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From the ashes

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 in 2005 by a property developer named Harry Marriott and now he’s put it on the market complete with 505 acres of land for the not insubstantial price of £25,000,000 to £30,000,000 (update, March 2015: reduced to £15,000,000 with just 67 acres).

 

The original house was built in 1910 and burnt down in 2000
The original house was built in 1910 and burnt down in 2000
The aftermath of the fire
The aftermath of the fire
Michael Colvin (1932 to 2000)
Michael Colvin (1932 to 2000)

Described as being a “truly spectacular estate with, at its heart, one of the most stunning houses in the south of England” in a 50 page sale brochure, Tangley House features a copper domed vestibule, an impressive hall with a canter-levered Portland stone staircase, 4 reception rooms, a huge kitchen and 8 bedrooms. As well as various ancillary rooms, there is a lower ground floor 10-metre swimming pool and gym in addition to an outdoor swimming pool in the grounds.

 

Additional accommodation is provided in the form of 10 houses and cottages. They are currently let on assured shorthold tenancies and used to house estate workers.

 

For those with equestrian interests, Tangley features 11 loose boxes, a 30 metre by 60 metre manège, 9 post and railed paddocks, hunt jumps around many of the field margins, a 1 mile grass gallop and a small cross country course. Currently a shoot of from 100 to 150 birds is operated for five days each year.

 

Farming on the estate is mainly an arable enterprise. Around 400 acres are laid down to wheat grown with oilseed rape and oats whilst there is also around 80 acres of grassland laid as permanent pasture for hay and grazing.

 

The Tangley Estate was purchased by Harry Marriott and his wife Dinah in 2004 for around £6 million. The figure spent on the construction of the Georgian style main house – which was designed by an architect named Barry Bowen – is not known but nonetheless it must have been far from insignificant. The result is indeed stunning and Knight Frank and Savills are the joint agents.

All current photographs were removed at the request of the owner in March 2015.
 

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Comments

14 comments on “From the ashes”

  1. The new house is built to a very high standard. As it mellows, it will mature and improve even more. I am very impressed but sadly don’t have the spare funds this week. I need a Euromillions win urgently. Fingers crossed.

  2. It’s no more offensive than yours. Just more specific rather than generalising everyone from the countryside.

  3. Lorraine
    I have now found out what your ‘claim to fame is’.
    Maybe best if you decided a period of silence might be beneficial.

  4. The interior is very common….I knew Michael Colvin. I could not make him out. Very pretty wife though.
    All the money came from her familly

    1. I like the interior actually. It is not over the top and quite distinguished still. As for Mr Colvin, he was a charming gentleman. He stood for decency and all that is correct.

      1. Reginald and Lorraine should get get together…..they share the same taste. The interior might well appeal to some vulgar nouveau riche or Arab….so common and totally disconnected from the Georgian pastiche

  5. UTERUS IN URBE
    I dream of London: such decay ignites my passion every day.
    What weekend visits I have planned while toiling daily on the land?
    The rural round just never stops – accounts, the animals and crops
    but Saturday and Sunday drain, with sweet relief, agrestic strain.
    Ah, all those simple London folk who love to laugh and take a joke.
    Their inns so snug, the shops such fun in Hamptead, Mayfair, Kensington.
    So much to see, all day to choose, then to my cottage in the mews.
    No roar of combine harvester, no lowing cattle, bleating sheep
    as clasped in London’s heart I sleep in womb-like peace that guarantees
    I’m safe from hedges, grass and trees.

  6. You should moderate this page more carefully and remove remarks or ban users that. Are obviously. Been malicious and using another’s identity.

  7. You just proved your a fake with a vile comment like that…. Lorraine would never say anything like that, You’ve been found out and now everyone knows your fake

  8. No wonder the owner wrote asking you to remove the photographs Matthew. He has no taste and the interior (I clicked through the brochure) is the sort of thing a lottery winner would install. Common, common and doubly common.

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