A remarkable former school near Dorking has gone on the market with Knight Frank.

The 14 buildings of Belmont School at Holmbury St Mary in Surrey are being sold on behalf of Glen Carter and Phillip Sykes of RSM UK Restructuring Advisory LLP, who were appointed joint administrators of Belmont School (Feldemore) Educational Trust.

The school has operated as a co-educational day and boarding school with a nursery, prep, and senior school for 70 years.

Included in the sale are teaching and boarding accommodation, dining hall, theatre, sports hall, early years centre, headmaster’s house, as well as various outbuildings. The school grounds extend to more than 44 acres and include two hard surfaced playing areas, playing fields, formal gardens, woodland, as well as outdoor tennis courts and a heated outdoor swimming pool.

The Grade II listed property was originally built as a country house called Feldemore for Edwin Waterhouse, co-founder of the accountancy practice of Price Waterhouse.

The house, built around 1880,  was requisitioned by the British Army during World War Two and was later leased to the  Admiralty for 10 years. It was built partly of Bargate stone and still retains many significant architectural period features, including original William Morris wallpaper in the dining room.

Emma Cleugh, head of education & charities at Knight Frank, said: “The property offers an outstanding turnkey opportunity for another school or education provider or could potentially be used for residential development or commercial, subject to obtaining planning permission and listed building consents. We expect to see a generous pool of interested buyers, a property of this quality in such a desirable location is a rare offering to the market.”

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