Mote House, the magnificent Grade II* listed Georgian building and centrepiece of the luxury Audley Retirement Village, hosted exclusive behind the scenes tours for 200 visitors as part of the national Heritage Open Days, from Thursday 6 September – Sunday 9 September 2012.
The Heritage Open Days, organised by English Heritage, took place across the UK at castles and city halls, private homes and woodland walks, to celebrate England’s rich cultural history and local architectural jewels. Mote House, which was recently reopened after extensive renovation and refurbishment, took part this year for the first time.
Visitors to Mote House were given a tour of the mansion, as well as a chance to wander in the beautiful grounds of Mote Park, near Bearsted. As part of the tour they learnt that the Park was one of the earliest deer parks in the country, while the current House was built between 1793 and 1801. Built originally as a family home, Mote House has since been reincarnated several times, as an orphanage, a nursery organisation and an army headquarters before its present role.
Mote House is now the centrepiece of a new luxury retirement village, sympathetically developed by Audley Retirement. The House itself contains 14 unique apartments, all with original period features. Properties are available to purchase for those over 55 wishing to live an independent and healthy later life in beautiful surroundings.
Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley Retirement, commented: “We are very proud of Mote House, and were looking forward to sharing it with the local community. The response has been overwhelming, so much so that we even came away with a waiting list of people wanting to visit. We now hope to organise future open days to share the magnificent Mote House with the public.
“The village offers residents and members the availability of an exclusive country club, complete with terrace, restaurant and bistro facilities, and a swimming pool.”
Mote House is situated in the heart of Mote Park, which comprises 450 acres of beautiful grounds and wildlife. The Audley Club is open to people over 55 to enjoy and the restaurant will soon be taking bookings for special occasions.