22nd Oct 2015
Specialist developer, Beechcroft, is renowned for creating high quality homes in outstanding locations but its latest development, Fitzroy Gate, will set a new benchmark for the company.
Due to launch on 1st November, Fitzroy Gate, will showcase Beechcroft’s ability to restore and convert historic buildings into stylish and elegant new homes. It will also demonstrate the company’s skill in creating new homes which sit comfortably alongside period properties in mature, beautifully landscaped settings. The 23 resulting two and three-bedroom homes will offer a superb specification and the period homes will feature a wealth of original features.
Known successively as Isleworth House, The White House and Nazareth House, Fitzroy Gate is tucked away behind a high brick wall on Richmond Road, Isleworth. The estate was once home to the wealthy Anglo-Jewish Franks family who acquired the house in 1748. In 1832, Lady Isabella Cooper (nee Franks) inherited the house and her husband, Sir William Cooper, engaged architect and artist, Edward Blore, to refurbish the house in ‘sumptuous’ style. Blore, best known for completing the work on Buckingham Palace following Nash’s dismissal, designed a white stuccoed mansion with an Italian campanile and bow windows. Sir William enlarged the grounds by buying and demolishing houses to the north and south and even diverted Richmond Road to its current route.
The result was a beautiful house, spectacular setting and a stunning view of the river. In the middle of the 19th century, the Poor Sisters of Nazareth acquired the site and created a convent and school and, later, established a residential home for the elderly. The nuns were responsible for commissioning Pugin & Pugin to design a red brick chapel on the site.
Beechcroft is currently converting the original White House into just six apartments with a further four unique properties in the chapel. Four more homes are being created within The Mews and nine luxurious two-bedroom apartments will be created within the newly built Isabella House.
On the same site, St James will be adding a selection of four and five-bedroom townhouses. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to restore and convert these fascinating buildings and to play a part in the history of this landmark estate,” comments Angela South, Sales and Marketing Director of Beechcroft Developments. “We have already had an overwhelming early response to the signage from local people which bodes well for the future of Fitzroy Gate.”
Beechcroft is a leading UK retirement developer building outstanding homes for the over 55s in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Middlesex, Gloucester and Kent. Beechcroft’s retirement houses and apartments offer award-winning landscaped settings and estate management services, access to shops and services and a community of like-minded people.
This is independent retirement living at its best - perfect retirement properties for the over 55’s to live in or lock up and leave.