Home of Compassion has just entered a new chapter in its history as the flagship home of Caring Homes. The beautiful 18th Century Grade II* mansion overlooking the river in Thames Ditton has been painstakingly restored and added to, creating a state-of-the-art home with facilities to rival a top hotel. Now boasting 78 en-suite bedrooms, Home of Compassion offers residential, nursing and dementia care.
Throughout the project the architects and builders working closely with planners, Historic England, Listed Building and local residents to create a home of unprecedented luxury that is already in high demand. In the nine weeks between the marketing suite opening at the end of February and the home opening at the beginning of May more than a third of the rooms were reserved. Some of the first to be sold were the eleven exceptional bedroom suites in the main house. Not only has Caring Homes kept the unusual name of the home – dating from when the house was bought by Anglican nuns in 1905 – they have retained as much of its significant character and features as possible.
After planning permission was granted in September 2013, MP Brothers were awarded the building contract and work began on site early in 2014. The main house needed considerable restoration and improvement following decades of a minimal investment, and the adjacent Chapel and Priory were also completely renovated and extended. In addition an adjoining 43-bed new build East wing has been added, the design of which takes inspiration from the main house with similar brickwork and features which blend sympathetically.
The magnificent first floor library is just one of many impressive reception rooms, its semi-circular window bay a forming prominent feature on the rear façade of the house. In this room alone the cornicing, dado and picture rails have been restored by experts as has the floor, plus the joinery of the bookcases lining the room together with the 28 rare verre eglosimé panels set within them. Both the original and new buildings have delightful furniture and furnishings in keeping with both the heritage of property and the practical needs of the new residents. Founder Director of Caring Homes, Helena Jefferey oversees the choice of interior décor personally. Each room has a different decorating scheme for individuality and, in the case of residents living with dementia, to aid recognition.
Facilities and services include a full concierge service including dry cleaning and floristry orders, two hotel-grade kitchens, a cinema room, Sky+ in all rooms plus room service included within the weekly charge. Experienced Home Manager Avril Jones has been with Caring Homes since 2011, and is focused on giving each resident the opportunity to live their life as they wish to.
Managing Director of Caring Homes, Laird MacKay says: “Caring Homes has made a significant investment in ensuring that Home of Compassion leads the way in luxury in the sector, using our in depth knowledge of the local area. We are absolutely delighted to be opening such a prestigious home which meets the high expectations of residents both in quality of surroundings and quality of care.”
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