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A happy mansion

The sale of the £18 million Sir John Soane designed Tyringham Hall

 

Property developer Anton Bilton and his Brooklyn born wife Lisa Barbuscia-Bilton (better known as Lisa B.) bought the Sir John Soane designed Tyringham Hall in Buckinghamshire for £2.5 million in 2001. They’ve recently put it on the market at the staggering price of £18 million.

 

The 18th century Grade I listed mansion, which the couple have renovated with the help of English heritage, features 25 bedrooms and 32 bathrooms. In total there is 36,602 square foot of accommodation and 59.21 acres including parkland and formal gardens with two buildings by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 

Tyringham Hall, Tyringham Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9ES
Tyringham Hall, Tyringham Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9ES
Tyringham Hall with Lutyens' reflecting pool in the foreground
Tyringham Hall with Lutyens’ reflecting pool in the foreground
Anton Bilton and his wife Lisa Barbuscia Bilton
Anton Bilton and his wife Lisa Barbuscia Bilton

Of the sale of this neo-classical villa, built between 1792 and 1797, Crispin Holborrow of selling agents Savills commented:

 

“Tyringham Hall combines some of finest work of Soane and Lutyens, and as such could be labelled as one of England’s greatest architectural masterpieces. What’s more it is in exceptional condition having been beautifully restored”.

 

“It is enormous but also remarkably compact. It has some wonderful formal rooms so can expand into a party home or contract into a family home”.

 

The mansion features an impressive hallway
The mansion features an impressive hallway
For formal entertaining, there are acres of space
For formal entertaining, there are acres of space
A breakfast room within the mansion is ideal for more casual occasions
A breakfast room within the mansion is ideal for more casual occasions

“It is right at the top of English homes, an architectural jewel. It is architecturally and historically significant and this will attract buyers… The eventual purchaser is unlikely to be someone who might think of buying a new house in Wentworth, for example”.

 

The Biltons, who are selling up to move permanently to Ibiza, have used Tyringham to full effect during their tenure. Amongst the many events that they have hosted there have been a lunch party for Goodman Derrick ‘Berlinettas’ in 2007 and Aston Martin’s Vanquish model launch in November 2012.

 

Aston Martin launched their Vanquish model at Tyringham Hall in October 2012
Aston Martin launched their Vanquish model at Tyringham Hall in October 2012
An aerial shot of Tyringham Hall during the 2007 Derrick Goodman event
An aerial shot of Tyringham Hall during the 2007 Derrick Goodman event

Barbuscia-Bilton, in an interview for the Daily Mail’s ‘Richard Kay’ column spoke fondly of Tyringham:

 

“It’s a fantastic place — it looks like a stately home from the outside but feels like a comfortable family house on the inside — and it is great for children. But then we moved out here [to Ibiza] and it now seems pointless to keep a house with 32 bedrooms when we are hardly there anymore… I did love our big house in Buckinghamshire and I hope it goes to a family who will love it as much as we did”.

 

The formal gardens of Tyringham Hall are truly spectacular
The formal gardens of Tyringham Hall are truly spectacular
The Lutyens designed reflecting pool looks wonderful by day
The Lutyens designed reflecting pool looks wonderful by day
And equally the vista at dusk is stunning also
And equally the vista at dusk is stunning also
The estate includes a stable block that has been converted to provide additional guest accommodation
The estate includes a stable block that has been converted to provide additional guest accommodation
The floorplan illustrates how vast the 37,000 square foot property truly is
The floorplan illustrates how vast the 37,000 square foot property truly is

Of the limitations of Tyringham though, a feature in the much respected country house blog The Country Seat suggests:

 

“The house and estate today is not the same one Soane created.  Between 1907-19, a series of unfortunate changes were made to designs by the architect Ernst Eberhard von Ihne, his decorator Florian Kulikowski and another architect, Charles Rees, who implemented Von Ihne’s plans which swept away much of Soane’s interior decoration. They also added an ill-proportioned copper dome, a tea cosy on a champagne bottle, which has the strange visual effect of elongating the columns. With an estate of only 59-acres, it’s unfortunate that a series of 9 or 10 houses were built to the immediate north-east of the main house. Equally sad, the most important section of Soane’s considered drive to the house is now in separate ownership”.

 

In his memoirs, Sir John Soane concluded that he’d spent “the six most happy years of [his] life” working on Tyringham. Whoever ultimately buys this masterpiece will equally enjoy some pretty fine times also.

 

For more details on Tyringham Hall, click here. Contact Hugh Maconochie of Savills on +44 (0) 20 7016 3780 for more information.

 

 

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5 comments on “A happy mansion”

  1. On August 25th 1944 my brother was born in this beautiful house. I remember as a little girl of 4 playing on the lawn while my father visited, and the nurses holding my brother up at the window round the side for me to see . I came across this advertisment by chance and immediately recognised this house, It is so beautiful it must have made an impression on me as I am of course almost 73. Happy memory.

  2. Estelle thank you for sharing your memories of a very grand mansion-I stayed there in the early 80s when it was a clinic.

  3. Hello, I don’t know if anyone will still actually read this but I am desperate for some help. I think my father was born here at Tyringham House when my grandmother was evacuated from Stepney Green. My father is now 73yrs old and he often talks about visiting the place he was born. All he knows is that he was born in Buckinghamshire and once when he was working he found himself driving through the town and loved it.
    He told me recently that one day he would love to go and visit and maybe find the place he was born.
    After doing some research I do believe that Tyringham House IS this place and what an amazing and truly spectacular place it appears. I was hoping that it had been bought and opened as a hotel as I would have loved to have taken my dad there and actually book to stay for the weekend, but sadly I don’t think this is the case.
    I am hoping to do some more research and get some real paperwork to prove this is the place he was born and book a nice hotel nearby so we can make a weekend of this special time, and it would be my Christmas gift to my amazing Dad. It will be even more special due to the fact that my beautiful Nan has now passed away and I know Dad would love to go there for her too.
    Any information on the area or Tyringham House itself would be so gratefully appreciated.
    Please email me at: lesleycrawley@aol.com
    Many many thanks in advance,

  4. Hello my Dear Lisa,

    I would like to take this opportunity To say hello To you.

    You’re always in my thoughts, especially when I reminisce about our childhood sharing so many wonderful memories from moments of saving that little Chihuahua on the corner of 54th St. OLPH ,To sleep overs birthday parties modeling running around New York City together … hanging out in the most wonderful discotheques and night clubs … i’m happy to know that you’re well my childhood friend .

    Sending you my love an please let Mom,Dad,Frankie and Wanda know that I adore them also and I dropped in to say hello.

    Congratulations on your three wonderful Boy’s .

    I adore the memories of us … you will always be a part of one of the most magical times of my life .

    Sincerest regards you Friend for life
    Carrie Weber

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