Old hospice site up for sale

Mill Gap House SUS-141209-105243001
Mill Gap House SUS-141209-105243001

The former St Wilfrid’s Hospice property is to go under the hammer in November.

The large house, which was converted in to a hospice, will be auctioned off with Clive Emson Auctioneers on November 4 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel with a guide price of between £650,000 and £700,000.

This comes after the charity, which has been providing end of life care in the town for more than 30 years, moved to a new state-of-the-art building in Cross Levels Way earlier this year.

The new hospice, which boasts a gym and stunning gardens, was officially opened by HRH Duchess of Cornwall Camilla in March.

Known as Mill Gap House, the building in Mill Gap Road has a floor area of 19,000 square feet.

It is set within 0.8 acres of gardens which have been enjoyed by the hospice’s thousands of patients and visitors over the years. There is also a detached granny annex in the grounds. The property is being marketed by Ross and Co and Rager and Roberts. Traditionally built as a family home from the late Victorian period, the agents suggest a range of other possibilities for potential buyers including a care home or language school.

It has also been suggested by estate agents that the property be converted to provide residential units or that the site be redeveloped completely. Planning permission would be needed for any change of use. Originally St Wilfrid’s Hospice bosses had hoped to stay at the Mill Gap Road building and applied for planning permission from Eastbourne Borough Council to redevelop the site. That application was turned down.

Kara Bishop, hospice chief executive, said, “This old Victorian family home served St Wilfrid’s very well for nearly thirty years. It is a beautiful old house and a lovely location, with views across the town to the sea from the first floor. To ensure we can continue to run the hospice in any event we set aside a fund that covers three months running costs, the proceeds from the sale of Mill Gap House will provide this critical safety net for the charity.”