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Tag: estate

June 26, 2017

Virgin Virginia

by Matthew Steeples

Unrestored Virginia estate owned by the same family since 1740 for sale for the first time ever   A 410.18-acre estate in Virginia that has been owned by the same family since 1740 has gone on sale for £1.53 million ($1.95 million, €1.75 million or درهم7.16 million).   Completely unaltered and on the National Register … Continue reading “Virgin Virginia”

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”

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 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 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”

April 30, 2017

A Pointedly Pricey Plot

by Matthew Steeples

Seriously expensive waterfront building plot goes on sale outside San Francisco; it comes with plans for the perfect home for a tech titan   14.5 acres of forested land with 2,000 feet of frontage to San Francisco Bay shoreline has gone on sale for what could be one of the highest prices ever for a … Continue reading “A Pointedly Pricey Plot”

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 21, 2017

A Smoking Aston

by Matthew Steeples

1996 Aston Martin shooting brake complete with humidor to be sold at auction   One of just three 1996 Aston Martin V8 coupé shooting brake conversions is to be offered for sale at auction by Bonhams in May.     The left hand drive, automatic 1996 Aston Martin V8 Sportsman estate offered is presented in … Continue reading “A Smoking Aston”

April 13, 2017

An MP’s Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Norfolk manor house owned by anti-Brexit Conservative politician Lord Prior of Brampton for sale for £3 million   David Prior – now The Rt. Hon. The Lord Prior of Brampton – undoubtedly was a decent and able Member of Parliament. Educated at Charterhouse and Cambridge, he became first an investment banker with Lehman Brothers and … Continue reading “An MP’s Manor”

March 23, 2017

Painting & Poetry

by Matthew Steeples

North Yorkshire mill house complete with its own valley for sale; Wordsworth waxed lyrical about its setting and Turner painted it   Described as “a delightful and delicious valley” by the Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) in 1799 in a letter to his friend and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834), … Continue reading “Painting & Poetry”

March 9, 2017

Barbed Manors

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Kent manor house for sale for £3.95 million; the purchaser will get a controversial £107.9 million EuroMillions jackpot winner as their neighbour   Sold last in 2009 for £1.9 million (the equivalent of £2.3 million, $2.8 million, €2.2 million or درهم 10.3 million today), Waystrode Manor at Cowden, near Edenbridge in Kent … Continue reading “Barbed Manors”

February 6, 2017

A Working Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1959 Rolls-Royce estate car owned by late industrial tycoon Orin Smith to be auctioned; it was bizarrely designed to include beds and a loud air horn to “blast” cattle off the highway   Florida based businessman and retired CEO of the Engelhard Corporation Orin Smith (1935 – 2016) was passionate about cars and next month, … Continue reading “A Working Rolls”

February 4, 2017

Anything Can Happen

by Matthew Steeples

5,000 acre Irish estate where “anything can happen” for sale for £24.1 million; its current owner would prefer a buyer who’ll allow him to use it for three months a year   Michael Jackson hid out at Luggala in County Wicklow, Ireland in 2006 for three months after being cleared of child molestation charges and … Continue reading “Anything Can Happen”

May 15, 2016

Reducing a stately

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Sir John Soane designed country house Tyringham Hall reduced in price by 30%

April 30, 2016

No regrets

by Matthew Steeples

Idyllic former home of Édith Piaf for sale for £3.5 million

April 25, 2016

A £65 million mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Hampshire estate Hackwood Park goes on the open market for £65 million – making it one of most expensive country houses ever offered for sale in Britain

April 4, 2016

A kind estate

by Matthew Steeples

Untouched North Yorkshire estate with 2,116 acres and 44 houses for sale for £20 million for the first time in 150 years

February 27, 2016

Three umbrellas

by Matthew Steeples

‘Million Dollar Listing’s’ Justin Fichelson lists £12.6 million Carmel estate used by Ferrari and Pagani during the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times wishes readers a prosperous 2016 and reviews some of our favourite stories from 2015

July 8, 2015

A luxury estate

by Matthew Steeples

Unusual Aston Martin estate car owned by Richemont director Alain Dominique Perrin heads to auction

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 6, 2015

A royal smuggler

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce allegedly used to smuggle Wallis Simpson into Balmoral for sale

May 30, 2015

Lord Mostyn

by General

The 7th Baron Mostyn was born in 1984 and was said to be worth some £50 million ($85 million) by The Sunday Times in 2014.

May 25, 2015

A feudal manor

by Matthew Steeples

Dorset mansion built by Bastards that has been the setting of a bitter familial feud for sale for the first time since 1846

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

April 15, 2015

A pickled estate

by Matthew Steeples

Fiat 500K Giardiniera micro-estate for sale for £19,000

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

March 8, 2015

Flooding Woodside

by Matthew Steeples

£46.4 million Woodside estate remains for sale despite £10.1 million price cut

March 2, 2015

Kidnapped from Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

200 acre Scottish estate for sale for the price of an 800 square foot flat in Knightsbridge

October 8, 2014

Northern glory

by Matthew Steeples

Reconfigured Lancashire estate for sale for £4.25 million   Businessman Martin Higginson and his wife Maggie have reversed what has happened to most English country estates in buying back properties and land around their Lancashire home, Hay Carr at Bay Horse, near Lancaster. They are now selling the whole property with a price of offers … Continue reading “Northern glory”

September 5, 2014

Stabling Frankie

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori puts his Voysey designed country house up for sale   Champion jockey Frankie Dettori is best known for his “flying dismounts” and for having won seven out of seven races at Ascot in 1996. He currently lives at Stetchworth on the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border near Newmarket but is now selling his home there.

August 16, 2014

From Spite to Hope

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish castle for sale for just £28.90 per square foot   They say that owning a grouse moor is equivalent to burning £50 notes but the buyer of the 41,433 square foot Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland will take on an altogether bigger burden.

August 9, 2014

Confusing a castle

by Matthew Steeples

Confused.com founder puts castle on market for £1.5 million less than she spent on it   “Wild haired” Kate Armstrong, the Australian founder of Confused.com, bought the medieval Scottish castle Cassillis House in Ayrshire from the Kennedy clan in 2009 for £3 million. She spent four years and £3.5 million updating and improving it but is … Continue reading “Confusing a castle”

July 30, 2014

Perfectly British

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to create your own version of Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds   For a mere £27 million you can currently purchase a 6-bedroomed mews house in Reeves Mews in Mayfair. Alternatively, a buyer with the same sum to hand could splash out on something a little grander, a 774.32 acre Cotswold estate complete … Continue reading “Perfectly British”

July 23, 2014

It’s cricket

by Matthew Steeples

The perfect English country house comes to the market for £11 million complete with its own cricket pitch   A house that has been in the same ownership for 30 years normally would be described by estate agents as “requiring some updating”. Stanton Court in the north Cotswolds is an exception.

July 11, 2014

Drugs and Dents

by Matthew Steeples

A Cumbrian mansion built by opium traders and more recently used by cannabis growers comes to the market for just £1.5 million   Built by the well-known Dent family, who made their fortune trading both tea and opium, Flass is a vast 23,000 square foot Palladian mansion on the outskirts of the village of Maulds … Continue reading “Drugs and Dents”

May 8, 2014

A fine classical country house

by Matthew Steeples

£8 million Morley Hall combines traditional style with a home fit for modern living   Morley Hall is a Georgian country house to the east of Ware in Hertfordshire. This fine residence is worthy of note as it was remodeled in the Palladian style by the renowned classical architect Raymond Erith

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 12, 2014

Game, set and match

by Matthew Steeples

One of Westchester County’s finest houses comes to the market   Westchester is a gilded county. It’s a place that has variously been home to John D. Rockefeller, Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, P. Diddy and Martha Stewart and one that the rich and famous adore. With the sale of a “modern-day masterpiece” created by the … Continue reading “Game, set and match”

February 26, 2014

Rolled by the Queen

by Matthew Steeples

A Land Rover formerly owned by the Queen comes to auction   The Queen is a well-known lover of Land Rovers and is often seen driving them on her various estates. Now, with the forthcoming auction of 2002 Defender 110 TDS County that was previously used on her Sandringham estate at the Historics at Brooklands … Continue reading “Rolled by the Queen”

December 23, 2013

A Prodigy house

by Matthew Steeples

A country seat with a prodigious history   Historic Brereton Hall in Brereton, Cheshire is a fine Elizabethan country house but one that has been sadly separated from much of its original estate.

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”

October 26, 2013

The Perfect English Country House

by Matthew Steeples

17th century Oswaldkirk Hall for sale for £4 million   Described by Candida Lycett Green as “a fine and architecturally distinguished house, built in the reign of William and Mary” in her 1994 book The Perfect English Country House, Oswaldkirk Hall in the North Riding of Yorkshire is at the heart of the setting of … Continue reading “The Perfect English Country House”

October 12, 2013

Salutations in Sandwich

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a £4.5 million Grade I listed house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens   Once described as “Britain’s smartest bed and breakfast” by the Financial Times, The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent has also appeared on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and Gogglebox programmes. The Grade I listed house, designed by Sir Edwin … Continue reading “Salutations in Sandwich”

October 4, 2013

Scotland’s Downton

by Matthew Steeples

Scotland’s most expensive estate comes to the market   In Downton Abbey last week, the Grantham family talked about selling off parts of their estate to cover the costs of death duties. In Scotland, the death of Sir James Cayzer has led to his family selling off one of their estates.

September 24, 2013

Receiving Broadwell

by Matthew Steeples

One of the UK’s most stunning repossessions, sold for £9.3 million in 2012, comes to the market for just £6.95 million   Law of Property Act Receivers act for banks and private lenders when the terms of mortgages are not met. Broadwell Manor in Gloucestershire is not the kind of house one would normally associate … Continue reading “Receiving Broadwell”

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 22, 2013

Mini me

by Matthew Steeples

A truly unique American Austin station wagon heads to auction   The American Austin Car Company was a short-lived car manufacturing corporation that operated from 1930 to 1937. A one-off station wagon version is due for auction at the RM Auctions Hershey sale on 10th to 11th October.

September 18, 2013

First past the estate

by Matthew Steeples

1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 shooting brake comes to the market   Here at The Steeple Times we love unusual shooting brakes and in a 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1, we’ve discovered an especially fantastic one.

August 24, 2013

Who’s shooting?

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce shooting brake commissioned by John Entwistle of The Who goes to auction   In the manner typical of a rock star, The Who’s John Entwistle never learnt to drive. Instead, the legendary bass player bought cars because he liked to “drink in them”. One – specially adapted to suit an Irish Wolfhound named Fits … Continue reading “Who’s shooting?”

July 28, 2013

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

by Matthew Steeples

The former home of renowned Kendalian architect George Webster comes to the market   Eller How House, the home where one of the North of England’s finest architects of the 19th century, George Webster (1797 – 1864), lived and died, has recently come to the market at a price of £1,450,000.

June 20, 2013

Marshalling a sentence

by Matthew Steeples

Brooke Astor’s 89-year old son should be jailed   Anthony “Tony” Marshall, 89, is due in court in Manhattan today, Thursday 20th June, to hear whether he’ll be sent to prison. If jailed, he will be not only be one of the wealthiest prisoners but also the fourth oldest inmate in New York State’s prison … Continue reading “Marshalling a sentence”

June 16, 2013

Blighted Bassett

by Matthew Steeples

Robbie Williams’ Wiltshire estate for sale again for £2.6 million less than he paid for it   Singer Robbie Williams paid £8,100,000 for Compton Bassett House, near Calne in Wiltshire in 2008. In the years since he’s tried to sell it several times but even now that it has been relaunched for just £5,500,000, will … Continue reading “Blighted Bassett”

April 21, 2013

The Most Hon the Marquess of Bath

by Matthew Steeples

Polygamous Lord Bath is as famed for his “wifelets” as he is for his erotically styled paintings. A prolific writer, this peer passed the management of his Longleat estate to his heir, Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, in 2010. The pair subsequently fell out and in April 2013, Lord Bath stated: “I don’t feel inclined to … Continue reading “The Most Hon the Marquess of Bath”

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”

March 4, 2013

Till death do us part

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $100 million Californian estate with a catch   If you were to spend $100,000,000 on a house, you’d expect something impressive. I imagine you’d want acreage, vast amounts of space and something luxurious. Stunning views and a prime location would be a must but at the bottom of your list, no … Continue reading “Till death do us part”

February 22, 2013

Reduced times

by Matthew Steeples

The tale of a pioneer landowner reduced to bankruptcy and a Baywatch babe fighting off her debtors   Former Baywatch babe turned animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson purchased 23445 Malibu Colony Drive in Malibu, California in 2000 for $1,800,000 with her then husband and subsequent on-off lover Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. She has just … Continue reading “Reduced times”

December 17, 2012

Five of the best: Holiday rentals

by Matthew Steeples

Five of the best places to escape to with family and friends in 2013   Farmhouse, Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee, USA Crafted of materials from an 1800s Pennsylvania bank barn, this classic American farmhouse forms part of the exclusive Blackberry Farm, one of America’s most celebrated luxury culinary escapes. Set in 4,200-acres, this stylish property … Continue reading “Five of the best: Holiday rentals”

November 13, 2012

Patricia Kluge (née Rose)

by Matthew Steeples

The rise and fall of the “wealthiest divorcee in history” has been extraordinary. A former nude model for her first husband’s Knave magazine and star of adult films such as “The Nine Acres of Nakedness,” Patricia Kluge is the daughter of an Englishman and a Scots-Iraqi. She married her second husband, the late John Kluge, … Continue reading “Patricia Kluge (née Rose)”

November 1, 2012

Urs Schwarzenbach

by Matthew Steeples

This Swiss born son of a printer has spent over £85 million buying up properties in the Henley-on-Thames area of Oxfordshire. Schwarzenbach also owns 123,000 acres in Australia, 26,000 acres in Scotland and has his own polo team, the Black Bears. This financier’s foreign exchange dealership, Interexchange, is the biggest in Switzerland and betting against … Continue reading “Urs Schwarzenbach”

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 13, 2012

Goodness, gracious, gaol

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples updates readers on John Goodman’s return to jail   The conviction of John Goodman in West Palm Beach earlier this year was a tragedy for all concerned but the twists and turns that have followed have been quite something else.   Goodman, who sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in … Continue reading “Goodness, gracious, gaol”

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”

August 20, 2012

Leonid Rozhetskin

by Matthew Steeples

He co-founded City AM and was executive producer of the 2009 film Boogie Woogie. This Russian financier and lawyer led a closeted life and disappeared in March 2008. Elements of the Russian press suggest he’s living in California under the Federal Witness Protection Program but others argue that he was the victim of foul play … Continue reading “Leonid Rozhetskin”

June 16, 2012

John B. Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

John B. Goodman sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in 2004 and founded the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This socialite and protégé of the $7 billion Ponzi-schemer Sir Allan Stanford, claimed: “I don’t know what happened” when put on trial for smashing his Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson in … Continue reading “John B. Goodman”

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