Not all of Landmark's buildings are available for self-catering holidays. Most are, but we also have a portfolio within our Legacy Estate, which comprises buildings in our care (large and small, residential and commercial) that we let on a longer-term basis. This estate in turn provides reliable and valuable income for our charitable work.
A gentleman called Paul Mallier had admired the Landmark Trust through his work in the travel industry, although he’d never stayed in one of our buildings. He visited us at our exhibition stand at a Luxury Travel Fair some years ago and it was in the summer of 2013 that we first spoke to him about the potential gift of his flat to us. We met with Paul to discuss his wishes and we took the opportunity to make him aware of our Legacy Estate.
Paul subsequently included this amazing gift to us in his Will. He attended several events held exclusively for supporters who are leaving gifts in their Wills. It was at one of these that our Chairman, Neil Mendoza, was able to thank him personally for his generosity.
Sadly, Paul died in 2015 and we recently took over ownership of his flat. It occupies the top four floors of a converted Victorian water tower at Netherne-on-the Hill, Surrey. The Tower once formed part of the site of Netherne Hospital, founded in 1905 as an asylum, designed by George Thomas Hine. The hospital closed in the mid-1990s and ten years later many of the hospital buildings had been demolished to make way for new housing. However, the magnificent water tower, with its spectacular views of the distant London skyline was retained and divided into flats.
We carefully considered the future use of the building with Paul and he left it to us to decide how best to use his wonderful gift. After much thought we have decided that the setting, a large intensive residential development, and ease of conversion of the property meant it was more suited to the long-term tenancy solution. Following some general maintenance and decoration it has been added to the Landmark Legacy Estate.
Landmark is extremely grateful to Paul for his magnificent bequest, made in memory of his late wife, Nancy (née Guard). His gift will ‘keep on giving’ by generating vital and valuable funds for our work. His great foresight and generosity will long be remembered.
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Sackville House is another example of a building left to us as a Legacy