Richard Powell takes over as the new general manager of Grove Place, a glorious 27-acre estate where his grandfather and mother lived in the 1960s
Richard is delighted to be returning his roots which is now a vibrant retirement community run by LifeCare Residences.
His grandfather previously owned the neighbouring fields to the great Romsey estate in Hampshire and lived there with Richard’s mother Diana Jarvis in the 1960s.
Diana was Head of Nursing and Senior Matron at Embley Park School (when Grove Place was called the Atherley and merged with Embley).
The estate is steeped in history. The great house was originally commissioned in 1561 by James Paget and purchased by King Charles 1 in 1630.
Then in 1860, the celebrated former Prime Minister Lord Palmerston bought it and leased it as a farmhouse.
In more recent times it was established as Northcliffe School in 1961, later to become the Atherley School until 2006.
Grove Place is now a vibrant retirement community with extensive amenities including a restaurant, coffee lounges, bar, pool, gym and everything you would expect from a five-star hotel, with a wealth of activities and events hosted throughout the year.
The new general manager has an extensive background in luxury hospitality. He is the former General Manager of the historic New Place hotel in Shirrell Heath in Hampshire and former Chairman of the Southampton and Region Hoteliers Association.
“It feels amazing to be here at Grove Place, where 50 years before, my mother and grandparents lived,” enthuses Richard.
“It’s an incredible, vibrant community and there is something very magical about the ambience and family feel. I am excited to be joining Grove Place which is the perfect mix of my background in hospitality and connections with care, as well as my strong family links to Grove Place itself.
“My Mum tells me stories of walking to Nursling Church on a Sunday morning and how it was previously fields (before the motorway was built) and how grandad used to have racehorses in the bottom field. “
It really feels like home and I am looking forward to working to improve the lifestyle on offer to all the residents who have chosen to call Grove Place home.”
Grove Place Village, Upton Lane, Nursling, Southampton SO16 0XY www.groveplace.co.uk