Royal Herbert Pavilions, Gilbert Close, Greenwich

Branch: Blackheath

£1,350,000 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 Receptions

A fabulous opportunity to be part of a remarkable piece of historic architecture whilst becoming the custodian of this unique structure which we can truly say is unrivalled within the Capital.

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • En Suites: 1
  • Receptions: 1
  • Kitchens: 1
  • Tenure: Share of Freehold
  • Sale By: Private Treaty
  • Number of Bedrooms

    2 Bedrooms

  • Number of Bathrooms

    2 Bathrooms

  • Number of Receptions

    1 Receptions

  • Tenure

    Share of Freehold Tenure


A fabulous opportunity to be part of a remarkable piece of historic architecture whilst becoming the custodian of this unique structure which we can truly say is unrivalled within the Capital. With two double bedrooms (one of which is found on the mezzanine level with an en-suite shower room), a large bathroom and the truly awe-inspiring living area, this incredible apartment was once the chapel for the officers and men who occupied the Royal Herbert Hospital, built in 1865 to accommodate British soldiers who fought in the Crimean War.

It was designed by Captain Douglas Galton, a cousin to Florence Nightingale, and built using a revolutionary "pavilion" design, each ward connected to a central corridor in order to maximize light and fresh air. Named after Sir Sidney Herbert, minister for war during the Crimean conflict, the site was enclosed within 19 acres of landscaped gardens. The design of this building quickly became the template for many similar hospitals throughout the country.

Throughout its long and illustrious history the hospital has treated soldiers injured in both world wars, it remained in military service until 1977 when it was superseded by the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital built just down the road in Woolwich. Saved from demolition and awarded Grade II Listing the building has been sympathetically restored to its original glory and now provides superior accommodation to discerning residents.

With an on-site gym, pool, sauna, tennis court. bar and beautiful communal gardens there is plenty to do within the development. It's centrally located so you can easily access Blackheath, Greenwich, Woolwich, Eltham and Bluewater shopping centre. You also have Oxleas Woods which no doubt offers plenty of great memories for those who live locally. Any re-decorating the owners have done over the past 20 years has been in-keeping with the original design and character of the chapel.

Share of Freehold
Lease due to extended to 999 years

Key Points

  • Converted Chapel
  • Lots of History
  • 2400 Square Foot
  • Share of Freehold
  • Tennis Courts / Gym / Pool / Sauna
  • Large Communal Gardens


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Blackheath Area

Blackheath still retains its traditional “village” feel with local shops and individual restaurants. This area is bordered by the magnificent Heath, steeped in history and now used for many leisure activities including the London Marathon, regular kite flying competitions as well as seasonal fairs, a circus and an annual music festival. Greenwich Park containing the Royal Observatory, Deer Park and the Ranger’s House is nearby. There is direct access to central London via BR from Blackheath Station. New, vibrant and exciting, Kidbrooke Village offers a variety of high quality flats surrounded by open green spaces. An ideal location for young professionals. Charlton has a clear and separate identity, rising from “the valley” towards Shooters Hill. Home to Charlton Football Club and with many of the major retailers established along the Woolwich Road you are never far away from a spot of retail therapy or sporting activity. Shooters Hill forms part of the direct route from London to Dover via the A2 with easy access to Woolwich and beyond. Properties in this area are mainly traditional family homes with on and off-road parking and individual gardens for relaxation. Lee is the “crossroads” where the A2 Dover Road and A20 route to Folkestone divide. Bordered by the South Circular, it provides easy access to all destinations whilst Lee, Hither Green and Grove Park BR Stations provide direct access to London and beyond. Lee High Road contains many individual shops whilst the shopping centre at Lee Green includes a large Sainsbury’s supermarket.

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