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St Elphin's Park.....

St Elphin's ParkNo doubt many former pupils, teachers and staff of St Elphin's School are wondering what has happened to the school and whether, in fact, it is still in existance - particularly those who may not even be living in the UK anymore.

Once a Victorian spa before becoming St Elphin's School, the main school building (St Elphin's House), chapel, dormitories and grounds are currently being sensitively restored into a luxury retirement village by Audley Court Ltd. Indeed, there are already some residents on site enjoying their new homes.

Although work had been delayed over the last two years due to the economic climate, the long await is now over, and work recommenced in January 2011. The refurbishment contract for St Elphin's House and Thornton Mews has been awarded and work has now begun in ernest.

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In addition to the original main school building (St Elphin's House) which will eventually be converted into apartments and The Audley Club, there are various private plots of apartments and cottages which will be given names in memory of St Elphin's School. These are Chapel Mews, The Lodge, Thornton Mews, Devonshire Court, Powys Court, Hopkins Court, Robinson Court, Kennedy Court and Pollard Court.

Once the whole project is complete, facilities available at St Elphin's Park will include:

 

St Elphin's Park• Restaurant and bistro bar
• Lounge
• Library
• Health and well-being centre
• Croquet area
• Tennis court
• Fitness pool
• Gym
• Hair salon
• Treatment rooms for
  beauticians, physios and
  therapists
• Round-the-clock security
• On-site services such as
  Home Care, Personal Care,
  cleaning and laundry
• 2 Guest rooms in St Elphin's House

If you enjoyed your time at St Elphin's School and would like to be a part of history in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, why not consider retiring to St Elphin's Park? For further information click on the link below.

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The above information, photographs and images are all © Audley Court Ltd and have been reproduced on this website by kind permission.

Additional News.....

Grand Opening – St Elphin's House, 13th September, 2012

The main building of St Elphin's School was sandblasted in 2011/12 and has now been converted into a Residential and Leisure Centre. The building was opened as St Elphin's House on 13th September, 2012 by Lord Edward Manners, owner of Haddon Hall. It is good news for Old Elphinians in that the main school building has been retained – and returned to its original colour! – and it has retained the name of St Elphin's.

I was fortunate to be invited to the Grand Opening of St Elphin's House and, in fact, there were only two pupils present along with three members of the teaching staff - Miss J. Crook (Deputy Head Mistress, 1978 - 1999), Mrs R Cuff (Infants Teacher, 1986 - 2004 and Deputy Head Mistress, 2005) and Miss P J Simpson (Biology Teacher, 1986 - 1988). There were approximately 180 people present at the opening consisting of residents, Audley staff, guests and, of course, Old Elphinians! St Elphin's House was opened by Lord Edward Manners, owner of Haddon Hall.

St Elphin's House now consists of 8 luxury apartments and a deluxe health club:

Ground Floor: Orangery Restaurant, Bistro, Drawing Room, Library and Audley Club Leisure Centre (swimming pool, gym, meetings room, hair salon, treatment rooms, health & wellbeing centre), one 2-bedroom apartment. Non-residents of St Elphin's Park are able to apply for membership of the Audley Club Leisure Centre.

First Floor: Chatsworth Guest Room, Two 2- bedroom apartment,Two 3- bedroom apartment

Second Floor: Haddon Guest Room, Two 2-bedroom apartment, one - bedroom apartment

Please click on the photo below to view the complete album of St Elphin's Park - all photos © Liz & Mike Donlan. I have annotated the photographs as accurately as possible and have indicated what the original use of some of the rooms was. However, the use of the rooms changed over the years and it would be difficult to state every single use so everything is relating to the 1960s and 1970s!

Liz Donlan


Topping Out Ceremony, Robinson Court, 27th February, 2013

I was honoured to be invited to the Topping Out Ceremony for Robinson Court, along with Judy Crook (former Deputy Head Mistress 1979-1999) and Rosemary Cuff (former Acting Head Mistress at the closure of the school). Robinson Court is a new build which will consist of 20 luxury one and two bedroom apartments and is named after Miss Robinson, Head Mistress 1958 - 1975.

 

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