Go-to-ribbon-cutter Angela Rippon will be wielding the oversized scissors on Saturday as Home of Compassion, billed as the UK’s most luxurious care home, officially opens its doors.
The property, which has a longer stretch of Thames riverfront than every millionaire’s mansion bar Hampton Court, offers residential, nursing and dementia care.
An open day in April saw over 400 people visit the residence. Caring Homes, which has spent almost a decade bringing the property back to life, said that pre-opening reservations increased steadily during the promotion.
Built in 1786 on the banks of the River Thames and overlooking Hampton Court, the Grade II listed building will be the flagship home for the Caring Homes Group.
The state of the art project provides nursing and dementia care for up to 78 elderly residents in modern and luxurious en-suite bedrooms. Fees are expected to start at £1500 per week, a new benchmark for the ultra-luxury care home market.
Community areas include a bistro, private dining room, cinema, hair salon and therapy room, quiet lounges and activity rooms. The home also benefits from terraces on to gardens that have been beautifully landscaped by our Chelsea Flower Show gold winning designer.
Bringing Home of Compassion back to life has not been straightforward for Caring Homes. In 2010 it was asked by the local council to increase security at the disused building after squatters moved in.
The operator was already spending £27,000 per year maintaining the integrity of the property after it was closed for renovation in 2008.