an exciting and unusual development opportunity. We anticipate significant interest and have high aspirations for a sensitive redevelopment of this special building and its beautiful surroundings.”
A microsite containing further detail has been created and access details are available here.
The closing date for tenders is 12 noon on Thursday, January 18th, 2024.