Metis Homes Commences Construction at Second Easebourne Site with Cowdray Estate

Hampshire-based Metis Homes has commenced construction at its second site in Easebourne, in partnership with Cowdray Estate. Known as Royal Green, the new exclusive development will see the complete renovation of the Old School House to create three Mews Cottages, as well as 17 new family homes.

Located on the northwest side of Easebourne Street, the 2.1ha (5.2 acres) development comprises the Grade II Listed former village school and associated grounds. The development is situated in the Easebourne Conservation Area and is surrounded by large open fields with expansive views of the countryside.

In total, the Royal Green development will create 20 characterful new homes, with six of them being allocated as affordable housing. The homes will consist of semi-detached and detached two, three and four-bedroom homes and two-bedroom mews cottages converted from the Grade II listed school building. The development is expected to take 18 months to complete.

Adam O’Brien, Managing Director of Metis Homes, said:

“We are delighted to have now started construction at our second site in Easebourne, which is being delivered in partnership with the prestigious Cowdray Estate. The redevelopment of the Easebourne School site – which has been vacant for several years – will embrace the core character of the village and cultural heritage of the site, revealing and safeguarding the significance of the former school and its listed buildings.”

All of the homes will have energy efficient features, including EV charging points and air source heat pumps, ensuring future residents can significantly lower their carbon footprint and benefit from energy savings. Parking is available for each property, including private driveways, parking courts, and space for street parking.

The scheme will include two new courtyards, embracing the farmstead style found elsewhere in the village. The material palette will include stone, intricate detailing on openings, window patterning, and decorative brickwork.

Public open green space will be created on the site, as well as wildlife corridors and new planting, to create both recreational and ecological benefits. Metis Homes and Cowdray Estate have worked together to produce a landscaping plan and a bespoke solution to address water neutrality.

The Cowdray Estate is famed for hosting the British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup, as well as its award-winning Farm Shop and Café, extensive outdoor pursuits – including an 18-hole Championship golf course – and thriving events venues.

Easebourne is 0.8km north of the town of Midhurst, and on the A272 and A286 roads. Residents can get to London Waterloo via travelling to Haslemere train station, which is a 15-minute drive, with the train journey to central London taking an hour. The M25 is accessed via the A286 and A3. Larger towns such as Guildford is a 44-minute drive to the north, and Chichester is a 33-minute drive heading south.