Thursday, 9 July 2009
I've often passed the fabulous Victorian gothic pile at Virginia Water and wondered what it was. Well now I know. It's a collection of beautifully restored grade one listed dwellings, where even the communal pool has a painted hammerbeam ceiling.
What was it? Thomas Holloway had it built in the 1870s as an "asylum for the mentally sick of the middle classes" with the enthusiastic backing of the 'Commissioners in Lunacy'
Now Foxton's estate agency has a four bedroom residence there up for rent at £25,000 a month (or £5,769.23 per week, they say). Not much has changed!