About Pax Hill Care Home
The original building at Pax Hill has a very interesting history. It was once home to Lord Baden-Powell, founder
of the Scouting movement. He owned the property from 1918 to 1938.
The house was originally called Blackacre, and was
bought with a gift from Olave Baden-Powell’s father.
During their time at the house, the Baden-Powells
renamed it Pax (peace) Hill – and added two wings.
The west wing was designed by Robert Baden-Powell
himself and he also modelled the frieze for the new
bathroom, depicting fish in the River Wey. Scouts and
Guides used to camp on either side of the drive.
In 1939, the Baden-Powells moved to Kenya, and
Robert Baden-Powell died in 1941. The following year,
during World War II, Pax Hill was occupied by Canadian
military troops, and as recompense, Olave Baden
Powell was awarded a ‘grace and favour’ apartment in
Hampton Court Palace.
After the war, Olave gave Pax Hill to the Girl Guides Association to be used as a centre for members from the Commonwealth of Nations. The house became a Domestic Science Training School run on Guiding principles. In April 1953, Pax Hill was sold with the consent of Olave Baden-Powell – and it has been in the possession of the current owners as a residential and nursing home since 1988.
Some other interesting things to know about Pax Hill:
- Unlike many other care homes, Pax Hill Care Home is not part of a chain or a group. We’re a privately owned, independent company, and a family business – which means we are able to offer a very personal level of service.
- The homes are registered to care for a range of disabilities, and these different categories mean we can provide a continuity of care for changing conditions.
- Pax Hill is situated in the historic, picturesque village of Bentley in the county of Hampshire, close to the Hampshire / Surrey border. The village is just off the A31 about five miles Southwest of Farnham or 5 miles north east of Alton and nestles in a small shallow valley through which flows the River Wey.
- Bentley’s fame is predominately as a village that has changed very little in the last 100 years. It has been the subject of Radio 4 and ITV programmes following the lives of some of its inhabitants.
The best way to find out about Pax Hill, and to get to know us, is to come and visit the home yourself. Call Jane on 01420 525882 to arrange a visit.