As predicted; Cherkley Court, Surrey now for sale

Cherkley Court, Surrey

Cherkley Court, Surrey

When the doors to Cherkley Court in Surrey closed to visitors in December 2009, it was thought that low visitor numbers had proved it uneconomic to keep the house and gardens open.  However, as predicted by a commenter to my original blog post [thanks Andrew], Cherkley Court is now for sale and has been launched with a double-page centre spread in the Sunday Times Home section today [19 Sept 2010].

If one was to try an define what might constitute a perfect trophy estate in Surrey, Cherkley Court might well tick most of the estate agents’ criteria.  The grade-II listed house, built c1870 (and rebuilt after a fire in 1893), is a four-storey, chateau-style mansion extending to over 24,000 sq ft with home cinema and five grand reception rooms, with nearly 400-acres of gardens and parkland.

The house is now for sale following a 7-year, £10m restoration of the house and grounds orchestrated by the architect Christopher Smallwood and David Mlinaric, the interior designer.  The house became a famous venue for parties under the ownership of Max Aitken (later Lord Beaverbrook) and his wife Gladys who lived there until her death in 1994.  It was her death which sparked a bitter legal dispute between beneficiaries of the will which has forced the sale.

So if you have £20m and don’t mind the restriction on not landing your helicopter in the grounds, have a word with Savills.

Property details: ‘Cherkley Court, Surrey‘ [Savills]

Listed building description: ‘Cherkley Court, Surrey

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About Matthew Beckett - The Country Seat

An amateur architectural historian with a particular love of UK country houses in all their many varied and beautiful forms.
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2 Responses to As predicted; Cherkley Court, Surrey now for sale

  1. Andrew says:

    Cherkley Court has been showing as “under offer” on the Savills website since mid February 2011, still at the guide price of £20m. The Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have expressed concern at the interest shown by property development company Longshot Ltd, which wants to convert Cherkley into a luxury hotel and golf club. Longshot, founded in 1994 by Joel Cadbury and Ollie Vigors, owned the Groucho Club in London’s Soho in 2000-6 and London’s first 24-hour restaurant, but last year bought the Bel & Dragon group of pub restaurants for £4m out of their newly raised £30m funds.

  2. Andrew says:

    Cherkley Court has changed to Sold on Savills website in the last few days. We shall have to wait and see if it is being turned into a hotel by its new owner.

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