The Old Pheasantry
A Brief History
In 1972 the private owner of the Old Pheasantry sold the house to the Department of Transport when the construction of the M25 began. It was then leased to the Elfrida Rathbone Society, which used it as a children's holiday hideaway on Colley Hill.
For the last 25 years The Old Pheasantry has been owned and managed by The Land and City Families Trust, although it is known and loved by many as simply The Old Pheasantry. Our target groups of children come from Greater London and the Southeast.
The Land and City Families Trust
The aim of the charity is to offer short breaks to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to enjoy the open spaces that the local surroundings can offer them. Many of the children experience unhappy family backgrounds and cope on a daily basis with the entirely undesirable but all too common problems of living in a big city. Sadly some of the children that stay at the house are subject to supervision and care orders.
The Old Pheasantry can provide a safe environment in which the young groups can live and carry out group activities. It also provides a base from which the visiting groups of children can return from day trips such as a day at the seaside or local sports centres or just a day in the beautiful countryside that is just on our doorstep.
During any one-year we can have up to 40 groups of children staying at the house. The visit is not only beneficial to the children but can offer respite to the parents as well. In many cases the visiting groups bring trained staff, as so many of these children require special care and routine.
The age of the children span between 6 and 16 years and our aim is to offer short breaks at affordable prices.
The Old Pheasantry Charity is able to do this by its own fund raising efforts, attending local fêtes and events and of course, generous donations. Our visitors can enjoy: 3 acres of garden, BBQ area, outdoor play area, centrally heated house, self-catering modern kitchen facilities; sleeping for 28 with bedding provided.