In June, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced it was withdrawing from Jersey having cared for elderly Islanders since 1886 – but not until a new care provider had been found to take over the Jeanne Jugan Residence in New St John’s Road.
Currently, 62 residents live at the home and there are also 20 flats and two bungalows which are used as sheltered accommodation. A total of 103 staff and seven sisters work at the home.
The Winchester office of UK business property adviser Christie & Co and Jersey-based D2RE are handling the sale.
‘This is a unique opportunity for a purchaser to acquire a care home in a prime location in Jersey,’ Christie’s director Charles Phillips said.
‘Jeanne Jugan Residence is well-known in the Island and has tremendous potential to add value for a new owner. In addition to its lovely landscaped gardens, the home’s sheltered accommodation presents the ability to cater for all the care needs of its residents.’
The home occupies a 13.4 vergée site in landscaped grounds with panoramic views over the town and St Aubin’s Bay.
The current facilities were built in the 1980s and comprise 72 en-suite bedrooms, ten guest rooms, a chapel, lounges, dining rooms, theatre and activities room.
Attached to the main building is the sisters’ convent building, which Christie & Co says could be converted into further residents’ facilities, subject to necessary permissions.
The Little Sisters of the Poor was founded in 1839 and arrived in Jersey in 1886.
It moved to the current site – then known as Hautville – a year later and was renamed the Jeanne Jugan Residence in honour of its founder.
In spite of falling numbers, it remains one of the larger Catholic women’s orders with 234 houses and 2,372 members worldwide.