One of the most beautiful landmark buildings in Southport has been converted into a unique luxury development with new homes now on sale. 

Developer Schemeglobal Properties has masterfully transformed a 19th century Grade II Listed Victorian villa on Westcliffe Road in Birkdale into ‘Wybourne Gate,’ providing six unique and bespoke apartments with original features in the lovingly restored building. It has also built a series of two and three bedroom town houses. 

Wybourne Gate is being marketed by local estate agents Arnold & Phillips, which has offices in Southport, Ormskirk and Chorley.  

For 50 years the original building, built in the 1860s, was home to Sunnymede School, under much-loved headteachers Alan and Katy Pattinson, followed by Simon and Vicki Pattinson. 

The school closed in the summer of 2010, just months after celebrating its 50th anniversary. Before closing, it was Southport’s last ever independent school. 

Wybourne Gate is just a short walk from historic Lord Street and Southport town centre in one direction, and Birkdale Village with its famous collection of independent shops in the other. 

Home owners at Wybourne Gate can also enjoy stunning views across Victoria Park and the coast, with the Irish Sea glistening in the background. The park is home to popular events including Southport Flower Show, the British Musical Fireworks Championship, Southport Food & Drink Festival and Comedy At The Park. 

Guided tour of Luxury Development Wybourne Gate, Southport – YouTube

Arnold & Phillips Regional Manager David Moorcroft said: “I am really excited about this property and the unique features it has to offer.

“We are delighted to present this stunning collection of two and three bedroom new build houses, and apartments.”

The luxury homes inside the original villa include a three bedroom triplex apartment, set over three floors. 

Many of the building’s original features have been restored including a marble feature fireplaces, detailed ceiling, beautiful stained glass windows, intricate coving, and original architraves and doors. 

Even the gardens have been lovingly restored. They were created by legendary landscape architect Edward Kemp, who was one of the leaders in the design of parks and gardens during the Victorian era. He created the nearby Grade II Listed Hesketh Park in 1868. 

Wybourne Gate on Westclife Road in Birkdale, Southport. Photo by Arnold & Phillips Estate Agents

One of the mews properties is currently being presented as a show house, to give viewers an idea of what their new home could look like. Every other unit is a blank canvas with developers willing to work with clients to put their own finishing touches to create their dream home. 

Wybourne Gate is set back from Westcliffe Road along a large driveway, with a planning application submitted to create a gated community to ensure both privacy and security. 

The Grade II listed villa, which was home to Sunnymede School, has been hand crafted to create a selection of one, two and three bedroom bespoke apartments that masterfully blend the traditional 19th century period features of this intricate and exquisite building with the contemporary high end fixtures and fittings expected of any modern development. 

Wybourne Gate on Westclife Road in Birkdale, Southport. Photo by Arnold & Phillips Estate Agents

Prices start at £320,000. 

Envisioned, designed and meticulously constructed by widely celebrated and highly regarded Schemeglobal property developers, no expense has been spared in lovingly and thoughtfully restoring the former glory of the stunning architecture on display throughout this impressive building.

Wybourne Gate was completed last year as the Covid-19 pandemic struck the UK and went on the market in June 2020. 

Arnold & Phillips has created a special video presentation of the development using drone footage and a guided tour with David Moorcroft to allow viewers the chance to see the properties for themselves from the comfort of their own homes. 

Current Government guidelines allow for viewings to take place in a Covid secure manner. 

Some of the people who have viewed Wybourne Gate have been former Sunnymede School pupils. 

David Moorcroft said: “We have had a few former pupils viewing the development. It has been a real talking point, I imagine people have been telling their family and friends all about it. 

“We had one former pupil who really wanted to buy one of the apartments but unfortunately the chain he was in fell through. 

“We have had lots of interest from all kinds of people. Wybourne Gate is perfect for people who may have bigger properties but may want to downsize to a luxury development. It would make a great bolthole for someone, or a perfect place for younger buyers. 

“It is in a stunning location, just a short walk away from Lord Street and Birkdale Village, while it is also close to Victoria Park. People living there will be able to see events such as the musical fireworks or Southport Air Show through their windows! 

Wybourne Gate on Westclife Road in Birkdale, Southport. Photo by Arnold & Phillips Estate Agents

“They could walk across and be at Southport Flower Show or Southport Food and Drink Festival in just a couple of minutes.

“We are trying to sell a lifestyle to people. Apartment 4 is our only showhome, our other units are shells that allow us to work with clients to create a bespoke home for them.” 

Right now could be a perfect time to buy. 

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is due to announce his Budget this week, when he is expected to extend the current Stamp Duty holiday for home buyers.

Wybourne Gate on Westclife Road in Birkdale, Southport. Photo by Arnold & Phillips Estate Agents

David Moorcroft said: “If, as we believe will happen, the Chancellor extends the current Stamp Duty holiday, then that would massively help the housing market. 

“On a £500,000 new home, it would see people save around £15,000 which would certainly help.”


  • Wybourne Gate in Birkdale, Southport, is on sale with Arnold & Phillips Estate Agents, with prices ranging from £320,000 to £520,000. 


Please contact Arnold & Phillips by email at: or phone: 01704778668. Arnold & Phillips is based at 47 Hoghton Street, Southport town centre.

Wybourne Gate on Westclife Road in Birkdale, Southport. Photo by Arnold & Phillips Estate Agents


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