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September 19, 2017

A Big House

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Georgian village house in Oxfordshire for sale for £4.25 million   A Grade II* listed, mid-18th century village house in Adderbury, Oxfordshire has just gone on sale for £4.25 million ($5.74 million, €4.79 million or درهم21.10 million) after fifty years in the same family.   Providing a total of 11,290 square foot of accommodation … Continue reading “A Big House”

September 7, 2017

Little Nigella

by Matthew Steeples

Clubbable sorts will love the opportunity to live like Nigella Lawson above Little House Mayfair   When the flatform trainer loving cook Nigella Lawson first split up with Charles ‘The Throttler’ Saatchi back in 2013, she took up residence in an apartment above the Little House private members’ club in Mayfair’s Queen Street.     … Continue reading “Little Nigella”

July 16, 2017

Canvassing a Con

by Matthew Steeples

After a Chelsea chef who came out of nowhere named Michael Riemenschneider is revealed to be a “conman” in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, readers tell of his past form   As can only be expected of a paper that loves a bit of sensationalism this week’s Mail on Sunday’s ‘YOU’ got rather carried away in … Continue reading “Canvassing a Con”

June 18, 2017

Going Dutch

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “architecturally rich” Knightsbridge apartment for sale for £8.5 million   A Knightsbridge triplex with a truly extravagant interior has gone on sale for £8.5 million ($10.9 million, €9.7 million or درهم39.9 million).   Spread over the ground, basement and first floors of a Grade II listed portered building in Pont Street, SW1X, the apartment … Continue reading “Going Dutch”

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”

May 25, 2017

An Epic Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish sporting estate, once home to Sir Walter Scott, for sale; it comes with nearly two miles of fishing on the River Tweed, 863 acres of land and seven houses   The Scottish estate where Sir Walter Scott, Bt. (1771 – 1732) wrote his narrative poems Lay of the Minstrel and The Lady of the … Continue reading “An Epic Estate”

May 22, 2017

Making a Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Refurbished Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million   Reduced in price by £200,000 since when it was previously on the market in June 2015, a Surrey manor house is again for sale – but this time for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 … Continue reading “Making a Manor”

May 13, 2017

Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)

by Matthew Steeples

Dame Paddy Ridsdale, as she generally known, was an intelligence operative, secretary to Ian Fleming during WW2 and the inspiration for the Bond character Miss Moneypenny.   A Conservative Party stalwart and married to Member of Parliament for Harwich from 1954 to 1992 Sir Julian Ridsdale CBE (1915 – 2004), Dame Paddy – or Vicky, … Continue reading “Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)”

May 6, 2017

A Georgian Gem

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Georgian mansion in Worcestershire for sale for the first time since the 1720s   Few houses remain in the ownership of the same family for three hundred years, but an example of such, Ombersley Court at Ombersley in Worcestershire, has just been placed on the market for £3.5 million ($4.5 million, €4.1 … Continue reading “A Georgian Gem”

March 14, 2017

Nelson & Nintendo

by Matthew Steeples

Georgian mansion, where Admiral Lord Nelson lived with his lover and her husband, for sale for £4.25 million; it was renovated by a former Nintendo executive   One would expect a senior executive of a tech company to live in a slick, modern home in Silicon Valley, but since 2004, Matthew Hill, for many years … Continue reading “Nelson & Nintendo”

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 7, 2017

Auntie’s Hardly Ruined

by Matthew Steeples

BBC executives drink surprisingly little gin, yet the Mail Online make rather a fuss about it   On Saturday, the Mail Online published an article about the BBC spending £115,049 on wine, beer and spirits in 2013, 2014 and 2015 following a Freedom of Information Request.   The paper surprisingly focused on a total spending … Continue reading “Auntie’s Hardly Ruined”

October 26, 2016

Sculpting a Residence

by Matthew Steeples

Former residence of sculptor with Liz Hurley as a neighbour for sale in Chelsea   The self-described ‘actress’ and diva Liz Hurley is probably the most famous ‘name’ living in cherry tree lined Redcliffe Road, SW10 but a slightly more talented former resident was a sculptor named Alice Lindley-Millican (married in 1917, died November 1930). … Continue reading “Sculpting a Residence”

May 21, 2016

One family from new

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed house in Northern Ireland offered for sale for the first time since it was built in 1620

February 6, 2016

Moving a mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Washington’s oldest house – which was originally located in Massachusetts – for sale

December 28, 2015

Ellen Perry

by General

Award-winning film director, producer and writer Ellen Perry made her name with her brilliantly insightful documentary film The Fall of Fujimori in 2005.

August 15, 2015

Danielle Rollins

by General

Described as being “vivacious” and a “tastemaker”, Danielle Rollins admits to having been a “very odd child”.

July 25, 2015

Slash and die

by Matthew Steeples

Asking price of Californian estate cut by £37.8 million; condition of owner being allowed to live there until he dies removed

July 20, 2015

Debbie Bancroft

by General

Debbie Bancroft spends her days amongst the upper echelons of New York and Southampton yet considers the word “socialite” to be “meaningless”.

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 20, 2015

A roofless repo

by Matthew Steeples

£3 million sought for a repossessed, roofless shell set in 1,530 acres of Cumbrian countryside

June 1, 2015

Raising the bar

by Matthew Steeples

A Shelter Island Heights home with quite possibly the best home bar ever comes to the market for £1.2 million

May 27, 2015

Scandal

by Matthew Steeples

A £25 million Westminster house that was the scene of all things scandalous

April 25, 2015

The Charge of the Cheque Book

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Victorian Isle of Wight mansion connected to The Charge of the Light Brigade for sale – Only those with large cheque books need apply

March 29, 2015

Mount Vernon: The real Southfork

by Matthew Steeples

Dallas mansion with a prayer room and the largest private bowling centre in America that was previously owned by a billionaire oil baron remains for sale despite a price cut of £7 million

February 19, 2015

Pippa’s post

by Matthew Steeples

Pippa Middleton offered £100,000 job at a strip club in Croydon

January 11, 2015

Plated X

by Matthew Steeples

Plated X: 15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’

October 13, 2014

The attics of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to rent a ‘set’ in the ‘Paradise of Piccadilly’   Albany is a little known building off London’s Piccadilly that is akin to Manhattan’s smartest co-operative buildings in the way it is run. So exclusive is this block that its residents are called ‘proprietors’ and its flats are known as ‘sets’.

July 24, 2014

Plated IX

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

July 23, 2014

Throttling a cocktail

by Matthew Steeples

A studio apartment with a difference in Mayfair’s Mount Street   Estate agent Roy Brooks became famous in the 1960s for the derogatory descriptions he gave to the properties he marketed and such phrases as “not enough room to swing a cat” were amongst his most frequently used. His advertisements were chronicled in two books, … Continue reading “Throttling a cocktail”

April 13, 2014

From the ashes

by Matthew Steeples

One of England’s finest estates comes to the market for £25 to £30 million   The scene of the tragic deaths of the Conservative MP Michael Colvin and his wife Nicola in 2000 in a fire, Tangley House, near Andover in Hampshire subsequently had to be demolished. A new house was constructed on the site … Continue reading “From the ashes”

March 15, 2014

Plated V

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

December 18, 2013

Messing about on the Mouette

by Matthew Steeples

A houseboat in Chelsea for £795,000   Ratty, Mole, Mr. Badger and Mr. Toad in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows lived by the belief that: “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”. Whomever purchases the M.S. Mouette, a converted former passenger ferry … Continue reading “Messing about on the Mouette”

November 21, 2013

An orgy of a mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Repossessed Somerset mansion goes to auction for just £250,000   It’s rare to find Grade I mansions in the hands of the receivers, but Halswell Park in Somerset is an exception to that rule. Now, Clive Emson auctioneers on behalf of Citi Private Banking, seek just £250,000 to £500,000 for the main house and £635,000 … Continue reading “An orgy of a mansion”

September 29, 2013

Raw at the River

by Matthew Steeples

62,000 square foot apartment at New York’s The River House comes to the market for £80.5 million   Apartments don’t normally come with indoor tennis courts but if the proposed conversion of the former River Club within New York’s River House co-operative goes ahead, what will surely be one of the world’s most ludicrous properties … Continue reading “Raw at the River”

September 23, 2013

Price vs. Patience

by Matthew Steeples

Stonebrook Court Manor: The sale of a Californian mansion where it’s more about patience than price   Stonebrook Court Manor in California’s Los Altos Hills has been on and off the market since January 2008. Its owner, a “television executive turned Internet investor” and investment banker named Kelly Porter, though said to be “in no … Continue reading “Price vs. Patience”

September 14, 2013

Cheese in Chelsea

by Matthew Steeples

A review of L’Art du Fromage: paradise for cheese lovers   With the autumn upon us and winter drawing ever closer, many have started to think about the mountains and skiing. On Facebook this week, I noticed a post by a friend who asked: “Who is keen to start planning a skiing holiday?” and it … Continue reading “Cheese in Chelsea”

September 2, 2013

Previewing Privé

by Matthew Steeples

A preview of this week’s Salon Privé at Syon Park   Many would suggest that the “must attend” events of the season number Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta and such things as The Serpentine Gallery’s annual Summer Party. A more recent addition to that list is Salon Privé at Syon Park, an event that is … Continue reading “Previewing Privé”

June 13, 2013

Five of the best: Compact living

by Matthew Steeples

Living on a small scale in Central London   Space is at a premium in Central London, so here we share five of the best one bedroom apartments currently on the market. Prices range from £725,000 to an astounding £6,950,000.   B.03.3, One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, SW1X – £6,950,000 The highest priced apartment in this … Continue reading “Five of the best: Compact living”

April 25, 2013

New York’s priciest pad

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $125 million penthouse on the top three floors of The Pierre   In London this week, the Evening Standard announced that a 50,000 square foot Grade I listed Regency house, 18 Carlton House Terrace, SW1 has gone on the market at £250,000,000. If it achieves this figure, it will become the … Continue reading “New York’s priciest pad”

April 8, 2013

Collecting a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a 15,000 square foot Hamptons home complete with a private island and a room with a truly spectacular view   Andrew Zaro is a collector with a difference. This philanthropist and Democratic donor leads a life that is no doubt the envy of those from whom his firm, Cavalry Portfolio Services, “helps … Continue reading “Collecting a view”

January 29, 2013

Martin Miller (1946 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

The undisputed king of gin. Martin Miller didn’t like the gins he tried and so created his own, Martin Miller’s Gin. It is wonderful. This father of five and husband of Ioana Beju was also the genius behind Miller’s Antiques Guides and a brilliant hotelier. He enjoyed life to the full in true Dickensian style and … Continue reading “Martin Miller (1946 – 2013)”

December 15, 2012

Middling

by steepleadmin

Matthew Steeples reviews “The Middle Class ABC” by Zebedee Helm and Fi Cotter Craig   Described as “indispensable and entirely charming” by Stephen Fry, The Middle Class ABC captions itself “a toilet loo book” and is an ideal Christmas present for anyone you know who winters in Norfolk and summers in Cornwall.   “Middlings” is … Continue reading “Middling”

November 20, 2012

Ecstasy and Babycham

by Matthew Steeples

A marine residence with a history tied to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the Special Operations Executive and Babycham   The House on the Shore on Thorns Beach at Beaulieu in Hampshire is a home that wouldn’t look out of place in the Hamptons or Rhode Island. Dramatically situated next to the Solent waters to … Continue reading “Ecstasy and Babycham”

November 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

November 10, 2012

Bond’s base

by Matthew Steeples

A home suitable for James Bond   The latest James Bond film Skyfall is the talk of the town and it’s received many a rave review. The fictional James Bond allegedly lived in Royal Avenue, off the Kings Road in SW3, but if he were looking for a house today, we think 9 Hillgate Street … Continue reading “Bond’s base”

November 5, 2012

Boujis in the basement?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land, large, expensive homes are just the norm.   No. 1 Campden Hill, which is being marketed for … Continue reading “Boujis in the basement?”

November 2, 2012

Windows on the WAGs

by Matthew Steeples

A £15 million mansion fit for a self-made tycoon or an upwardly mobile WAG   While the youth of the Kings Road and Loughton have featured in the reality shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, their counterparts in Cheshire have yet to undergo the same social experiment. Having come across a … Continue reading “Windows on the WAGs”

October 29, 2012

Docked excess

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples compares two comparable examples of motoring excess: the “Golden Zebra” and the Fulda Maybach Exelero   In recent weeks I’ve received a number of messages about an $8,000,000 car named a Fulda Maybach Exelero. One of them referred to it as “one of the most over the top cars on the planet” and … Continue reading “Docked excess”

October 27, 2012

A manageable mansion

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £20 million Bletchingdon Park, Oxfordshire   Bletchingdon Park House in Oxfordshire is one of those classic Palladian villas that would make the perfect setting for a period drama. Unlike vast Jacobean mansions like Highclere Castle, better known as Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey, however, Bletchingdon is of a far more manageable size. … Continue reading “A manageable mansion”

October 1, 2012

Going under the Kosh

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of Versailles that was favoured by Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette, the … Continue reading “Going under the Kosh”

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