By 1969, with boarding schools becoming less fashionable, the decision was taken to close Tortington Park School at the end of the summer term. In 1970 the buildings, tennis courts, pool and twenty acres of land were sold to New England College for use as its UK campus. The college based in Henniker, New Hampshire, USA wanted to provide an opportunity for students to study England and the campus opened in 1971, provided for the needs of over 180 students.
New England College
The college closed in 1998 due to a drop in demand for places. The estate was then sold to Dore Park Ltd and subsequently to Sea Containers Properties for redevelopment. Many of the buildings were partly demolished and rebuilt to modern standards, while others were converted to provide modern accommodation while retaining the original period exteriors. The majority of the development was completed by late 2001, with the site of the sanatorium being sold in 2003 to a local builder for major reconstruction, which was completed in July 2004.
When Sea Containers Properties decided to rename the property Tortington Manor, they were reflecting its varied and interesting nine hundred year history. Today, Tortington Manor is surrounded by 17 acres of woodland and well tended gardens. The future of the estate is now in our hands, we are making history every day!