After being put up for sale by for £5 million by the previous owners who ran an international school from the site – Bawsdsey Manor has been sold for an undisclosed sum to PGL – an established company that has sites across the whole country offering outdoor adventure holidays for children
On their website PGL have announced:
“OPENING SUMMER 2017 – Bawdsey Manor, a centre like no other!
We’re really excited to announce that we will be opening our newest centre, PGL Bawdsey Manor, in Suffolk, this summer and it’s a truly stunning place!
Bawdsey Manor is a remarkable Grade II* listed, private site, sitting in 144 acres of parkland and woodland and facing directly onto the beautiful Suffolk coastline, at the mouth of the River Deben. Steeped in history, it has a substantial main house that is said to resemble the Queen’s residence at Sandringham and a host of other listed buildings and gardens throughout the property.
Until last year it was a renowned international school as well as a family home and has many existing facilities as a result, including a sailing school and boatyard, tennis courts, squash courts, dining room, classrooms and accommodation.
In the next few months we will be busily preparing Bawdsey for the first stage of its new future as a lively PGL adventure centre, by adding many new PGL activities and preparing for Adventure Holidays guests to arrive this summer.
We are just putting the finishing touches to our initial Adventure Holidays line up for this summer and will be updating our website with all the details very soon. If you would love to join us this year and be one of the first to see what we’re so excited about, call us now to make sure we have your details, so we can let you know as soon as we open for bookings.”
PGL takes its name from the initials of its founder – Peter Gordon Lawrence – who started leading canoe trips down the River Wye in 1957. The initial market was young adults but during the early years PGL established a key position in the organised school group travel market. Lawrence died in 2004 following complications with a heart condition and the company was sold in 2007 to Holidaybreak Plc and formed the first part of the Holidaybreak ‘Education Division’.
The company claims to deal with 17,000+ children a year and 7,000 schools.
Their website continues:
“At PGL, we believe adventure is crucial in children’s lives. It’s also a bit different, more challenging, outside your comfort zone. A treasured experience, that’s talked about and remembered. Being away from parents, trying new things, gaining confidence, making new friends, being more self reliant, being encouraged to grow. Enjoying the freedom of the outdoors.
When it comes to growing up, we think that these things aren’t just important – they’re vital”
They also cater for international students:
“Your clients will use English on an informal basis as they participate in outdoor adventure activities with young English people on their holidays.
They’ll visit cultural and historical sites close to our centres – and have the chance to interact in English of course.
And they can choose to study in a formal setting with daily English Language tuition in small classes run by CELTA qualified staff.”
Editors comment:This is good news in that the land had not had to be sold off for housing and the estate will remain intact. But with Bawdsey Radar Trust in the process of upgrading the Transmitter Block with a £1.8 mill heritage lottery grant it is hoped that this new company recognize the historic importance of the Manor in the context of RADAR and are easier to deal with for Bawdesy Radar Trust than the previous incumbents.