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Musicians' home in £1.6m sale

PUBLISHED: 16:43 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:42 12 August 2010

FORMER RESIDENT: Viola player Len Davis.

FORMER RESIDENT: Viola player Len Davis.

A MANSION which was the UK s only retirement home for musicians has gone up for sale with a price tag of £1.6 million. Ivor Newton House, owned by charity Musicians Benevolent Fund (MBF), in Edward Road, Bromley, is being sold by Knight Frank estate age

A MANSION which was the UK's only retirement home for musicians has gone up for sale with a price tag of £1.6 million.

Ivor Newton House, owned by charity Musicians Benevolent Fund (MBF), in Edward Road, Bromley, is being sold by Knight Frank estate agents who describe it as being "in a highly sought after residential area close to the popular Sundridge Park Golf Course."

The Times reported in August last year how many of the residents were distraught when they were told it would shut.

Speaking at the time, viola player Len Davis, 94, said: "The residents are devastated and some could suffer extreme trauma because they are already living in permanent confusion.

"We came here with good reason to think we would be here for life. The owners knew they expected that. Many sold their homes because they wanted to spend their final years in this environment.

"The MBF should at least have the humanity to run Ivor House down and allow remaining residents to stay."

The estate agents said parties had already shown an interest in turning the 21-bedroom property, which had a Steinway piano in the hall when it was operating as a care home, into flats.

Knight Frank surveyor, Morgan Allen, said: "There is potential for continued institutional use or similar but we are also receiving interest from buyers looking to redevelop well-located sites like this in London into residential, which would be subject to obtaining necessary planning consent."

At the time of going to press, nobody from the MBF was available to comment.

kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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