Saturday, April 13th, 2024

Wildernesse House opens its doors to the Sevenoaks Community so they can see the impressive refurbishment work

MEMBERS of the Sevenoaks community and several town dignitaries were invited to take a tour of the refurbished Wildernesse House – formerly Dorton House School for the Blind – on Thursday (28 March).

SPADE WORK: Town Mayor Roderick Hogarth prepares to plant a rose bush, assisted by Sevenoaks District Council chairman Pat Bosley.

The development by Pegasus Life includes 23 one and two bedroom apartments in the original house which has connections going back to Henry V111. Eight two-bedroomed mews houses have also been built on the site of a former stable block and there are future plans for more properties in the grounds of the 24-acre estate.

Sevenoaks Town Mayor Roderick Hogarth was invited to plant a Lady Hillngdon Rose Bush in the gardens to the front of the historic main house and remarked that 204 years ago in 1815 several lime trees were also planted in the grounds to celebrate a visit from the Duke of Wellington.

During the tour guests were able to see a new restaurant which will be open to the public. Although the restaurant building has a sleek modern look, the structure has been built with a nod towards the Victorian glasshouse that once stood beside the main building. There is also a pool, spa and fitness area in an impressive Wellness Suite.

There are several pictures from the Community event below, but for more photos and a look back at the history of Wildernesse House, see the previous story on My Sevenoaks Community by CLICKING HERE

Prices for the Wildernesse House apartments start from £649,950 (Mews Houses), and £925,000 (the Main House). You can book an appointment to view the properties at Wildernesse House by calling 01732 510150 or email:

TEA TIME: Guests mingle over drinks and refreshments in the main hall.

PIECE OF CAKE: Sevenoaks Town Mayor Roderick Hogarth cuts a celebration cake while a string quartet plays at the top of the impressive main hall staircase.






PLACE IN HISTORY: A memorial stone was placed at the base of the cherry tree.

MASTER CHEF: Canapes being prepared in the new restaurant.

PLATING UP: The new restaurant will be open to the public.








STEPPING OUT: Town Mayor Roderick Hogarth with his wife Mary on the steps of Wildernesse House.

OPEN DOOR: One of the attractive long hallways leading to the Wellness Suite.

CHEERS: One of the apartments at Wildernesse House even has its own Gin Room built in.

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