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OPULENCE & SPLENDOUR

Luxury and the arts

From houses to cars and from Hockney to van Dyck, a profile of the best and the worst

September 18, 2019

Superlative Stedcombe

by Matthew Steeples

Stunning Grade I listed symmetrical William and Mary country house in Devon with slave trade links for sale An “outstanding” William and Mary country house built with the profits from the slave trade by one Richard Hallett (died 1747), whose “Black Negro servant called Ando” was accused of rioting in the streets of Lyme Regis … Continue reading “Superlative Stedcombe”

September 17, 2019

Highlights of LAPADA 2019

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples picks his highlights at the LAPADA 2019 art and antiques fair in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square on its penultimate day Today is the penultimate day of a somewhat different to previous LAPADA art and antiques fairs in London’s Berkeley Square in that I noted a dominance of smaller stands with ‘more’ affordable items than … Continue reading “Highlights of LAPADA 2019”

September 9, 2019

A Bigmouth’s Castle

by Matthew Steeples

Scotland’s most expensive private residence for sale for 47% less than its 2005 asking price; it was designed by Robert Adam and is currently owned by self-made tech tycoons Sporting estates in Scotland often sell for big numbers and amongst their largest scale purchasers is the Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, a man who now … Continue reading “A Bigmouth’s Castle”

September 8, 2019

Motoring Elegance

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples selects highlights from the 2019 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace Today marks the final day of what has become one of the most elegant of events for car lovers in Britain, the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey, Surrey. Established in 2012, the 2019 event includes 60 … Continue reading “Motoring Elegance”

September 1, 2019

Beautiful Butlins

by Matthew Steeples

Much photographed North Norfolk windmill that was the childhood home of the crooner James Blunt for sale for £2.9 million Known for his directness on Twitter and either loved or loathed for his 2004 debut song You’re Beautiful, the Norfolk childhood home of James Blunt has recently been placed for sale for £2.9 million.   … Continue reading “Beautiful Butlins”

August 29, 2019

The Peacock Room

by Mahri Smith

New contributor Mahri Smith reviews ‘The Peacock Room’ by Merryn Corcoran Set in Tuscany, Merryn Corcoran’s The Peacock Room is set in the Sammezzano Castle that radiates eccentric colours and has a curious history linked to the main character, Allegra’s grandfather. After suffering heartbreak upon discovering the infidelity of her husband Hugo, we follow Allegra … Continue reading “The Peacock Room”

August 17, 2019

Cheap in Chelsea

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea apartment for sale for just £140,000; there is, of course, a catch A studio flat has gone on sale in Britten Street, Chelsea, SW3 for just £140,000 ($170,000, €153,000 or درهم625,000). Offered by agents Douglas & Gordon, the 302 square foot, second floor apartment comprises of a studio room, kitchen and bathroom. It is … Continue reading “Cheap in Chelsea”

August 14, 2019

A Bitter Cabriolet

by Matthew Steeples

Rare (and noisy) 1990 cabriolet created by a man named Mr Bitter for sale Natty Kensington dealer Graeme Hunt is known for selling the finest cars, but currently he has something extremely rare, a convertible created by the little known firm Bitter. Founded by a former racing driver named Erich Bitter in Schwelm, Germany in … Continue reading “A Bitter Cabriolet”

August 5, 2019

A Louche Limo

by Matthew Steeples

1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan complete with ‘Jimmy Savile-esque’ fold-down bed to be auctioned; it was created for the eccentric Armenian oil magnate Nubar Gulbenkian Santa Claus lookalike and all-round extravagant Nubar Gulbenkian (1896 – 1972) – his father sued him over him charging a single sandwich to petty cash and ended up with a legal … Continue reading “A Louche Limo”

July 27, 2019

Waterside Wixels

by Matthew Steeples

Stunning converted sail loft and “local landmark” in “the best position” in Topsham, Devon  for sale for £3.5 million A Grade II listed 18th century sail loft and nail factory in Topsham, Devon converted to a 4,231 square foot house in 1920 has recently been put up for sale.   Wixels, situated on the banks … Continue reading “Waterside Wixels”

July 26, 2019

A Costly Chapel

by Matthew Steeples

Derelict Grade II* listed Gothic revival chapel in South Kensington for sale for the extraordinary sum of £7.5 million; it cost just £1,613 to build The purchaser of a home that will be created from a derelict chapel hidden in South Kensington will not only have to find some £7.5 million to buy it, but … Continue reading “A Costly Chapel”

July 23, 2019

Stretching a Porsche

by Matthew Steeples

1953 Porsche 356 to be auctioned; it was converted into a limousine by its collector owner for his daughter’s wedding People do strange things to cars and we thought we’d seen them all. However, with the forthcoming sale of the wackily named ‘Taj Ma Garaj Collection,’ collectors will get the opportunity to buy – amongst … Continue reading “Stretching a Porsche”

June 10, 2019

Five of the Best – Rarities

by Matthew Steeples

Five highly unusual items for sale currently including one that might be suitable as a gift for wannabe PM and one-time cocaine experimenter Michael Gove William IV Sterling Silver Novelty Cocaine Powder Tower and Scoop Price: £2,735 ($3,470, €3,070 or درهم12,750) Given his admission about what he’s previously put up his nose, this sterling silver … Continue reading “Five of the Best – Rarities”

June 9, 2019

Come To My Island

by Matthew Steeples

Private island on the Thames that was owned by the first owner of The Savoy Hotel and inspired Gilbert and Sullivan for sale for £800,000 less than it was sold for in 2013 A 145 metre by 45 metre private island on the River Thames at Weybridge is currently for sale for £3.2 million.   … Continue reading “Come To My Island”

June 5, 2019

Parking or a Farm?

by Matthew Steeples

Outdoor parking space in South Kensington for sale for the same price as a Welsh farmstead One could argue the property market has gone completely nuts when an uncovered, leasehold parking space in Roland Way, SW7 goes on sale for the same price as a Grade II listed detached farmhouse with a range of stone … Continue reading “Parking or a Farm?”

May 27, 2019

A Cut-Price Cadillac

by Matthew Steeples

1985 Cadillac Seville to be auctioned; its lower estimate is just under £10,000; the perfect car for any hip-hop or ‘Dallas’ devotee A second generation Cadillac Seville – known to hip-hop fans as a “slantback” – will be sold as part of the four day RM Auctions’ 2019 Auburn Spring sale in Auburn Auction Park, … Continue reading “A Cut-Price Cadillac”

May 21, 2019

A Modern Masterpiece

by Matthew Steeples

Victorian farmhouse transformed into an Anglo-Baroque-style masterpiece by Robert Adam complete with a lion from Chuchill’s garden on the roof for sale Eccentric homes are only going to ever appeal to eccentric people and that is perhaps why “strawberry coloured” Eastwood Farm at Herstmonceux in East Sussex has not sold in six years.   Now … Continue reading “A Modern Masterpiece”

May 19, 2019

A Dean’s Palace

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed 12th century deanery that has housed 62 deans for sale for the first time ever; it could become a most remarkable home An 18,000 square foot, Grade I listed building that has been home to 62 deans of Wells Cathedral over 800 years is offered for sale for the first time ever. … Continue reading “A Dean’s Palace”

May 12, 2019

Tremendous Twyssenden

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Kentish manor house for sale along with 258 acres of land; its asking price has been reduced by over £1 million Twyssenden Manor, near Goudhurst in Kent spent much of the 20th century in use as a youth hostel, but after being purchased by its current owner, a “successful businessman who, in … Continue reading “Tremendous Twyssenden”

May 7, 2019

Cheap in Chelsea

by Matthew Steeples

A home in Chelsea for £170 per square foot? Such can be found in the form of the MS Mouette, a converted ferry moored at Cadogan Pier Previously offered for sale in 2012 for £1 million and then £695,000 in 2014, the price of a 1,707 square foot converted former ferry moored at Cadogan Pier … Continue reading “Cheap in Chelsea”

April 29, 2019

We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea

by Matthew Steeples

Charming waterfront cottage in Suffolk riverside hamlet associated with sailing, smuggling, Arthur Ransome and ‘Lovejoy’ for sale The sheltered anchorage of Pin Mill, on the southern banks of the tidal River Orwell, is somewhere that unsurprisingly has inspired artists and photographers and somewhere whose pub, The Butt & Oyster, has quenched the thirst of many … Continue reading “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea”

April 28, 2019

No Drama

by Matthew Steeples

1965 Mercedes-Benz ‘Grosser’ owned by ‘Peak Practice’ and ‘Emmerdale’ actor Gary Mavers to be auctioned Liverpool born actor Gary Mavers – best known for playing GP Andrew Attwood in Peak Practice between 1995 and 2000 and also the sinister child abuser Gordon Livesey in Emmerdale from 2015 to 2016 – is selling his 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 … Continue reading “No Drama”

April 25, 2019

Gene’s Machine

by Matthew Steeples

1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly roadster once owned by golfing legend ‘Gene the Machine’ to be sold at auction in May US Open winning golfer Gene Littler (July 1930 – February 2019) was best known for saying: “Golf is not a game of great shots. It’s a game of the best misses. The people who … Continue reading “Gene’s Machine”

April 22, 2019

Worthy Water

by Matthew Steeples

18th century house in a “fairytale” setting beside the famous River Itchen chalkstream is not quite what one would expect The main façade of Lower Chilland House in Martyr Worthy, four miles east of Winchester gives little clue as to what has been created inside.   A Grade II listed, 18th century, Georgian, chequerwork brick … Continue reading “Worthy Water”

April 18, 2019

Booking Wilbur

by Matthew Steeples

The generosity of Wilbur Smith in leaving books for passerby is something to be celebrated; others should follow his lead Yesterday, in Knightsbridge, the author Wilbur Smith performed an unusually generous gesture and left several boxes of his books on his garden wall with a message stating: “Please help yourself.”   This is something to … Continue reading “Booking Wilbur”

March 18, 2019

The Brilliance of Pigcasso

by Matthew Steeples

Painting pig named Pigcasso sells works for thousands; one has been turned into a watch face for Swatch   Saved from an abattoir in 2016, a rather appropriately named rescued pig named ‘Pigcasso’ is truly bringing home the bacon.   Taken to the Farm Sanctuary SA in Franschhoek, near Cape Town, the pig was initially … Continue reading “The Brilliance of Pigcasso”

March 17, 2019

Stunt on Art

by James Stunt

James Stunt shares his experiences in the art world; he reveals what inspired him to get involved in it and his views on what is wrong about it   When I first met my now ex-wife Petra Ecclestone in 2006, I was at a dinner where art was discussed. I was with her, her sister … Continue reading “Stunt on Art”

March 14, 2019

Anything But BIG

by Matthew Steeples

Pretentious number plate ‘BIG’ attracts attention in Knightsbridge   ‘Mr Big’ in Sex and the City was considered a bit of player. He was the “big man on the campus” according to Carrie Bradshaw and he was an “intriguing character” in the eyes of Comcast.   Now, in Cadogan Square in London, someone has decided … Continue reading “Anything But BIG”

March 4, 2019

Magic & Merton

by Matthew Steeples

As Debbie McGee puts the number plate ‘MAG1C’ up for auction, we remind readers of her legendary and laughable appearance on the ‘Mrs Merton Show’   News that Debbie McGee, widow of the late magician Paul Daniels, is trying to sell the number plate ‘MAG1C’ with an asking price of £150,000 is enough to make … Continue reading “Magic & Merton”

February 28, 2019

A Balls-Up About Betjeman

by Matthew Steeples

Cadogan suggest the impossible in claiming that Sir John Betjeman was present at the arrest of Oscar Wilde at The Cadogan Hotel   The Earl of Cadogan – best known for once stating he “preferred horses to people” and for ending the lease of the Oriel restaurant on Sloane Square because he didn’t like a … Continue reading “A Balls-Up About Betjeman”

February 24, 2019

The Greatness of Grant

by Matthew Steeples

Richard E. Grant has proven that Britain can still produce talent; he shined in ‘Can You Forgive Me?’ and deserves an Oscar   Quite the opposite of the misery and all-round prat of the same surname, Hugh, Withnail and I star Richard E. Grant has yet again excelled himself.   Yesterday, this talented British actor … Continue reading “The Greatness of Grant”

January 23, 2019

Falling Down Flass

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Cumbrian mansion built by opium dealer and once marketed for £1.5 million for sale for just £460,000; it was also the scene of the UK’s biggest ever cannabis raid in 2012   A 23,000 square foot, 52 room, mid-19th century Palladian mansion in the Westmorland Dales National Park is to be sold … Continue reading “Falling Down Flass”

January 13, 2019

A Poldark-esque Pad

by Matthew Steeples

Welsh coastal farm with beach and derelict quarry for sale for just £750,000; its environs were home to an alleged spy in the Second World War   The BBC One hit series Poldark may have been set in Cornwall but anyone wishing to live in a similar setting – complete with its own derelict quarry … Continue reading “A Poldark-esque Pad”

January 6, 2019

Mrs Simpson Farmed in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

Mayfair “farmhouse” where Mrs Simpson began her affair with the then Prince of Wales for sale for 147% more than it was marketed for in 2012   Last marketed at a price of £4.75 million ($6.04 million, €5.30 million or درهم22.19 million) in 2012 and offered for sale in 2005 at an undisclosed sum also, … Continue reading “Mrs Simpson Farmed in Mayfair”

January 3, 2019

The Art of The Tablescape

by Matthew Steeples

‘Tables d’Exception’ launched at Rolls-Royce in Mayfair   On 29th November 2018, the extremely connected and delightfully affable Alexandra Foley organised a party for her client the French interior architect and antique tableware collector Hubert de Vinols at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London’s Berkeley Square showroom in Mayfair.   Showcasing Mr de Vinols’ ‘Tables d’Exception’ concept … Continue reading “The Art of The Tablescape”

December 26, 2018

From Ceaușescu to The Queen

by Matthew Steeples

1967 Rolls-Royce state landaulet originally built for the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu – but considered too extravagant even by him – and later used by Her Majesty The Queen to be auctioned   Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu was a dictator whose extravagance was a bit like that of Barbara Amiel: It knew no bounds. In … Continue reading “From Ceaușescu to The Queen”

December 18, 2018

A Fire Sale

by Matthew Steeples

Repossessed Grade I listed Dorset mansion once worth circa £15 million for sale for £3 million; the catch? It’s burnt to the ground   An “exceptionally important,” Grade I listed, 38,000 square foot, 16th century country house in Dorset with 131.6 acres for just £3 million is certainly something that sounds like a bargain. Sadly, … Continue reading “A Fire Sale”

December 3, 2018

A Dictator Rides

by Matthew Steeples

Superb example of the “world’s ultimate limousine” to be auctioned; the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman was the favourite of dictators across the globe   Produced from 1963 to 1981 with a run of 2,677 units made, the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman – also known as the ‘Grosser’ or ‘Grand Mercedes’ – is undoubtedly a star amongst cars. … Continue reading “A Dictator Rides”

November 28, 2018

A Castle With A Catch

by Matthew Steeples

Romantic island in Ireland complete with its own castle for sale for just £80,000; there is, of course, a catch   A 0.54 acre island at the southeastern end of Lough Key, near Boyle in County Roscommon is to be sold this December. A castle was built there first in the 12th century and though … Continue reading “A Castle With A Catch”

November 27, 2018

Moscow Nights

by Matthew Steeples

John Simpson marks the publication of his novel ‘Moscow Nights’ at Daunt Books in Marylebone   Described as: “An engaging yarn with a strong, sometimes mischievous autobiographical element” by The Sunday Times, esteemed foreign correspondent John Simpson launched his second novel at Daunt Books in Marylebone last night.     Amongst those present to celebrate … Continue reading “Moscow Nights”

November 22, 2018

The Final Festivals of 2018

by Fabio Contissa

Where to go for food, games and music? Fabio Contissa suggests three festivals worth visiting in the UK before 2018 is out   Padstow Christmas Festival, Padstow, Cornwall   In early December, the quaint Cornish town of Padstow succumbs to the culinary spirit of Christmas. Fortunately for visitors, this means delicious food, live music and … Continue reading “The Final Festivals of 2018”

November 11, 2018

A Cheap Country Cottage

by Matthew Steeples

A Lancashire country cottage with 1.4 acres is for sale for less than the price of a parking space in Knightsbridge; it could be yours for just £80,000   A country cottage with acreage: It sounds idyllic and with a price of just £80,000 ($104,000, €92,000 or درهم381,000), it’s cheaper than the price of a … Continue reading “A Cheap Country Cottage”

October 24, 2018

Word of the Week – Gnomic

by Matthew Steeples

Our word of the week just had to be… Gnomic   An ambiguous and enigmatic adjective, our word of the week is “gnomic.” In summary it means: “Expressed in the nature of short, pithy maxims or aphorisms.”   Short and mysterious, not easily understood but “often seeming wise,” the playwright Samuel Beckett once commented: “I … Continue reading “Word of the Week – Gnomic”

October 19, 2018

Hit the Road Marilyn

by Matthew Steeples

Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird to be auctioned   A 1956 Ford Thunderbird gifted as a Christmas present to Marilyn Monroe in 1955 by her business partner, the photographer Milton Greene, is to be auctioned in November.   The raven black roadster bodied automatic – dubbed a “personal luxury car” by Ford – comes with … Continue reading “Hit the Road Marilyn”

September 10, 2018

A Rental Ruin

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea estate agent optimistically markets an £850 per week house with unpainted walls and an exposed gas meter by announcing: “It does have a new boiler”   Other than the legendary Roy Brooks, the only honest man in his game, estate agents will be optimistic about just about anything. A bit of damp: “no problem”; … Continue reading “A Rental Ruin”

September 8, 2018

A Pricey Doer-Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Derelict Uncle Monty-esque farmhouse in the countryside of the Lake District National Park World Heritage Site for sale for a staggering sum   Described as “one of the most stunning sites in the Lake District National Park” by selling agents Michael C. L.  Hodgson, the Hard Crag farmstead above High Brow Edge at Backbarrow in … Continue reading “A Pricey Doer-Upper”

Finding Your Station

by Matthew Steeples

1937 Bentley shooting brake formerly owned by Mulberry founder Roger Saul to be auctioned today at Goodwood Revival sale   Today at their annual Goodwood Revival sale in Sussex, Bonhams will auction a whole array of cars. Amongst lots offered is a striking 1937 Bentley that was rebodied as a ‘Woodie’ shooting brake circa 1950. … Continue reading “Finding Your Station”

September 6, 2018

Fame & The Beeb

by Matthew Steeples

John Stoddart exhibition of silkscreen prints of his iconic works at Chelsea Arts Club attracts the attention of some BBC heavyweights   On Tuesday, at the Chelsea Arts Club in London, photographer John Stoddart illustrated his versatility as an artist in exhibiting silkscreen prints created from his works.   Present at the preview were a … Continue reading “Fame & The Beeb”

September 4, 2018

Rule, Britannia!

by Matthew Steeples

“Famously haunted” Chelsea townhouse once home to ‘Rule, Britannia!’ and ‘A-Hunting We Will Go’ composer Thomas Arne and later Shakespearean actress Dame Ellen Terry for sale   A Grade II* listed Georgian house on Kings Road in Chelsea, London that has gone on sale comes with links to not only the composer Thomas Arne (1710 … Continue reading “Rule, Britannia!”

September 1, 2018

Styled by Stoddart

by Matthew Steeples

‘Photographer to the Stars’ John Stoddart puts his Whitstable bachelor pad up for sale; it truly represents his bon vivant lifestyle   Suave Liverpool born ‘sniper-turned-snapper’ John Stoddart is selling his lavishly decorated apartment in the heart of the “oyster capital of Britain,” Whitstable.     Extending to 919 square foot and situated on this … Continue reading “Styled by Stoddart”

August 25, 2018

A Chummy Tourer

by Matthew Steeples

Dinky 1925 Austin Seven ‘Chummy’ Tourer to be sold at Bonhams’ Beaulieu sale for less than it cost to buy and restore   A delightful little 1925 Austin Seven – known rather endearingly as a ‘Chummy’ Tourer – is to be sold at the Bonhams Beaulieu sale in Hampshire on 1st September.   Produced between … Continue reading “A Chummy Tourer”

August 16, 2018

A Funicular Feat

by Matthew Steeples

Highest asking price ever for a property on Lake Tahoe is sought for a compound complete with two glass funiculars; it could be yours for £60 million   Situated on 5.14 acres and having 525-foot of frontage to Lake Tahoe in Nevada, a 16,232 square foot mansion complete has gone on sale.   Built between … Continue reading “A Funicular Feat”

August 14, 2018

A Perfect Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Diverse 2,000 acre Suffolk riverside estate for sale for £31.5 million; it has been owned by the same family since the 19th century and produces an income of some £500,000 per year   A vast Suffolk estate – just 120 miles from London – has gone on sale for £31.5 million ($40.1 million, €35.3 million … Continue reading “A Perfect Estate”

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 20, 2018

Ratty on The River

by Matthew Steeples

A dream house for ‘The Wind In The Willows’ character Ratty; Devon boathouse for sale for £2.5 million   A Devon house that could be perfect for anyone sharing Kenneth Grahame’s character Rat’s view that “there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” has gone … Continue reading “Ratty on The River”

April 15, 2018

A Place In Andalucia

by Matthew Steeples

Spectacular hacienda near Seville for sale for £3 million   Anyone who has watched the somewhat cringeworthy television programme A Place In The Sun expects a Spanish holiday home to be somewhat beyond vulgar, but in The Palacio, near Seville, a buyer could purchase something truly spectacular.   Restored over the last five years, this … Continue reading “A Place In Andalucia”

March 4, 2018

A Cut Cost Chalet

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s weirdest home for sale for a sum 61% lower than the £13 million sum asked for it in 2016; it has been repossessed and comes with a 69-foot long indoor beach   In October 2016, The Steeple Times featured what could quite possibly be Britain’s weirdest home. Offered then for £10 million, The Chalet … Continue reading “A Cut Cost Chalet”

March 1, 2018

Bentley or Bail?

by Matthew Steeples

1986 Bentley Continental convertible originally owned by notorious fraudster Asil Nadir to be auctioned   A 1986 Bentley Continental convertible with coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward that was first owned by the dodgy businessman Asil Nadir is told be sold at auction in March.   The Tudor red with black leather interior car – registration … Continue reading “Bentley or Bail?”

February 24, 2018

A Rolls for an Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Quirky 1995 Rolls-Royce estate car for sale for just shy of £100,000; it’s perfect for picnics and conveying posh pooches   A 1995 special edition Rolls-Royce Flying Spur converted to an estate car in recent years from a Silver Spur III with just 25,000 miles on the clock is currently for sale for £99,000 ($138,000, … Continue reading “A Rolls for an Estate”

February 17, 2018

Craig’s Centenary

by Matthew Steeples

007 numbered Aston Martin owned by Daniel Craig to be sold for charity at auction   A 2014 ‘Centenary Vanquish’ Aston Martin numbered 007 and owned by the actor Daniel Craig is to be sold at auction in New York in April.   Offered to benefit The Opportunity Network, a non-profit which counts not only … Continue reading “Craig’s Centenary”

February 10, 2018

Messing About On The River

by Matthew Steeples

Converted boat house on the River Thames at Henley for sale for £3.5 million   Those with a desire to live like Ratty in The Wind in the Willows could do worse than purchase a Grade II listed £3.5 million ($4.8 million, €3.9 million or درهم17.8 million) converted boathouse within yards of the finishing line … Continue reading “Messing About On The River”

February 5, 2018

The Perfect Bachelor Pad

by Matthew Steeples

Ultimate bachelor pad for sale for £6 million in South Kensington; it has garaging for five cars   Originally a mews that was home to Rothmans’ Shire horses, a £6 million ($8.5 million, €6.8 million or درهم31.1 million) property in Elvaston Mews, South Kensington has been transformed into a perfect bachelor pad.   Sold in … Continue reading “The Perfect Bachelor Pad”

February 2, 2018

Five of the Best – Bonhams’ Gentleman’s Library Sale

by Matthew Steeples

Harry Houdini’s escape prop sack to be sold alongside all manner of other unusual items on Valentine’s Day   On 14th February, Bonhams will hold their ‘Gentleman’s Library Sale’ in Knightsbridge, London. Amongst the circa five hundred items to be offered are all manner of unusual items and here we choose five of the best: … Continue reading “Five of the Best – Bonhams’ Gentleman’s Library Sale”

December 7, 2017

Britain’s Priciest Houseboat

by Matthew Steeples

Thames houseboat moored at Cadogan Pier in Chelsea goes on sale for extraordinary sum of £2.5 million   What could likely be Britain’s most expensive houseboat has gone on sale for £2.5 million ($3.3 million, €2.8 million or درهم12.3 million) – or the same sum as a 9-bedroom Queen Anne house in Wiltshire.     … Continue reading “Britain’s Priciest Houseboat”

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”

The Harem Saloon

by Matthew Steeples

1931 Bentley Tourer nicknamed ‘The Harem Saloon’ because of its first owner’s penchant for taking spins with his lady friends for sale for £1.15 million   A 1931 8-litre Bentley Tourer that got the nickname ‘The Harem Saloon’ because it was first used by a Chinese Mau owner to take his girlfriends to the races … Continue reading “The Harem Saloon”

November 26, 2017

The Finery of Fatland

by Matthew Steeples

Vast Greek Revival style Pennsylvania mansion for sale for 56% less than it was marketed for in 2014; it comes with a pub in the basement   An extravagant and somewhat over the top estate in Pennsylvania is on sale for £2.96 million or 56% less than the £6.75 million sum it was listed for … Continue reading “The Finery of Fatland”

November 23, 2017

Live for Free in Liverpool

by Matthew Steeples

Win a fully furnished, brand new £100,000 studio flat in Liverpool for free; surprisingly there are no catches to the competition   A property developer has launched a competition with a prize of a £100,000 ($133,000, €112,000 or درهم488,000) studio flat in the centre of Liverpool “free and forever.”   Situated in a 94 apartment, … Continue reading “Live for Free in Liverpool”

November 21, 2017

Farrell Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupé used by Colin Farrell in 2010 crime noir film ‘London Boulevard’ to be auctioned   A 1966 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupé first owned by the Malaysian royal family and more recently used in the 2010 crime noir motion picture London Boulevard – starring Colin Farrell, Keira … Continue reading “Farrell Rolls”

November 20, 2017

A Bargain in Belgravia

by Matthew Steeples

Fully renovated Belgravia studio with double height reception room for sale for just £455 per square foot   A 2,186 square foot ground and first floor studio property in Studio Place, Belgravia with a double height reception room has gone on sale for just £995,000 ($1.3 million, €1.1 million or درهم4.8 million) – but naturally … Continue reading “A Bargain in Belgravia”

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 18, 2017

Double Cher

by Matthew Steeples

Holmby Hills estate owned variously by Sonny and Cher and Tony Curtis for sale for double what it sold for in 2016   A 12,201 square foot mansion on 10.1 acres in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles is on sale for £136 million or double the sum it sold for just a year ago.   Featuring … Continue reading “Double Cher”

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 16, 2017

An Idea Car

by Matthew Steeples

Futuristic 1952 Chrysler styling prototype to be auctioned in New York; its “wild technology” includes a hydraulically operated spare wheel   Concept cars don’t generally go far and most end up sidelined to the world of dreams, but a 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance by Ghia headed to auction in December is something quite to the contrary. … Continue reading “An Idea Car”

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”

November 1, 2017

Highs and Lows in Hyde Park

by Matthew Steeples

Pint-sized flat in Knightsbridge goes on sale for ambitious sum of £5,813 per square foot; it was offered for the even more crazy sum of £7,027 per square foot in 2013   The owners of an apartment in the edifice of vulgarity that is One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge plainly have no belief in Brexit … Continue reading “Highs and Lows in Hyde Park”

October 29, 2017

A Silo in SoHo

by Matthew Steeples

Penthouse in SoHo, New York for sale for 48% more than it was marketed for in 2007; it comes come complete with structures resembling a barn and a silo on its roof   This week the popular New York real estate blog 6sqft reported that a 1,250 square foot condo loft had gone on sale … Continue reading “A Silo in SoHo”

October 24, 2017

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”

Tax in Post

by Matthew Steeples

Reliant Regal 3-wheeler used in the BBC’s ‘Only Fools and Horses’ in Monaco in 2002 to be offered for sale at auction   A 1968 Reliant Regal 3-wheeler used in the 2002 ‘If only they could see us now’ episode of the hit BBC comedy series Only Fools and Horses is to be sold at … Continue reading “Tax in Post”

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”

October 16, 2017

A Sloane Home

by Matthew Steeples

Belgravia apartment for sale for £27.5 million in spite of being a 1980s timewarp; the Sloaney home forms part of a building at one-time home the residence of one half of Gilbert and Sullivan   A penthouse on the “favoured northern side” of Belgravia’s Eaton Square is on sale for £27.5 million ($36.6 million, €31 … Continue reading “A Sloane Home”

October 15, 2017

A Base in Bayswater

by Matthew Steeples

Two bedroom flat in Bayswater for sale for £12 million; it does come with two parking spaces and décor that harks back to the era of Laura Ashley   A leasehold flat in Hyde Park Gardens, London, W2 has gone on sale for the staggering sum of £12 million ($15.9 million, €13.5 million or درهم58.6 … Continue reading “A Base in Bayswater”

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 20, 2017

Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with Liverpool born artist Pauline Amos; one of her works is for sale for £1.3 million   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Myself.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you hesitate, you’ve lost.”   Kerry … Continue reading “Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

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 17, 2017

A Caged Crib

by Matthew Steeples

Former San Francisco home of actor Nicolas Cage for sale for £11.4 million or 660% more than it sold for in 1996   Thrice married and an Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage is also known for lavish spending. Aside from once buying twenty-two cars in one hit – including a “squadron” of nine Rolls-Royce … Continue reading “A Caged Crib”

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