J H Badley, founder of Bedales, moved the school to rural Hampshire in 1900 so that students would benefit from clean air and a close connection to the landscape. The 120-acre estate includes playing fields, orchards, woodland, pasture and a nature reserve; the countryside comes right to the heart of the schools.
An eclectic mix of buildings adds to the charm of the setting; they range from the modern, custom-designed classrooms at Dunhurst and Dunannie through to the grade-1 listed Lupton Hall and Memorial Library at Bedales (designed by Ernest Gimson and completed in 1921), and two, contemporary, award-winning buildings - Olivier Theatre (1997) and the Orchard Building (2005).
The three schools share the following facilities:
Bedales has exceptional IT facilities with wireless coverage across the campus and students can have their own laptops configured for use with the school system.