Royalton's Princess Square development in Esher
PUBLISHED: 14:23 30 August 2011 | UPDATED: 11:08 30 September 2014
The latest luxury addition to Surrey’s property portfolio, Princess Square, which has royalty at its roots, is a stunning private gated community in Esher. Here, Carl Lemmer, sales and marketing manager at the developer, Royalton, which is based locally in the town, reveals what we can expect from this spectacular echo of an 18th century London square
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2011
So, tell us about Princess Square...
It’s a collection of 27 unique and exceptional new homes within a private gated development, designed by Royalton to echo an 18th century London square. There’s a combination of three and four-bedroom townhouses and two and three-bedroom apartments, across three unique properties: Milbourne House, Charlotte Terrace and Leopold Court.
Who was the Princess?
The square is named after Princess Charlotte, who lived on the Claremont Estate (Milbourne House formed part of this original estate) in the 1800s.
The daughter of the Prince of Wales (later King George IV) and his first cousin, Princess Caroline of Brunswick, Princess Charlotte married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfield and the crown presented the couple with the Claremont Estate as a wedding present.
Tragedy struck, however, when Charlotte went into a prolonged and difficult labour in November, 1817, and her child, a son, was still-born. She also became ill following the birth and later died.
Her death was mourned nationally, on a scale similar to Diana, Princess of Wales. Had she lived, Charlotte would have become Queen upon the death of her father.
What is the most interesting aspect of Princess Square’s history?
After Princess Charlotte and her husband moved to the Claremont Estate following their marriage, they later presented Milbourne House to their principal equerry, Sir Robert Gardiner, while living themselves at nearby Claremont House.
Following the tragic loss of Princess Charlotte, Prince Leopold chose to remain at Claremont House, and did so until 1831, when he accepted the throne of the newly independent Belgium.
Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria) was a frequent visitor to the Claremont Estate both as a child and later as an adult. Her beloved uncle, Prince Leopold, would often lend her the use of the house.
What have been the biggest challenges in bringing this historic site into the 21st century?
While retaining many classical exterior elements, each residence features high specification contemporary interiors by Louise Bradley and the very latest technology such as touch-screen lighting controls, advanced audio-visual systems and modern security.
Are there any state-of-the-art features you’re particularly pleased with?
All 27 properties benefit from the latest Crestron home automation system. This controls all of the mood lighting and audio in the property, as well as providing the capability for fully automated blinds and curtains. The system is scalable and depending on the user’s requirements can be upgraded to include movie servers and it can even be controlled by using the client’s own iPhone or iPad.
What was the original draw for you to the Esher area?
Esher has long been a popular address for those who like being close to London but enjoy the tranquillity of a more rural setting. Although officially a town, Esher has the feel of a village, with leafy streets and independent shops. Despite its friendly feel, it’s also a chic place – with a great range of boutiques and salons, and a fine selection of restaurants, bars and pubs.
The property’s royal connections are well-documented, but what clientele are you expecting this time round?
We are expecting and already seeing a consistent profile of buyer. One is downsizers, who have previously lived in sizeable houses and want the same high specification they have become accustomed to, plus the gated privacy and communal gardens to enjoy with family and friends. Equally, we are selling to international buyers, and ‘lock-up-and-leavers’ who spend much of their time abroad. Conversely to that, we also have some young professionals who are scaling up and they are equally attracted by the modern facilities, ease of access to London and contemporary interiors.
What’s next for Royalton?
Having successfully tackled the multiple unit market by completing our first 27-unit development, we have already secured a site in Esher for a further 10 luxury apartments, which will commence this summer.
However, this does not detract from our core business, which is and always will be delivering some of the finest bespoke homes for our private clients. And, as market leaders, we continue to design and build some of the finest residential properties imaginable between £4m and £30m.
Prices at Royalton’s Princess Square development start from £950,000. For more information, call 01372 460862 or visit the Princess Square website
at www.princesssquare.com. Royalton’s head office is at Albany House, Claremont Lane, Esher KT10 9DA
A few more from The Collection…
(Royalton’s Surrey property series to which Princess Square belongs)
Imperial House, Fairmile Estate, Cobham
Set in the much sought-after Fairmile Estate, within walking distance of the picturesque Cobham centre, Imperial House is a stunning white stucco property that can be tailored to your needs, and will be ready for occupation in December 2011, priced at £3.95m.
Hill House, Esher
Set within walking distance of the boutiques and restaurants of Esher High Street, Hill House will be 10 luxury apartments, featuring views over the golf course and Esher Common. Construction on the property is set to begin in September 2011. Prices are available on application
Furze Field, The Crown Estate, Oxshott
This stunning 11,000 square foot Royalton home in the prestigious Crown Estate (long a haven to the rich and famous) is currently under construction and features an indoor pool and spacious landscaped gardens. Price available on application.
- To view the full collection, visit www.royalton.co.uk/collection or call Royalton on 01372 460850.