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November 4, 2018

Calling for a Coup

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests the mess that is currently Britain needs a wake-up call and it needs a coup   It’s all David Cameron’s fault: There was no need for him to call a referendum on leaving the EU and all that has resulted – in the wake of him walking away in the most cowardly … Continue reading “Calling for a Coup”

August 24, 2018

Elvira Mullens Barney (1904 – 1936)

by General

Though considered one of society’s “Bright Young Things,” the “morally dubious” daughter of Sir John and Lady Mullens was just a tempestuous coke addict who got away with murder.   Separated from her supposedly violent American singer husband, John Sterling Barney, and living with an “extravagant, bisexual waster” named Michael Scott Stephen in 1932, Elvira … Continue reading “Elvira Mullens Barney (1904 – 1936)”

August 7, 2018

A Magnificent Mammoth Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Jacobean prodigy house in Hampshire for sale for £10 million; it allegedly is haunted by 14 ghosts and comes with planning permission to create a mammoth 57,000 square foot single residential home   In April 2017, The Steeple Times featured the sale of a vast New Jersey mansion named Darlington. Offered for … Continue reading “A Magnificent Mammoth Mansion”

April 14, 2018

Alexander van der Zwaan

by General

“Playboy” turned lawyer Alexander van der Zwaan had it all but destroyed his reputation after being jailed for 30 days for lying to the FBI in April 2018 over Russia’s links to President Trump’s election campaign. Aside from receiving positive publicity in Tatler after marrying Eva Khan, daughter of a Ukrainian-Russian billionaire named German Khan, … Continue reading “Alexander van der Zwaan”

November 29, 2017

The Stars of Beel

by Matthew Steeples

Neglected Georgian mansion that has been home to Sir Dirk Bogarde, Basil Dearden, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Matt Aitken and Robert Kilroy-Silk for sale for 39% less than it sold for in 2014   A dilapidated Grade II* listed country house whose extensive roster of owners numbers aristocrats, rock and film stars and politicians is … Continue reading “The Stars of Beel”

November 11, 2017

A Modern Beauty

by Matthew Steeples

“One of Britain’s finest 20th-century country houses” has been placed for sale for £20 million; it comes with 530 acres and was built by the late businessman Sebastian de Ferranti in the 1980s   One could imagine being in the early 18th century or in Italy even on first taking a look at the Palladian … Continue reading “A Modern Beauty”

November 10, 2017

Exposing Traditional Britain

by Matthew Steeples

After far-right Traditional Britain Group is exposed in an ITV documentary, oddball founder and ex-jailbird Gregory Lauder-Frost responds   Last night ITV screened an hour long documentary that “examined the resurgence of the far right in Britain; its expansion on and use of the Internet and social media; the internationalization of the far right with … Continue reading “Exposing Traditional Britain”

November 4, 2017

A Wheel Window

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Tudor open hall house in West Yorkshire for sale; it comes complete with a replica cabin from a 1920s ocean liner and an ‘apple and pear wheel window’   Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near the Rochdale Canal in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, Wood Lane Hall is a Grade … Continue reading “A Wheel Window”

October 24, 2017

A Messed-Up Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Dilapidated Grade II* listed South Yorkshire Georgian mansion for sale for a sum 25% lower than it was marketed for in 2014 but 185% more than it was valued at in 2016   Empty country houses become liabilities and in the case of Hickleton Hall in South Yorkshire, the result of years of neglect will … Continue reading “A Messed-Up Mansion”

September 11, 2017

A Cheap Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Part refurbished Irish Georgian stately home for sale for just £136,000; it was originally built by the Fry family   What could be one of the cheapest Georgian stately homes ever has been placed on the market for just £136,000 ($179,000, €150,000 or درهم658,000).   Three storey, five bay, mid-18th century Frybrook House in the … Continue reading “A Cheap Mansion”

September 8, 2017

A Magnificent Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Delightful West Country estate with Elizabethan manor house and 450 acres of land for sale for £7.95 million   Launched to the market in May for £8.75 million ($11.55 million, €9.60 million or درهم42.42 million) with 538 acres of land, Higher Melcombe Manor at Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester in Dorset is now available for a … Continue reading “A Magnificent Manor”

July 9, 2017

Breaking For Gold

by Matthew Steeples

Thatched seaside cottage in West Sussex for sale; it has a plot laid out in the style of the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning garden of 1936   A thatched seaside cottage on what has been described as “the Sussex Riviera” has gone on sale for £3.25 million ($4.19 million, €3.67 million or درهم15.39 … Continue reading “Breaking For Gold”

July 4, 2017

Anything But Liberal

by Matthew Steeples

Former Liberal Democrats headquarters for sale for somewhat reduced but still anything but liberal sum of £36 million (to include a Rodin)   A building that was originally the London office of the North Eastern Railway Company and the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party and then their successors, the Liberal Democrats, between 1982 and … Continue reading “Anything But Liberal”

June 23, 2017

Pricey Pickhurst

by Matthew Steeples

130 acre Surrey estate with gardens by Arabella Lennox Boyd for sale for £28 million (or £13 million more than it was marketed for in 2013)   A Surrey estate has gone on sale for 87% more than in was offered for four years ago.   Featured in Country Life in 2013 whilst for sale … Continue reading “Pricey Pickhurst”

June 8, 2017

A Villa In The Sky

by Matthew Steeples

Gargantuan Mayfair aprtment goes on sale for £30 million; it has eighteen windows facing Hyde Park and is in a building designed by the architect of Broadcasting House   A vast maisonette, described as a “villa in the sky”, on London’s Park Lane has gone on sale for £30 million ($38.8 million, €34.6 million or … Continue reading “A Villa In The Sky”

June 6, 2017

A House of Hide

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Kent townhouse for sale for just £166 per square foot; a similarly sized property in Knightsbridge would set you back £2,000 per square foot   A freehold 2,500 square foot detached 15th century timber framed house just 23 miles south of London has gone on sale for the lowly sum of £166 … Continue reading “A House of Hide”

June 4, 2017

London

by Matthew Steeples

Donald Trump’s response to Saturday’s London terror attack was wholly inappropriate   After the recent attack on Manchester, we saluted Donald Trump for having “spoken for the majority” in referring to the evil suicide bomber as a “loser”. Last night, however, after a similarly evil assault on London, the 45th POTUS got it completely wrong … Continue reading “London”

May 29, 2017

Best in Britain

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – “Nationally important” Grade II* listed Berkshire mansion in 130 acres for sale for £26 million; its interior is yet to be renovated   A Grade II* listed building capable of being reinstated as one of Britain’s finest country houses has just been placed on the market for £26 million.   Benham Park – … Continue reading “Best in Britain”

May 27, 2017

Robert Adam

by General

With such a name, this suave gent just had to design landmarks. University of Westminster educated and Hampshire based Robert Adam (born 1948) followed his more famous namesake (1728 – 1792) and became a designer of “progressive neo-classical style buildings” in 1975. He won “the richest prize in architecture” in January 2017 and counts the … Continue reading “Robert Adam”

May 21, 2017

A Milder May

by Matthew Steeples

As Theresa May’s lead in the poll halves and Jamie Oliver criticizes her policy on universal free school lunches for infants, we call on voters to act with their feet and remind the Tory leader that moderates still deserve to be heard   There’s no point denying Theresa May will win on the 8th June … Continue reading “A Milder May”

May 19, 2017

A Highly Priced Hall

by Matthew Steeples

Queen Anne house in South Yorkshire for sale for punchy sum of £1.2 million   An architecturally striking four-storey Queen Anne house in South Yorkshire is for sale for £1.2 million ($1.6 million, €1.4 million or درهم5.7 million) in spite of standing on a small plot that is overlooked by its now converted former outbuildings. … Continue reading “A Highly Priced Hall”

May 18, 2017

Fergus and Judith Wilson

by Matthew Steeples

Fat former boxer and Toad of Toad Hall-like figure of fun Fergus Wilson and his equally badly dressed Hyacinth Bucket-like wife, a former maths teacher named Judith, banned “coloured people” from renting the 1,000 properties they own in Kent “because of the curry smell at the end of the tenancy”. They were also revealed to … Continue reading “Fergus and Judith Wilson”

May 10, 2017

Rich Pickings

by Matthew Steeples

Trophy house with a “dictator interior” in The Boltons has nearly £10 million sliced off its asking price; iceberg home behind reduced by £5 million   A house in London’s second most expensive street has returned to the market at the much reduced price of £30 million ($38.8 million, €35.5 million or درهم142.6 million) in … Continue reading “Rich Pickings”

May 7, 2017

I Capture the Castle

by Matthew Steeples

12th century castle and romantic ruin in Herefordshire for sale for £1.495 million; a title to go with it is available also   A part restored castle on the English-Welsh border is back on the market after its buyer pulled out at the end of last year. Wilton Castle-on-the-Wye at at Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire’s story … Continue reading “I Capture the Castle”

May 5, 2017

Bored of Black Tie, Crushed by ‘The Club’

by Matthew Steeples

As black tie bonanzas deservedly take a bashing, we ask: “What’s next for Britain and America’s party paraders?”   Last May, the acerbic Spectator columnist Taki wrote a brilliant opinion piece bemoaning the ghastly affair he believed New York’s Metropolitan Museum Gala had become. It perfectly summed up the vulgarity of an age where Kardashians … Continue reading “Bored of Black Tie, Crushed by ‘The Club’”

May 4, 2017

A Kinky Car

by Matthew Steeples

1960 Bentley S2 currently owned by musician Sir Ray Davies to be auctioned; he wrote the hit song ‘Apeman’ on its back seat   A 1960 Bentley S2 owned but rarely used by Sir Ray Davies CBE – best known for hits with The Kinks that included You Really Got Me and All Day and … Continue reading “A Kinky Car”

May 1, 2017

Turncoat Tory Predicts Troubles for Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Scandal prone Tory activist turned Jared Kushner employed journalist Andre Walker claims Theresa May is fearful of electoral disaster due to MPs from her party likely being jailed   A widely criticised one-time Tory activist turned journalist with links to the party’s dubious 2015 ‘battlebus scandal’ has claimed that “a criminal investigation is the real … Continue reading “Turncoat Tory Predicts Troubles for Theresa”

Domesticity Above A Canal

by Matthew Steeples

Conversion of “one of Europe’s first purpose-built office blocks” for sale; £3.5 million Grade II* listed Georgian house in Bath literally straddles a canal   Some people dream of living beside a lake or a river, but a Grade II* listed detached property recently placed on the market in Bath gives anyone with £3.5 million … Continue reading “Domesticity Above A Canal”

April 30, 2017

A Marmite Aston

by Matthew Steeples

One-of-one left-hand drive 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage convertible in ‘Fury Yellow’ to be sold; it is a prime example of 1980s excess and a car you will either love or loathe   A 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Zagato that was the only left-hand drive example produced is to be sold by auction … Continue reading “A Marmite Aston”

April 25, 2017

Michael Heaver

by General

The co-owner of the right-wing Westmonster website terms his ethnicity “milk bottle white” and claims there are “tons of burkas” on the streets of East London. Naturally a fan of Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump and of the belief that England is the land of “soft justice”, Michael Heaver loathes what he describes as … Continue reading “Michael Heaver”

April 23, 2017

Living Large

by Matthew Steeples

New Jersey mansion, complete with 58 rooms, for sale for equivalent sum to what it cost to build in 1909; the £37 million house’s original owner was a man whose extravagance knew absolutely no bounds   George Crocker (1856 – 1909) makes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby seem like an amateur. Born in Sacramento and … Continue reading “Living Large”

April 19, 2017

Mugged by May

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May’s gamble to go to the country will likely pay off, but is it good for Britain?   Theresa May supposedly decided to go call a snap election after a trip to church and a walking holiday with her garden gnome-like husband, Philip, in Wales over Easter. She has taken a gamble but given … Continue reading “Mugged by May”

April 10, 2017

Taking the Tito

by Matthew Steeples

Ex-Marshal Tito Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet for sale for staggering sum 1,598% higher than similar examples owned by other dictators   “Benevolent communist dictator” Marshal Josip Tito, 1st President of Yugoslavia (1892 – 1980) had use of a Boeing 727 plane, a private train and a 55-foot yacht but now the 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman … Continue reading “Taking the Tito”

April 3, 2017

Over-Engineered

by Matthew Steeples

Essex “neo Georgian Palladian” residence created from an ordinary detached house marketed for £5.4 million; it is a bit of a mish-mash and described as “over-engineered”   Estate agents normally wax lyrical about properties they are marketing but in the case of £5.4 million ($6.7 million, €6.3 million or درهم24.8million) Threshers House at Threshers Bush, … Continue reading “Over-Engineered”

March 12, 2017

Chop the Charitycats

by Matthew Steeples

As San Francisco socialite and clothes horse Joy Venturini Bianchi is highlighted to be an American version of her fellow former ‘charitycat’ Lady Meyer, it’s time that charities worldwide were better regulated   In Britain, in 2011, the “Chanel-clad” wife of the former British ambassador to Washington, Lady Meyer, faced criticism after The Telegraph revealed … Continue reading “Chop the Charitycats”

February 12, 2017

Mind Your Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Quintessential English manor house for sale   A typical English manor house has been placed on the market for £3.85 million ($4.8 million, €4.5 million or درهم17.7 million).   Grade II* listed The Manor House at Cholderton, near Salisbury in Wiltshire dates to around 1700 and is primarily built in red and blue brick in … Continue reading “Mind Your Manor”

February 6, 2017

Sex and the Single Zillionaire

by Matthew Steeples

Belvedere, CA home of late tech billionaire and author of ‘Sex and the Single Zillionaire’ Thomas Perkins for sale; he entertained amongst others Sophia Loren and Rupert Murdoch there   Thomas Perkins (1932 – 2016) had it all. Born in New York, this Harvard University and MIT graduate made his fortune in Silicon Valley, California … Continue reading “Sex and the Single Zillionaire”

January 22, 2017

A Happy House

by Matthew Steeples

Berkshire country house named “Gays” for sale   Not connected with the LGBT community in any way, but in fact named after a man named John Gays, “Gays” at Holyport, near Maidenhead in Berkshire dates to around 1456 and is currently for sale for £5.95 million ($7.36 million, €6.88 million or درهم27.05 million).     … Continue reading “A Happy House”

December 8, 2016

Sexing up Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Defrocked priest appears outside the Supreme Court dancing a jig without any trousers; he believes Nigel Farage was “sent by Christ”   This week, as the Supreme Court debated one of the most serious constitutional cases in history, a strange little man dressed as a leprechaun danced a jig whilst holding placards about Nigel Farage, … Continue reading “Sexing up Brexit”

February 15, 2016

Selling Clifford

by Matthew Steeples

Max Clifford attempts to sell his bland and frankly boring £3.45 million Surrey home for a million more than he paid for it

February 9, 2016

A muscular Mercedes

by Matthew Steeples

Muscular 1990 Mercedes-Benz offered for sale for a higher price than when new

January 19, 2016

Colditz comes to Shropshire

by Matthew Steeples

Shropshire cottage with a most unusual secret for sale for just shy of £200,000

January 18, 2016

HRH Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark

by General

One of five children of an exiled prince and hedgefunder and an American heiress, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark was born in New York and grew up in Cheyne Walk in London.

November 5, 2015

Club class

by Hugo Campbell-Davys

Hugo Campbell-Davys tours London’s latest private members’ clubs

October 9, 2015

Miller and Goliath

by Matthew Steeples

Gina Miller of the True and Fair Campaign and SCM Direct takes on big brand UK fund companies over their attempts to avoid transparency

October 5, 2015

Cleaning up

by Matthew Steeples

£56 million EuroMillions winners to sell their £4.5 million Cotswolds “eco mansion” – Viewers would do well to not mention cleaners

September 14, 2015

The Marchioness of Bath

by General

Born in Hungary and raised in France, the Marchioness of Bath has been described as a “soft porn actress” as well as a war correspondent and a journalist.

August 22, 2015

The Bentley of Taste

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback originally owned by the son of the founder of clothing giant Burton heads to auction at the Salon Privé sale

August 20, 2015

The justice of house prices

by Matthew Steeples

If a house on Justice Walk in Chelsea sells for its asking price, it will have risen in value by a staggering 817% in 19 years

August 15, 2015

Let there be light

by Matthew Steeples

Devon lighthouse for sale for £450,000 – accessible only by helicopter, on foot or using a utility terrain vehicle

August 3, 2015

August shockers

by Matthew Steeples

Isn’t it time we saved “being shocked” for times when it is really required? Not in August it seems

July 28, 2015

Constance Briscoe

by General

The author of Ugly and Beyond Ugly, Clapham based Constance Briscoe is nothing but a shameless disgrace.

July 16, 2015

Edward Holcroft

by General

Named the “UK’s star of tomorrow” by Screen Daily in 2014, Edward Holcroft has also been described as “a remarkable actor, a remarkable man” by fellow actor Mark Rylance.

July 11, 2015

Meddling McCartney

by Matthew Steeples

Sir Paul McCartney has no place sticking his oar into the debate over the reintroduction of fox hunting

July 5, 2015

John Palmer – No hero

by Matthew Steeples

Criminal John Palmer should be remembered as a crook rather than a character

July 4, 2015

Beware of the bitches; bitches beware

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reviews Steven Berkoff’s first novel: ‘Sod the bitches!’ whilst the author shares his take on it in a video exclusive

June 30, 2015

Bring your own bidet

by Matthew Steeples

Most expensive house to be publicly offered for sale in the UK to be stripped of everything including the kitchen sink

June 29, 2015

Wally of the Week: Alison Saunders

by Matthew Steeples

Now Alison Saunders has been proven wrong for having failed to charge Lord Janner with child sex offences, she should resign or be sacked

June 24, 2015

Gone With the Mill

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s retreat and final resting place for sale for £3.25 million

June 23, 2015

Lady Elizabeth Anson

by General

The Queen’s party planner since 1960, Ladbroke Grove based Lady Elizabeth Anson is tee-total and doesn’t smoke.

June 14, 2015

Repugnant Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

Rolf Harris shows his true colours in a letter to a friend (who happily sold him down the river to the ‘Mail on Sunday’)

June 9, 2015

Luca Rubinacci

by General

A third generation tailor, Luca Rubinacci loves Château du Galoupet rosé and “prefers to live life rather than read about it”.

June 8, 2015

Gillian Duffy

by General

The personification of a political swingometer

June 7, 2015

The king of rentals

by Matthew Steeples

A 39th floor apartment in The Pierre Hotel in New York becomes the city’s priciest rental at a staggering £327,000 per month

June 6, 2015

Britain’s most expensive hut?

by Matthew Steeples

Tiny converted hut in the Lake District placed on the market for the same price as a flat in Kensington, London

June 5, 2015

The Writers’ Block

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of Ian Fleming that is currently owned by Sol Campbell for sale for £6.75 million

June 4, 2015

Picture of the Week: Zobop

by Matthew Steeples

The Royal Academy surpasses themselves in the choice of including a stunning staircase as part of their Summer Exhibition 2015

May 31, 2015

Radovan Vitek

by General

A self-made Czech real estate billionaire, Radovan Vitek was listed as having a worth of £1.1 billion by Forbes in 2015.

May 29, 2015

Goga Ashkenazi (born Gaukhar Berkalieva)

by General

Termed “the first female oligarch”, Goga Ashkenazi made her first fortune in oil and gas before moving into fashion after buying Vionnet in 2012.

May 28, 2015

Boating with a Birka

by Matthew Steeples

Boat shrouded with a veil provides a reminder that it is again time to debate banning burkas in Britain

May 21, 2015

Five of the Best: Rambling ruins

by Matthew Steeples

Five British mansions that require new owners with bottomless pockets for sale at prices from £950,000 to over £10 million

May 20, 2015

Maxing the council

by Matthew Steeples

A £1.15 million ex-council flat sums up just how bonkers the Chelsea property market truly is

May 18, 2015

Greeks and Aristos on Sloane Square

by Matthew Steeples

A £7.975 million apartment above Colbert on Sloane Square provides indication of the playground for the international super-rich that Chelsea has become

May 17, 2015

Lynn Wyatt (née Lynn Sakowitz)

by Matthew Steeples

The Houston home of the “ageless wife” of the once jailed Texan oil baron Oscar Wyatt became known as the “Wyatt Hyatt” after becoming a “home away from home” for everyone from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret

May 10, 2015

Wyman’s Majesty

by Matthew Steeples

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman sends his 1971 Citroën Maserati SM to auction with a guide price of just £35,000 to £40,000

May 9, 2015

Serena Cowdy

by General

Freelance journalist and commentator Serena Cowdy blogs as ‘Cowdy Calling’.

April 21, 2015

Nina Campbell

by General

On her website Nina Campbell describes herself as “one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers” and someone with a “contagious wit and brilliant sense of style”.

April 19, 2015

Where’s Jack?

by Matthew Steeples

Readers who spot and photograph Charles Mitford Cust’s van will be sent a free signed copy of his novel ‘Union Jack’

April 17, 2015

Saluting Sol

by Matthew Steeples

Sol Campbell should be saluted for participating in the Operation Black Vote campaign to encourage minorities to register to vote

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