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A landmark tale of seaside living
This iconic seafront landmark has presided over the historical part of the town’s seafront since being established as a hotel in 1888.
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It was built on the site of the Aldwick Manor, and on the momentum of Sir Richard Hotham’s grand scheme to make Bognor Regis an exclusive sea-bathing resort. The building used the two bays from the original manor house for its facade. You can still see these today.
The hotel quickly became a destination for discerning clientele who could step across to the candy-striped Bathing Machines for a restorative bathe in the briny. Perhaps towed in by the Shire horses Major, Beauty or Lion. Through the inter and post-war era, day-trippers would visit by train from London, still seeking its seaside delights and later glamorous 1960s stars passed through to film. As the Solent ebbed and flowed, it continued to welcome each passing generation through its doors.
A look back
A “field of close meadow” is bought from Aldwick Manor for the hotel site
Hotel is designed by local architect Arthur Smith
Building begins using the original two bays of Aldwick Manor – still seen today
The iconic canopied balconies and hipped roofs are added
William and Alice J Jordon are noted as hotel proprietors with eight servants
The Royal Hotel has changed hands to William and Ethel Wallace and their son Douglas
The hotel is advertised as a “first class hotel with all domestic comforts”
The Marchioness of Salisbury and family patronise hotel
Tony Hancock films scenes of Punch and Judy Man here and crew stay in hotel
Jack Rabbit Slims opens
Hotel closes its doors
Regeneration of Royal for luxury seafront living begins
The story continues…
27 luxury apartments with beautifully curated modern interiors, kitchens and bathrooms
Discover The Development
The western end of the esplanade contains the gems of the town’s conservation area. 2020 sees this fading beauty getting the royal treatment with a sensitive conservation of its exterior and reimagined into beautiful, contemporary residential apartments for the best of modern living.
All the little touches have been considered to get the balance of old and new just right. From the moment you step within to every time you leave to take a walk on the beach, or into town, you will pinch yourself that this is home. The Royal – reimagined, now presents a singular moment for you to be part of the next chapter in its enduring story.
We are proud that the local, heritage award-winning, construction company King & Drury are appointed to carry out the restoration and interior works at The Royal for build excellence.
Be part of the next chapter
To find out how you can buy your apartment in this landmark building
get in touch direct with the developer Nick Laurence