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November 19, 2017

Lord of the Thatch

by Matthew Steeples

Former Wiltshire home of ‘Lord of the Flies’ author Sir William Golding for sale for 562% more than he sold it for in 1985   The one-time home of the author and Nobel Prize in Literature and Booker Prize winner Sir William Golding, CBE (1911 – 1993) has gone on sale for £795,000 ($1.1 million, … Continue reading “Lord of the Thatch”

November 17, 2017

The Seashell

by Matthew Steeples

Circular shaped Scottish holiday cottage with just one room for sale for staggering sum of £250,000   A five-star holiday cottage on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on Scotland’s west coast with just one room has gone on sale for offers over £250,000 ($331,000, €281,000 or درهم1.2 million).   Shaped like a seashell and of a style … Continue reading “The Seashell”

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 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 28, 2017

Shoeing Out Theresa

by Matthew Steeples

Why did the BBC waste fifteen minutes discussing Theresa May’s footwear? The nation would be a better place if she was simply shoed out   This morning on BBC One’s breakfast show, the hosts spent twenty minutes discussing the inane matter of another programme showing a shot of Theresa May’s shoes.   Given the ‘Imelda … Continue reading “Shoeing Out Theresa”

October 24, 2017

Bloomberg on Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Billionaire and former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg condemns Brexit as “the single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from America electing Donald Trump   As Michael Bloomberg opened a vast new European headquarters in London on Tuesday, The Guardian revealed a series of comments he’d made two weeks ago about Brexit. … Continue reading “Bloomberg on Brexit”

Wealthy Wilton

by Matthew Steeples

Six-storey Belgravia residence with controversial business connections goes on sale for 22% less than it was marketed for in 2015 and 3,497% more than it sold for in 1997   A 6,961 square foot freehold terraced townhouse in Belgravia has gone on sale for £25 million or 3,497% more than it was sold for in … Continue reading “Wealthy Wilton”

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”

October 22, 2017

In the Round

by Matthew Steeples

C-shaped glass and stone house complete with a Grade II listed set of Druid stones for sale for £7 million; it sits next door to the £140 million home of the fugitive billionaire financier Andrey Borodin   A C-shaped 20th century house in 43 acres of parkland has gone on sale for £7 million ($9.2 … Continue reading “In the Round”

October 20, 2017

A Bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia mews house with garaging for five cars for sale for equivalent of £1,442 per week   A two-storey mews house behind The Lanesborough Hotel in Belgravia has gone on sale for what initially seems like a bargain price of just £1.5 million ($2 million, €1.7 million or درهم7.2 million).   The catch? The 1,391 … Continue reading “A Bargain in Belgravia”

October 17, 2017

A Derelict Doer-Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Derelict 18th century Oxfordshire mansion with 125 acres of land for sale for £10 million   A 125-acre Oxfordshire estate with Humphrey Repton landscaped grounds has gone on sale for £10 million ($13.2 million, €11.3 million or درهم48.7 million) in spite of being described as being “in poor order.”   The Coombe Park Estate at … Continue reading “A Derelict Doer-Upper”

September 29, 2017

A Missing Mockery

by Matthew Steeples

As a further £154,000 is handed to the police, is it right that £11 million has been allocated to searching for Madeleine McCann whilst the searches for other missing people get little to nothing?   A child supposedly disappears every five minutes in the UK yet the only instance the media ever focus on is … Continue reading “A Missing Mockery”

September 26, 2017

A Romantic’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Tower house on Isle of Man that was home to the Romantic artist John Martin for sale for £3.95 million   Described as “the most sublime and extraordinary pictures in the world” by critic Simon Wilson and “the most popular painter of his day” by fellow artist Sir Thomas Lawrence, English Romantic painter John Martin … Continue reading “A Romantic’s Tower”

September 25, 2017

A Bastard of a Basement

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge townhouse for sale for sum 11% lower than it sold for in 2011; it comes with a rather large hole in the garden that has been described as “almost as deep as the Führerbunker”   To the poet and wit Henry Luttrell (1765 – 1861) “eating pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets” … Continue reading “A Bastard of a Basement”

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 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”

Bugger All Bernard

by Matthew Steeples

Naturist politician Bernard Jenkin MP shows himself to be the ‘Buggerallmoney’ of the Brexit generation   “When Brexit happens there will be lots more money for everyone” crowed Bernard Jenkin on Monday morning’s All Out Politics with Adam Boulton on Sky News.   “The UK’s best known naturist” and Tory politician continued: “We’ll have far … Continue reading “Bugger All Bernard”

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”

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”

August 28, 2017

Stopping Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Labour’s partial U-turn on Brexit is a positive start; they must now go further and oppose it entirely   Whilst Keir Starmer’s decision to announce Labour will support Britain remaining in a customs union with the EU and within the single market during a “time-limited transitional period between our exit from the … Continue reading “Stopping Brexit”

August 27, 2017

Picture of the Week – The Lack of Appeal of ‘The Half Biscuit’

by Matthew Steeples

Facebook group mocks racist online abuser Viscount St Davids as he returns to the clink   On Friday, the dimwitted ‘half biscuit’ 4th Viscount St Davids – also known as amongst other things Rhodri Philipps and Baron Strange of Knockin – was returned to jail after attempting and then dropping an appeal against a sentence … Continue reading “Picture of the Week – The Lack of Appeal of ‘The Half Biscuit’”

August 21, 2017

Rent Like A Royal

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed house in Richmond Old Deer Park, Surrey that is owned by the Crown Estate and was originally a royal observatory to rent for £450,000 per year   A Grade I listed house set on 6.6 acres of World Heritage Site and Grade I listed land in the middle of the Royal Mid-Surrey … Continue reading “Rent Like A Royal”

August 17, 2017

A Castle for £130k

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish castle on sale for just £130,000; it comes without a roof and is located near the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire   A castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is for sale for £130,000 ($168,000, €143,000 or درهم616,000) in spite of being nothing other than a roofless shell.   Reduced in price from £150,000 ($193,000, … Continue reading “A Castle for £130k”

August 15, 2017

Let There Be Light

by Matthew Steeples

Two and apartments and a bothy within one of Britain’s remotest lighthouses in Sutherland for sale for £371,500   Two apartments and a bothy that form part of a lighthouse designed by the acclaimed author Robert Louis Stevenson’s (1850 – 1894) designer father Thomas (1818 – 1887) and his brother are for sale.   Stoer … Continue reading “Let There Be Light”

August 6, 2017

Parking a Farmhouse

by Matthew Steeples

Listed Cumbrian time warp farmhouse goes on sale for less than the price of an open-air parking space in London, W2   A detached, 17th century farmhouse in Cumbria’s Eden Valley has gone on sale for just £290,000 ($378,000, €321,000 or درهم1.4 million) or £10,000 less than the price of an open-air car parking space … Continue reading “Parking a Farmhouse”

July 23, 2017

An Ugly Brake

by Matthew Steeples

Rare “ugly duckling” seven-seat 1967 Mercedes-Benz shooting brake to be offered at auction; it will generate the same reaction as Marmite   An extremely rare yet somewhat ugly 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S ‘Universal’ is to be sold at auction this month with an estimate of £35,000 to £40,000 ($45,000 to $52,000, €39,000 to €45,000 or درهم167,000 … Continue reading “An Ugly Brake”

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”

A Slumping Square

by Matthew Steeples

Eaton Square penthouse offered for £825,000 or 30% lower sum than it was marketed for two years ago; it comes with several catches   A penthouse in Eaton Square, Belgravia has gone on sale for £1.925 million ($2.483 million, €2.178 million or درهم9.121 million) in spite of being held on a lease with just 16 … Continue reading “A Slumping Square”

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 21, 2017

Disappointing Dent Coad

by Matthew Steeples

New Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad fails to join Labour heavyweights showing support for the single market   Prior to her victory, the now newly elected Member of Parliament for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad, clearly and repeatedly said she’d “fight to retain access to the single market”. Yesterday, however, she failed to join a whole … Continue reading “Disappointing Dent Coad”

June 19, 2017

Letters – Berkoff & Brenda

by Matthew Steeples

Actor and producer Steven Berkoff suggests Her Majesty The Queen should open up Buckingham Palace to survivors of last week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy   Sir   In these grim times, when the shadow of death is stalking us with bitter regularity, an opportunity presents itself for our beloved Queen to actually do some real service … Continue reading “Letters – Berkoff & Brenda”

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”

Three Reasons to Vote…

by General

A financier, a photographer and a doctor explain why they’ll respectively choose the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour today   Financier Zachary Latif on why he’ll vote for the Conservative Party   Brexit is the primary question Firstly, this election was called on the issue of Brexit and when voters go to the polls, … Continue reading “Three Reasons to Vote…”

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”

May 30, 2017

Mucking Up A Manor

by Matthew Steeples

“Grand” Grade II* listed Midlands manor for sale for just £350,000; it comes with a 49-seat cinema and several unexpected catches   Where there’s muck, there’s money and a late 18th century Midlands manor house currently for sale for just £350,000 ($451,000, €402,000 or درهم1.65 million) provides an example of the tale of the progress … Continue reading “Mucking Up A Manor”

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”

Wealthy in Wiltshire

by Matthew Steeples

Classically proportioned Wiltshire village house for sale; it’ll supposedly appeal to “your typical wealthy Briton” (whatever that might mean)   Primarily built between 1620 and 1760, a classically proportioned four-storey house in the Wiltshire village of Seend has been placed on the market this week for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million). … Continue reading “Wealthy in Wiltshire”

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 23, 2017

Belgravia in Bloom

by Matthew Steeples

Grand Belgravia apartment – complete with a garden that wouldn’t look out of place at the Chelsea Flower Show – for sale   As thousands of garden lovers visit the Chelsea Flower Show this week, an individual with £8.95 million ($11.63 million, €10.39 million or درهم42.71 million) to spare could acquire a more permanent horticultural … Continue reading “Belgravia in Bloom”

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 20, 2017

Faded Grandeur

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge flat for sale for £3.75 million in spite of needing complete renovation and having a lease with just 9 years remaining   A lateral flat – with an interior that could be described as ‘Miss Havisham-esque’ in terms of its faded grandeur – at 16/17 Ennismore Gardens, SW7 has gone on sale for £3.75 … Continue reading “Faded Grandeur”

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 14, 2017

Spirit & Speed

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea studio house built for “spiritual artist” Arild Rosenkrantz and later home to the extremely eccentric lesbian heiress and powerboater ‘Joe’ Carstairs for sale for £8.95 million   “Spiritual seeker” and artist Baron Arild Rosenkrantz (1870 – 1964) was born in Denmark, studied in Rome and married his Scottish cousin, Louise Mackenzie, in 1901. His … Continue reading “Spirit & Speed”

May 11, 2017

Quote of the Week – Beasts & Crooks

by Matthew Steeples

Dennis Skinner on the now rejected Tory election fraud allegations   Yesterday, the Electoral Commission astonishingly rejected all but one of the allegations of electoral fraud against Conservative Party candidates and officials in relation to activities during the 2015 General Election campaign. A potential charge, against Craig MacKinlay, the MP for South Thanet, is all … Continue reading “Quote of the Week – Beasts & Crooks”

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

The Busy Borwicks

by General

Son of Kensington MP Lady Borwick’s curious connections to the people who ensured both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump revealed   On Sunday, Carole Cadwalladr of  The Observer published a lengthy and well researched article that, amongst other things, examined the connections between The Hon. Thomas Borwick – the son of the Conservative hereditary … Continue reading “The Busy Borwicks”

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

The Commerce of Selfies

by Matthew Steeples

A review of the showcase of vanity that is the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Selfie to Self-Expression’ exhibition   The first ever ‘selfie’ was supposedly taken on the roof of the Marceau studio on Fifth Avenue in New York. Featuring a photographer named Joseph Byron and his colleagues, the image was captured in December 1920 and now, … Continue reading “The Commerce of Selfies”

May 3, 2017

Viscount St Davids

by Matthew Steeples

A statement from Matthew Steeples about the man who, in a London courtroom, called him a “wanker”   Yesterday, in London, in a stained tweed gilet more appropriate to Wiltshire than Westminster, Viscount St Davids – amusingly referenced in court as plain old ‘Mr St Davids’ much to the disgust of him and his and … Continue reading “Viscount St Davids”

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

Miriam Margolyes OBE

by Matthew Steeples

In April 2017, esteemed actress Miriam Margolyes described Theresa May as “that awful woman” and hinted that she had little-to-any enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn’s “hell of a mess” also. In the same interview, in her “distinctive voice”, she added: “It is the job of the arts to engage in life… That’s what I care about”. … Continue reading “Miriam Margolyes OBE”

April 21, 2017

(Not) Wedded by Ward

by Matthew Steeples

Loudmouth champagne swiller Dawn Ward once again fails to get permission to turn her vulgar home into a wedding venue   Marketing material for Dawn Ward’s tastelessly decorated home, Warford Hall, near Alderley Edge in Cheshire, boldly describes it as “the finest entertaining house ever conceived”. She’s failed to generate any interest in it since … Continue reading “(Not) Wedded by Ward”

April 20, 2017

A Homely Castle

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s smallest castle is for sale; it comes with 10 acres, a 44 million gallon moat and a narrow boat   Last marketed in 2003 for £1 million (the equivalent of £1.45 million, $1.86 million, €1.73 million or درهم6.83 million today), what is allegedly Britain’s smallest castle is back for sale for the slightly higher … Continue reading “A Homely Castle”

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 16, 2017

Failing to Come Together

by Matthew Steeples

Whilst Theresa May’s Easter message is nothing but a damp squib, Jeremy Corbyn’s response is as much use as a chocolate teapot   “Let us come together… Let us build a stronger, fairer Britain that works for everyone”, clucked Theresa May on Sunday in a 3:10 minute Easter message posted on YouTube.   Mixing her … Continue reading “Failing to Come Together”

April 13, 2017

Banished by Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

HSBC to relocate 1,000 key jobs from London to Paris because of Brexit   Theresa May, a woman more interested in getting het up about Easter eggs than the fate of the British economy, should take note. HSBC are planning on relocating as many as 1,000 of its traders and salespeople from London to Paris … Continue reading “Banished by Brexit”

Alexander Newley – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with contemporary artist Alexander Newley   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Eros, anger, anxiety, love – in perfect and contradictory admixture.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? When fate raises its sword to make you tremble, … Continue reading “Alexander Newley – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

April 6, 2017

Billionaire Battersea

by Matthew Steeples

Historic Battersea mansion for sale for the same sum it was marketed for in 2011; it has been mostly empty throughout the intervening period and was renovated by the late billionaire Malcolm Forbes   Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes was a man who liked to live large. He had a huge yacht named The Highlander, threw … Continue reading “Billionaire Battersea”

April 5, 2017

Trumping Livingstone

by Matthew Steeples

Has Ken Livingstone become Britain’s answer to Donald Trump?   Father of five Ken Livingstone would no doubt hate the comparison but, putting him in perspective, he’s rather like a British version of the American father of five Donald Trump.   When Ken Livingstone doesn’t like what is said about him, he terms it “incredible … Continue reading “Trumping Livingstone”

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”

April 2, 2017

Booze Bashed By Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Spirits brands hike prices by upto 16% and blame Brexit for increasing their supply-side costs   Drink loving Brexiteers may have cause to reconsider their enthusiasm for Britain leaving the EU.   Since last year’s referendum, the price of vodka has risen 5% on average whilst gin is up 3%. Bombay Sapphire has hiked its … Continue reading “Booze Bashed By Brexit”

March 30, 2017

The Baloney of Brexit

by Matthew Steeples

Summing up Britain beginning its road to Brexit and an amusing take on the Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk   Yesterday, Theresa May found her date with destiny and triggered Article 50. With no more restrictions on bendy bananas (a total myth) and the start of a long goodbye, Britain reached a “historic moment” … Continue reading “The Baloney of Brexit”

March 25, 2017

Limehouse

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples extols the relevance of the Donmar Warehouse’s ‘Limehouse’ to Britain’s contemporary political climate   At a time when Brexit has divided Britain and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour continues to provide little-to-no opposition to Theresa May’s somewhat unfocused, unelected government, the relevance of a play named Limehouse is especially poignant.   Based around the formation … Continue reading “Limehouse”

March 14, 2017

Singleminded Sturgeon

by Matthew Steeples

As Nicola Sturgeon lobs a grenade at Theresa May’s “red, white and blue Brexit”, Jeremy Corbyn is met with equal derision   Yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon pulled a blinder and threw a spanner in Theresa May’s plan to announce a “red, white and blue Brexit” with immediate effect.   Undoubtedly the reason hapless Mrs May didn’t … Continue reading “Singleminded Sturgeon”

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”

March 12, 2017

Power Pays

by Matthew Steeples

That a convicted paedophile is able to avoid a jail sentence is an utter disgrace especially given pensioners get locked up for non-payment of TV licence fees; Old Etonian Andrew Picard shouldn’t be on the streets, he should be in the clink   Andrew Picard (AKA Andrew Laurence and Andrew Boeckman) was caught with 1,185 … Continue reading “Power Pays”

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 9, 2016

A Parson’s Moat

by Matthew Steeples

East Sussex country house for sale; it comes complete with an enormous rectangular moat allegedly dug by an eccentric parson in the 1700s   One generally associates moats with castles and manor houses – such as the one we featured last month – but an old rectory currently for sale for £5 million ($6.3 million … Continue reading “A Parson’s Moat”

November 26, 2016

Pint-Sized Perfection

by Matthew Steeples

Picturesque gate lodge in Warwickshire offered for sale   Sometimes the best things come in small packages and for those looking for a weekend retreat, a little 19th century gatehouse named Molly’s Lodge could provide just what the doctor ordered.   Standing in 0.61 acres of cottage gardens at Wolford Heath, near Long Compton in … Continue reading “Pint-Sized Perfection”

July 11, 2016

MAYbe a SHOEin

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister leaves a lot to be desired suggests Matthew Steeples – but we can thank God for small mercies also   Theresa May as Prime Minister: As much as I disliked the idea, it was never a MAYbe and was always going to be a SHOEin. Goodness knows what’s next, … Continue reading “MAYbe a SHOEin”

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

May 14, 2016

Gone fishing

by Matthew Steeples

Week of prime fishing on the River Tay for sale for £145,000

May 6, 2016

A catch at Cornbury

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed 40,000 square foot Oxfordshire stately home on the market for just £3.6 million – but inevitably there’s a catch

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 5, 2016

Lawrence Van Hagen

by General

Big haired art curator and international jetsetter Lawrence Van Hagen is based in London and Paris.

February 24, 2016

Someone’s been on the gin

by Matthew Steeples

The most expensive gin in the world comes to the market at the most ludicrous price

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

February 8, 2016

A contemporary castle

by Matthew Steeples

Welsh castle with a difference for sale for £3.9 million

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

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.

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

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 4, 2015

May he get the Max

by Matthew Steeples

Paedophile Max Clifford charged with allegation of indecent assault

July 3, 2015

The W***er’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Unfortunately nicknamed Gloucestershire residence hits the market a year after Old Harrovian Sheel Khemka’s first trial

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